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Columbia Engineers Build Smallest Integrated Kerr Frequency Comb Generator

Optical frequency combs can enable ultrafast processes in physics, biology, and chemistry, as well as improve communication and navigation, medical testing, and security. Columbia Engineers have built a Kerr frequency comb generator that, for the fir...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Oct 8 2018

Embargo expired on 08-Oct-2018 at 11:00 ET

Battery testing and prototyping facility grows to meet demand for next-generation technologies

Argonne recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expanded Cell Analysis, Modeling and Prototyping (CAMP) facility.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant health and fitness apps actually have little to do with health

UNC researchers led by Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, reviewed more than 300 apps in the health and fitness categories of app stores for hands-free, voice-activated assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant; they found very few had a clear ...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

JMIR mHealth and uHealth

OU Researcher Determines Catalytic Active Sites Using Carbon Nanotubes

Catalytic research led by University of Oklahoma researcher Steven Crossley has developed a new and more definitive way to determine the active site in a complex catalyst. His team’s research was recently published in Nature Communications.

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

Nature Communications, Sept - 2018

Student Software Shows Library Seating Patterns

Open Source Program Will Help Designers Improve Public Spaces

– Humboldt State University

WVU part of 10-university alliance improving diversity in STEM

Funded by a five-year, $3.5 million NSF grant, the Kentucky-West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation will examine underrepresented students’ perceptions of STEM disciplines and careers and work to improve recruitment, retentio...

– West Virginia University

Virtual Reality is Coming to Operative Neurosurgery

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons is pleased to announce a partnership that will greatly enhance Operative Neurosurgery’s Surgical Video section, which currently includes 2-D and 3-D videos.

– Congress of Neurological Surgeons

2018 CNS Annual Meeting, October 6–10, 2018

Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge, NVIDIA Team Breaks Exaop Barrier With Deep Learning Application

A team of computational scientists from Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and engineers from NVIDIA has demonstrated an exascale-class deep learning application that exceeded the exaop barrier, using a climate dataset from Berkeley Lab o...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

Engineers from the University of Utah’s School of Computing conducted a study to determine if homeowners change the way they live if they could visualize the air quality in their house. They provide homeowners pollution sensors and a tablet to see ...

– University of Utah

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies; U54EB021973

Marine Biologists Discover Novel Filtration System in Giant Manta Rays

With wingspans of over 20 feet, manta rays are charismatic giants of the sea. Yet this enormous fish, which can weigh thousands of pounds, doesn't chase down and bite into prey.

– California State University, Fullerton

Science Advances

Buy or lease? In going solar, third-party systems perform better, research finds

An analysis of 2,000 nonresidential solar systems in California found that third-party installations have a 4 percent better production yield than systems owned directly by the businesses.

– University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Volume 20, Issue 4, Fall 2018

How to Make a Lab-on-a-chip Clear and Biocompatible (With Less Blood Splatter)

Lab-on-a-chip devices harness electrical signals to measure glucose, tell apart blood type and detect viruses or cancer. But biological samples need hafnium oxide for protection from the electric fields.

– Michigan Technological University

Thin Solid Films, July-2018; Portage Health Foundation ; National Science Foundation grants IIP 1414331 and IIP 1632678; Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Tech Transfer Talent Network (T3N)...

Digital India: UVA Darden Alumni Lead Etsy, PayPal Into India’s Digital Revolution

Two UVA Darden School of Business alumni with similar career trajectories, including formative years spent in Silicon Valley before returning to India, are playing key roles in the country’s growth and maturation, offering a front-row perspective o...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Why does concrete swell and crack?

When bridges, dam walls and concrete foundations form cracks, AAR is often the culprit: the alkali-aggregate reaction. It causes the concrete to swell and renders renova-tions or even reconstructions necessary. A project funded by the Swiss National ...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology


Revolutionary Ultra-thin “Meta-lens” Enables Full-color Imaging

Columbia Engineers have created the first flat lens capable of correctly focusing a large range of colors of any polarization to the same focal spot without the need for any additional elements. Only a micron thick, their revolutionary "flat" lens is...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Light: Science & Applications Oct 3 2018

Embargo expired on 03-Oct-2018 at 05:00 ET

New research could lead to more energy-efficient computing

Computers in the future could be more energy-efficient, thanks to new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Scientific Reports, Aug-2018

Flowing salt water over this super-hydrophobic surface can generate electricity

Engineers have developed a super-hydrophobic surface that can be used to generate electrical voltage. When salt water flows over this specially patterned surface, it can produce at least 50 millivolts. The proof-of-concept work could lead to the deve...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications, Oct-2018; CMMI 1246800; CBET 1606192

A New Brain-Inspired Architecture Could Improve How Computers Handle Data and Advance AI

IBM researchers are developing a new computer architecture, better equipped to handle increased data loads from artificial intelligence. Their designs draw on concepts from the human brain and significantly outperform conventional computers in compar...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Applied Physics

The Ohio State University Launches First-of-Its-Kind Comprehensive Esports Program

The esports industry is growing quickly and The Ohio State University is leading in its development by forming the most comprehensive esports program to date.

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

In disaster’s wake, novel computing techniques support emergency responders

As hurricanes barrel toward the coastlines and wildfires rage in arid regions of the United States, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are providing critical geospatial data to support first responders as they wo...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Crowdsourced App Gauges Flood Waters

Communicating flood risk can be more streamlined and an interdisciplinary team of engineers, hydrologists, and computer scientists plan to develop apps to improve monitoring and predictions.

– Michigan Technological University

National Science Foundation

Jutla to Conduct Research on Vibrio Bacteria in Chesapeake Bay

Antar Jutla, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Virginia University, will partner with researchers at the University of Maryland, led by Professor of Microbiology Anwar Huq, to look at ways in which the frequency, inte...

– West Virginia University

Single Atoms Break Carbon's Strongest Bond

Scientists have developed a new catalyst for breaking carbon-fluorine bonds, one of the strongest chemical bonds known. The discovery is a breakthrough for efforts in environmental remediation and chemical synthesis.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

ACS Catalysis

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2018 at 07:30 ET

Critical Materials Institute takes major step toward printed anisotropic magnets

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute has taken a major step toward printed, aligned anisotropic magnets via additive manufacturing processes.

– Ames Laboratory

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

Can AI Reduce Race Bias in Homelessness?

New Algorithm Can Improve Outcomes in Assigning Housing to Homeless Youth and Change Housing Policy

– University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

UA Little Rock gamers create app for Clinton Presidential Center exhibit

Members of the Little Rock Game company have created an app for an exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center exhibit, “White House, Green Building."

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

NSF awards 5-year grant to fund first-of-its-kind HSI STEM Resource Hub

The National Science Foundation recently announced its first research awards under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Physics graduate student takes her thesis research to a Department of Energy national lab

For 12 months, UAB physics graduate student Ashlyn Burch will work at Sandia National Laboratory, high in the semi-arid Western city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, supported by a U.S. Department of Energy Science Graduate Student Research award.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Battery technology takes flight

As part of a new program, Argonne’s researchers are evaluating what it takes to power drones with batteries.

– Argonne National Laboratory

New Report Outlines Steps to Govern Solar Radiation Management Technologies

New Report Outlines Steps to Govern Solar Radiation Management Technologies

– American University

Researchers: Redesign Dating Apps to Overcome Racial Bias

Mobile dating apps that allow users to filter their searches by race – or rely on algorithms that pair up people of the same race – reinforce racial divisions and biases, according to a new paper by Cornell University researchers.

– Cornell University

The Promise of Deep Grooves

Argonne’s sequential infiltration synthesis technique could advance computer chip manufacturing as well as other industries.

– Argonne National Laboratory

The Journal of Materials Chemistry; The Journal of Physical Chemistry; Advanced Materials; The Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B

Innovators present recent advances in digital health care at the 2018 Annual Body Computing Conference

Hosted by the USC Center for Body Computing, the 2018 Annual Body Computing Conference highlighted findings from two landmark studies and addressed how to protect digital health data.

– Keck Medicine of USC

2018 Annual Body Computing Conference


WVU part of 10-university alliance improving diversity in STEM

West Virginia University continues to be part of a multimillion dollar effort across a 10-university alliance to support STEM education for underrepresented students in Appalachia.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory designated an historic mechanical engineering site

American Society of Mechanical Engineers names PPPL an historic landmark site.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL’s Sam Cohen earns award at meeting of U.S. government-funded laboratories hosted by PPPL

PPPL physicist Sam Cohen and a local company win a Federal Laboratory Consortium award for a rocket propulsion technology.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Kawtar Hafidi to head Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate at Argonne

Physicist Kawtar Hafidi has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director, Physical Sciences and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne researchers honored by Energy Secretary’s awards program

A select group of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory was recently recognized for their contributions to infrastructure security and nuclear nonproliferation at the Secretary’s Honor Awards ceremony ...

– Argonne National Laboratory

American Chemical Society’s president comments on award of 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

American Chemical Society’s president comments on award of 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Interdisciplinary Research Team Collaborating on Crowdsourced App Designed to Forecast, Track Flood Waters

Researchers from Arizona's three public universities, including Mikhail Chester from ASU and Ben Ruddell from NAU, received a $1.5 million grant from the NSF for this project.

– Northern Arizona University


WVU Advances Technology and Transparency to Shale Gas in New MSEEL Site

Improving shale energy productivity and reducing the environmental footprint of the natural gas industry are the goals of a West Virginia University partnership at a second Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Lab to be located in western Mononga...

– West Virginia University

OU Engineering Professor Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Andrea L’Afflitto, an assistant professor at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, has received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Young Faculty Award for his proposal to develop autonomous...

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

Do Robot Swarms Work Like Brains?

New Johns Hopkins study explores navigation similarities between the mind and robot swarms

– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


Testing Locations for Homemade Explosives Keep the Traveling Public Safe

To keep the nation ahead of emerging threats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) takes on rigorous explosives threat detection research through its various dedicated labs and projects.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Israeli Morphisec Receives $200K for Cybersecurity Tech to Protect Financial Institutions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that Israel-based Morphisec has been awarded $200,000 to develop technology solutions to prevent cyberattacks on financial institutions.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

DHS Selects Texas A&M University to Lead Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense

DHS S&T announced today the selection of Texas A&M University to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and other partners for a new Center of Excellence (COE) for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS). S&T will prov...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Awards Research Fellowships

Working on laser-guided flying vehicles. Developing a deeper analysis of cancer cells. Deploying data-science algorithms to save endangered mangroves. Today the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego launched a new program to fund 27 un...

– University of California San Diego

Coming Soon to Exascale Computing: Software for Chemistry of Catalysis

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is launching a four-year, $3.2 million project to develop software that will bring the power of exascale computers to the computational study and design of catalytic materials.

– Ames Laboratory

DHS S&T Reveals New Business Model and Organizational Structure

DHS S&T today begins a new approach to its R&D mission with a new organizational structure that will improve its ability to more rapidly transition technology capabilities into operations and enable it to quickly respond to emerging threats.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

CSUMB Hosts Greater Vision Forum Oct 3, 2018

CSUMB and the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation will host a forum entitled "The Farm of the Future: Agriculture Careers in Energy, Sustainability and Technology" October 3, 2018 at CSUMB.

– California State University, Monterey Bay

Higher Education Events

Innovating Our Energy Future

Energy innovations like wind, wave, and solar power, bio-fuels, and small modular reactors have the potential to change the world. Discover how Oregon State and NuScale Power are working to take these innovations from lab to market. Lecture is free ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering


New Electric Car Charger is More Efficient, 10 Times Smaller Than Current Tech

A new electric vehicle fast charger is at least 10 times smaller than existing systems and wastes 60 percent less power during the charging process, without sacrificing the charging time.

– North Carolina State University

Expert Pitch

5G wireless tech to give spark to virtual reality, autonomous vehicles and more

– Cornell University

Nobel winner Arthur Ashkin’s pioneering work inspires leading physicist, biomedical engineer

– Cornell University





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