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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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person with EEG cap looking at art At the intersection of neuroscience and art
Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity
Released  November 17, 2015
researcher setting a rat trap Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out
Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015
smart meter installation New electricity meters are smart -- but are they trusted?
Research examines how customers feel about key part of smart grid
Released  October 27, 2015
illustration showing computers and other electornic devices, a satellite The future of encryption
NSF-supported researchers are working to develop new, more robust encryption technologies
Released  October 22, 2015
chart and numbers Accurate data that drives educated policy decisions
NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics focuses on the U.S. research and development enterprise
Released  October 20, 2015
smartphone being held The source of statistics: New frontiers in survey methodology
NSF-sponsored research looks into how a changing technological landscape affects survey collection
Released  October 20, 2015
An infographic shows examples of how NSF-supported cybersecurity research protects people Infographic: How NSF-supported research keeps you safe online
NSF investments in interdisciplinary research helped develop many of the web's basic protections
Released  October 19, 2015
part of building with the word Bank on it Cybersecurity research looks to guard networks from 'insider threats'
Experts mine computer system data to find potential vulnerabilities
Released  October 15, 2015
Josh Pauli working with a student in the lab. Creating a white hat nation
Josh Pauli, Director of the CyberCorps program at Dakota State University, explains what it takes to train an army of ethical cybersecurity experts
Released  October 9, 2015
hand holding a magnifying glass over the world map with the word protect When hackers talk, this research team listens
Online conversations help fill critical gap in cybersecurity knowledge about attackers' motivations, possible targets
Released  October 8, 2015
Mota cave dig site From a very old skeleton, new insights on ancient migrations
Discovery in Ethiopia yields first ancient human genome sequence from Africa
Released  October 8, 2015
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
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 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
Brian Nosek and reporter Video: The basics of reproducibility
The president of the Center for Open Science discusses his work
Released  September 1, 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
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 at the UMBC 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

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