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.

A demonstration of a 3-D bioprinting process

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.

R&D 100 finalist for enhanced jet impingement

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.

Computer science for all

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.

Meeting water demand in an energy-constrained world

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.

Women in STEM: Caroline -- software engineer

The project seeks to enhance the teaching and coaching practices of CTE-STEM educators, guidance counselors and role models with gender equitable and culturally responsive strategies; research the impacts of strategies and role model experiences on girls' interest in STEM careers and evaluate the effectiveness of the training in these strategies.

Flow battery

Flow batteries store energy from renewable sources in liquid tanks filled with non toxic organic chemicals

Lens of time: Bumper bees

See how scientists use high-speed videography to investigate--and learn from--the clumsy flight of the bumblebee.

Sustainable energy access in the developing world

Assistant professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University Paulina Jaramillo discusses her research in how to provide energy access in a sustainable way to people in the developing world.

New 'Neural Dust' sensor could be implanted in the body

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.

NSF Science Now: Episode 45

In this episode, we tested out a computational design tool that transforms flat materials into 3-D shapes, a virtual reality environment that is helping autistic teens learn to drive, a new novel underwater microscope and, finally, "smart thread" for wirelessly monitoring the health of a wound.

Research to improve flash flood warnings

A new cell phone app and a network of ultrasound sensors could lead to more accurate warnings about flash flooding. Seo works closely with cities across North Texas and the National Weather Service.

Taking Legos to the lab

Researchers and students at the University of California, Riverside, have used 3-D printing to create a system of Lego-like blocks that can be used to quickly and affordably build new lab instruments.