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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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People on a ship Documenting the invisible damage of Katrina
Anthropologist's account of a family's evacuation from Louisiana yields lessons for future disaster recovery
Released  August 28, 2015
man looking at EEG data on the screen What happens when 'Aha!' strikes
Research at Drexel University shows sudden insights are real--and you can train your brain to have more
Released  August 3, 2015
Robin Dodsworth and people at a market As a Southern community changes, an accent fades
Southern accents are declining in North Carolina. What does that tell us about social dynamics?
Released  July 27, 2015
A female anopheles mosquito Breaking the cycle of malaria transmission
Discovery of protein could lead to treatment that creates 'dead end' for malaria parasite
Released  July 23, 2015
student looking at a smart phone and computer screen Making Makers in Nedlam's Workshop
Makerspace at Massachusetts high school lets diverse students design new technologies
Released  July 15, 2015
Baby face Baby biases
Infants develop feelings about those who are like them and different from them at an early age
Released  July 10, 2015
Child looking outside the window from a high floor No fear of falling
Research investigates how infants learn to become wary of heights
Released  July 9, 2015
Baby in brain scanner Mental word practice
Simply listening prompts speech practice before an infant's first words
Released  July 8, 2015
Mother and father reading to unborn baby. Rhyme time for fetuses
Research provides evidence of learning and memory six weeks prior to birth
Released  July 7, 2015
students in a lab working Making the Maker movement accessible
Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, develop tools to let individuals with diverse abilities design assistive technologies
Released  July 6, 2015
Kid on a stationary bike in the Hank Virtual Environments Lab Beyond looking both ways
SBE-funded researchers ask a fundamental safety question: What are kids thinking when crossing the street?
Released  June 26, 2015
hand hold a robotic hand Veterans will be first to try cyber physical therapy
High-speed research networks help scientists develop and deploy future health technologies
Released  June 9, 2015
Police on the street in Boston Marathon bombing aftermath Responding to terror (again): A study of the Boston Marathon bombing
Media exposure to prior tragedies may sensitize people to new disasters
Released  May 21, 2015
hands of a man behind bars Justice intersects with research on federal review committee
NSF's Jon Gould talks about his new role with a panel evaluating a critical part of the justice system
Released  May 8, 2015
William Newman Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions
But math and science are refining ways to predict and limit impact of disasters
Released  May 7, 2015
A University Success student working with seals on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. Increasing opportunities for Alaska Natives in science and engineering
An evolving pipeline model promotes STEM careers while changing attitudes
Released  April 30, 2015
Collage of images showing algae in alakes and researcher Earth Day is on the horizon. But is 'greener' always better?
Not when it's the bright green waters of algae-fouled lakes and rivers
Released  April 15, 2015
Timothy Verstynen in graveyard holding a plastic skull and brain. A craving for brains (and knowledge)
Timothy Verstynen on using pop culture, including zombies and podcasting, to talk about serious research
Released  April 13, 2015
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015
Nurses next to a robotic patient in a hospital bed How robots can help build better doctors
Research seeks to make better 'human patient simulators'
Released  April 7, 2015
Image showing a neuron with a ray of light and the text photo gallery Exploring the unknown frontier of the brain
James L. Olds, head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University describes why and how NSF-funded researchers are working to understand the healthy brain
Released  April 2, 2015
Maria Carmen Lemos talking to a local man Exploring the human side of climate change adaptation
Maria Carmen Lemos is looking to develop conceptual models that can help policymakers around the world make solid decisions about adapting to climate change
Released  April 2, 2015
Kettering University students participating in a community cleanup Igniting change in Vehicle City
Kettering University leads effort to improve city services in Flint, Mich., through high-speed networking
Released  March 24, 2015
woman exercising in front of monitor Fitness app connects exercisers to experts
NSF-supported Fitnet uses powerful computing and networking infrastructure to enable new capabilities
Released  March 23, 2015
Geologist Jeff Johnson working in the inner crater of Villarrica, an active volcano in Chile. Listen to the pulse of an erupting volcano: Chile's Villarrica
Scientists use infrasound instruments to record volcano's "circulation"
Released  March 13, 2015
Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015
student and teacher working at a  computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015
Teachers in front of a building Encouraging diversity in computer science education
Effort from University of Virginia trains teachers to recruit, appeal to all students
Released  March 7, 2015
students and teachers at a conference Artful coders
AP Computer Science Principles draws arts students into computational thinking in Alabama
Released  March 6, 2015
two images of a snowflake Road safety through snowflake imaging
Technology that delivers incredible mid-air snowflake images may now help improve road safety
Released  March 2, 2015

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