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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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Illustration shows message in a bottle, Earth in background. Getting a Message Across the Universe: Would E.T. Send a Letter?
Snail mail from outer space
Released  March 10, 2006
Photo of a computer disk drive. From Moonbounce to Hard Drives: Correcting More Errors Than Previously Thought Possible
What does a Nobel laureate need to bounce a radio signal off the moon? A good error-correcting code, for one thing. Now, a breakthrough error-correction method has turned almost 40 years of conventional wisdom in digital communications on its head.
Released  August 11, 2004

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