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  • Bindu Lohani
    Bindu Lohani
    Asian Development Bank
    Mr. Lohani is a member of the Committee on Grand Challenges for Engineering.
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Grand challenges in the news

Educating Engineers to Meet the Grand Challenges March 23, 2015

U.S. Engineering School Deans’ Response to President Obama on Educating Engineers to Meet the Grand Challenges - March 2015

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When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter tomorrow March 22, 2015

Decades in the making, Iter, a huge experimental nuclear fusion reactor in rural France, could be the site of breakthroughs that will provide limitless, clean energy and secure the planet’s future.

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Woman Controls a Fighter Jet Sim Using Only Her Mind March 22, 2015

“We are thinking about exactly how to restore function after injury, how the brain can be used to actuate devices,” says Justin Sanchez, the head of Darpa’s prosthetics research.

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Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks March 22, 2015

There are update mechanisms, dozens of plug-ins, a self-destruct function, massive code obfuscation, hundreds of fake websites to serve as command-and-control.

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Lockheed's Fusion Promise: What We Know So Far March 22, 2015

Fusion promises unlimited clean, renewable energy without the nasty byproducts of the uranium-splitting fission that drives today's nuclear plants. The problem is figuring out how to contain it.

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Injectable Enzyme Stops Wounds from Bleeding March 22, 2015

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed an injectable material that can help blood clot faster and more effectively, plugging up the wound to stop the bleeding.

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Video Game Trains Eyes to Work Better Together March 22, 2015

The tablet-based game requires the use of 3D glasses, and features adjustable contrast levels of the red and blue colors that can be seen through one or the other lens of the glasses.

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MSU team will study Montana forest to help forests across West A March 22, 2015

A Montana State University ecologist who has studied the movement of water through redwood trees has now received a federal grant to investigate the movement of nitrogen through a western Montana forest.

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Material Building Blocks of the Future Deft Logic March 20, 2015

After confounding scientists for decades, University of Malta researchers are now developing mathematical models to explain the unusual behaviour of these logic-defying materials, unlocking a plethora of applications that could change the way we envision the future forever.

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Cheap, Flexible Solar March 20, 2015

An engineering student is tuning energy levels through surface chemistry, showing promise for higher efficiency quantum dot solar cells.

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Uncrackable code for nuclear weapons March 20, 2015

Mark Hart, a scientist and engineer in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Defense Technologies Division, has developed a new approach for ensuring nuclear weapons and their components can't fall prey to unauthorized use. The beauty of his approach: Let the weapon protect itself.

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Two Carbon-Trapping Plants Offer Hope of Cleaner Coal March 20, 2015

Two of the world’s first coal-fired power plants with integrated carbon capture are nearing completion in Saskatchewan and Mississippi, providing a rare lift for a technology that has languished in recent years.

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ISU researchers hope to prevent icy airport runways March 20, 2015

A team of 19 researchers is developing three methods to prevent snow and ice from collecting on the paved surfaces on airport runways and taxi areas.

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Bill Gates’ Plan to Help the Developing World Profit From Its Sewage March 20, 2015

Using an innovative blend of steam power and water filtration, according to Gates and his foundation, this plant can convert up to 14 tons of sewage into potable water and electricity each day.

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Turning Old Lead Batteries Into New Solar Energy March 20, 2015

Used car batteries can leech chemicals and create lead pollution when they're incorrectly trashed. A team at MIT believes that this lead can be cut out of the waste stream entirely -- and put to good use creating emissions-free energy.

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Blades of Grass Inspire Advance in Organic Solar Cells March 20, 2015

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature’s most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic device.

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