The Discovery Files

An upbeat, entertaining look at the latest advances in NSF-funded science and engineering.

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Brain Awareness Week: New tech for reading signals from the brain could help people with movement disabilities

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Discovery about orange puffball sea sponges could make human-made structures tougher

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New NSF-funded “deep learning” method enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own

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A new NSF-funded stamp made from forests of carbon nanotubes prints electronic inks onto rigid and flexible surfaces

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Atlantic killifish living in 4 polluted estuaries adapt to highly toxic pollutants that should have killed them

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What if your contact lenses could communicate with your smartphone?

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New research on whether math skills at age five can predict math achievement at age 11

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NSF-funded research on why older adults with normal hearing still struggle to follow speech amidst background noise

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Wind patterns near supercell thunderstorms can help predict whether that storm will generate a tornado

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A new NSF-funded software called "Shuffler" preempts attacks from computer hackers

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NSF-funded sonar technology that allows you to interact with mobile devices by writing or gesturing on any nearby surfaces

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How one NSF-funded researcher is dramatically increasing the yield and quality of soybeans

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NSF-funded life-changing, history-making surgery brings back some sense of touch for quadriplegic man

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Study finds notable differences in baby sizes, suggesting birth method could play a role in how kids develop

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A way to neutralize certain network hack attacks by diverting the hacker to a decoy network

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Relying only on their mind -- the ability for someone with paralysis to communicate in a way fast enough for meaningful conversation

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New algorithm makes it easier to determine if someone has faked an Amazon or Yelp review or paid for popularity on Twitter

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MIT neuroscientists identify two brain regions that help merge fleeting views of surroundings into seamless, 360-degree panoramic memories

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Perception of weight – too heavy or too skinny – may be tied to genes inherited from parents, especially for woman