Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

  1. Health & Medicine

    Scientists help amputees by getting on their nerves

  2. Tech

    Inspired by nature

    Researchers are applying lessons learned from butterflies, beetles, mussels, and other creatures to problems of human survival.

  3. Tech

    A taste for cheese

    Researchers aim for cheese that is tastier, more nutritious, and easier to make than those now available.

  4. Tech

    Drawing energy out of wastewater

    Microbes in a fuel cell can generate electricity from plant and animal waste in water.

  5. Chemistry

    Cooking up superhard diamonds

    Popping diamonds into a high-pressure oven can make these hard minerals even harder.

  6. Tech

    Electronic paper turns a page

    Changeable ink and battery-powered paper may make textbooks lighter and bring video newspapers into daily use.

  7. Tech

    A micro-dose of your own medicine

    Medicine-delivering microchips implanted in the body could replace some injections and pills.

  8. Computing

    A classroom of the mind

    Computer technology that puts kids in a cartoon classroom may help them learn to pay attention.

  9. Tech

    Butterfly wings and waterproof coats

    Inspired by nature, scientists have come up with clever new designs for waterproof coatings.