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Better 21st century living possible?


A diverse committee of experts from around the world has convened at the request of the National Science Foundation and announced 14 grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century that, if met, would improve how people live. The panel, some of the most accomplished engineers and scientists of their generation, was established in 2006 and has met several times to discuss and develop the list of challenges. Rather than focusing on predictions or gee-whiz gadgets, the goal was to identify what needs to be done to help people and the planet thrive. Some of the challenges determined by the panel include making solar energy affordable; providing energy from fusion, restoring and improving urban infrastructure, engineering better medicines, preventing nuclear terror, and advancing personalized learning.

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