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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 01-Oct-2018

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A ‘Recipe Book’ that Creates Color Centers in Silicon Carbide Crystals

Silicon carbide has enjoyed renewed interest for its potential in quantum technology. Its ability to house optically excitable defects, called color centers, has made it a strong candidate material to become the building block of quantum computing. N...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics Letters

Leslie S. Richards to Headline 24th Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) today announced that Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, will serve as keynote speaker at the 24th Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TES...

– Penn State College of Engineering

24th Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, December 5-7, 2018

IE designs software to reduce the amount of time - and money - it takes to clear Penn State of snow

Snow days at Penn State may have become even more rare, thanks to the work of a recent industrial engineering graduate.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Polymer Coating Cools Down Buildings

Columbia Engineers have invented a high-performance exterior PDRC polymer coating with nano-to-microscale air voids that acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint on rooftops, buildings, water tanks, vehicle...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Science Sept 27 2018

Embargo expired on 27-Sep-2018 at 14:00 ET

S&T Supports FEMA with Comprehensive Flood Insurance Report

Insurance is a valuable recovery tool for individuals and communities impacted by disaster. While it doesn’t prevent the unexpected from happening, it does provide financial peace of mind, a safety net when disaster occurs. Insurance offers critica...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Welcome to the Beatles: Virginia Tech students publish fresh perspectives on the Fab Four

18 Virginia Tech history students recently collaborated on writing and editing a book on the iconic rock band, the Beatles. Available now online as an eBook and for purchase through Amazon, “Welcome to the Beatles” brings fresh perspectives on th...

– Virginia Tech

Small Business Recycling Ventures Propelled by Sandia Engineering

Through New Mexico Small Business Assistance, Sandia is solving technical challenges to help one company reconfigure an old ethanol plant and, in a separate project, helping a cohort of companies characterize new composite materials made from forest ...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Argonne hosts international nuclear technology workshop for teachers

In August, the IAEA held a two-week workshop for 30 educators from 17 countries at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to learn more about nuclear technology and work collaboratively to discuss how to introduce the topic int...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Making old antibiotics new again

CU Boulder researchers have identified a family of small molecules that turn off defense mechanisms inside bacteria that enable them to resist antibiotics. The compounds could ultimately be given alongside existing medications to rejuvenate them.

– University of Colorado Boulder

PLOS Pathogens

Clear the Air

Engineers from the University of Utah have studied the effects of controlling home heating and air conditioning systems based on a home’s indoor air quality instead of temperature. They have discovered that programming your air conditioner and furn...

– University of Utah

IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies; U54EB021973

Online Communities See Large Growth in Anti-Semitic Comments, Memes

Large-scale quantitative analysis details the rise of anti-Semitism and how anti-Semitic content flows across mainstream and fringe web communities.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

arXiv, Sept-2018

Biomedical Engineer’s Findings Change the Debate on Modeling Blood Flow

Northern Arizona University professor Amirhossein Arzani authored a paper about which computational modeling of blood is more accurate when applied to monitoring the movement of blood through the human body, which affects how doctors treat patients w...

– Northern Arizona University


Gaining Control over Mental Health (Podcast)

How can two undergraduates impact the health of people with mental illness? Inspired by her own experience with bipolar disorder, Alison Bowden from Oregon State University created an app to help manage the daily challenges of living with mental illn...

– Oregon State University

UIC Chemical Engineers First to Functionalize Boron Nitride with Other Nanosystems

Scientists report that treatment with a superacid causes boron nitride layers to separate into atomically thick sheets, while creating binding sites on the surface of these sheets that provide opportunities to interface with nanoparticles, molecules ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

ACS Nano

Multimodal Imaging Shows Strain Can Drive Chemistry in a Photovoltaic Material

A unique combination of imaging tools and atomic-level simulations has allowed a team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to solve a longstanding debate about the properties of a promising material that can harvest energ...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Materials

Department of Energy Announces $218 Million for Quantum Information Science

Brookhaven Lab will lead and contribute to DOE-funded research aimed at advancing next-gen technologies in computing, sensing, and other areas.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Study of tiny vortices could lead to new self-healing materials, other advances

Argonne scientists hope that tiny vortices, driven by various magnetic fields, will be able to move microscopic particles.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Nature Communications, June-2018

UT Professor's New Book Demystifies Artificial Intelligence

Associate Professor James Scott to speak Sept. 26 about the core concepts behind artificial intelligence by exploring the history of the ideas that led to its development.

– University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business

AIQ: How People and Machines Are Smarter Together


Could Bacteria Fuel the Future?

UD engineers will be looking at using how a group of bacteria, usually associated with causing stomach troubles, could be used to create sources of sustainable energy.

– University of Delaware

Professor receives 188k grant to research new methods to create optoelectronic materials

A chemistry professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received $188,863 from the National Science Foundation to study experimental methods of developing organic optoelectronic materials. Dr. Noureen Siraj, assistant professor of anal...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


S&T Develops Terrorism Prevention Research Findings Dashboard

To counter the continually growing and changing threat of violent extremism, DHS S&T has developed a free and publicly accessible research findings dashboard that hosts more than 1,500 catalogued terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism ...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

$20 Million NSF Grant for SMART Grid Center Builds on NMSU Research

The sustainable electric grids of the future will be raised in New Mexico thanks to a $20 million National Science Foundation grant based on smart grid research born at New Mexico State University over the past five years.

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Basu receives NSF funding to make 3D-printed parts more structurally sound

Saurabh Basu, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, is working on making additive components more reliable thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.

– Penn State College of Engineering


On the Road Again: Alerting First Responders and Drivers of Oncoming Roadway Hazards

Whether at a traffic stop, a vehicle fire or a medical call, responders of all disciplines knowingly place themselves in harm’s way in service to our commuters and our communities. Every year, first responders are killed or severely injured when th...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

DHS S&T Awards $200K to Bellevue Start-Up for Final Testing of Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array Radar

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today awarded Echodyne Corporation of Bellevue, Washington $200,000 to begin the final testing phase as part of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

San Diego Supercomputer Center Opens New BlockLAB Research Laboratory

The Center for Large Scale Data Systems (CLDS) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego, formally opened a new blockchain research laboratory to exploring technologies and business use cases in distributed ledgers, digital transactions, an...

– University of California San Diego

Quantum science funding flows into Argonne

Argonne will receive more than $11 million in funding over three years as part of a series of grants tied to quantum information science.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Awardees named for first round of HPC4Materials funding

The Department of Energy today announced the first round of awardees for the new HPC4Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, a public-private effort aimed at using high-performance computing to advance U.S. industry’s discovery, design and development of mat...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Roswell Park Awarded More Than $6 Million in Moonshot Funds to Lead New Data Management Resource

Through a grant award provided by the Cancer MoonshotSM, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will support and advance some of the nation’s most ambitious cancer research projects.

– Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center


Department of Energy Announces $218 Million for Quantum Information Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $218 million in funding for 85 research awards in the important emerging field of Quantum Information Science (QIS).

– Department of Energy, Office of Science





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