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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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Blue mussel larvae settled on a rope. How to grow mussels   
Researchers optimize growing conditions and practices to improve mussel farming
Released  September 25, 2014    
Researchers study plants in a greenhouse. Building the framework for the future of biofuels   
Do plant-based fuels offer a realistic reprieve from a fossil-powered future? An ASU engineer examines the full cycle
Released  September 24, 2014    
Photo of dried kenaf, a plant similar to bamboo Plant-based building materials may boost energy savings   
Insulation for homes of the future may be harvested from fields of kenaf, an alternative to fiberglass
Released  September 23, 2014    
People stand in a food bank storage area. Engineering a better food bank   
Key nodes in a vast national food distribution system, food banks manage complex logistics that help connect families to farms
Released  September 22, 2014    
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    
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    
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    
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    
John Patten and Deepak Ravindra New tool, savings for manufacturing hard materials   
Laser device could have major impact for manufacturing electronics, computer chips, lenses, windows and mirrors
Released  July 16, 2014    
a sample of charged iron in a recipient New, high-energy rechargeable batteries   
Researchers develop molten air battery with commercial potential
Released  June 27, 2014    
iron oxide nanoparticle binding to a cell membrane Chemical engineer studies how to design the best materials with the least environmental impact   
Researcher examines nanoparticle-membrane interactions to determine safety
Released  June 27, 2014    
researcher and students experiment with a mannequin A new tool for the early detection of heart failure   
Researchers believe it will save lives and result in big savings to health care costs
Released  June 20, 2014    
children assembling test circuits Engineering for all   
The "maker movement" shines a spotlight on DIY design and manufacturing
Released  June 17, 2014    
Henry Fu with simulation device Microorganisms: Studying the mechanics of their locomotion   
Research has potential for improvements in treating diseases and reproductive health and creating new drug delivery systems
Released  June 5, 2014    
Image of glial cells in a mouse brain The beautiful brain cells you don't know about   
Hint: They're not neurons
Released  June 3, 2014    
network for fast-charging cars Energy-efficient technologies developed with people in mind   
Engineer studies human behavior and how it relates to consumer decision-making
Released  May 23, 2014    
Slide collage and words Funding as Fulcrum--NSF & the I/UCRC Program    
NSF’s Industry and University Cooperative Research program pays big dividends for science and engineering
Released  May 19, 2014    
The whole nervous system of a worm. Engineers ask the brain to say, "Cheese!"   
How do we take an accurate picture of the world’s most complex biological structure?
Released  May 19, 2014    
Hippocampus cells Artificial brains learn to adapt   
Neural networks imitate intelligence of biological brains
Released  May 15, 2014    
Screenshot from student-designed game Tech Sandbox: The playground of neural engineering   
University of Washington students compete in creating projects that demonstrate the core principles of neural engineering
Released  May 7, 2014    
Illustration of microtubules Engineering resilience in the brain   
Penn researchers model neural structures on the smallest scales to better understand traumatic brain injury
Released  May 5, 2014    
An illustration of multilayer graphene supported on an amorphous SiO2 substrate. Making graphene work for real-world devices   
Fundamental research in phonon scattering helps researchers design graphene materials for applications
Released  April 24, 2014    
Illustration of an eyeball with retinal implant How to build a brain-machine interface   
New-generation brain technologies are now in use thanks to new body-compatible materials, smaller electronics and better sensors designed by engineers
Released  April 24, 2014    
liquid asphalt rubber binder poured in a dish Old tires become material for new and improved roads   
"Crumb" rubber can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance
Released  April 21, 2014    
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