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Engineering Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Photo of JBEI Director Jay Keasling with Rajit Sapar in lab with a beaker of cellulose sludge. Microbe Metabolism Harnessed to Produce Fuel
NSF-supported researchers use synthetic biology technology to engineer the next generation of biofuels
Released  September 10, 2009
Photo of person with disabilities piloting a robotic mobility and manipulation system in kitchen. Robotic Systems Help People With Disabilities
Bioengineering and mechanical engineering professor Rory Cooper describes how rapid prototyping and robotics are providing promising solutions for those with severe manipulation and mobility challenges
Released  August 21, 2009
Graphical representation of seven test molecule structures. Video Game Technology and Science?
Chemists use the computer technology behind today’s video games to rapidly calculate the structure of molecules
Released  July 15, 2009
Photo of Sudipta Seal holding a bottle containing billions of ultra-small, engineered nanoceria. Nanoparticles Explored for Preventing Cell Damage
Engineers investigate using nanoparticles both as a preventative and a treatment for disease
Released  July 14, 2009
Photo of William Stillman in the lab evaluating the effects of focused terahertz radiation. Plasma Waves Studied for New Electronics
With NSF support, long-time electrical engineer William Stillman talks about his return to school and the focus of his research involving terahertz radiation
Released  July 1, 2009
Photo of Ben Wen holding algae biodiesel that was produced using a new solid catalyst method. Algae: A New Way to Make Biodiesel
NSF small business grantee Ben Wen describes a new catalytic approach for algae biodiesel production that uses less work and energy, produces less waste, and makes a lot more fuel
Released  June 24, 2009
Photo of Karen Smilowitz who helps nonprofit organizations streamline their work. Libraries, Food Banks Benefit From Transportation Modeling
NSF CAREER awardee Karen Smilowitz applies the art of operations research to find optimal solutions to problems in the nonprofit sector
Released  June 10, 2009
Illustration showing advanced chips In Industrial Manufacturing, Efficiency Falls as Technology Advances
A comprehensive study of old and new manufacturing processes, from machining metal to making carbon nanofibers, shows that the more advanced technologies are less efficient in their use of energy and materials per kilogram of output
Released  May 1, 2009
Photo of the MIT battery material. Improved Lithium Ion Battery Technology Could Fast-charge Electric Vehicles, Boost Acceleration
"Beltway" coating on cathode eases ions' way into crystalline tunnels
Released  April 22, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Photomicrograph of biocompatible, bioactive glass. Reflecting on the Many Uses of Glass
The director of NSF's International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass at Lehigh University focuses on glass research and exciting students from underrepresented groups about glass science and engineering
Released  February 20, 2009
Photo of water coming out of a faucet. Clean Water for a Crowded, Contaminated World
Revolutionary purification techniques address impending global water crisis
Released  February 2, 2009
Illustration of heads with brains. Synthetic Brains
Researchers study the feasibility of brains made from carbon nanotubes
Released  January 27, 2009
Illustration depicting the relative sizes of the sun and Earth. Cheaper Plastic Solar Cells in the Works
South Dakota State University’s Diane Hinkens describes her work in an interdisciplinary research collaboration that is trying to design, synthesize and eventually fabricate a more efficient and less costly solar cell
Released  January 13, 2009
Photo of Raul Cal modeling the cool laser eye-protecting glasses used during the experiments. Lab Tests Show Wind Turbine's Air Flow
Researcher describes NSF-supported wind tunnel experiments that mimic atmospheric airflow around wind turbines to advance our understanding of real wind farm conditions
Released  November 25, 2008
Photo of Ayusman Sen's laboratory team in 2008. Nanoparticles Taught to Swim
NSF-supported research team at Penn State creates nanoscale motors powered by catalytic reactions that convert chemical energy into motion
Released  November 20, 2008
Three-dimensional reconstructions of magnetic resonance images of the rat gastro-intestinal tract. Gut Reaction: Digestion Revealed in 3-D
James Brasseur and his multidisciplinary team image the dynamic mixing of fluids and nutrient exchange in the human digestive system
Released  October 17, 2008
Photo of a gecko, which has a unique ability to scamper across shear surfaces and vertical walls. How to Make Adhesive as Good as a Gecko
Materials scientist Ali Dhinojwala and his team use nanotechnology to develop adhesive tapes that stick better than a gecko’s foot
Released  October 16, 2008
Photo of professors and graduate students. Students Give High Marks to First U.S.-Japan Glass Science School
Meeting brings U.S. university students and researchers together with their Japanese counterparts to talk about new developments and potential collaborations in glass research
Released  August 21, 2008
Spiral raises the level of abstraction for complete automation without sacrifices in performance. Teaching Computers How to Write Fast Software
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University develop a framework to replace the human programmer in high performance numerical library development
Released  August 8, 2008
Illustration of a bioparticle (left) ready to bind antigens (yellow) from tumor cells. Natural Bio-Army Trained to Fight Cancer
Bioengineer Tarek Fahmy and colleagues are engineering new nanoscopic and microscopic biomaterials to stimulate the body’s production of killer T-cells to fight infectious diseases
Released  August 8, 2008
John Chmiola holds an electrochemical capacitor's electrode. Supercapacitors Could Be Key to a Green Energy Future
John Chmiola, a doctoral student at Drexel University, is doing groundbreaking work on supercapacitors
Released  July 30, 2008
Photo of Todd McDevitt pointing to an aggregate of embryonic stem cells with blue-stained nuclei. Stem Cell Research Goes Beyond Biology
Todd McDevitt tells how engineering can help us understand stem cell differentiation and develop approaches to realize the potential of stem cells for regenerative therapies
Released  July 17, 2008
Photo of Professor Israel Wachs with the combined Raman-Infrared spectrometer/microscope. Scientist Explores Invisible Environmental Helpers
Researcher uses his expertise in catalysis to impact major environmental issues
Released  April 25, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
Eric Weeks and shaving cream with squishy physics spelled in black letters The Science of All Things Squishy
NSF-funded Emory researcher shares the excitement of cutting-edge physics phenomena with kids of all ages
Released  August 16, 2007
Illustration of computer screen and sensor embedded in a bridge span. Life Can Be a Strain
From enormous mining trucks to human knee implants, sensor technology is teaching us when enough is enough
Released  February 21, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
Electrons hitting an iron-carbide filled carbon nanotube cause it to contract and extrude material. Nanotubes Not for Toothpaste . . . Yet
Researchers Squeeze Even Rock-Hard Materials Through Minuscule Carbon Tubes
Released  July 25, 2006
With strong magnetic fields and cold temperatures, magnetic order in barium-copper silicate emerges. Purple Haze
Ancient pigment reveals secrets about unusual state of matter
Released  July 11, 2006

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