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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 17-Sep-2018

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Gene Therapy via Skin Protects Mice From Lethal Cocaine Doses

A study in Nature Biomedical Engineering shows that skin stem cells, modified via CRISPR and transplanted back to donor mice, can protect addicted mice from cocaine-seeking and overdose.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Nature Biomedical Engineering, September 17, 2018

Embargo expired on 17-Sep-2018 at 11:00 ET

World's First Passive Anti-Frosting Surface Fights Ice with Ice

From delayed flights to power outages, ice buildup can cost consumers and companies billions of dollars every year in lost efficiency and mechanical breakdown. New research from Virginia Tech hopes to change that.

– Virginia Tech

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Embargo expired on 17-Sep-2018 at 09:00 ET

Machine Learning IDs Markers to Help Predict Alzheimer's

Image classification models trained on brain MRIs of dementia patients could help support early diagnosis for more effective treatment.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Datacasting for Instant Situational Awareness

DHS S&T saw a requirement to provide responders with a secure, readily accessible way to allow both the picture and the words to help responders make better decisions in a crisis. Together, S&T and partners developed the solution: S&T’s Datacastin...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

ORNL-Developed Technology Streamlines Computational Science Projects

An ORNL research team led by Jay Jay Billings has continuously updated a workflow management system they first developed in 2010 to help computational scientists develop software, visualize data, and solve problems, saving time and effort expended in...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Novel Flying Robot Mimics Rapid Insect Flight

A novel insect-inspired flying robot, developed by TU Delft researchers from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab), has been presented in Science (14 September 2018). Experiments with this first autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing rob...

– Delft University of Technology


Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2018 at 14:00 ET

The Next Phase: Using Neural Networks to Identify Gas-Phase Molecules

Argonne scientists have developed a neural network that can identify the structure of molecules in the gas phase, offering a novel technique for national security and pharmaceutical applications.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Journal of Chemical Physics

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2018 at 11:00 ET

Laser Sintering Optimized for Printed Electronics

Printed electronics use standard printing techniques to manufacture electronic devices on different substrates like glass, plastic films, and paper. Interest in this area is growing because of the potential to create cheaper circuits more efficiently...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

AIP Advances

A New Scientific Field: Quantum Metamaterials

Two teams of scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have collaborated to conduct groundbreaking research leading to the development of a new and innovative scientific field: Quantum Metamaterials.

– American Technion Society

Science, Sept 14, 2018

Closing of Department, Big Box Stores Ushers in New Opportunities for Retail

The demise of several big box and department stores was inevitable given the changing retail landscape, but a team of Iowa State University researchers says there is opportunity for retailers.

– Iowa State University

Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and Farming: Innovative Mathematical Models for Agriculture

A team of Iowa State University scientists is bridging the gap between engineering and farming by applying machine learning and mathematical modeling to perennial problems in agriculture. The project recently received a grant from the National Scienc...

– Iowa State University

Point-of-Care Sensors to Detect Manganese From Single Drop of Blood

A three-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago to develop portable, easy-to-use sensors that can detect toxic metals in a single drop of blood. The sensors woul...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Physicists Develop New Techniques to Enhance Data Analysis for Large Hadron Collider

New York University physicists have created new techniques that deploy machine learning as a means to significantly improve data analysis for the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator.

– New York University

Physical Review Letters

Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2018 at 12:00 ET

Wearable Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure Deep Inside Body

A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision. In tests, the patch performed as well as some clinic...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Biomedical Engineering, Sept-2018; R21EB025521

Enabling ‘Internet of Photonic Things’ with Miniature Sensors

Swapping electrons for photons, researchers in the School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed wireless sensors which are not subject to electromagnetic interference and are smaller and generally more flexible than the currently electronic...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Light:Science and Applications, Sept. 5, 2018

Researchers Develop Biometric Tool for Newborn Fingerprinting

Researchers at the University of California San Diego say they have dramatically advanced the science of biometric identification, creating a novel technology that can capture the fingerprints of infants and children, even on the first day of birth. ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Exploring next-generation coherent X-ray science

Argonne physicists are taking coherent X-rays to the next level, with funding from the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Engage Engines! New Research Illuminates Complex Processes Inside Plasma Propulsion Systems for Satellites

New research involving computer simulations gives physicists confidence that they can peer into the inner workings of plasma thrusters.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Physics of Plasmas; FA9550–17-1–0010

A Trick of the Light

Argonne researchers are using nanoparticles to make photodetectors better able to handle the ultraviolet radiation produced in high-energy physics experiments.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Scientific Reports, July-2018

Public Lectures Explore the Impact of Particle Accelerators

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Bruce Carlsten will explore the ways particle accelerators can improve our lives in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning September 17 in Albuquerque.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

4 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Entertainment Engineering

How fusing technology and fine arts is helping UNLV students build new creations and careers at top studios like Pixar.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Social Media, Social Problems

A University of Delaware professor explores the effect the Internet and social media has on our well-being in a new book. One finding: The use of smartphones and other mobile devices that allow people to be online wherever they are has created new an...

– University of Delaware

The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use

Blast Tube Tests at Sandia Simulate Shock Wave Conditions Nuclear Weapons Could Face

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers are using a blast tube configurable to 120 feet to demonstrate how well nuclear weapons could survive the shock wave of a blast from an enemy weapon and to help validate computer modeling...

– Sandia National Laboratories

NIBIB-Funded Imaging Center at NYU Teams with Facebook on Artificially Intelligent MRI Scanning

NYU School of Medicine's Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research, supported by NIBIB, will collaborate with Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research on an imaging project, called fastMRI, that will use AI to make MRI scans up to 10 times...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering


Penn State partners with IISE to create new service engineering award

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80 percent of the workforce is employed in the service sector. Penn State and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers have collaborated to create a new award that celebrates outstanding inno...

– Penn State College of Engineering

S&T Awards $11.6M to Defend Against Network/Internet Disruptions

Five research organizations were awarded separate contracts totaling $11,511,565 to develop new methods to identify and attribute Network/Internet-scale Disruptive Events (NIDEs), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Direc...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Busting Bitter, Saving Lives

A new collaboration grant to Discovery BioMed and the Monell Center will support development of next-generation screening technologies to identify bitter taste blockers. The work will advance health by improving the taste and acceptability of nutriti...

– Monell Chemical Senses Center


Olin Ranked #3 in Latest US News Rankings Amid Growing Recognition

An MIT study released in the spring named Olin, along with MIT, as the top leaders globally in engineering education, even as more and more top programs are acknowledging Olin’s influence in their curricular reforms. The Princeton Review recently n...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

HHMI Awards Hanna Gray Fellowships to 15 Early Career Scientists

HHMI announces the selection of 15 exceptional early career scientists as 2018 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows to support diversity in science. The 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program competition is now open, with applications due on January 9, 2019.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

GBT Upgrade to Sharpen Telescope’s Vision

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $1.3 million to upgrade its Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia with an innovative precision laser ranging measurement system.

– Green Bank Observatory

Globus Announces Support for Protected Data

Globus, the leading research data management service, today announced support for management of protected data, including data regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)....

– Globus

Developing “Human-Like” Control System

To explore extreme environments, machines need to think like humans. Engineers are working to solve fundamental scientific problems to make intelligent control systems possible.

– South Dakota State University

UIC company develops hybrid air-conditioning system with help from DOE

NETenergy, a clean tech startup company based on technology developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago and licensed from UIC, will commercialize its unique hybrid, super-efficient air-conditioning system with funding from the U.S. Department ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Graham George receives Lytle Award for contributions to X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Graham Neil George, professor and Canada Research Chair in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) at the University of Saskatchewan, has been chosen to receive the 2018 Farrel W. Lytle Award for his outstanding contributions to synchrotron science at th...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

DHS Awards $119K to Locuslabs, Inc. for Intelligent Wayfinding Technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today that LocusLabs, Inc. of Oakland, California has received $119,100 to develop wayfinding technology as part of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SV...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

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Apple Watch’s New Heart-Monitoring Feature Has Pros and Cons for Patients

– Northwestern University





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