One of the instruments on a superfast research craft mapping the Earth's atmosphere was invented by Princeton's Mark Zondlo to measure water vapor. "In discussions about global warming, carbon dioxide and methane get all the attention, but water vapor impacts climate more than any other gas," says Zondlo.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, have created a $25 million endowment fund at Princeton for the invention, development and use of cutting-edge technology that has the capacity to transform research in the natural sciences and engineering.
When photographers zoom in on an object to see it better, they lose the wide-angle perspective -- they are forced to trade off "big picture" context for detail. But now an imaging method developed by Princeton researchers could lead to lenses that show all parts of the scene at once in the same high detail. The new method could help build more powerful microscopes and other optical devices.
A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered an entirely new mechanism for making common electronic materials emit laser beams. The finding could lead to lasers that operate more efficiently and at higher temperatures than existing devices, and find applications in environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics.
As microchips shrink, even tiny defects in the lines, dots and other shapes etched on them become major barriers to performance. Princeton engineers have now found a way to literally melt away such defects, using a process that could dramatically improve chip quality without increasing fabrication cost.
Princeton scientists and engineers pitched their early-stage entrepreneurial ventures at the Keller Center's third annual Innovation Forum on April 9.
James West, co-inventor of the modern-day microphone, will give the keynote address Feb. 9 at a leadership conference sponsored by the Princeton chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Scientific American magazine named Dr. Cato Laurencin one of the top 50 innovators in 2007. Dr. Laurencin and his team at the University of Virginia were recognized for developing a synthetic scaffold that promotes regeneration of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee.
Bypassing decades-old conventions in making computer chips, Princeton engineers developed a novel way to replace silicon with carbon on large surfaces, clearing the way for new generations of faster, more powerful cell phones, computers and other electronics.
A Princeton-led research team has created an easy-to-produce material from the stuff of computer chips that has the rare ability to bend light in the opposite direction from all naturally occurring materials. This startling property may contribute to significant advances in many areas, including high-speed communications, medical diagnostics and detection of terrorist threats.
Creating ultrasmall grooves on microchips -- a key part of many modern technologies -- is about to become as easy as making a sandwich, using a new process invented by Princeton engineers.
The Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering team has advanced to the next stage in the Pentagon's "urban challenge" competition, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced May 11.
The second annual Innovation Forum at the School of Engineering and Applied Science Feb. 27 showcased emerging technology ranging from a novel laser eye surgery technique to a new way to improve security on the Internet.
It's a traffic-weary commuter's dream come true: A car that drives by itself. Since 2004, a group of Princeton University students has been working on developing such self-driving, "autonomous" vehicles, competing in contests run by the Pentagon.
When Princeton University engineers want to increase the power output of their new fuel cell, they just give it a little more gas -- hydrogen gas, to be exact. Though the simple control mechanism was previously thought impossible, Jay Benziger, a professor of chemical engineering, and Claire Woo, who graduated in 2006, showed it can work.
Princeton engineers have invented a method of stealth communication that disguises not only the information contained in a message, but the existence of the message itself.
This month in Monterey Bay, Calif., a fleet of undersea robots is for the first time working together without the aid of humans to make detailed and efficient observations of the ocean.