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Engineering (ENG) 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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3-D Printer Local 3-D printing hubs bring manufacturing back to US
NSF-supported start-up demonstrates method for finding, printing parts locally
Released  July 28, 2014
A black beetle with water droplets on its back Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, NSF-funded engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid
Released  July 24, 2014
robot Tele-robotics puts robot power at your fingertips
University of Washington research enables robot-assisted surgery and underwater spill prevention
Released  July 23, 2014
discarded coconut husks Transforming waste in order to transform people's lives
Essentium Materials converts coconut husk fibers into materials for cars and homes
Released  July 22, 2014
John Patten and Deepak Ravindra New tool, savings for manufacturing hard materials
Laser device could have major impact for manufacturing electronics, computer chips, lenses, windows and mirrors
Released  July 16, 2014
back of a man with a  self charging backpack Walking can recharge the spirit, but what about our phones?
Device captures energy from walking to recharge wireless gadgets
Released  July 1, 2014
illustration showing air pushed through vocal folds causing them to vibrate The aeroacoustics of jets
Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines
Released  June 27, 2014
iron oxide nanoparticle binding to a cell membrane Chemical engineer studies how to design the best materials with the least environmental impact
Researcher examines nanoparticle-membrane interactions to determine safety
Released  June 27, 2014
Dynamic simulation of the structural evolution of hard spheres representing a colloidal gel Helping ideas gel
NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science
Released  June 26, 2014
researcher and students experiment with a mannequin A new tool for the early detection of heart failure
Researchers believe it will save lives and result in big savings to health care costs
Released  June 20, 2014
children assembling test circuits Engineering for all
The "maker movement" shines a spotlight on DIY design and manufacturing
Released  June 17, 2014
Henry Fu with simulation device Microorganisms: Studying the mechanics of their locomotion
Research has potential for improvements in treating diseases and reproductive health and creating new drug delivery systems
Released  June 5, 2014
Image of glial cells in a mouse brain The beautiful brain cells you don't know about
Hint: They're not neurons
Released  June 3, 2014
micrograph showing methane-eating bacteria A biodegradable plastic made from waste methane
Scientists are making PHA (a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used in yogurt containers) from waste methane
Released  May 27, 2014
network for fast-charging cars Energy-efficient technologies developed with people in mind
Engineer studies human behavior and how it relates to consumer decision-making
Released  May 23, 2014
Slide collage and words Funding as Fulcrum--NSF & the I/UCRC Program Funding as fulcrum
NSF’s Industry and University Cooperative Research program pays big dividends for science and engineering
Released  May 19, 2014
The whole nervous system of a worm. Engineers ask the brain to say, "Cheese!"
How do we take an accurate picture of the world’s most complex biological structure?
Released  May 19, 2014
Hippocampus cells Artificial brains learn to adapt
Neural networks imitate intelligence of biological brains
Released  May 15, 2014
Screenshot from student-designed game Tech Sandbox: The playground of neural engineering
University of Washington students compete in creating projects that demonstrate the core principles of neural engineering
Released  May 7, 2014
Illustration of microtubules Engineering resilience in the brain
Penn researchers model neural structures on the smallest scales to better understand traumatic brain injury
Released  May 5, 2014
researchers in a lab Study suggests survival may not always be about competition
New research findings contradict one of Darwin's lesser known hypotheses, which encourages prioritizing species for conservation based on evolutionary or genetic uniqueness
Released  May 1, 2014
USGS aerial survey of the upper parts of the Oso, Washington, landslide. The uphill challenge
Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Released  April 29, 2014
An illustration of multilayer graphene supported on an amorphous SiO2 substrate. Making graphene work for real-world devices
Fundamental research in phonon scattering helps researchers design graphene materials for applications
Released  April 24, 2014
Illustration of an eyeball with retinal implant How to build a brain-machine interface
New-generation brain technologies are now in use thanks to new body-compatible materials, smaller electronics and better sensors designed by engineers
Released  April 24, 2014
liquid asphalt rubber binder poured in a dish Old tires become material for new and improved roads
"Crumb" rubber can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance
Released  April 21, 2014
researcher in a lab testing a mattress for chemicals Crib mattress dangers
NSF-funded researchers discover harmful chemicals in crib mattresses
Released  April 9, 2014
Oguzhan Alagoz Tailoring disease screening programs to individuals
Researcher developed a customized computer algorithm that provides a better decision support tool
Released  March 18, 2014
Illustration showing surfaces of the mouse and human brains From dino brains to thought control--10 fascinating brain findings
Summaries of 10 findings about the brain that involve NSF-funded researchers
Released  February 11, 2014
Partha Mitra is contributing to the construction of the first 3-D map of the mouse brain. NSF-funded researchers describe their cutting-edge brain research
Why and how are researchers studying the brains of mice, octopuses, zebra fish, frogs, lizards and cichlid fish?
Released  February 6, 2014
 image showing cells responding to stress from various blood flows Mechanical engineer studies flow of blood vessels related to diabetes and resulting heart disease
Research could lead to development of new drugs and tissue engineering applications
Released  February 6, 2014

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