October 22, 2021


The world of science and technology

Brought To You By NSF

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Each year, in the U.S. and around the globe, earthquakes, storms, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters claim lives and leave thousands displaced. They destroy property, devastate communities and strain social systems ranging from healthcare to food supplies

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For generations, children’s television and other informal learning supported by NSF has sparked a lifelong interest in science. This September marks 25 years since Scholastic’s Magic School Bus veered off the written page and into our television sets, bringing with it a credo that emphasized taking chances, making mistakes and getting messy.

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For centuries, to know the cosmos meant looking skyward, peering through a lens, and tracking the motions and properties of distant objects and events. Today, finding answers to the universe’s many remaining secrets requires a much broader approach, from research teams that can include thousands of scientists to “lenses” that capture more than light.

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ocean water in a pipe hole with text on top The deep brought to you by NSF

We live in an age of discovery. Humans may have mapped and explored much of the world’s continental terrain, but roughly 80 percent of this planet remains mysterious. Our oceans and waterways affect our weather, our atmosphere, where we live, what we eat and countless other aspects of our lives. But we still have so much to discover about the oceans and seafloor.

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alternate world with text, your world brought to you by NSF

The National Science Foundation is closer than you think. Spend time texting, tweeting, talking or browsing on a mobile device? Smartphones are jam-packed with technologies generated from NSF-funded basic research. Thanks to NSF, you can surf, even if you can’t swim. NSF helped create the superhighway that became the Internet, and, it also gave us Google.

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visualization of Internet connections in the United States with text on top Innovation brought to you by NSF

Before the internet was commercialized, before your phone was smart, before there was a picture of a black hole, there was an NSF-funded researcher pursuing their curiosity. NSF-funded research has laid the foundation for many of the groundbreaking discoveries and game-changing technologies we know today.

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