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The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. federal agency established by Congress in the NSF Act of 1950 "to promote progress of science," and "advance national health, prosperity, and welfare," and "to secure the national defense." NSF provides financial support for fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. The majority of the funds are provided to support basic research performed in U.S. academic institutions.
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2018
11 May

Guiding marine robots to optimal sampling sites

Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles — marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide through the ocean without any real-time input from human operators. Critical questions that AUVs can help to answer are where, when, and what to sample for the most informative data, and how to optimally reach sampling locations.
10 May

Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves

Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves of a tiny glass tube are paving the way toward a therapeutic advance for diabetes sufferers.
24 Apr

Machine-learning system processes sounds like humans do

Using a machine-learning system known as a deep neural network, researchers have created the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre.
20 Apr

Lena Biosciences

IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Lena Biosciences President & CEO Dr Jelena Vukasinovic on August 16, 2017. Lena Biosciences manufactures 3D tissue culturing scaffolds and organ-on-a-chip devices.
18 Apr

Thin film converts heat from electronics into energy

Engineers have developed a thin-film system that can be applied to sources of waste heat to produce energy at levels unprecedented for this kind of technology.
17 Apr

Smart Glass and Windows 2018-2028: Electronic Shading and Semi-Transparent PV

IDTechEx Report: Mr Luke Gear and Mr Franco Gonzalez
5 Apr

Glass-like polymer conducts electricity for transparent electronics

Researchers have created a transparent polymer film that also conducts electricity, introducing an inexpensive organic material for applications such as the screens of electronic devices.
5 Apr

Robot designed to defend factories against cyberthreats

It's small enough to fit inside a shoebox, yet this robot on four wheels has a big mission: keeping factories and other large facilities safe from hackers.
5 Apr

Advanced Wound Care Technologies 2018 - 2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao
4 Apr

Paper-folding art inspires better bandages

Cutting kirigami-style slits in stretchy films could make for bandages, heat pads, and wearable electronics that adhere to flexible surfaces.
4 Apr

Transparent Conductive Films and Materials 2018-2028: Forecasts, Technologies, Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Mr Raghu Das
3 Apr

Atomically thin light emitting device for invisible displays

UC Berkeley engineers have built a bright-light emitting device that is millimeters wide and fully transparent when turned off. The light emitting material in this device is a monolayer semiconductor, which is just three atoms thick.
3 Apr

Soft robotic fish swims alongside real ones

Even with many technological advances in recent years, it remains a challenging task to document marine life up close. But scientists believe they have a possible solution: using robots.
2 Apr

A new way to find better battery materials

A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells, researchers say.
29 Mar

Haptics 2018-2028: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: Mr James Hayward
23 Mar

New 4-D printer could reshape the world we live in

Scientists report that they have developed a powerful printer that could streamline the creation of self-assembling structures that can change shape after being exposed to heat and other stimuli. They say this unique technology could accelerate the use of 4-D printing in aerospace, medicine and other industries.
23 Mar

Research closer to revolutionary battery

The boom in wind energy faces a hurdle — how to effectively and cheaply store energy generated by turbines when the wind is blowing, but energy requirements are low.
15 Mar

Self-driving robots collect water samples

For the first time, scientists will deploy a small fleet of long-range autonomous underwater vehicles that have the ability to collect and archive seawater samples automatically. These new robots will allow researchers to track and study ocean microbes in unprecedented detail.
13 Mar

3D Bioprinting 2018 - 2028: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao
12 Mar

Custom carpentry with help from robots

Every year thousands of carpenters injure their hands and fingers doing dangerous tasks such as sawing. In an effort to minimize injury and let carpenters focus on design and other bigger-picture tasks, a team has created AutoSaw, a system that lets nonexperts customize different items that can then be constructed with the help of robots.
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