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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
19 Dec

AxoSim Technologies

IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed AxoSim Technologies CEO Dr Lowry Curley and Director of Business & Partnership Development Ben Cappiello. AxoSim provides a nerve-on-a-chip platform for drug development.
18 Dec

Foldable drone flies through narrow holes

A research team have developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters.
15 Nov

Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells' catalyst problem

Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells.
9 Nov

Fuel cell runs on methane at practical temperatures

Fuel cells have not been particularly known for their practicality and affordability, but that may have just changed. There's a new cell that runs on cheap fuel at temperatures comparable to automobile engines and which slashes materials costs.
9 Nov

Bioelectronic Medicine 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao
29 Oct

Small flying robots haul heavy loads

A closed door is just one of many obstacles that poses no barrier to a new type of flying, micro, tugging robot called a FlyCroTug. Outfitted with advanced gripping technologies and the ability to move and pull on objects around it, two FlyCroTugs can jointly lasso the door handle and heave the door open.
26 Oct

Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

Each year, tens of thousands of refugees--many fleeing war, violence, and persecution--are resettled in dozens of host countries around the world. While there is growing evidence that the initial placement of refugee families profoundly affects their lifetime outcomes, there have been few attempts to use technology to optimize resettlement destinations.
24 Oct

Speech recognition system helps preserve Seneca language

A new research project will help ensure the endangered language of the Seneca Indian Nation will be preserved. Using deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence, researchers are building an automatic speech recognition application to document and transcribe the traditional language of the Seneca people.
12 Oct

3D Printing in the Medical and Dental Industry 2019 - 2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Bryony Core and Dr Nadia Tsao
2 Oct

Voice, Speech, Conversation-Based User Interfaces 2019-2029: Technologies, Players, Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
24 Sep

Robotic skins turn everyday objects into robots

When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New "Robotic Skins" technology flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots.
19 Sep

Color-changing sensor detects signs of eye damage in tears

A new point-of-care rapid-sensing device can detect a key marker of eye injury in minutes - a time frame crucial to treating eye trauma.
18 Sep

Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
17 Sep

Guinness World Record for smallest medical robot

It can't be seen with a human eye. But, nevertheless, it is a robot (all 120nm of it) and its creators are now world record holders in the Guinness World Records for creating the Smallest Medical Robot.
13 Sep

Airborne Wind Energy 2019-2039

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
11 Sep

Printing with sound

Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing method that uses sound waves to generate droplets from liquids with an unprecedented range of composition and viscosity. This technique could finally enable the manufacturing of many new biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and expand the possibilities of optical and conductive materials.
31 Aug

Seeking a new element in artificial intelligence: trust

For decades, the cybersecurity community has devised protections to fend off malicious software attacks and identify and fix flaws that can disrupt the computing programs that are central to all aspects of life. Now, a team of researchers has received a grant to develop some of the first tools to bring those same protections to artificial intelligence systems.
31 Aug

Beer waste transformed into energy-efficient window covering

Can a new type of transparent gel, made from readily-available beer waste, help engineers build greenhouses on Mars? Physicists have developed an insulating gel that they say could coat the windows of habitats in space, allowing the settlers inside to trap and store energy from the sun—much like a greenhouse stays warm during the winter. And unlike similar products on the market, the material is mostly see-through.
27 Aug

Kids connect with robot reading partners

Kids learn better with a friend. They're more enthusiastic and understand more if they dig into a subject with a companion. But what if that companion is artificial?
24 Aug

Smart Materials as Structural Electronics and Electrics 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Jon Harrop, Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Luke Gear
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