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Monday, November 12, 2018

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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 12-Nov-2018

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Creating the “Next Healthcare System”

A session, “Healthcare X.0: Digital Technologies and Creation of Value,” at ISPOR Europe 2018 explored how digital technologies are creating the next generation healthcare system in Europe and beyond.

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

ISPOR Europe 2018

Embargo expired on 12-Nov-2018 at 10:50 ET

Simplifying Life for Diabetics with a Nanotechnology Breakthrough

Oregon State University College of Engineering researchers have developed a means of printing transistor-based glucose sensors directly onto a catheter attached to a wearable pump. The catheter’s integrated electronics transmit blood sugar levels t...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Stripping the Linchpins From the Life-Making Machine Reaffirms Its Seminal Evolution

This experiment had a good chance of crashing. Instead, it delivered whopping evidence to corroborate that the translational system, which makes life out of our genes, would have thrived basically as it is today 4 billion years ago at the earliest fo...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; NNX14AJ87G; NNX16AJ28G; NNX16AJ29G

‘Woz’ Up? UND Partners with Technology-Based Training Leader Started by Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Computers

As the executive director of the Teaching Transformation & Development Academy and director of extended learning, Krenelka wants UND to serve everyone, from new students to alumni to lifelong learners.

– University of North Dakota

UTEP Will Be Leader in 3D-Printing Data Collection under Expanded Partnership with America Makes

The amended agreement is an expansion of one originally signed in April 2015, which made UTEP the first America Makes Satellite Center. The updated pact expands the Keck Center’s national impact by providing additional services to America Makes mem...

– University of Texas at El Paso

Embargo expired on 08-Nov-2018 at 12:30 ET

Great honor for research on vehicle emissions

This year's Swiss Aerosol Award goes to Maria Muñoz. The Empa researcher investigated the emission behavior of so-called GDI engines (gasoline-direct injection). Her results are alarming: GDI vehicles emit up to 17 times more carcinogenic substances...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Environmental Science & Technology; Empa

A Burst of ”Synchronous” Light

Excited photo-emitters can cooperate and radiate simultaneously, a phenomenon called superfluorescence. Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich, together with colleagues from IBM Research Zurich, have recently been able to create this effect with long-r...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Nature; Empa media release

RTI International to Perform Large-Scale Tests of Its Innovative Carbon Capture Technology for Cleaner, Less Costly Power

RTI International announced today its participation in a 2-1/2 year collaborative project to advance its non-aqueous solvent (NAS)-based CO2 capture technology for post-combustion CO2 capture at coal-fired power plants

– RTI International

Plant Detective: Missouri S&T Professor Studies Plants as “Bio-Sentinels” of Indoor Pollution

Behold the common house plant, the front-yard shrub, the rhododendron around back that’s seen better days since the next-door neighbors put their home on the market.They brighten our lawns, increase our property values, even boost our mental and ph...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

UCI scientists simplify and accelerate directed evolution bioengineering method

In a study published today in the journal Cell, University of California, Irvine researchers reported that they have accelerated and simplified directed evolution by having live cells do most of the heavy lifting. By inserting a specially engineered ...

– University of California, Irvine

Cell, November 8, 2018

Cleaning Contaminated Groundwater at the Umatilla Chemical Depot (Podcast)

How can we remove toxic contaminants like TNT from groundwater? Jack Istok and Mandy Michalsen are using pioneering bioremediation and bioaugmentation methods developed here at Oregon State to restore the groundwater at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Meet the Director: Mark Palmer, Accelerator Test Facility

Mark Palmer, the director of the Department of Energy’s Accelerator Test Facility (ATF), adapts to challenging situations in the same way that the ATF can adapt to users’ needs. Researchers at the ATF work to make particle accelerators smaller, m...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Dancing atoms in perovskite materials provide insight into how solar cells work

A new study is a step forward in understanding why perovskite materials work so well in energy devices and potentially leads the way toward a theorized “hot” technology that would significantly improve the efficiency of today’s solar cells.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Gold-Parker et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 6 November 2018 (10.1073/pnas.1812227115)

Wind tunnel and lasers provide hypersonic proving ground at Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories, with a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology, is in an excellent position to help U.S. defense agencies understand the physics associated with aircraft flying five times the speed of sound.

– Sandia National Laboratories

UW Evans School, Harvard, Northeastern study: State governments’ internet footprints reveal what they do -- and how and why they differ

To better understand how state governments across the United States execute their diverse responsibilities, look at their internet footprint, says a new study by researchers at the University of Washington, Harvard University, and Northeastern Univer...

– University of Washington

AI helps Minecraft players improve architecture skills

Computer scientists at Cornell University have developed a Minecraft modification that uses artificial intelligence to help players improve their in-game architecture skills.

– Cornell University

Pro-breastfeeding communities empower new moms

Social media communities supporting moms who are breastfeeding create a unique bond.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, Nov-2018

Robots and Remote Systems to the Rescue

This summer, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory educated a group of college interns on how to use robotic systems to advance manufacturing.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Sunlight turns membrane into a self-cleaning, pollutant-eating powerhouse

Argonne scientists have invented a membrane that, when exposed to sunlight, can clean itself and also actively degrade pollutants.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Face the Music: Explicit Anti-Piracy Warnings Are Best Deterrent

STOP! This is illegal. You may be monitored and fined. Did that get your attention? Good. Because according to a new UNLV study, this phrasing coupled with a graphic of a computer and download symbol with a prohibitive slash is the most effective way...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2018 Annual Meeting

Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts.

– University of Colorado Boulder

How ideas go viral in academia

How ideas move through academia may depend on where those ideas come from as much as their quality, a recent study suggests.

– University of Colorado Boulder

Open Source Machine Learning Tool Could Help Choose Cancer Drugs

Using machine learning, a new open source decision support tool could come help clinicians choose the right cancer drug based on RNA expression.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Scientific Reports

From Lotion to Ocean Liner

An eco-friendly technology for greener cosmetics and cleaner engine lubricants, made from approximately 50 percent biomass (grasses, corn husks, wood chips, etc.) and 50 percent common cooking oil.

– University of Delaware

Argonne researchers to share scientific computing insights at SC18

Argonne’s expertise and leadership in extreme-scale computing will again be on display at the annual International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18).

– Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne at SC18

Growing Magnetic Fields in Deep Space: Just Wiggle the Plasma

Astrophysicists have long wondered how cosmic magnetic fields fields are produced, sustained, and magnified. PPPL scientists have shown that plasma turbulence might be responsible, providing a possible answer to what has been called one of the most i...

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Astrophysical Journal Letters, August-2018

Plant breeders tap robots, drones and AI to feed the world

Digital innovations in agriculture, including robots, drones and artificial intelligence (AI), are part of a new arsenal of tools plant breeders are using to feed the world’s population. The Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA) leverag...

– Cornell University

This UVA Darden Professor Isn’t Teaching Your Parents’ Operations Class

Darden Professor Doug Thomas suggests we forget our preconceptions about studying operations. In an era where technology-driven disruption has upended business models, the operations field is richer, more dynamic and arguably more critical to venture...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


New Penguin/AMD high-performance computing cluster coming to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in partnership with Penguin Computing, AMD, and Mellanox Technologies, will accept delivery of Corona, a new unclassified high performance computing (HPC) cluster that will provide unique capabilities for Lab r...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Argonne’s Raj Kettimuthu Named ACM Distinguished Member

Argonne computer scientist Raj Kettimuthu recently was named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery for his development of tools to analyze and enhance end-to-end data transfer performance.

– Argonne National Laboratory

TCS Healthcare Technologies Launches ACUITYnxt

TCS Healthcare Technologies is excited to announce the launch of ACUITYnxt, the latest generation of software products to support the care management industry.

– TCS Healthcare Technologies

Lynn Andrea Stein Named 2018 Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Lynn Andrea Stein a 2018 Distinguished Member. Stein was recognized for educational innovations, including her work as one of Olin’s founding faculty members and her leadership of what is now ...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

UA Little Rock researchers receive 20k grant from Google to study artificial intelligence

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor and doctoral student have received a $20,000 Google AI research grant for their research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Dr. Xiaowei Xu, professor of information science, and Tolgaha...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Los Alamos National Laboratory launches Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium

Los Alamos National Laboratory recently formed the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) to investigate ultra-scale computing architectures, systems and environments that can achieve higher efficiencies in extreme-scale mission-centri...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

News Release: DHS S&T Awards $1.27M to Two Universities to Improve Cybersecurity Investment Decision Making

DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a total of $1,272,320 across two universities to develop new solutions to improve the capability of organizations to understand and improve their cybersecurity control investment decisions.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Researchers to Digitally Map Lived Religion in St. Louis Region

With a $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, researchers at Saint Louis University will create a digital portrait of religious life in the St. Louis area.

– Saint Louis University

Interdisciplinary Team Wins NSF Grant to Tackle “Potentially Transformative” FEW Project

Faculty members from New York Institute of Technology are poised to leverage technology to transform agriculture by developing an in-ground, real-time soil nutrient sensing system, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

– New York Institute of Technology

S&T, N.C. Partner to Test Flood Sensors, Build Resilience

To mitigate the impact of flood disasters, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has initiated multiple projects across the nation through its Flood Apex Program.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

KORE Wireless to Partner with Master of Science Programs

The Master of Science in Information Technology & Management is excited to announce a five-year partnership with KORE Wireless, a leader in business performance and Internet of Things technologies.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

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– Cornell University





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