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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 29-Oct-2018

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Finally, a Robust Fuel Cell that Runs on Methane at Practical Temperatures

Either exorbitantly expensive fuel or insanely hot temperatures have made fuel cells a boutique proposition, but now there's one that runs on cheap methane and at much lower temperatures. This is a practical, affordable fuel cell and a "sensation in ...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Energy; DE-AR0000502; DE- SC0014561; DE-FE0031201; 1462121

Embargo expired on 29-Oct-2018 at 12:00 ET

A Solar Cell That Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have developed an artificial photosynthesis device called a “hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic cell” that turns sunlight and water into ...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Materials

Embargo expired on 29-Oct-2018 at 12:00 ET

Clean Energy to Power a Brighter Future

Led by Oregon State University College of Engineering professor emeritus Jose Reyes, NuScale Power intends to become the first company to introduce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology to the world. NuScale's unconventional SMR design is unlike any...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Landmark ACR Data Science Institute Use Cases Advance Medical Imaging Artificial Intelligence Development

A first-of-its-kind series of standardized artificial intelligence use cases will accelerate AI use by ensuring that algorithms address relevant clinical questions; can be implemented on multiple electronic workflow systems; enable ongoing QA and Com...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Embargo expired on 26-Oct-2018 at 08:00 ET

Delivering Pressure with an Unconventional Crystal Interface

The use of pressure to alter semiconductor properties is showing increasing promise in applications such as high-performance infrared sensors and energy conversion devices.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Science Advances

New driverless car technology could make traffic lights and speeding tickets obsolete

New driverless car technologies developed at a University of Delaware lab could lead to a world without traffic lights and speeding tickets. Researchers hope the innovations will bring about the development of driverless cars that use 19 to 22 percen...

– University of Delaware


Invention by NUS chemists opens the door to safer and less expensive X-ray imaging

Professor Liu Xiaogang from the National University of Singapore led a team to develop novel lead halide perovskite nanocrystals that are highly sensitive to X-ray irradiation.

– National University of Singapore


Argonne Scientists Create New Oil-Resistant Filter Technology

A novel new way to keep oil from clogging filters and equipment

– Argonne National Laboratory

ACS Nano, Aug-2018

Whiskers, Surface Growth and Dendrites in Lithium Batteries

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis take a closer look at lithium metal plating and make some surprising findings that might lead to the next generation of batteries.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Joule , online 20 September 2018

Connecting with Communities for Clean Water (Podcast)

How can we clean up pollution from toxic chemicals that have seeped into the groundwater, hundreds of feet below the surface? Lewis Semprini, Distinguished Professor of environmental engineering, discusses strategies for bioremediation, using microor...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

New Technology Designed to Prevent Network Hacking Licensed to LI Company

In the search for more secure communications technologies designed to prevent hacking, a team of Stony Brook University researchers created a technology that uses quantum memory applications at room temperatures to securely store and transfer informa...

– Stony Brook University

Expert Q&A: Safeguarding the Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, cybersecurity expert Sean Peisert of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discusses new methods that have the potential to keep our energy infrastructure safe from a cyberattack.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mini-organs: Next-Gen Lab Model, not the Child of Frankenstein

When it comes to biology, fiction often predates reality, sometimes by centuries. Since the first paper describing a brain organoid (a miniature, simplified version of a human organ) published in 2013, many new technologies – no longer the stuff of...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Researchers Design “Smart” Surfaces, Creating Promise of Safer Implants and More Accurate Diagnostic Tests

Researchers at McMaster University have solved a vexing problem by engineering surface coatings that can repel everything, such as bacteria, viruses and living cells, but can be modified to permit beneficial exceptions.

– McMaster University

ACS Nano

Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2018 at 00:00 ET

Study Highlights Racism, Sexual Assault as Contributors to College Mental Health Challenges

Analysis of academic and news articles related to mental health issues in higher education finds racism and sexual assault are key contributors to mental health challenges for students. The research highlights the need for mental health services, and...

– North Carolina State University

JMIR Mental Health, Oct-2018

New Test Measures Men’s Fertility

At a time when more than half of male infertility cannot be explained by current methods, a new test developed by Androvia LifeSciences is able to measure male fertility. The proprietary Cap-Score Male Fertility Assay is based on research patented by...

– Cornell University

Journal Molecular Reproduction and Development - Sept. 2018

UTEP EM Lab Develops World’s First 3D Volumetric Circuit

The EM Lab’s latest breakthrough is its most ambitious and far-reaching yet. Earlier this year, researchers completed the first true three-dimensional, volumetric circuit using a fully automated process.

– University of Texas at El Paso

Not ‘just for kids’

Video games and interactive media like the Fallout series and Fortnite, which is currently one of the nation’s most popular games, have interested Nick Bowman, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a research associate ...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Research shows that bots may have less influence on people than previously thought

New research at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock digs into assumptions about the influence of bots on people’s opinions. 

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Motion Sickness vs. Cybersickness: Two Different Problems or Variations on the Same Condition?

Contrary to previous research, severe motion sickness and cybersickness—a type of motion sickness that stems from exposure to virtual reality—may be considered the same clinical condition, according to researchers. The findings, the first to stud...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Journal of Applied Physiology

Memory-Steel - a New Material for the Strengthening of Buildings

A new building material developed at Empa is about to be launched on the market: "memory-steel" can not only be used to reinforce new, but also existing concrete structures. When the material is heated (one-time), prestressing occurs automatically. T...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

J Michels, M Shahverdi, C Czaderski; Flexural strengthening of structural concrete with iron-based shape memory alloy strips; St; Empa media release

3D Electron Microscopy Uncovers the Complex Guts of Desalination Membranes

Careful sample preparation, electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models provides unique insights into the inner structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling and home use, according...

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

S&T Program Seeks Answers to Pressing Cyber-Risk Economics Questions

When it comes to improving the cybersecurity posture of the nation’s critical infrastructure and vital data assets, there are a host of questions that need to be answered before actionable cybersecurity risk-management strategies can be developed a...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

NYC-based mobile lab brings studies to under-represented groups

A New York City-based mobile communication lab is enabling researchers to diversify their pool of study participants to include those rarely surveyed and hardest hit by society’s problems.

– Cornell University

Engineering team seeks patent for low-cost, 3D-printed lab equipment

Looking to replace expensive lab equipment used by engineering students, a team of Kennesaw State University researchers have developed a series of take-home educational devices that can be made for as little as $30 using 3D printing technology.

– Kennesaw State University

New Technology Encodes and Processes Video Orders of Magnitude Faster Than Current Methods

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a new technology that can encode, transform and edit video faster--several orders of magnitude faster--than the current state of the art.

– University of California San Diego


EU awards ten million euro to European Quantum Internet Alliance to speed up development of Quantum Internet

Today, the European Commission announced that its Quantum Flagship Programme will contribute 10 million euro to the development of a blueprint for a future quantum internet. Applications of networks based on quantum entanglement include improving the...

– Delft University of Technology

U.S. Department of Education Awards $900,000 for Engineering Ph.D. Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) 2018 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute nearly $900,000 to support an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in aeronautical engineering and mecha...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Embargo expired on 26-Oct-2018 at 11:00 ET

Lawrence Livermore unveils NNSA’s Sierra, world’s third fastest supercomputer

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and its industry partners today officially unveiled Sierra, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, at a dedication cerem...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Quantum Network to Test Unhackable Communications

Scientists are creating a network in the Chicago area that taps the principles of quantum physics to send information. Such a link could one day form the basis for a truly secure network, which would have wide-ranging impact on communications, comput...

– University of Chicago

Embargo expired on 25-Oct-2018 at 00:00 ET

Major Meeting on Science of Sound Next Month in Victoria, Canada

The Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Acoustical Association's 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada, will take place next month, Nov. 5-9, 2018, at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, Canada. ...

– Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting

Wilfred Chen and DNA Computers

Wilfred Chen will receive the 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Award in Chemical Engineering at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting.

– University of Delaware

$10M grant from NSF Establishes Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning

A team of U.S. computer scientists are receiving a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to make machine learning more secure. The grant establishes the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning at a consortium of seven universities...

– University of California San Diego

Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2018 at 13:00 ET

Quantum research gets a boost at Sandia

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Department of Energy has awarded Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories $8 million for quantum research — the study of the fundamental physics of all matter — at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.The award ...

– Sandia National Laboratories

OU chemical engineering professor inducted into Argentine Academy of Sciences

University of Oklahoma Professor Daniel Resasco has dedicated over 30 years to becoming an expert in the field of catalysis. In recognition of his work, the George Lynn Cross Professor and Gallogly Chair of Engineering was recently inducted into the...

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

NSF selects Penn State to establish, lead Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning

Patrick McDaniel, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State College of Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Frontier grant to establish and lead the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning. ...

– Penn State College of Engineering

National Science Foundation Invests $1 Million To Improve Arctic Emergency Response

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded over $1 million to support research led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that will create models to improve emergency response capabilities in the Arctic.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Embargo expired on 23-Oct-2018 at 13:00 ET

CSUCI receives $1.2 million grant to continue building STEM pathways to college

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) $1,204,632 million in continued support of Project PROMESAS (Pathways with Regional Outreach and Mathematics Excellence for Student Achievement in STEM).

– California State University, Channel Islands

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GW Expert Available to Discuss Suspicious Packages Sent to VIPs

– George Washington University





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