In Episode 10, Charlie and Jordan take a peek at Yellowstone's plumbing, chat about a new malaria model for blood cells and discuss the darling material of the nanotech world, graphene.
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 episode 9, Jordan and Charlie celebrate Earth Day by chatting about hydraulic fracturing, taking a closer look at batteries and exploring biodiversity.
Engineers gather data for more informed decisions about the benefits versus costs of oil and natural gas development
Even though we think of computers as super high-tech machines with tiny parts, they can also be huge, wooden, and mechanical. It's what they have in common that makes them computers: switches!
Researchers go door-to-door, test tap water for possible impact on plastic pipes in home plumbing systems
Scientists & engineers on sofas (and other furnishings): Robots, soccer and the staying power of short circuit
Soccer aficionado and RoboCup champion DARwIn-OP and robotics expert Alex Leonessa recently sat down with Thi Le in the National Science Foundation (NSF) library to talk about robots of all kinds, and discuss how research in robotics could help do much more than just build better robots.
We like to imagine what robots will do and look like in the future, especially during National Robotics Week. Maybe they'll take selfies before they go to work?
DARwIn-OP, which stands for Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence-Open Platform, recently visited the National Science Foundation to participate in a video interview while he was in town for a National Robotics Week event.
At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Barobo, Inc. showed the National Science Foundation their robot that helps teach children algebra in a completely new way. By taking algebra off the page and into the physical world, Barobo aims to inspire a new generation of mathematicians.
The UCLA Biomechatronics Lab develops a language of touch that can be "felt" by computers and humans alike
The wearer's vital signs and surrounding environment would be monitored by devices that run on body heat and motion
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.
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.