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Press Release 11-130
Multimedia Stories Show How Engineers Shape the Future

A new NSF special report explores frontier engineering research and its impacts on people's lives.

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Image of red LEDs, an energy-efficient light source becoming more widespread.

LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have long boasted super energy efficiency. In recent years, engineering research on new materials and manufacturing techniques has enabled the production of LEDs with greater color range and performance. These advances are allowing LEDs to be used in many more applications, from lighting to TVs.

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Image of a robotic tool being developed to assist with eye surgery.

Engineers are developing robotic systems to augment the capabilities of surgeons. In this example, researchers are working on a steady robotic tool to assist with delicate eye surgery.

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Image of a dead fish lying on a receded lake shore.

Engineers are creating tools to anticipate droughts and mitigate their effects on communities and the environment. The tools enable water to be allocated where it will be needed most.

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