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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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bacteria infected by a virus Harnessing the power of viruses to improve wastewater treatment
Researcher developing a system to isolate and replicate a natural phenomenon that removes pollutants and other contaminants
Released  September 11, 2014
Stream restoration involving reconnection of an urban waterway near Baltimore with its floodplain. A river runs through it: U.S. cities' waterways show consistent patterns of evolution
Urban waters record salt in our food, cement in our sidewalks
Released  September 10, 2014
artist's rendition showing the dinosaur's likely paleoenvironment. Paleontologists discover new species of titanosaurian dinosaur in Tanzania
Rare find of sauropod dinosaur skeleton from Africa
Released  September 8, 2014
Tree swallows Swallows of the western skies
International team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions
Released  September 5, 2014
male scientist at work Labor Day Q&A: Opportunities in STEM
Preparation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics offers broad range of career pathways
Released  August 29, 2014
Patricia Wright shouldering a lemur Renowned scientist/conservationist Patricia Wright campaigns to save severely endangered lemurs
Patricia Wright describes her passion for lemurs in a video interview
Released  August 27, 2014
stack of liquid metal droplets Changing the shape and function of liquid metal
Researchers study gallium to design adjustable electronic components, including new types of antennas
Released  August 26, 2014
Mark Clementz samples teeth from the lower jaw of a manatee Understanding how ancestors of today's mammals responded to climate change
Research provides valuable insights for future environmental challenges
Released  August 18, 2014
Children taking a test. Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking
Study aims to uncover processes that help improve theoretical knowledge
Released  August 14, 2014
Student in science class with balance. Unlocking the secrets of children's complex thinking: The studies
Researchers question how executive function influences the process of learning
Released  August 14, 2014
Manjul Bhargava in the classroom Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava: Mathematics is the pursuit of beauty
Manjul Bhargava, winner of the 2014 Fields Medal, has developed new methods in the geometry of numbers
Released  August 14, 2014
graphic showing structured placement used to wring out optimizations in chip layout Can our computers continue to get smaller and more powerful?
University of Michigan computer scientist reviews frontier technologies to determine fundamental limits of computer scaling
Released  August 13, 2014
Julia PArrish Citizen scientists take on problem of Pacific plastics
Citizen science group COASST attacks massive problem of ocean garbage
Released  August 11, 2014
Loihi Seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes. Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life
Elaborate Hawaiian seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes
Released  August 7, 2014
Linxia Gu with a stent catheter and a doctoral student Studying the changes that cells and tissue undergo when a stent is introduced
Research could improve prevention and treatment option for restenosis
Released  August 7, 2014
Ahi tuna heads on display at the market Mercury in the world's oceans: On the rise
New results show three times as much in upper oceans since Industrial Revolution times
Released  August 6, 2014
girl taking a photo of a plant with a smart phone With 'Plum Landing,' PBS uses apps to get kids outside
Kids following the example of an animated purple alien named Plum have uploaded more than 70,000 photos and drawings of nature, says PBS
Released  August 4, 2014
Image of Bacillus subtillis. Researchers investigate remarkable approach to desalination
Rice scientists reprogram protein pairs; attempt to modify bacterial decisions
Released  August 3, 2014
fire ants on a plant Border crossing: 10 things to know about invasive fire ants on the march
Are fire ants using habitat corridors to advance the front?
Released  August 1, 2014
Julian Goldman Helping healthcare technologies communicate
Doctor develops open-source software to link healthcare systems at home and in hospitals
Released  August 1, 2014
Bijan Pesaran, New York University Complexity of eye-hand coordination
Research helps understand how brain systems interact to carry out cognitive processes
Released  August 1, 2014
monitor showing heart rate Healthcare that follows you from home to hospital and back
University of Missouri researcher links fall detection system with other medical technologies at Smart America Expo
Released  July 31, 2014
man with unmanned vehicle (UAV) Drones for disaster relief
Texas researchers demonstrate unmanned aerial vehicles capable of providing wireless communications to storm-ravaged areas
Released  July 29, 2014
3-D Printer Local 3-D printing hubs bring manufacturing back to US
NSF-supported start-up demonstrates method for finding, printing parts locally
Released  July 28, 2014
A black beetle with water droplets on its back Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, NSF-funded engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid
Released  July 24, 2014
Tele-robotics puts robot power at your fingertips
University of Washington research enables robot-assisted surgery and underwater spill prevention
Released  July 23, 2014
Dogs Dispatches from a connected future
Researchers from academia, government and industry team up to create networked solutions to society's problems
Released  July 22, 2014
discarded coconut husks Transforming waste in order to transform people's lives
Essentium Materials converts coconut husk fibers into materials for cars and homes
Released  July 22, 2014
French green clays in pots, bottles and soap on a counter New answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections: clay minerals?
Researchers discover natural clay deposits with antibacterial properties
Released  July 17, 2014
physics professor with undergraduates (Really) learning physics
Sustained investment in 'peer instruction' leads to wide-scale use of innovative teaching practice in undergraduate physics education and a Minerva Prize for NSF-funded physicist Eric Mazur
Released  July 16, 2014
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