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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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Photo of John Kessler and David Valentine in front of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill. How Tiny Microbes Took a Big Bite out of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Two scientists describe their research on the fate of massive methane releases from the Gulf oil spill during the summer and fall of 2010
Released  May 23, 2011
Photo of the CTD/rosette that contains sampling bottles and instruments. How Desert Dust Feeds the World's Oceans
Scientists sample dust and trace metals in seawater to learn more about climatic change
Released  May 9, 2008
University of Hawaii researchers use taglines to control sway of sampling device entering water. Mysterious Compound Seen as Key to Ocean Life
Scientists study chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) to gain a better understanding of life in the oceans
Released  April 7, 2008
Photo of 3 crew members, "tag lines" and equipment on the ship's deck. Life at Sea: An Oceanographer's Adventure
Cassandra Lopez of the University of Miami reports that conducting research at sea can be an adventure, but it is always enjoyable and exciting
Released  November 2, 2007
Eleutherobia species of coral Finding Cures from Corals
A chemical that protects a rare type of marine coral from predators may also prove to be a potent medicine for humans in the fight against cancer.
Released  July 18, 2003

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