Tuesday 20-Mar-2018

Recent Research

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

Imaging the Heart, Tiny Diamond Anvils, A Nanowire Array for Screening Diseases, and More in the Engineering News Source

The latest research and features in the Newswise Engineering News Source

– Newswise|2018-02-24

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

Hearing Hybrid and Electric Vehicles While Quieting Noise Pollution

Low-emission vehicles are considered too quiet for hearing-impaired pedestrians, so the European Union is mandating that they be equipped with acoustic vehicle alerting systems. With these alert systems would come a marked increase in the amount of noise on the roads across Europe. During the 174th ASA Meeting, Dec. 4-8, 2017, in New Orleans, researchers will present their work assessing the effectiveness of acoustic vehicle alerting systems and their downsides.

–Acoustical Society of America (ASA)|2017-12-05

New Device Boosts Road Time for Tesla, Leaf Drivers


Both batteries could work about 50 percent longer with a device provisionally patented by Vanderbilt University engineers.

–Vanderbilt University|2017-11-20

Tesla’s Electric ‘Semi Truck’ Signals Future, but Risks Straining Company Resources

–Cornell University|2017-11-16

Uber's Flying Taxis: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Prof Can Speak to the Media About Uber's Big Plans

–Case Western Reserve University|2017-11-08

Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities


Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

– Newswise|2017-11-08

Closing the Gap: Argonne, Partners Putting Charge Into EV Battery Technology


Argonne researchers are partnering with Idaho National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory to identify and fill gaps hindering the commercialization of extreme fast charging — for electric vehicles that can be charged in minutes instead of hours.

–Argonne National Laboratory|2017-11-07

Partnership Lays Groundwork for Self-Driving Vehicles

Advanced technology used to make traveling safer and more efficient is the focus of a new project led by The University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

–University of Alabama|2017-10-25

Sandia Researchers Use Direct Numerical Simulations to Enhance Combustion Efficiency and Reduce Pollution in Diesel Engines


A “cool flame” may sound contradictory, but it’s an important element of diesel combustion — one that, once properly understood, could enable better engine designs with higher efficiency and fewer emissions.

–Sandia National Laboratories|2017-10-12

In Push Towards Electric Cars, Batteries and Fuel Cells Both in the Mix

–Cornell University|2017-10-09

Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, October 2017


A method developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could protect connected and autonomous vehicles from possible network intrusion. A new ORNL technique makes ultrafast measurements using atomic force microscopy.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2017-10-05

Caution Ahead: The Growing Challenge for Drivers’ Attention


Many of the infotainment features in most 2017 vehicles are so distracting they should not be enabled while a vehicle is in motion, according to a new study by University of Utah researchers. The study, led by psychology professor David L. Strayer, found In-Vehicle Information Systems take drivers’ attention off the road for too long to be safe.

–University of Utah|2017-10-05

Impacts of Ride-Hailing on Crashes Differ from City to City

Ride-hailing services reduce drunk-driving crashes in some cities, reports a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania this month in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The research is the first to look at the specific effects of ride-hailing, or “ride-sharing,” within specific cities, rather than averaging data across multiple cities.

–Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |2017-10-04

Electric Cars May Up Demand for Power, but Renewables Are Poised to Benefit

–Cornell University|2017-10-03

GM Wind Investment Signals Renewable’s Strong Future in Auto Industry

–Cornell University|2017-09-22

Tulane Receives Grant to Reduce Auto Emissions


Members of Tulane University’s Shantz Lab will work with industrial scientists to assist in the development of next-generation materials designed to reduce harmful automotive emissions. The three-year old lab and its group of students have received a grant and equipment resources from SACHEM, Inc., a chemical science company.

–Tulane University|2017-09-19

WVU Research Gives Self-Driving Vehicles a Boost


While the future of vehicles may be driverless, West Virginia University is steering the technology in the right direction. WVU’s researchers are working to improve vehicle and smart infrastructure technology that underpins their development and their benefit to communities in areas such as safety, energy, traffic, economic opportunity and more.

–West Virginia University|2017-09-19

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