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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.
In this episode, Jordan and Charlie chat about the origins of life, polar bears in the summer time and what it takes to limit energy consumption at home.
ApneaApp is a solution for detecting sleep apnea events on a smartphone.
Scientists test different conservation messages to find out which have the most impact on energy consumption
NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials is developing biodegradable metals for surgical implants
In this episode, Charlie and Jordan delve into a study of mammoth proportions, chat about a new 3-D printed soft robot and an advance in breast cancer research.
To treat oral cancer, NSF-funded small business Privo Technologies has created a platform that delivers treatments directly to the affected area. Privo develops new classes of targeted treatments, such as chemotherapy drugs, designed to be delivered through the mouth's mucous membranes.
The Mars Rover game introduces educational content in a fun and rewarding 3-D gaming experience.
A series of immersive virtual reality experiments has now confirmed that the human brain's internal navigation system works in the same fashion as the grid cell system, a specialized neural network, identified in a number of other mammals.
This video highlights three Princeton University researchers who are striving to improve people's lives through innovations in science and engineering. Their research topics include blood sugar monitoring, computer interaction and genes related to cancer.
Through a new synthetic approach called Liquid Assisted Grinding, we can synthesize inexpensive and environmentally friendly dyes for dye sensitized solar cells.
Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, Science Now is a weekly newscast covering some of the latest in NSF-funded innovation and advances across all areas and disciplines, from astronomy to zoology. This fast paced, news round-up reports many of the week's top stories.
The 9/11 attacks helped scientists discover that jet contrails can change the weather on the ground.
Steve Collins of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University discusses his lab's work in creating robots that are worn on the leg to help people get around.
It's taken millions of years for humans to perfect the art of walking. But researchers at NC State and Carnegie Mellon have discovered that we can get better "gas mileage" using an unpowered exoskeleton to modify the structure of our ankles.
Sharon Goldberg, a Boston University College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of computer science, breaks down Border Gateway Protocol, which she describes as "the glue that holds the Internet together."
Repairing damaged hearts with pig parts
Through neural connections, called synapses, the brain can process and store enormous amounts of information. Neuroscientist Gary Lynch at the University of California-Irvine explains how this incredibly complex communication process allows animals to learn and remember.
Neuroengineer Rajesh Rao of the University of Washington is developing brain-computer interfaces or devices that can monitor and extract brain activity to enable a machine or computer to accomplish tasks, from playing video games to controlling a prosthetic arm.
Sabine Kastner, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Princeton University, is studying how the brain weeds out important information from everyday scenes. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Kastner is able to peek inside the brain and see what areas are active when a person sees a face, place or object.