Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.
This world is constantly evolving. People are coming up with better and more technically sound versions of every product that are helping the humans more to ease out their daily lives. This world is sure close to getting transformed looking at the latest technologies that the researchers and scientists are coming up with. 12 such technologies that are funded or can be supported by NSF – National Science Foundation, for basic research such as mobile communications, the internet and GPS, are listed below:
1 – More Powerful Medical Imaging
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), advanced because of NSF funding over several decades. Now the power and precision of this important clinical tool is enhanced using magnets made of materials like these golden superconducting strands.
2 – Connected From Coast to Coast
The internet’s infrastructure grew in a relatively short period of time, from NSFNet in the academic research to Texting, snapping and tweeting, possible now. It will apparently continue to grow as more devices are brought online and the network evolves.
3 – Slipping The Surly Bonds
The glowing corridor stands for the latest cloud computing tester hardware. Cloud computing is a practice to store, manage and process data using remote servers. Apt was the precursor to NSF’s experimental cloud computing effort CloudLab. NSFCloud program, which CloudLab and Chameleon are a part of, is now creating opportunities to experiment with novel cloud architectures, applications and security measures.
4 – Protecting Life and Property
With the help of NSF funding, weather forecasters and emergency personnel that alert local communities of natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes, can now provide highly localized, real-time data. For example, in case of Tornados, valuable information such as wind speed, air flow and pressure, as pictured here, will be provided.
5 – Research Behind Critical Technologies
Laser technology is important in various fields from high-speed communications to medicine, which NSF has steadily supported. NSF also supports training opportunities to produce highly skilled technicians in areas like advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and information technologies and cybersecurity.
6 – Cultivating Safer Food Sources
Rice grows underwater so it takes in 10 times more arsenic than other cereal grains, but the researchers have found a bacteria in the roots of this plant that attracts iron and forms a protective shield to lower the plant’s uptake of toxic arsenic linked to cancer, heart disease and diabetes. This discovery could lead to a “probiotic” for rice plants.
7 – Gene Editor, Short And Sweet
Protospacer Adjacent Motif – PAM, pictured in yellow, is a short DNA sequence that acting as a homing device so Cas9 – that identifies and degrades foreign DNA, can zero in on its DNA target. Cas9, an essential aspect of CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) technology has become vital in genetic engineering that can help in drug therapies, advanced biofuels and biodegradable plastics.
8 – Folding Into The Future
This 3D, thin wall material whose volume and stiffness can be altered and controlled, can form structures like Portable shelters for disaster relief, adaptive building facades, retractable roofs or constructing objects from surgical stents that prop open arteries.
9 – A Lift With A Custom Fit
Researchers are building highly customized exoskeletons to improve comfort and safety through lightweight, natural motion designs. These Iron Man like suits will apparently provide mobility to the disabled, while for military personnel and construction workers, the suit could ease the burden of carrying heavy loads over long distances.
10 – No Dye Required
A microscope needs a special component that makes white-light diffraction tomography possible, but the new 3-D imaging technique enables viewing the cells without any dyes, stains or harmful chemical. This process will allow the researchers to view cells in their natural state.
11 – Cultivating New Ways To Study Breast Cancer
In the case of cancer, the 3-D model is more powerful than a Petri dish. The pictured green structure holds 11-day-old cells derived from human breast cells. It offers clues as to how tumors recruit and rely on cells that might facilitate to study breast tissue’s response to hormones released during pregnancy and lactation.
12 – Toward Faster, Unhackable Computers
A better understanding of how atoms operate in very small surroundings is helping researchers build quantum computing modules based on trapped ions for more security and to operate faster than the current computers.