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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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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
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
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
 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
A student in Champaign, Ill., creates an object with a classroom 3-D printer. 3-D printing and custom manufacturing: from concept to classroom
Strategic investments from NSF help engineers revolutionize the manufacturing process
Released  December 5, 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
Generic Discovery Image Hunting the spark of creativity
NSF-funded researchers envision harnessing collective wisdom from social networks
Released  November 4, 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
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
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
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 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
Nathan Scherrer, a Navy veteran and senior mechanical engineering student at USD Recruiting Veterans Helps Program Engineer Its Future
NSF grant increases veteran student population, enhances overall strength of University of San Diego’s engineering program
Released  May 27, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a beam of light hitting a neuron New Technique Opens Window Into Brain Research
Optogenetics allows researchers to control neuronal activity in the brain via light stimulation
Released  May 14, 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
students with 3-D printer Fabricating the Future: 3-D Printing Molds New K-12 STEM Model
Unique lab school uses engineering design to teach scientific concepts
Released  April 26, 2013
G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy in his lab, surrounded by computers Engineers Use Brain Cells to Power Smart Grid
Studying how neural networks integrate and respond to complex information could inspire methods for managing power supply and use
Released  April 17, 2013

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