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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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Photo of JBEI Director Jay Keasling with Rajit Sapar in lab with a beaker of cellulose sludge. Microbe Metabolism Harnessed to Produce Fuel
NSF-supported researchers use synthetic biology technology to engineer the next generation of biofuels
Released  September 10, 2009
This illustration compares the artificial cochlea to its mammalian counterpart. New Sensor Based on Human Organ Is No Tin Ear
Precision micromachining yields life-size, precise, artificial cochlea
Released  November 3, 2005
the 10.2-channel surround sound system, Academy-Award Winning Cinema Pioneer Creates Theater Sound for the 21st Century
Tom Holman, developer of the Lucasfilm THX Sound Systemę used in thousands of movie theaters, is an audio engineer at the forefront of movie theater acoustics and speaker technology.
Released  September 29, 2003

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