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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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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
Illustration of brain cancer Radically modified cells may stunt brain tumor growth
Cell-based treatment could lead to a new standard of care for brain cancer patients
Released  February 3, 2014
Goodall  with two students he mentored An integrated computer modeling system for water resource management
Comprehensive system allows for more accurate predictions about shortages and flood and storm management
Released  January 31, 2014
Engineers holding a skull with artificial implant 3-D printed implants may soon fix complex injuries
Researchers adapt technology for 3-D printing metals, ceramics and other materials to create custom medical implants designed to fix complicated injuries
Released  December 12, 2013
Image of delicate, nested microbubbles. 'Smuggling' drugs at the cellular level
Drexel researchers use ultrasound to deliver customized medication through the skin
Released  December 5, 2013
a 3-D printer The engineering behind additive manufacturing and the 3-D printing revolution
Get to know some of the foundational innovations that are creating new options for manufacturing
Released  December 3, 2013
implantable infusion micropump next to a dime for size comparison Safer, more convenient pump to treat pediatric brain cancer
NSF's Innovation Corps program helping bring drug delivery technology to patients
Released  November 22, 2013
experimental four wheel independently actuated, lightweight electric vehicle An unconventional car: no engine, no transmission, no differential
Researcher and his team are developing a safe and reliable control system for in-city driving
Released  November 15, 2013
Generic Discovery Image Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds
Innovation Corps project explores how to bring technology to the field
Released  November 8, 2013
soil columns Using engineering to help microbes destroy contaminates in soil and groundwater
Researcher's work could help with faster cleanup following oil spills or toxic waste spills
Released  September 30, 2013
A neuron activated by light Critical tool for brain research derived from "pond scum"
Basic research serendipitously advances brain science
Released  September 30, 2013
Human heart surrounded by electrical orb. Researchers envision switching a heart beat on and off with light
Relatively new field of optogenetics may offer solutions for cardiac arrhythmia
Released  September 19, 2013
Graduate Student Jackson English installing crack displacement sensors on the Watts Towers Engineers, art conservators collaborate to preserve iconic L.A. landmark
NEES earthquake engineers monitor the structural soundness of the historic Watts Towers
Released  September 10, 2013
Researchers in front of the Big Blue Baby machine Cold-formed steel rebuilds earthquake-resistant architecture
A doctoral student discusses the engineering of earthquake-resistant buildings and the results of a recent shake table test.
Released  September 6, 2013
Samples of cement-polyvinyl fiber mixture; fiberglass column; carbon fiber column; nickel titanium Strong, elastic "smart materials" aid design of earthquake-resistant bridges
Earthquake researchers test out a super-elastic material known as nitinol, with promising results
Released  August 27, 2013
Mool Gupta Inspired by nature: textured materials to aid industry and military
Innovation Corps team developed metals and plastic that repel water, capture sunlight and prevent ice buildup
Released  August 19, 2013
Stephen DiMagno in his lab From fundamental science to Innovation Corps: Technology to develop new therapeutic medicines
Researcher founded company that manufactures molecules that become imaging agents for managing cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders
Released  August 15, 2013
President Obama tours a classroom at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas Designs on the Future of High-school Engineering: UTeachEngineering
What started as a teacher training program morphed into a year-long, high school engineering course and multiple professional development opportunities
Released  June 21, 2013
image of rug fibers as seen through a microscope Researcher Studies Indoor Air Particles and Their Movement
Team is working on developing tools to predict exposure of bacteria or chemical and biological agents
Released  June 12, 2013
photograph of Ali Abbas Helping People Through the Decision-Making Process Using a Web-Based Application
Researcher was part of inaugural group of NSF Innovation Corps awards in 2011
Released  May 7, 2013
Graduate students Sam Fok and Alex Neckar hold a brain-inspired computational platform Energy Efficient Brain Simulator Outperforms Supercomputers
Neurogrid brain simulator ushers in new level of research
Released  April 24, 2013
an image of primary human amniotic fluid stem cells in a culture dish Engineering New Tissue for Pediatric Heart Surgery
Bioengineering professor explores potential to grow cardiac cells to repair infant heart defects
Released  March 19, 2013
3-D visualization of the TV genome Small Business Innovation Research Award Leads to Multimillion Dollar Investment
NSF-funded Bluefin Labs, recently acquired by Twitter, will shape the future of social television
Released  March 5, 2013
A close-up image of a polymer solar cell developed by Jinsong Huang Producing Solar Energy Materials That Are Affordable, Efficient and Flexible
Researcher working toward making solar cells that can be used in computer bags, clothing, walls and more
Released  February 21, 2013
Rolls of printed graphene electronics. Graphene Technology Gaining a Foothold in the Marketplace
NSF grantee Vorbeck Materials, one of the first companies to produce graphene-based products, is expanding its operations
Released  February 13, 2013

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