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Science of Innovation logo Science of Innovation (2016)
From 3-D bioprinting that could one day generate heart tissue to origami-inspired structures built for medicine and space exploration, a new set of educational videos continues an exploration begun in 2013 inside the creative process that leads to innovation.
Date Updated: February 18, 2016
Still from animation of merger of two black holes LIGO: Einstein Was Right
A century ago, Albert Einstein predicted gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of space-time that result from the universe's most violent phenomena. A hundred years later, NSF-funded researchers using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) have detected gravitational waves.
Date Updated: February 11, 2016
Student and teacher Computer Science Is for All Students
NSF-funded research is building the necessary foundations for implementing rigorous and engaging computer science education. A wide range of resources, including instructional materials and support for teachers and schools, have been prototyped across the U.S.
Date Updated: January 30, 2016
Nanotechnology: Super Small Science Nanotechnology: Super Small Science
A six-part video series howing how atoms and molecules that are thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair can be used as building blocks to create future technology.
Date Updated: January 25, 2016
Cybersecurity: Tech, tools and training to safegua Cybersecurity: Tech, tools and training to safeguard the future
Cybersecurity is one of the defining issues of our time. Cutting-edge, NSF-supported social and technical research -- as well as education and workforce development programs--are helping protect our national, and personal, security.
Date Updated: October 30, 2015
Fireman against a wildfire When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards
A 10-part video series spotlighting the fundamental scientific research NSF funds to improve predictability and risk assessment and reduce the impact of catastrophic events.
Date Updated: September 29, 2015
laser beam Height of light: Progress in lasers and other light sources
Lasers have long energized our imaginations, bringing us light sabers and holodecks. In reality, light-based technologies, based on basic properties, materials and designs, enable our modern lifestyles.
Date Updated: June 18, 2015
3-D view of stained hippocampus Understanding the Brain
NSF aims to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain, in action and in context, through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology and workforce development. Learn about NSF’s cross-foundational activities in brain research including the BRAIN Initiative.
Date Updated: June 9, 2015
Beyond Today's Internet Beyond Today's Internet
By investing in future Internet architectures, networking protocols and applications, and communities of researchers, NSF continues to advance the capabilities afforded by the Internet.
Date Updated: March 25, 2015
Lifepreserver icon Life savers: Resilient designs to weather hazards
Disasters don't have to be disastrous. Engineering advances enable buildings and infrastructure to better withstand any size of natural, technological or malicious hazard.
Date Updated: February 3, 2015
Broader impacts special report Broader impacts: Improving society
Scientific progress comes in all shapes and sizes. Disparate fields, researchers and methods united by one thing: potential. Every NSF grant has the potential to advance knowledge and benefit society--what we call broader impacts.
Date Updated: November 12, 2014
Cyber-physical systems Cyber-physical systems: Enabling a smart and connected world
Cyber-physical systems integrate sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure, connecting them to the Internet and to each other. NSF is a leader in supporting advances in the fundamental knowledge and tools to make cyber-physical systems a reality.
Date Updated: November 6, 2014
Ecology of Infectious Diseases Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
West Nile virus. Hantavirus. Lyme disease. Infectious diseases are spreading in animals and humans. Is our interaction with the environment somehow responsible?
Date Updated: October 6, 2014
Illustration of a plant High-tech harvest: Engineering agriculture's future
Droughts, floods and pests test the resilience of our agricultural systems as demand for a cheap, reliable food supply grows. Engineers continue to provide new tools to raise agricultural production and efficiency.
Date Updated: September 23, 2014
Robotic hand Brain power: Bright ideas and smart tools for neuroengineering
Engineers work to understand and harness the power of the brain. Explore how neurotechnologies are becoming a seamless part of daily life.
Date Updated: April 24, 2014
Silouhette of person and telescope Comet ISON Challenge
Around the world, astronomy enthusiasts and the public will be buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences, along with Astronomy and Discover magazines, is holding a unique contest centered on capturing images of the comet.
Date Updated: April 14, 2014
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