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Mathematics Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Richard Taylor Unlocking the mysteries of mathematics
Breakthrough Prize winner has advanced the field
Released  December 19, 2014
A humanoid robot from MIT lab A day in the life of Robotina
What might daily life be like for a research robot that's training to work closely with humans?
Released  November 20, 2014
A black beetle with water droplets on its back Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, NSF-funded engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid
Released  July 24, 2014
Berry Farmer John Eiskamp checks soil tension on his farm using his iPad. Strawberries with a thirst
Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues
Released  July 1, 2014
Math is helping us understand insomnia, medical condition-induced sleep disorders and even jet lag. Finding a formula for zzzzzzzs
Math and a good night's sleep
Released  April 30, 2014
USGS aerial survey of the upper parts of the Oso, Washington, landslide. The uphill challenge
Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Released  April 29, 2014
Math coach working with students In Nebraska, university and school districts build formula for better math education
Support from local foundations spurs growth at an innovative NSF-funded partnership working to close the math achievement gap
Released  August 2, 2013
Photo of Joel E. Cohen in class Mathematical Biologist Pushes Frontiers of Knowledge
Corporations, international organizations and other institutions rely on this curiosity-driven researcher to answer societal questions
Released  June 21, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
photo of Jill Pipher Math Institute Serves As Bridge for Pure and Applied Mathematics
Best mathematical minds from around the world collaborate on projects with a strong computational component
Released  May 14, 2013
professor Autar Kaw with students One Click Away: Online Courseware Promotes Free Access to Math Instruction
Autar Kaw, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of South Florida, combines classroom instruction with a host of online resources to help students master advanced math concepts
Released  January 17, 2013
Photo of curve-crease sculpture called Green Balance, created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Computer Scientist Turned Artist
CAREER awardee studies geometric folding algorithms
Released  October 25, 2012
Photo of teacher John Sheridan viewing Geometer's Sketchpad on a laptop. High-School Math in the Cloud
North Carolina project strengthens students' math skills using cloud computing and videos
Released  May 31, 2012
Image of a young woman holding a circuit board and next to table with electronics. CalWomenTech Scale Up Project: Proven Tools Attract Women to STEM Training Programs
Project aims to increase recruitment and retention of women in community college STEM programs
Released  April 6, 2012
Photo of a girl using a computer to match shapes to build pictures. Viewing the World Through a "Mathematical Lens" Can Help Young Children Learn Math
Helping children identify and connect the mathematics ideas that they use in daily activities is crucial to learning math at an early age.
Released  February 15, 2012
Photo of a young girl using a ruler on a piece of paper. Understanding Basic Concepts in Spatial Measurement
Researchers work to help elementary school students better comprehend basic measurement skills
Released  January 31, 2012
A 3-D computer model of a stent. Scientists Use Math to Build Better Stents
University of Houston mathematician Sunica Canic and her colleagues build computer models to study stents; their simulations could lead to better designs and also help doctors select the right stents for specific procedures
Released  August 26, 2010
Photo of Amy Barnes making phosphorus-rich phosphate glass to use with her doctoral research work. On Earth Day and Everyday, Ecologist Fights for Phosphorus
NSF-supported ecologist James Elser is internationally recognized as an expert on phosphorus in biology and ecology, and his research could help to change society’s views on phosphorus use and conservation
Released  May 6, 2010
Illustration showing optical beam splitter method and new method of controlling electron spin. Breakthrough in Electron Spin Control Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Reality
Research allows control of a single electron without disturbing other nearby electrons
Released  February 26, 2010
Graphical representation of seven test molecule structures. Video Game Technology and Science?
Chemists use the computer technology behind today’s video games to rapidly calculate the structure of molecules
Released  July 15, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Illustration of heads with brains. Synthetic Brains
Researchers study the feasibility of brains made from carbon nanotubes
Released  January 27, 2009
Photo of a researcher in a lab. Math Could Aid in Curing Cancer
Scientists and medical doctors couple math and medicine for unusual, promising marriage
Released  August 4, 2008
Photo of Jessica Alba and recipients of 2008 A.M.P.A.S Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards. The Man Behind Amazing Movie Simulations
He may not be as famous as Johnny Depp or Jessica Alba, but Oscar-winner Ron Fedkiw creates 3-D models of liquids that have had a major impact on Hollywood and our lives
Released  July 24, 2008
A picture of the setting sun off the coast of Estonia and the letter "A." Cracking the Code of Images
New software easily detects pictures' hidden messages
Released  July 15, 2008
Photo of theoretical mathematician Graeme Milton. Cloaking Device Concept Moves Beyond Theory
Applied mathematician Graeme Milton brings the dream of cloaking devices portrayed in "Star Trek" and "Harry Potter" closer to reality
Released  June 18, 2008
Photo of surgeon Jon Wagner holding plastic casts of fractured jaws. Engineers Create Better Fix for Broken Jaws
Computer finite element modeling program used by University of New Mexico engineers in designing smaller and lighter plates for jaw repair surgery
Released  May 13, 2008
Photo of two men in at a whiteboard Using Abstract Mathematics to Solve Real-World Problems
Researcher's mathematical theory used in new technologies to destroy cancerous tumors
Released  March 5, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
Photo of 2 people and a 3-D tessellated image of a brain projected on a large monitor. Brain Surgery: It Really Is Brain Surgery
Dynamic 3-D computer modeling tracks brain changes during surgery
Released  August 31, 2007

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