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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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Ming-Hsuan Yang Teaching a computer to perceive the world without human input
Researcher's work could lead to assistive technology for the visually impaired, traffic modeling, and improved navigation and surveillance in robots
Released  September 20, 2013
Human heart surrounded by electrical orb. Researchers envision switching a heart beat on and off with light
Relatively new field of optogenetics may offer solutions for cardiac arrhythmia
Released  September 19, 2013
Robert Drewell Understanding how our genes help us develop
Humans and fruit flies have similar Hox genes, which are master regulators of embryonic development
Released  September 12, 2013
Graduate Student Jackson English installing crack displacement sensors on the Watts Towers Engineers, art conservators collaborate to preserve iconic L.A. landmark
NEES earthquake engineers monitor the structural soundness of the historic Watts Towers
Released  September 10, 2013
Researchers in front of the Big Blue Baby machine Cold-formed steel rebuilds earthquake-resistant architecture
A doctoral student discusses the engineering of earthquake-resistant buildings and the results of a recent shake table test.
Released  September 6, 2013
electric ghost knifefish from South America Electric fish may hold answers to better understanding of sensory abilities and movement
Research could lead to robots that can move and "sense" in highly cluttered and dark underwater environments
Released  September 3, 2013
Photo of students exploring a pond ecosystem with mobile phones. Nature field trips go digital
Harvard researchers tame the next learning frontier with mobile phones, environmental probes and virtual reality
Released  August 29, 2013
Samples of cement-polyvinyl fiber mixture; fiberglass column; carbon fiber column; nickel titanium Strong, elastic "smart materials" aid design of earthquake-resistant bridges
Earthquake researchers test out a super-elastic material known as nitinol, with promising results
Released  August 27, 2013
A sky with red sprites Is it a bird, a plane, a UFO? It's a...red sprite
Strange lights in the sky studied by atmospheric scientists
Released  August 26, 2013
Robotic structure under water Underwater robotics competition helps students build skills for ocean occupations
Annual competition, sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technological Education Center, gives competitors a taste of the real-life capabilities needed to maintain an ocean observing system
Released  August 23, 2013
Photo of tree trunks in a coastal redwood forest California's iconic redwoods in danger from fire and infectious disease
Pathogen that causes sudden oak death leaves redwoods vulnerable to fire
Released  August 21, 2013
Photo of the Philadelphia skyline at night Detecting social patterns from shifting dialects
A powerful computer program allows scientists to map shifts in regional accents. Such research can aid development of speech recognition technology
Released  August 20, 2013
Mool Gupta Inspired by nature: textured materials to aid industry and military
Innovation Corps team developed metals and plastic that repel water, capture sunlight and prevent ice buildup
Released  August 19, 2013
Stephen DiMagno in his lab From fundamental science to Innovation Corps: Technology to develop new therapeutic medicines
Researcher founded company that manufactures molecules that become imaging agents for managing cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders
Released  August 15, 2013
supreme court building in washington dc Baseball, search engines and the Supreme Court
The Oyez Project multimedia archive includes a searchable trove of oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court since 1955
Released  August 13, 2013
Photo of wildfire next to a house and forest in Arizona As large Western wildfires increase, scientists look for answers
What are the causes and impacts of the upsurge in U.S. Western wildfires?
Released  August 8, 2013
Matthew Hahn Genomic and computational tools provide window to distant past
Researcher studies gene differences in humans and other species to better understand timeline of genetic changes
Released  August 8, 2013
Math coach working with students In Nebraska, university and school districts build formula for better math education
Support from local foundations spurs growth at an innovative NSF-funded partnership working to close the math achievement gap
Released  August 2, 2013
Shari Stockero Studying and Improving Teacher Education Experiences
Researcher hopes to incorporate her findings into teacher education coursework, initially in mathematics instruction
Released  July 31, 2013
collage of various pictures showing researchers, seafans and corals Sick Sea Fans: Undersea "Doctors" to the Rescue
Scientists discover genes involved in immunity of sea fans to coral diseases
Released  July 24, 2013
Diagram showing an experimental polymer and molecular structures of various substances Center Creates Polymers Made From Safe and Renewable Natural Resources
Researchers partner with more than 25 companies to conduct research and development
Released  July 24, 2013
Photo of researcher and a colleague in a sound booth using a computer to record sound Computer Algorithms Reveal How the Brain Processes and Perceives Sound in Noisy Environments
Scientist hopes basic research will lead to better products that enhance communication applications in cell phones and hearing aids, for example, and in a variety of settings
Released  July 18, 2013
Laurie Garrow Using Big Data to Design Policies to Improve Airline Customers' Experiences
Researcher explores ways to better understand how customers respond to airline practices
Released  July 15, 2013
Song holding grasshopper nymphs Controlling Destructive Locusts by Manipulating Their Genetics
Researcher seeks novel method that won’t harm other species or their environment
Released  July 11, 2013
eruption of Fuego volcano, Guatemala Studying Mini Earthquakes Provides Clues to Volcanic Behavior
Researchers explore causes and pathways of volcanic eruptions to better predict major eruptions
Released  July 3, 2013
Mountain with dried trees in a forest overlooking Grand Lake, Colorado Ghosts of Forests Past: Bark Beetles Kill Lodgepole Pines, Affecting Entire Watersheds
Bark beetle epidemic changing water quality as well as forest health
Released  June 27, 2013
Closeup image of a porous nanostructured particle made from fly ash Recyclable Fly Ash Material Cleans Up Oil Spills
Scientists create zeolites that remove oil from polluted water and return the oil to the processing plant
Released  June 27, 2013
Christopher J. Marx, Harvard University Redefining Adaptation, the Study of How Populations Grow and Survive
Researcher also engages educators and students in an open forum
Released  June 27, 2013
Karen Oberhauser with children observing a flowering plant White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology
"Champions of Change" recognized for engaging non-scientists in research
Released  June 25, 2013
Photo of sun radiating over highway filled with cars in traffic in Phoenix Summertime: Hot Time in the City
Parks are islands of coolness in cities' urban heat
Released  June 21, 2013

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