Watch CERN engineers explain the work during the laboratory's long shutdown to prepare the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to run at a higher collision energy of 13 TeV. Teams are working hard for the upcoming restart. The first circulating beams of protons in the LHC are planned for the week beginning 23 March, and first 13 TeV collisions are expected in late May to early June.
Technology & Engineering
Technology and Engineering bridge the gap between what the mind can imagine and what the laws of nature allow. While scientists seek to discover what is not yet known, engineers apply fundamental science to design and develop new devices and systems—technology—to solve societal problems. Technological and engineering innovations then return the favor by affecting human—as well as other animal species'—the ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.
Smaller, smarter and faster radar systems could save lives, money when severe weather strikes
Endometrial cancer affects 48,000 women per year in the United States. For patients with tumors greater than two centimeters in diameter, the effected organ(s) and lymph nodes may be surgically removed. Yet post-surgery analysis shows that only 22 percent of patients had metastasis, meaning 78 percent of these surgeries may have been unnecessary. How can doctors predict which patients need surgery?
A team of engineers are using magnetic force to design new and improved instruments for minimally invasive surgery. The use of magnetic actuation allows them to create tools that are more flexible and more powerful than conventional designs, which place the instruments on the end of long sticks. The first device of this type that they have designed is an organ retractor that repositions organs like the liver when required for an operation. They are also applying this approach to create new laser and radio-frequency scalpels.
Versatile drones interact with the environment.
In industry, fragile or difficult-to-grip items require a delicate touch. That's why Empire Robotics, funded by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program, is bringing the VERSABALL to the marketplace.
The growing database is helping researchers discover new insights and it could become a powerful tool for diagnosis
Researches study methods to reduce antibiotics in the environment and microbes' resistance to them.
Engineers and scientists collaborate with industry to realize the potential of light waves in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and much more.
MIT roboticists are developing smart assembly line robots that will learn from experience working alongside humans
At the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2014, Xandem Technology showed off a prototype that uses radio waves to track human body movement. Applications for this product could revolutionize industries like personal home security.
WHOI engineers develop a new type of ocean robot
Keen Home co-founder Nayeem Hussain explains how the smart vents integrate into daily life. Keen Homes is funded through NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program.
NSF-funded small business Applied Biosensors has created sensors that continuously monitor multiple biomarkers. The core technology has implications for biomedical research, water quality management and metabolic monitoring, among others.
Researchers work to counter a new class of coffee shop hackers
Researchers are shrinking the massive space needed for synchotron X-rays to the size of a tabletop.
Engineers supported by the National Science Foundation are learning what ingredients and conditions cause spot fire ignition.
These flexible devices would monitor, treat chronic wounds and communicate progress wirelessly
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Before a new material can succeed as a structural component, it must fail.