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.

To purify a virus

A new theory about virus surfaces--that they're hydrophobic--has opened up new processes to improve vaccine production, potentially making them more affordable around the world.

How can mussels improve fetal surgery?

University of California, Berkeley, engineer Phillip Messersmith is happy to be learning lessons from a lowly mollusk, with the expectation that the knowledge gained will enable him and fellow physicians to prevent deaths among their youngest patients -- those who haven't been born yet.

Science360 Super Science Rewind: Detecting danger

In this Super Science Rewind, Jordan and Charlie explore a new nuclear reaction imaging technique designed to detect the presence of "special nuclear materials" concealed in cargo containers. This method relies on a combination of neutrons and high-energy photons to detect shielded radioactive materials inside the containers.

NSF Science Now: Episode 44

In this week's episode we examine electric eels, test out a new at home screening test for people on blood thinner, learn about a new app for reporting floods and finally examine how RoboBee uses static electricity to stick to surfaces.

Putting graphene to the test

Graphene has the potential to improve electronics, solar cells and other devices. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, chemist Alexander Sinitskii is testing this promising nanomaterial with a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Clouds are the clue to climate predictions

Neil Donahue, professor of chemical engineering, chemistry, and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon, discusses how organic compounds emitted by trees make particles that affect climate change.

Every dog has its day

In episode 58, Jordan and Charlie talk about a customized suite of technologies that allow a computer to train a dog autonomously, with the computer effectively responding to the dog based on the dog's body language.

Generation robot

The global market for robotics, long dominated by industrial uses, is beginning to see a shift toward new consumer and workplace applications as robots are increasingly used in homes, hospitals, on farms and even in space.

The bee's knees

In episode 56, Jordan and Charlie see what the buzz is about with RoboBees, and how researchers at Harvard have found a way to "stick" their landings. Their flying microrobots, or RoboBees for short, can perch by using electrostatic adhesion, allowing the robots to save more energy.

Making mobile technology available to everyone

University of Maryland Assistant Professor Leah Findlater works to lower the barriers associated with using mobile technology and accessing information. In this video, Findlater discusses her accessibility research, the future of wearable technology and the benefits of working in academia.