USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Joanna Pool

If researcher Angela Belcher has her way, electric cars of the future will be equipped with lightweight, inexpensive batteries that can store enough electricity to make driving such vehicles even more practical. Also on her laboratory “to do” list: developing tougher electronic material so that you’ll never lose your computer again to an errant glass…

Microbes Rule the World

Watch a little about Microbes from the Fall 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival. The average science student knows that microbiology is the study of bacteria and other microorganisms, especially those that cause disease and other threats to health. But what the public often does not realize is that the work of the microbiologist is…

Check out Bill Nye the Science Guy being interviewed by Engineering.com at the USA Science and Engineering Festival and discussion about the space policy today.

For David Bolinsky – the co-creator, with his talented team, of the highly-acclaimed computer animated science film, The Inner Life of a Cell – the plunge into the wonders of medical animation began at age four when he went to see the movie Fantasia. From that moment, he was hooked. “That did it for me,”…

She has developed some of the world’s most famous robots – humanoid creatures like “Kismet” (a robotic head that has been widely featured in international media) and “Nexi,” a mobile dexterous social robot that learns from and interacts with people in an intelligent, life-like and sociable manner. But Cynthia Breazeal, associate professor of Media Arts…

Engineering really matters. Did you know that all the major challenges facing the U.S. and the rest of the world – from medicine and homeland security to energy, food and water supply and communications – cannot be solved without engineering? In this revealing video clip, hear what Dr. Chuck Vest, president of the National Academy…

Nominated by: Marine scientist and deep-sea explorer Edith (Edie) Widder sometimes can’t believe the beautiful, natural rewards of her job. Deep beneath the surface of the ocean in her submersible vehicle where the marine world is dark, quiet and peaceful, often all she has to do is sit back and be treated to a spectacular…

Nominated by The world deep beneath the surface of the ocean is a dark, mysterious, and fascinating place. Renowned oceanographer David Gallo should know — he’s been there numerous times. “Sea life at those depths — two to three miles down– is also bizarre, resilient, beautiful and shockingly abundant,” he adds. A pioneer in ocean…

How scientifically accurate are today’s Hollywood superhero and sci-fi movies? Surprisingly accurate, says physicist James Kakalios, He should know – he’s author of the widely known book, The Physics of Superheroes, which examines such things. In this video clip (below) from the 2010 Festival, Dr. Kakalios talks about what makes recent movies like Iron Man…

Heather Knight is an engineer on a mission. Known as a social roboticist, she is constantly thinking about new ways to make robots charismatic, giving them the necessary personality and social skills to interact with humans in meaningful ways. Her work includes developing a cuddly robot called “Data” (named after the Star Trek character) who…