The Discovery Files

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

The Discovery Files

Getting a particular charge out of tiny holes and cracks in a material

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Experimental device offers surgeons a safe, simple alternative to sutures or surgical staples for certain procedures

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Water-soluble, biocompatible assassins kill cancer cells in the bloodstream

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New optical device to detect drugs, bomb-making chemicals and more

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New evidence of how young children are when they start to learn about some aspects of reading and writing

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NSF-funded nontoxic glue modeled after adhesive proteins produced by mussels outperforms commercially available products

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Exposing baby cacao plants to microbes from healthy adult cacao plants produces a key benefit

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New NSF-funded tool could revolutionize the way we detect, treat pathogens

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NSF-funded Michigan State University engineers design a paper-thin, flexible device that can act as a loudspeaker and microphone

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A new method for digital information processing in living cells

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NSF-funded neuroscientists shed light on how the brain coordinates complex decisions involving altruism and empathy

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Special coatings that chemically "communicate" with bacteria, telling them what to do

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New way to recover almost 100 percent of the water from highly concentrated salt solutions

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NSF-funded engineers develop optical fiber sensitive enough to hear the beating of heart muscle cells

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NSF-funded pacemaker system able to catch 100 percent of mimicked malware attacks

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Study finds birth method could play a role in how kids develop

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NSF-funded Purdue University research could lead to more effective termite control

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First numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study, characterize the scattering of debris particles in tornadoes

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New research adds to a growing body of evidence that there's a health cost to our increasingly illuminated nights