Robots and other intelligent, man-made machines such as drones or driverless cars have moved beyond the factory floor and are finding use in healthcare and other service industries and even in the home.
Hack attacks are not just a nuisance; they cause costly harm and could threaten critical systems. Can they be stopped?
The technological challenge is immense. But the unique properties of quantum systems offer tantalizing power.
The development of photonic integrated circuits will transform supercomputing and the semiconductor industry in ways that are important strategically and commercially.
If the U.S. is to be a competitive player in the next generation of advanced materials, it will need to invest significantly more in materials research, in crystal growth and similar facilities, and in training the next generation of material scientists.
Is there a faster, cheaper route to fusion energy?
Insights from social and economic research can empower policymakers and aid their decisions, saving governments money and improving opportunities for economic growth.
We face sophisticated competitors and new terrorist threats. Yet there are opportunities to maintain U.S. leadership and, especially, to better protect our war fighters in the field.
Today’s industrial catalysts are relatively crude and imprecise. Nature’s catalysts are far better, but how they work is not well understood. Solving that puzzle would have profound impact on energy and environmental challenges.