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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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micrograph showing methane-eating bacteria A biodegradable plastic made from waste methane
Scientists are making PHA (a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used in yogurt containers) from waste methane
Released  May 27, 2014
Photo of Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea. Mapping Patterns in Crime With Geography and Math
With support from NSF's SBIR program, Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea, is developing software to sort through crime data and create maps that are useful for police departments
Released  April 21, 2011

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