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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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Image of a hydrogen atom with spin, representing an orbital mixture of two probablity waves. The AlloSphere Offers an Interactive Experience of Nano-sized Worlds
New research opportunities emerge from instrument that immerses researchers in multi-dimensional information
Released  September 6, 2011
George Huber poses with a vial of green gasoline compounds. Green Gasoline Comes Closer to Fueling Your Car
Researchers have discovered how to make gasoline from sawdust and other plant materials
Released  August 18, 2011
Photo of a banded garden spider waiting for prey to become entangled in its web. Scientists Untangle Spider Web Stickiness
Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water
Released  December 3, 2010
Photo of Jun Yao, a graduate student at Rice University. Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics
Released  October 8, 2010
Image showing the annual mean aerosol optical depth for 2006. Pollution Speeds up Snow Melt in Europe, Asia
NSF-supported climate scientist Mark Flanner and colleagues find differences in the rates for spring warming and snow cover decline in Eurasia and North America, and are studying whether aerosols are a key factor
Released  April 30, 2010
Photo of Gregory Lehn and Matt Knhosh talking with co-principal investigator Jim McClelland. Permafrost Could Be Climate's Ticking Time Bomb
Researchers conduct fieldwork to track permafrost melting in Alaska and gain insight about the release of carbon into the atmosphere
Released  August 5, 2009
Photo of a man connecting a bicycle to a series of cables. Pedal-Power Supercomputing
Green supercomputing paves the way for sharing scientific research and collaboration
Released  January 14, 2009
The waveguide as it appears within the femtosecond laser amplifier system. Breakthrough Brings Laser Light to New Regions of the Spectrum
Researchers have created a "waveguide" that coaxes extreme-ultraviolet light waves into forming a tightly focused laser-like beam that will allow researchers to "see" tiny features and carve miniature patterns.
Released  December 9, 2003

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