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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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animation of a humanoid robot walking Firmer footing for robots with smart walking sticks
SupraPed robotic platform designed at Stanford uses smart staffs to improve balance, mobility
Released  November 25, 2014
Ohio State's Adaptive Suspension Vehicle (ASV) and engineers A foundation for robotics
NSF celebrates more than 40 years supporting U.S. robotics research
Released  November 21, 2014
A humanoid robot from MIT lab A day in the life of Robotina
What might daily life be like for a research robot that's training to work closely with humans?
Released  November 20, 2014
illustration showing wall of a wood cell New technology uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials
Research offers sustainable solutions that may have strong benefits to building, construction, automobile and aircraft industries
Released  November 19, 2014
Sunny Shah Testing for pathogens
Innovation Corps researchers focus on medical applications rather than food safety in response to customer needs
Released  October 30, 2014
cropping patterns over north Texas Selling and buying water rights
NSF Innovation Corps awardees founded the company Mammoth Trading to provide a neutral, centralized resource
Released  October 29, 2014
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 Health care 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 startup 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
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