How do you take dirty water and make it clean? With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this team is hard at work designing nanometer-scale water filters that could soon make clean drinking water available and affordable for even the poorest of the poor around the world
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.
The goal of researchers at the Center for Sustainable Polymers? Economically competitive and environmentally friendly polymers that outperform their traditional counterparts
Two University of Wyoming researchers led a voyage to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and discovered five previously unknown active hydrothermal vents and a completely new vent site.
Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun
This film provides a glimpse at life in the near future based on cutting-edge research from Professor Maja Matari? of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.
Robots are about to transform how we live. Decades of science and engineering research (and lab time) are behind it.
In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million grant as part of a multi-institutional consortium to study how corn maintains root growth during drought conditions.
NSF-funded research aiming to making it easier for humans to work directly with a robotic partner in applications such as physical therapy
In this week's episode, we learn about marine mammals' need for speed, magnify a new tool combating mosquito-borne disease, break down new materials inspired by kirigami, and finally, discover new hydrothermal vents. Check it out!
Marine geophysicist Donna Blackman from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography remembers Alvin's discovery of the Lost City hydrothermal vent field in 2000 and looks ahead to the people and tools that will take Alvin to even greater depths of discovery
Purdue University will lead research, funded by the National Science Foundation, to determine why some communities recover from natural disasters more quickly than others, an effort aimed at addressing the nation's critical need for more resilient infrastructure and to enhance preparedness.
NSF investments in earthquake research have reduced risks to people and property. NSF joins other federal agencies to share new knowledge and tools as part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction (NEHRP) program, established in 1977.
Multidisciplinary engineering team designs new solar-paneled walls that make greywater reusable and a source of thermal heat
Women's History Month: Mala Murthy investigates brain function during social interaction, down to each neuron
Multidisciplinary team investigates brain function during social interaction, down to each neuron.
Researchers develop a range of new sensors and other tools to gauge emotional responses and behavior of children with developmental disorders.
In this week's episode, we learn how AI uncovers insights into cancer, how loops give toughness to spider silk, a newly released database of stars and finally, we investigate a novel water testing technique. Check it out!
Novel process uses a plant virus and may ultimately make Ebola testing more accurate
New, multifunctional fibers to help repair nerve damage or deliver treatment for mental, neurological disorders
Engineers at the University of New Hampshire are raising the bar on what 21st century infrastructure systems can do. With support from the National Science Foundation, they're outfitting the Memorial Bridge, which links Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, with sensors to monitor everything from structural stability to traffic to environmental health. It will even be powered by tidal energy, a renewable energy source. They call it a 'living bridge,' and it exemplifies the future of smart, sustainable, user-centered transportation infrastructure.
What if a material could contain within its structure, multiple functions and easily and autonomously switch between them?