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12 Technologies To Transform The World

12 Technologies To Transform The World

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.

Jacques Ellul

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldEtched and imaged in a FESEM by Maxime Matras; color processing by Peter J. Lee, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Applied Superconductivity Center (Image Source)

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldMap by Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation, adapted from maps by Chris Harrison, Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon (Image Source)

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldChris Coleman, School of Computing, University of Utah (Image Source)

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldBob Wilhelmson, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lou Wicker, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory; Matt Gilmore and Lee Cronce, University of Illinois Atmospheric Science Department. Visualization by Donna Cox, Robert Patterson, Stuart Levy, Matt Hall and Alex Betts, NCSA (Image Source)

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldResearch in advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and information 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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldRoots of Rice Plant

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldJennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley (Image Source)

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

12 Technologies To Transform The World As a new class of foldable materials, it offers the potential to construct objects from surgical stents that prop open arteries to portable pop-up domes for disaster relief.

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldIron Man

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

12 Technologies To Transform The World3D Imaging of living cell/Gabriel Popescu, University of Illinois (Image Source)

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldDaniel Miller and Ethan Sokol, Gupta Lab, Whitehead Institute, MIT (Image Source)

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

12 Technologies To Transform The WorldEmily Edwards, The Joint Quantum Institute (Image Source)

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.


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