14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century

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The National Academy of Engineering announced the grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. A diverse committee of experts from around the world, convened at the request of the U.S. National Science Foundation, revealed 14 challenges that, if met, would improve how we live.

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The Challenges

¨ Make solar energy affordable

¨ Provide energy from fusion

¨ Develop carbon sequestration methods

¨ Manage the nitrogen cycle

¨ Provide access to clean water

¨ Restore and improve urban infrastructure

¨ Advance health informatics

¨ Engineer better medicines

¨ Reverse-engineer the brain

¨ Prevent nuclear terror

¨ Secure cyberspace

¨ Enhance virtual reality

¨ Advance personalized learning

¨ Engineer the tools for scientific discovery

From “What’s New @ National Academies.org”

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Isn't there a technology already in existence for using sunlight to separate water molecules and generate electricity? I believe that's a step in the right direction and should be looked into a lot more. Both necessary elements are abundant (sunlight and water).

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