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Patients who have suffered devastating facial injuries sometimes go to great lengths to hide themselves from public view. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, civil and mechanical engineer Glaucio Paulino saw the possibilities of combining engineering and medical skills to tackle the complex challenge of facial reconstruction. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Cyborg technology is a revolutionary development in rehabilitation medicine. It allows the brain and nervous system to manipulate specially engineered devices that help people regain the use of impaired body function. Once a dream of science fiction, this revolutionary technology is now becoming a reality. Demostrates a deep brain stimulation that can help stop the violent shaking of victims of Parkinson's disease. Presents two professors from the State University of New York and Duke University who discuss their cutting-edge research.
To diagnose prostate cancer, urologists John Wei and pathologists, Scott Tomlins, at the University of Michigan Medical Center, use biomarkers, which are biochemical signatures in blood, urine, and tissue that suggest the disease may be present. With support from the National Science Foundation, engineer Brian Denton is working with a multidisciplinary team that includes Wei and Tomlins to develop a quicker and less expensive way to evaluate biomarkers, using computational models. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
With support from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, bioengineer Gert Cauwenberghs, of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California (UC), San Diego, and his colleagues are working to understand how brain circuitry controls how we move. The goal is to develop new technologies to help patients with Parkinson's disease and other debilitating medical conditions navigate the world on their own. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Agricultural engineers explain their work and how they use biology and engineering to make farms energy efficient and the food supply safe and plentiful. They describe what drew them to this profession and also discuss their education and career paths.
The engineers at NASA are studying cellphones and computers as a means to create a mini-satellite called a CubeSat. CubeSats are small but highly capable of performing a variety of space missions. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.
The journey of NASA's Cassini spacecraft around Saturn is coming to an end. The Cassini mission has been exploring the Saturn system for nearly 13 years and has rewritten the textbooks on the ringed planet and its moons, but the spacecraft is pretty much out of fuel. However, a lot of work from engineers designed the spacecraft and programmed its flight path, and they used astrodynamics to navigate the spacecraft between the rings of the planet. Part of the "Crazy Engineering" series.
See how geckos inspired new NASA technology that makes things stick to each other in space. Potential future applications might be to grab and service satellites or to salvage space garbage. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.
NASA engineers are looking for new ways to explore Mars. They are working with a small helicopter that could help scout trails for future explorations into space. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.
A main goal of the 2013 Colombian Engineering Meeting was to gather teachers, students, researchers, professional associations, and the private sector to discuss issues related to engineering. This important event showed technological and theoretical advances of the wide world of engineering.
The engineers at NASA are studying two new technologies to help image distant Earth-like planets. Coronagraphs are tiny instruments fitted inside telescopes to block light and help scientists study clues as to whether life is present on a planet. Starshades also block light and produce clearer photographs of distant planets. Both of these technologies are used with telescopes and provide scientists with enhanced photographs of space. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.
Figuring ways to clean up contaminated waters is a huge challenge. But luckily, a simple piece of plastic that mimics fish fat can help. Part of the "Science Out Loud" series.
Scientists at MIT's D-Lab are turning trash into treasure. They are using trash to heat homes and cook in developing countries. Part of the "Science Out Loud" series.
Provides an overview of how robots are currently being used and what advances can be expected in the future. Imagine tiny micro bots cleaning a classroom, mini robots retrieving library videos, or a "smart house" that will be automated to take care of an entire family.
NASA’s "Juno" spacecraft traveled 1.7 billion miles to reach its destination: the planet Jupiter. Before "Juno’s" journey, NASA engineers had to develop a spacecraft capable of surviving the trip. They researched and created "Juno," a solar-powered spacecraft. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.
Almost fifty years ago the first industrial robot was "employed" in an automobile assembly plant. Robots are regularly used for hazardous, super-heavy and difficult tasks in manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment, medicine, and space exploration. Welding robots with touch sensing and seam tracking abilities increase assembly plant efficiency, while robotic surgery results in less pain, quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays. NASAs robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity are mapping the terrain and searching for evidence of water on Mars. Honda Motor Company's humanoid robot, ASIMO, can walk, run, recognize people and identify sounds and voices.
The 2013 Colombian Engineering Meeting gathered private sector business and government agencies related to the field of engineering. Some of the areas of focus included alternative energy resources, medicine through TV, basic sciences for engineers, and many other things.
In 1990, when the first images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope were too blurry to use, JPL scientists and engineers went to work to devise a fix. They created a camera with corrective vision to bring Hubble images into sharp focus. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.
Engineers and architects are creating bridges that combine the best of both art and design. Bridges are no longer just a tool to get from one side of the river to the other. Some bridges have the goal of being aesthetically pleasing and efficient for pedestrians. Others rely on the cantilever design to span a distance equivalent to three and a half jumbo jets. Bridges are often classified by their structure and how the forces of tension, compression, bending, torsion and shear are distributed. Shows how designs vary depending on the function of the bridge, the environmental factors, the materials, and technology used to construct them.
Ion propulsion might sound like science fiction, but engineers at NASA are using it to drive NASA’s "Dawn" spacecraft through the solar system. Learn how ion propulsion works and why it is the reason "Dawn" will be the first spacecraft ever to orbit two solar system bodies beyond Earth. Part of the “Crazy Engineering” series.
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