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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 researcher Robin Murphy studying robot-human interactions during a disaster scenario. Robots to the Rescue
Researchers are exploring ways to make rescue robots less "creepy" and more user-friendly, incorporating lessons learned from studies of how humans interact with technology
Released  March 11, 2011
Photo of a soccer player's foot on the ball. Soccer Stars Ranked Using Statistics
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a computer program that objectively measures player performance; the research method also could be used by companies to measure the performance of employees on project teams
Released  July 8, 2010

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