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Peak Performance: New Stellarator Experiments Show Promising Results

Imagine building a machine so advanced and precise you need a supercomputer to help design it. That’s exactly what scientists and engineers in Germany did when building the Wendelstein 7-X experiment.

– American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting

Embargo expired on 05-Nov-2018 at 10:00 ET

A Faster, Cheaper Path to Fusion Energy

Scientists are working to dramatically speed up the development of fusion energy in an effort to deliver power to the electric grid soon enough to help mitigate impacts of climate change. The arrival of a breakthrough technology

– American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting

Embargo expired on 05-Nov-2018 at 10:00 ET

Rutgers Researchers Advance Stem Cell Therapy With Biodegradable Scaffold

Rutgers scientists have created a tiny, biodegradable scaffold to transplant stem cells and deliver drugs, which may help treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, aging brain degeneration, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Ste...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Nature Communications

Is Your Smart Fridge Spying on You? Electrical Engineers to Lead Development of Next-Gen Cybersecurity Solutions for Internet of Things

Northern Arizona University professor Fatemeh Afghah is leading the study, which is funded by the NSF's Partnerships for Innovation Program.

– Northern Arizona University

Inventing the Invisible to Change the World

For more than two decades, Oregon State University engineer has led an interdisciplinary team of researchers in developing the world’s first transparent transistor — a breakthrough that is moving well beyond digital display devices. Transparent e...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

NUS researchers turn plastic bottle waste into ultralight supermaterial with wide-ranging applications

World’s first PET aerogels cut plastic waste, and are suitable for heat and sound insulation, oil spill cleaning, carbon dioxide absorption, as well as fire safety applications.

– National University of Singapore

Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects

One step closer to complex quantum teleportation

For future technologies such as quantum computers and quantum encryption, the experimental mastery of complex quantum systems is inevitable. Scientists from the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences have succeeded in making anothe...

– University of Vienna

Nature Photonics

Under Pressure, Opposites Attract

Researchers have uncovered a new material that can produce both magnetism and superconductivity.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters, July 20, 2018

Online program helps prevent teen depression

A new study highlights the positive effect of a web-based depression prevention intervention, called CATCH-IT, among adolescents most at risk.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

JAMA Network Open

In the Wake of U.S. Policy Rollbacks, Electric Vehicles Roll On

The U.S. government’s 2011 fuel efficiency standards provided manufacturers with a roadmap for innovation. But, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have proposed changes to these standards, freezing 2020 fu...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Feeling the need for speed, neutrons study fluid flow for hypersonic flight

Searching for solutions to supersonic fluid flow behavior, researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the U.S. Air Force are using neutron radiography at DOE’s ORNL. The team says a better understanding of spray dynamics will lead...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Missouri S&T powers high-tech, living laboratory homes with new microgrids to researchadvanced lead battery technologies

Missouri University of Science and Technology has installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the campus’s EcoVillage, a “living laboratory” that is home to solar-powered houses designed and built by Missouri S&T students.

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Kepler Science Will Continue Using STScI Archive

The Kepler spacecraft launched in 2009 with the goal of finding exoplanets orbiting distant stars. In the years since, astronomers have used Kepler observations to discover 2,818 exoplanets as well as another 2,679 exoplanet candidates which need fur...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2018 at 10:00 ET

Naturally Occurring “Batteries” Fueled Organic Carbon Synthesis on Mars

A natural “battery” of briny liquids and volcanic minerals may have produced Mars’ organic carbon, according to new analysis of three Martian meteorites by a team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Science Advances

In Materials Hit with Light, Individual Atoms and Vibrations Take Disorderly Paths

Revealed for the first time by a new X-ray laser technique, their surprisingly unruly response has profound implications for designing and controlling materials.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Physical Review Letters, 20 September 2018 (10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.125901); Science, 2 November 2018 (10.1126/science.aau3873)

New Images Show Serotonin Activating Its Receptor for First Time

Serotonin (3A) receptors are common drug targets in the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, and mood disorders yet little is known about their three-dimensional structure. Details about serotonin receptor structures could provide import...

– Case Western Reserve University

Nature; NCI; NIH; NIH; NIH; American Heart Association

A Clean Water Solution for the Developing World (Podcast)

How do you ensure a product designed for the developing world is useful for the people it’s intended to help? A team of researchers, led by Nordica MacCarty, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is combining engineering with anthropology ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering


The appetite for faster, smaller, and more powerful technology has spurred incredible innovations – but it also created an overwhelming demand on the way electronic devices handle the heat they generate.This is the problem that inspires Penn State ...

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– Penn State College of Engineering

Unique Type of Skeletal Stem Cells Found in 'Resting Zone' Are Actually Hard at Work

Skeletal stem cells are valuable because it's thought they can heal many types of bone injury, but they're difficult to find because researchers don't know exactly what they look like or where they live.

– University of Michigan


Embargo expired on 31-Oct-2018 at 14:00 ET

$6.8M initiative to enable American laser renaissance

In an effort to improve American competitiveness in high-intensity laser research, the Department of Energy has established LaserNetUS, a $6.8 million initiative that involves the University of Michigan—one of the field's pioneers.

– University of Michigan

Updating High-resolution MRI with the Humble Antenna

Radio frequency (RF) probes designed like by microstrip patch antennas create uniform and strong magnetic field in high frequency MRI machines, unlike convention coil and bird cage shaped coils used today. These probes, which were designed and tested...

– Michigan Technological University

Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques; National Science Foundation IDBR-1353664

Shape-Shifting Robots Perceive Surroundings, Make Decisions for First Time

A Cornell University-led team has developed modular robots that can perceive their surroundings, make decisions and autonomously assume different shapes in order to perform various tasks – an accomplishment that brings the vision of adaptive, multi...

– Cornell University

Science Robotics, Oct. 2018

Virtual Program Successful in Linking Adult Protective Services, Geriatric Specialists

In its first year, an innovative virtual program has substantially increased mistreated elderly Texans’ access to elder mistreatment and geriatric experts with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Researchers Teach ‘Machines’ to Detect Medicare Fraud

Like a “needle in a haystack,” human auditors have the painstaking task of manually checking thousands of Medicare claims for specific patterns that could indicate foul play or fraudulent behaviors. Currently, fraud enforcement efforts rely heavi...

– Florida Atlantic University

Health Information Science and Systems

These New Techniques Expose Your Browsing History to Attackers

Security researchers at UC San Diego and Stanford have discovered four new ways to expose Internet users’ browsing histories. These techniques could be used by hackers to learn which websites users have visited as they surf the web.

– University of California San Diego

Study: Want to Make Hydrogen Fuel Cells More Affordable? Try Manganese

Manganese could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells. In a study published today (Oct. 29, 2018) in Nature Catalysis, a University at Buffalo-led research team reports on catalysts made from the widely av...

– University at Buffalo

Nature Catalysis

Advertising in Mobile Apps for Young Children – Study Raises Concerns about Frequency and Content

Nearly all smartphone and tablet apps targeted at toddlers and preschoolers have commercial content, often using "manipulative and disruptive" advertising methods, reports a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Next Generation of Watch Springs

What happens when something keeps getting smaller and smaller? This is the type of question Empa researcher Johann Michler and his team are investigating. As a by-product of their research completely novel watch springs could soon be used in Swiss ti...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Advanced Materials Technologies; Empa media release

Engineers develop ‘bury-and-forget’ sensors, data networks for better soil, water quality

Iowa State and Florida engineers are developing a system of "bury-and-forget" soil sensors connected to a wireless, data-collection network. Data collected by the system will help the engineers build better models of the interactions of fertilizer, s...

– Iowa State University

NSF 1841649

ISPOR Europe 2018 Conference to Focus on Improving Healthcare Systems in Europe

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), released the final program and speakers for its upcoming ISPOR Europe 2018 conference scheduled for 10-14 November in Barcelona, Spain.

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

ISPOR Europe 2018

Berkeley Lab Joins Other Labs and Universities in LaserNetUS, A New Nationwide High-Intensity Laser Network

To help foster the broad applicability of high-intensity lasers, Berkeley Lab is a partner in a new research network called LaserNetUS. The network will provide U.S. scientists increased access to the unique high-intensity laser facilities at the Lab...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Argonne Hosted National Quantum Computing Workshop

Industry and academia come together to explore research opportunities in quantum information sciences

– Argonne National Laboratory

Air Force Uses GoCreate Resources to Build Go Box

McConnell Air Force Base's Wing Innovations works at GoCreate at Wichita State University to increase its innovation abilities. The team designed and built a solar-powered radio Go Box. Working at GoCreate saved the project around $12,000.

– Wichita State University

How Plant Cells Decide When to Make Oil

Signaling mechanism details discovered, potentially leading to strategies to engineer plants that make more bio-oil.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

The Plant Cell (2018). [DOI: 10.1105/tpc.18.00521]

Laser Technology May Be a Key to Rehabilitating Greening-Diseased Citrus Trees

With the updated technology, a laser shoots infra-red energy pulses at citrus tree leaves. That energy cracks the cuticles on the leaves and increases the penetration of agrochemicals – including bactericides -- into the leaves by more than 4,000 p...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) Creating a Market for Innovative & Affordable Responder Technology

Recently, DHS S&T hosted the first North American International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) Industry Stakeholder Summit to advance the development of affordable, innovative technology for the more than 7.5 million first respo...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

A New Tool to Help Fight an Old Enemy – Lung Cancer

In the U.S., lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. The primary reason for high death rates for lung cancer is the fact that this disease is typically detected in very late stages. A Rutgers University expert ...

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– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Keeping It Simple Wins Hacking Prize for Undergraduate Pair

How fast can you get into the Emergency Room? Data science undergraduate pair wins healthcare hackathon at UC San Diego Health developing a new app to help people access healthcare more efficiently. It works with all mobile devices, not just smartpho...

– University of California San Diego

Argonne’s Cat Power

Argonne celebrates National Cat Day by highlighting the scientific prowess of the laboratory’s CATS — Collaborative Access Teams, that is. These teams rely on hard X-ray beams generated by the Advanced Photon Source to investigate materials that ...

– Argonne National Laboratory


Daniel S. Clark Wins 2018 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics

AIP Publishing has announced its selection of Daniel S. Clark, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and leader of the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Capsule Modeling Working Group within the inertial confinement fusion (...

– American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

Physics Today; American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting

Embargo expired on 05-Nov-2018 at 10:00 ET

International Day of Radiology Celebrates How Medical Imaging Makes a World of Difference

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is proud to co-sponsor the 2018 International Day of Radiology (IDoR), in recognition of the tremendous advances in modern health care made possible by radiology. The celebration, taking place this Thursday, No...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Embargo expired on 05-Nov-2018 at 00:00 ET

Penn Medicine Named to ‘Most Wired’ List for 6th Year in a Row

Penn Medicine was named "Most Wired" for the sixth year in a row because of its effort to embrace and implement technology.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

S&T Creates Better Drone Detection Through Machine Learning, Cameras

Combined with machine learning, however, a camera can tell a different story. Today, this budding technology is helping DHS S&T and Sandia National Laboratories create more precise drone detection capability through visuals alone.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

NewYork-Presbyterian Named 2018 Most Wired

The 20th annual “HealthCare’s Most Wired” survey, released by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), has recognized NewYork-Presbyterian as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals of 2018.

– New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Mount Sinai Recruits Adam Margolin to Lead New $200M Program to Accelerate Data Driven Precision Medicine

Launches Newly Renamed Institute for Data Science and Genomic Technology

– Mount Sinai Health System

Triad National Security Takes the Helm atLos Alamos National Laboratory

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., November 1, 2018 -- Los Alamos National Laboratory begins operations today under a new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Securit...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

NASA Pushes Exploration of Oceans in Our Solar System

Envision a yellow submarine on a rocket to Europa as a future culmination in the search for extraterrestrial life. A new $7 million NASA Astrobiology grant is fueling an alliance of oceanic astrobiology researchers who will unify their focus to probe...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

NFoLD; NASA Astrobiology

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2018 at 15:10 ET

Prime Minister of Canada Announces Establishment of Premier Centre for Advanced Medical IsotopeResearch and Development at TRIUMF

This afternoon, TRIUMF welcomed on-site The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, for a special visit and announcement about public investments into medical isotope research and innovation infrastructure.


Brookhaven Lab Launches "PubSci Playback" Podcast

Brookhaven National Laboratory has launched a podcast based on its live science café and conversation series, PubSci. Since 2014, PubSci has been offering the public a chance to see a more casual side of the groundbreaking science happening every da...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

DHS S&T Announces Second Biometric Technology Rally

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is calling for submissions to a Biometric Technology Rally scheduled for Spring 2019

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Texas McCombs Master of Science Programs in Finance, Marketing and Energy Receive STEM Certification

Several programs within the McCombs School of Business have received STEM designation.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

AANEM Welcomes New President, Dr. Anthony E. Chiodo

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) is pleased to announce the selection of Anthony E. Chiodo, MD, MBA, as President of the Board of Directors for 2018-2019.

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

SLAC joins new LaserNetUS network to boost high-intensity laser research

The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has joined a new research network called LaserNetUS that aims to boost access to high-intensity laser facilities at labs and universities across the country, including the Matter in Ex...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


Clarigent Health Brings New Suicide-Prevention Technology to Meet Mental Health Needs

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, seed investor CincyTech announced the formation and seed financing of Clarigent Health, a platform technology company leveraging artificial intelligence and natural language processing to give health c...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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– Northwestern University





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