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Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) 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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burnt trees in a forest Future wildfires may burn large parts of landscapes
Scientists look back at fire history to see into the future
Released  October 6, 2015
fingers picking a test tube U.S. R&D increased in 2013, outpacing GDP
Business R&D performance continues to drive increases
Released  September 21, 2015
drawing showing an American kestrel  bird NSF awards $20.4 million for research on how humans, environment interact
Studies continue mission of Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program
Released  September 11, 2015
Wildfire in a forest In year of U.S. wildfires, Nepal earthquake, NSF awards $27.5 million in hazards research grants
Scientists will study ways to predict and respond to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, drought
Released  September 9, 2015
Gtwo men talking Video: A new perspective on police interrogations
The camera angle of an interrogation video can actually influence viewers, research finds
Released  September 3, 2015
Three women next to houses damaged by storm Documenting the invisible damage of Katrina
Anthropologist's account of a family's eight-year recovery after Hurricane Katrina yields lessons for future disasters
Released  August 28, 2015
person looking through a microscope Company R&D expenditures in U.S. increased 6.7 percent in 2013
Latest figures show companies invested more of their own funds
Released  August 21, 2015
Landscape photos and text, Conserving Water - Producing Energy - Sustaining Food New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system
Amid population growth, drought and increased urbanization, understanding food, energy and water availability is increasingly important
Released  August 14, 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
pygmy slow loris clinging to a branch Saving the slow loris
Fighting wildlife trafficking with interdisciplinary research and a legacy of international collaboration
Released  July 13, 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
multiple banknotes of U.S. and foreign currency Foreseeing US economic trends
Tim Kehoe's computer models gather international market data, predict impact of policy changes
Released  July 2, 2015
image of hand holding a pipette and petri dish in a lab Federal funding for science and engineering at universities down 6 percent
Latest figures show obligations down for R&D and facilities that support science and engineering
Released  June 30, 2015
Two images of a woman wearing Was the dress gold and white or blue and black?
Recent Internet discussion connects to the research of Laurence Maloney, whose study of visual color perception could help in understanding the progression of degenerative eye disorders
Released  June 26, 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
Christopher Collins Documenting endangered languages
The N|uu language, spoken by a few elderly people in South Africa, has features that help build a greater understanding of human language
Released  June 15, 2015
Lawrence Principe Research on chemistry's history guides coursework for today's undergrads
Lawrence Principe examines roots of study of chemistry
Released  June 5, 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
picture of Anne Kelly Knowles Geography and mapping give new dimension to study of the Holocaust
Research addresses questions about the scale of the Holocaust, the meaning of place, and the significance of spatial patterns
Released  May 19, 2015
microscope Latest figures show decline in federal funding for R&D, equipment, facilities in FY 2013
Projections show rising federal agency obligations in FY 2014 and FY 2015
Released  May 14, 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
scientist working in a lab Who earns a doctorate? More women, more foreigners, more minorities
Report provides latest research on trends in doctoral education
Released  April 29, 2015
a school of bigeye travellies fish Scientists map sustainability challenges in Baja California Sur fisheries
Conduct review of ecological and social data for 12 regions around Baja
Released  April 28, 2015
photo of the Capitol dome in Wahsington DC Federally funded R&D center spending declined, latest figures say
Spending has fallen since one-time federal infusion of funds in fiscal year 2009
Released  April 21, 2015
man working on a computer Science and engineering graduate school enrollment increases
Rise largely fueled by influx of foreign students
Released  April 17, 2015

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