Brandon Lucia, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, designs the basic technology to support "energy harvesting computers," or devices that can perform computations, sense their environments and communicate using energy that they extract from their environments.
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.
NSF Engineering Research Center combines innovation with smart natural systems for more efficient, affordable and sustainable water
In episode 65, Jordan and Charlie explore how a smartphone can hack a 3-D printer by measuring leaked energy and acoustic waves.
In episode 64, Charlie and Jordan explore wearable thermoelectric generators (TEGs) that can efficiently convert body heat to electricity.
Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Kansas State University, describes his National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology research and explains the possibilities and challenges of making devices such as small gears or sensors that are the size of human DNA.
Developed by Harvard researchers, the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot--nicknamed the octobot--could revolutionize how humans interact with machines.
Levent Burak Kara, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, is developing computational technologies that will enable ordinary people to generate 3-D models using natural, simple-to-use interaction techniques.
In episode 63, Jordan and Charlie discuss the 'blue fire whirl,' a type of fire whirl that could lead to beneficial new approaches for reducing carbon emissions and improving oil spill cleanup.
Computer chips seem to get perpetually smaller and smaller over time--but we've reached the limit. Fundamental physics says they can't scale down any further.
In episode 62, Charlie and Jordan discuss the "KiloCore," an energy efficient microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors.
Adam Feinberg, associate professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, describes and demonstrates his work in 3-D printing soft materials.
A team of researchers from Purdue University and the Toyota Research Institute of North America developing a new cooling technology for hybrid and electric vehicles is a finalist for the 2016 R&D 100 award.
New biomedical textiles show potential of smart, human-centered service systems
On May 12, 2016, a group from the National Science Foundation visited North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland, part of the Charles County Public Schools.
We have developed a giant appetite for digital information, from photos and videos to email to geological information.
It's been assumed that tiny microscopic sea larvae are too small to navigate ocean currents, leading many to believe that their survival is based on chance. But that's not how nature works.
Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences at Penn State, and an international team developed a machine learning algorithm that can identify leaf images into their biological families
Meagan Mauter, assistant professor in the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses how to use waste heat at power facilities to reduce energy usage in water desalination.
Using virtual reality to help teenagers with autism learn how to drive.