The Discovery Files

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

The Discovery Files

Neural evidence of early learning among infants who were coupled with a peer

The Discovery Files

New polymer coating that acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be applied like paint

The Discovery Files

World’s first passive anti-frosting surface fights ice with ice

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Why adolescence may be a particularly vulnerable period in emotional development

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First-of-its-kind study shows how an online course changed students' mindsets and beliefs about mathematics

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How ordinary Wi-Fi can be used to easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags

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New discovery about what drives the destructive migration of invasive sea lampreys

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NSF-funded researchers genetically engineer a bacterium that can make use of nitrogen sucked out of thin air

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A possible NSF-funded breakthrough in the recycling of plant waste and the production of sustainable chemicals needed for nylon, fuels and plastics

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Protein that helps electric fish avoid predators could lead to improved treatment for epilepsy

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NSF-funded MIT device uses ultrafast “frequency hopping” and data encryption to protect signals from hackers

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Alligators, mountain lions and killer whales explore new territory

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NSF-funded research on a treatment forecast for cancer patients to predict they will respond to chemo

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Research showing that plastic trash intensifies disease for coral