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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 Starry Sprenkle demonstrating the use of a new GPS unit to her staffers. Amidst Earthquake in Haiti, Ecologist Puts Down Roots
NSF graduate research fellow Starry Sprenkle describes life and her ecological research project in Haiti, and the impact of the devastating earthquake
Released  April 5, 2010
Photo of a rat neuron filled with an agent. How to Listen to One Brain Cell at a Time
NSF Graduate Research Fellow Carl Schoonover presents his take on some of the intangibles of a complex method that measures neural activity
Released  May 10, 2009
Photo of a seed trap created by Rogers and her colleagues out of screen and PVC pipe. Guam's Birds Gone: Can Forest Survive?
With NSF support, a University of Washington graduate student and her colleagues use 'screen door netting and lots of PVC pipe' to study how the loss of birds affects the dispersal of seeds in Guam's forests
Released  January 30, 2009
Photo of insect mine on a 53 million-year-old fossil from Wyoming's Bighorn Basin. Hunt for Fossils Finds Warning for Warming Earth
Graduate student Ellen Currano provides a glimpse of paleontological fieldwork, describing how she collects fossil leaves for research studying the effects of climate change on plants and insect herbivores
Released  May 27, 2008
Illustration shows circular mechanical valve inside heart. Artificial Heart Valves Face the Curdled Milk Test
A graduate student and her colleagues have developed what they think is a better way to test artificial heart valves. Using curdled milk as a blood substitute, their approach could improve preclinical testing of new devices, saving money and lives.
Released  April 26, 2005

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