Wednesday 18-Jul-2018

Recent Research

Feeding Plants to This Algae Could Fuel Your Car


The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell growth and lipid productivity, useful for boosting the algae’s potential value as a biofuel.

–Los Alamos National Laboratory|2018-07-17

Emergency Injuries Soar as Scooter Riders Take Over Sidewalks


Motorized scooters are making quite the splash in pedestrian-heavy cities from Santa Monica, California, to Washington, D.C. They’re ubiquitous, inexpensive to rent, easy to unload and fun.They’re also dangerous, leaving behind a trail of injured riders and pedestrians, according to a Cedars-Sinai emergency physician.

–Cedars-Sinai |2018-07-16

Sodium- and Potassium-based Batteries Hold Promise for Cheap Energy Storage


Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found new evidence suggesting that batteries based on sodium and potassium hold promise as a potential alternative to lithium-based batteries.

–Georgia Institute of Technology|2018-06-19

Realization of high-performance magnetic sensors due to magnetic vortex structures


Magnetic sensors play a key role in a variety of applications, such as speed and position sensing in the automotive industry or in biomedical applications. Within the framework of the Christian Doppler Laboratory "Advanced Magnetic Sensing and Materials" headed by Dieter Süss novel magnetic sensors have been realized that surpass conventional technologies in performance and accuracy in a cooperation between the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems and Infineon AG. The researchers present the new development in the latest issue of the journal "Nature Electronics".

–University of Vienna|2018-06-14

Carlex Glass America licenses ORNL superhydrophobic coatings for automotive applications


Carlex Glass America LLC has exclusively licensed optically clear, superhydrophobic coating technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory aimed initially at advancing glass products for the automotive sector.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2018-06-13

Researchers Challenge the “Levels of Automation” Framework in Automated Vehicles

The widespread push by car, truck, and drone makers toward increasingly automated vehicles has moved faster than technology and faster than legislation.

–Human Factors and Ergonomics Society|2018-06-08

Checking the Global Pulse for Electric Vehicles


A team of Argonne researchers has reviewed 40 automotive market diffusion models from 16 countries to help determine how many plug-in electric vehicles consumers will buy over the next few decades.

–Argonne National Laboratory|2018-05-25

Self-Driving Cars: WFU Engineering Students Kick the Tires on Safety and Ethics


The future of self-driving cars seemed all but inevitable — until a fatal crash in Arizona last month prompted tech companies, automakers and lawmakers to pump the brakes.

–Wake Forest University|2018-05-02

How Do You Get Teens to Stop Cellphone Use While Driving? Survey Says, Show Them The Money

Teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cellphone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives such as auto-insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey conducted by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). However, while more than 90 percent of teens surveyed said they were willing to give up sending or reading text messages, almost half indicated that they would want to retain some control over phone functions such as music and navigation.

–Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |2018-04-23

CMI Expands Research in Tech Metals as Rapid Growth in Electric Vehicles Drives Demand for Lithium, Cobalt


As increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt (ingredients in lithium-ion batteries), the Critical Materials Institute will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements.

–Ames Laboratory|2018-04-11

Long-Overdue VW Shakeup Is First Step to Tune Up

–Cornell University|2018-04-10

After Uber, Tesla Incidents, Can Artificial Intelligence Be Trusted?

Given the choice of riding in an Uber driven by a human or a self-driving version, which would you choose? Following last month’s fatal crash of a self-driving Uber that took the life of a woman in Tempe, Arizona, and the recent death of a test-driver of a semi-autonomous vehicle being developed by Tesla, peoples’ trust in the technology behind autonomous vehicles may also have taken a hit.

–Missouri University of Science and Technology|2018-04-10

Fleet of Automated Electric Taxis Could Deliver Environmental and Energy Benefits


Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley decided to analyze the cost, energy, and environmental implications of a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles operating in Manhattan. They found that shared automated electric vehicles, or SAEVs, could get the job done at a lower cost – by an order of magnitude – than present-day taxis while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

–Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory|2018-03-28

Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive

Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road that would make it possible to drive hundreds—if not thousands—of miles without having to plug in.

–University of Colorado Boulder|2018-03-27

Autonomous Vehicles Traveling the Wrong Road to Safety, Computer Science Engineer Says


“As long as human behaviors are the foundation of automated driving technology, safety will continue to be an issue.” -- Aviral Shrivastava, ASU computer science assistant professor.

–Arizona State University (ASU)|2018-03-27

Two ASU Experts Weigh in on the Future of Self-Driving Cars, in Light of Fatal Accident


–Arizona State University (ASU)|2018-03-21

Smoked Foods Are Tastier, Less Harmful with a Tip From the Auto Industry

Infusing foods with smoke can impart delicious nuanced flavors, but could also come with an unwelcome side of carcinogens. To reduce the carcinogen content of smoked foods, researchers took a lesson from the automobile industry, running the smoke through a zeolite filter to remove harmful compounds. It worked, and with a happy bonus: superior smoke flavor.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2018-03-20

Empa Shows "Gas Station of the Future"


What could a "gas station of the future" look like? What services does it offer? Which fuels can be refueled there and where do they come from? Possible answers to these questions can be found at the stand of the of Swiss Oil Industry Association (Erdöl-Vereinigung) at the Geneva Motor Show. The stand in Hall 6 is run in cooperation with Empa and Hyundai.

–Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2018-02-22

Perspective on Fuel Cells

In a new Perspective article, published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, researchers are aiming to tackle a fundamental debate in key reactions behind fuel cells and hydrogen production, which, if solved, could significantly bolster clean energy technologies.

–The Electrochemical Society|2018-02-14

Diesel Vehicles in Oil Sands Operations Contribute to Regional Pollution

Wildfires, cigarette smoking and vehicles all emit a potentially harmful compound called isocyanic acid. The substance has been linked to several health conditions, including heart disease and cataracts. Scientists investigating sources of the compound have now identified off-road diesel vehicles in oil sands production in Alberta, Canada, as a major contributor to regional levels of the pollutant. Their report appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2017-12-06

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