In designs that mimic the texture of starfish shells, engineers have made curved ordered crystals. Such shapes are found readily in nature, but not in a lab. Crystals engineers typically make crystals that either have facets with flat surfaces and hard angles, or are smooth but lack a repeating molecular order. The researchers call them "nanolobes."
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.
From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, NSF-funded scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent machines.
Highly conductive MXene clay, created by researchers at Drexel University, is a new material that shows great potential for use in energy storage. It can be made quickly and safely and the clay can be formed into any shape or rolled to any thickness while retaining is conductive properties.
Robotina is a sophisticated research robot. Specifically, it's a Willow Garage PR2, designed to work with people. But around the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, it is most-often called Robotina.
Learn how to fall from Professor Liu, Buddy the Cat and friends, the Georgia Tech Dive Team and students doing parkour.
Supported by the National Science Foundation, Stampede is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. This petascale system enables researchers to solve larger and more diverse science and engineering problems than ever before.
Professor Marjorie Skubic from the University of Missouri has created a suite of health care technologies that identify incidents when individuals fall in their homes or when their physical behavior changes over time.
As we increasingly rely on the Internet to connect to everything from banks and electrical grids to medical devices and autonomous vehicles, we are exposed to new vulnerabilities that threaten our security and privacy.
Find out how your shirt or jeans pocket could charge your smartphone.
New cybersecurity system senses eye shape and muscle movement to provide more secure, reliable identity recognition and more
Snakes and snake-like robots show how sidewinders conquer sandy slopes.
With so many video feeds, choosing which to use is a technical challenge
A breath reveals a hidden image in anti-counterfeit drug labels
Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry focuses on making computer chip manufacturing cleaner, faster and cheaper
Researchers create materials that reproduce cephalopods' ability to quickly change colors and textures
Underrepresented students more likely to pursue graduate school after summer undergraduate research experience
A material that most liquids won't wet.
Algorithm recovers speech from the vibrations of a potato chip bag filmed through soundproof glass.
Accomplished computer scientists discuss their career choice of computer science, their research and its impact on society.
New bulbs save money, last longer and are better for the environment.