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.

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.

A brief intro to quantum computing

Harvard professor Amir Yacoby explains the emergence of quantum computing as an outcome of two 20th century innovations -- quantum mechanics and computer science -- and shows why it has the potential to tackle hard problems that would take today's computers billions of years to solve.

Pick your passion with citizen science

Find your inner scientist! Log on to Citizenscience.gov or Zooniverse.org to see hundreds of Citizen Science projects. Get involved and explore the world around you while helping with real scientific research.

Science360 Super Science Rewind: Snapology

In this Super Science Rewind, Charlie and Jordan talk about a new type of foldable material that is versatile, tunable and self actuated. It's a 4x4x4 cube -- inspired by an origami technique called snapology-- that could have a variety of uses, from surgical stents to pop-up domes for disaster relief.

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.