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Computing 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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Images of original, input, scene matches, and output. Image Building
New computer technology mines photo databases for missing imagery
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of a man's hands cuffed behind his back. Offering New HOPE in the Balance Of Security and Civil Liberties
Data analytics gives law enforcement and intelligence agencies powerful tools that still protect privacy and civil liberties
Released  December 2, 2008
Photo of Jonathan Arnold and Heinz-Bernd Schuttler discussing their work on biological clocks. The Biological Clock's Incredible Influence Revealed
University of Georgia researchers find that the number of genes under the control of the biological clock in bread mold is dramatically higher than previously reported
Released  November 5, 2008
Photo of basmati rice before harvest. Using Your Computer to Grow More Nutritious Rice for a Hungry World
Computational biologists use a powerful distributed computing network to research rice genome for increased yields of more nourishing rice varieties
Released  October 14, 2008
Image showing a visualization study of inbound traffic on the NSFNET T1 backbone for September 1991. Mysteries of the Unregulated Internet
Researchers develop an alert system and protocol improvements to keep Internet traffic flowing smoothly
Released  September 29, 2008
A computer-generated image showing the "family" of switches and how they are related. Finding the Switches to Our Cells' 'Computer'
Thousands of memory switches inside our cells help them remember and function
Released  September 24, 2008
Spiral raises the level of abstraction for complete automation without sacrifices in performance. Teaching Computers How to Write Fast Software
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University develop a framework to replace the human programmer in high performance numerical library development
Released  August 8, 2008
Photograph of the compact muon solenoid detector at CERN. Physicists Gear Up for Huge Data Flow
University of Nebraska researchers build a computer center to handle the flood of data expected from the world's next-generation particle accelerator
Released  August 7, 2008
Photo of Jessica Alba and recipients of 2008 A.M.P.A.S Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards. The Man Behind Amazing Movie Simulations
He may not be as famous as Johnny Depp or Jessica Alba, but Oscar-winner Ron Fedkiw creates 3-D models of liquids that have had a major impact on Hollywood and our lives
Released  July 24, 2008
A picture of the setting sun off the coast of Estonia and the letter "A." Cracking the Code of Images
New software easily detects pictures' hidden messages
Released  July 15, 2008
Plot of genetic markers and world map graphic. Computer Program Reveals Anyone's Ancestry
Researchers develop computer algorithm that can trace the genetic ancestry of thousands of individuals in minutes
Released  May 5, 2008
Mike Wininger at the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Hsinchu Xian, Taiwan At the Crossroads of Stem Cells and Computer Science
A Rutgers University graduate student takes readers on a journey from Piscataway, New Jersey, to Hsinchu, Taiwan, and shares some experiences with East-West collaboration, stem cell sorting and computer science
Released  March 20, 2008
Photo of two men in at a whiteboard Using Abstract Mathematics to Solve Real-World Problems
Researcher's mathematical theory used in new technologies to destroy cancerous tumors
Released  March 5, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
Photo of 2 people and a 3-D tessellated image of a brain projected on a large monitor. Brain Surgery: It Really Is Brain Surgery
Dynamic 3-D computer modeling tracks brain changes during surgery
Released  August 31, 2007
aerial view of wildfire, smoke and flames covering large area of field The Evolution of California Firefighting
What does high performance wireless networking have to do with fighting wildfires? Plenty, according to California fire captain Ron Serabia.
Released  May 25, 2007
Illustration of computer screen and sensor embedded in a bridge span. Life Can Be a Strain
From enormous mining trucks to human knee implants, sensor technology is teaching us when enough is enough
Released  February 21, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
With strong magnetic fields and cold temperatures, magnetic order in barium-copper silicate emerges. Purple Haze
Ancient pigment reveals secrets about unusual state of matter
Released  July 11, 2006
Larva on leaf Earth's Biodiversity Now on Your Desktop
Global Web service connects vast networks of primary biodiversity data
Released  April 20, 2006
Watch this "Virtual Cell" animation to learn how proteins are transported in a cell. Virtual Tools Add New Dimension to Learning
Internet-based resources educate students about archaeology, biology, computer science and geology
Released  April 12, 2006
Sally Mangold describes the original SAL Electronic Braille Tutor Teaches Independence
Bilingual system reborn in new hardware
Released  February 13, 2006
The challenge is to assign each grant application to the appropriate reviewers. Computer Program Streamlines Complex Work Scheduling
Chemical engineers develop an algorithm that could transform scheduling
Released  December 6, 2005
Fingerprint image quality through subsequent generations of genetic algorithm evolution. Man Against Machine
Computer-generated method outperforms human-designed program for fingerprint improvement
Released  September 1, 2005
Image shows two molecules binding to a larger molecule. Molecules in Motion: Computer Simulations Lead to a Better Understanding of Protein Structures
A California researcher is using the world's most powerful supercomputers to simulate the behavior of molecules. The work could have significant health benefits.
Released  July 29, 2005
Screen capture from video showing surgeon and robot in an operating room Robots in the OR -- Stat!
Penelope the robot may free nurses to do more "human" tasks
Released  April 28, 2005
Man reading newspaper with headline NSF Tops in Computer Funding New Analysis Method Ranks National Science Foundation As Tops For Computer Science Funding
New data shows NSF has the highest ranking among national and international agencies for funding high-impact computer and information science research.
Released  December 16, 2004
World map showing the spread of the Code Red worm in 2001 Network Telescope Offers Global View of Internet's Dark Side
UCSD's network telescope looks at the dark side of the Internet--traffic destined for a part of the Internet with legal addresses but no active computers. By watching this supposedly dark Internet, researchers have shed light on malicious activities.
Released  October 13, 2004
Portion of Digital Libraries I logo. On the Origins of Google
Even in the early days of the Internet, people saw the need for better interfaces to growing data collections. A graduate student supported by an NSF digital library project at Stanford University uncovered the missing links in Web page ranking.
Released  August 17, 2004
Photo of a computer disk drive. From Moonbounce to Hard Drives: Correcting More Errors Than Previously Thought Possible
What does a Nobel laureate need to bounce a radio signal off the moon? A good error-correcting code, for one thing. Now, a breakthrough error-correction method has turned almost 40 years of conventional wisdom in digital communications on its head.
Released  August 11, 2004

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