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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 26-Nov-2018

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Where You Go Tells Who You Are—and Vice Versa

Mining data to analyze tracking patterns, Civil Engineering Prof Sharon Di can infer the population travel demand level in a region from the trajectories of just a portion of travelers. She found three distinct groups whose demographics she could inf...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Transportation Research Part C September 18, 2018

Faster-Charging, Safer Batteries

Flexible batteries that could fit inside a football and power sensors to confirm a first down or even power our devices so they can be fully charged in minutes. A team of researchers at UD has an invention aimed at improving battery performance.

– University of Delaware

Brain-Computer Interface Enables People with Paralysis to Control Tablet Devices

Three clinical trial participants with paralysis chatted with family and friends, shopped online and used other tablet computer applications, all by just thinking about pointing and clicking a mouse.



Embargo expired on 21-Nov-2018 at 14:00 ET

Checking water quality at the tap

When consumers turn on a faucet, they expect the drinking water that gushes out to be safe. A new report in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology found that U.S. public-supply tap water generally meets all enforceable standards. However, ...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

Embargo expired on 21-Nov-2018 at 08:00 ET

More Than H2O: Technology Simultaneously Measures 71 Elements in Water, Other Liquids

A new method for simultaneous measurement of 71 inorganic elements in liquids—including water, beverages, and biological fluids—makes element testing much faster, more efficient, and more comprehensive than was possible in the past.

– New York University

RSC Advances

Embargo expired on 19-Nov-2018 at 10:00 ET

Healthcare Providers – Not Hackers – Leak More of Your Data

New research from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University found that more than half of the recent personal health information, or PHI, data breaches were because of internal issues with medical providers – not because of hackers or e...

– Michigan State University

JAMA Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 19-Nov-2018 at 11:00 ET

Engineers use game theory to quantify threats of cyberattacks on power grid

Iowa State engineers are turning to game theory to help quantify threats of cyberattacks on the power grid. They're also developing cybersecurity tools that could help protect the grid and could be adapted to other cyber-physical infrastructure such ...

– Iowa State University

NSF 1739969

Turning Seawater into Sweet Water

Can turning seawater into drinking water be a cost-effective way to provide clean, fresh water for the growing numbers of people facing water scarcity? Bahman Abbasi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is taking up that challenge with a ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

U.S. DOE approves HARC proposal under a non-competitive action to address flaring issues, solutions and technologies

Flaring issues vary across the U.S. with complex regulatory, economic and infrastructure frameworks. A team comprised of researchers from the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) wi...

– Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Best practices on avoiding credit card identity theft this holiday season

Security tips on protecting your identity during online and in-store holiday shopping sprees.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

MITRE, AEGIS and ONC Author Study on Tools to Support FHIR Compliance, Health Data Interoperability Testing

Frequent and thorough software testing has clear positive implications for health data interoperability according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Medical Informatics.


Journal of Medical Internet Research

Progress of Unmanned Aerial Systems Program at UTEP is Soaring

Michael McGee, Ph.D., has made UTEP the focal point of efforts to significantly improve public safety and bolster border security through the utilization of drone technology. His ability to bridge communication between various governmental agencies h...

– University of Texas at El Paso

Helping Marvel Superheroes to Breathe

Marvel comics superheroes Ant-Man and the Wasp possess the ability to temporarily shrink down to the size of insects, while retaining the mass and strength of their normal human bodies. But a new study suggests that, when bug-sized, Ant-Man and the W...

– American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

Why Ant-Man and the Wasp Need Helmets to Breathe

Embargo expired on 18-Nov-2018 at 17:00 ET

Argonne Adapting Continuous Flow Processing to Complex Nanomaterials to Reduce Manufacturing Costs

Argonne ‘s Advanced Synthesis in Continuous Flow Reactor program applies the science of chemical reactions together with powerful analysis and characterization tools to understand processes at the atomic level to advance manufacturing of fine chemi...

– Argonne National Laboratory

New way to cool computer chips involves laser metal printing

Researchers from Binghamton University’s Mechanical Engineering Department have developed a manufacturing technique that will keep electronics cooler by 10 degrees Celsius (18 degrees Fahrenheit), allowing for faster, more efficient computation.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Additive Manufacturing, Sept-2018

Interruptions after work: why phone calls and texts are worse than emails

After work emails, phone calls and text messages have different consequences for employees. Email interruptions allow workers to be in control. Phone calls have the largest effect on feeling exhausted at work and at home.

– University of Georgia

MIS Quarterly

$1.6M for solar cell windows, high-temperature solar power

Electricity-generating windows and high-temperature solar power are the aims of two new University of Michigan projects, funded with a total of $1.6 million from the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office.

– University of Michigan

Cotton-Based Hybrid Biofuel Cell Could Power Implantable Medical Devices

A glucose-powered biofuel cell that uses electrodes made from cotton fiber could someday help power implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and sensors. The new fuel cell, which provides twice as much power as conventional biofuel cells, could...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Communications

Self-Sensing Materials Are Here

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers invented a way to make a nanomaterial-embedded composite that is stronger than other fiber-reinforced composites and imbued with a new capability—the ability to monitor its own structural health.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Cardiologists and Engineers Collaborate to Create New Treatments for Heart Disease

In a new $5.5 million center that spans engineering and cardiology specialties at Johns Hopkins, experts aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders that affect millions of people by leveraging innovations in cardiac imaging,...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

CRADA enables resilient microgrid research between Sandia, Emera Technologies

Sandia and Emera Technologies are working on microgrids, small-scale versions of interconnected electric grids that locally manage energy storage and resources, such as solar, wind and thermal systems.

– Sandia National Laboratories

Mount Sinai Researchers Develop Tool that Analyzes Biomedical Data within Minutes

In a world where Big Data reigns, fast, open, and free analysis is key

– Mount Sinai Health System

Cell Systems, Nov-2018

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2018 at 11:00 ET

Next gen batteries possible with engineering breakthrough

Three-dimensional polymer on lithium metal battery anodes could double battery life, increase charge rate and safety.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Nature Energy

Microgel Powder Fights Infection and Helps Wounds Heal

While making smart glue, a team of engineers discovered a handy byproduct: hydrogen peroxide. In microgel form, it reduces bacteria and virus ability to infect by at least 99.9 percent.

– Michigan Technological University

Acta Biomaterialia, Nov-2018; National Institutes of Health R15GM104846 ; Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health through the Defense Medical Research and Development Program under Award...

NIH Scientists Combine Technologies to View the Retina in Unprecedented Detail

By combining two imaging modalities—adaptive optics and angiography—investigators at the National Eye Institute (NEI) can see live neurons, epithelial cells, and blood vessels deep in the eye’s light-sensing retina. Resolving these tissues and ...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Communications Biology

Southern Research Tests Parts 3-D Printed in Space for NASA

Engineers at Southern Research are helping NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center explore the capabilities of additive manufacturing technologies that have major logistics implications for the nation’s ambitious future space missions.

– Southern Research

The High-Tech Evolution of Scientific Computing

To leverage emerging computing capabilities and prepare for future exascale systems, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, a DOE Office of Science User Facility, is expanding its scope beyond traditional simulation-based research to include data...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in Alexandria Helps Attract Amazon to Washington D.C. region

The project is transformational for higher education in Virginia and creates a high-tech talent pipeline of graduate students for the entire D.C region.

– Virginia Tech

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2018 at 10:15 ET

NUS researchers offer solution in fight against fake graphene

A new study by researchers from the National University of Singapore has uncovered a major problem – a lack of graphene production standards has led to many cases of poor quality products from suppliers. Such practices can impede the progress of re...

– National University of Singapore

Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1803784

Scientists engineer a functional optical lens out of 2D materials

In a paper published Oct. 8 in Nano Letters, a team from the University of Washington and the National Tsing Hua University announced that it has constructed metalenses out of layered 2D materials. The metalenses are as thin as 190 nanometers — les...

– University of Washington

Nano Letters, Oct. 2018

NUS Innovation Opens Doors to Smaller, Cheaper and Long-Lasting IoT Sensors

Researchers from the Green IC research group at the National University of Singapore have invented a low-cost ‘battery-less’ wake-up timer – in the form of an on-chip circuit – that significantly reduces power consumption of silicon chips for...

– National University of Singapore

2018 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits

Policy and Public Affairs

Firearm Deaths, Injuries Among Children: New Website to Accelerate Knowledge, Prevention

The site,, aims to share what’s known—and what experts still need to find out—about guns and people under age 19. The site offers free access to a trove of data on the issue, as well as training for health care provid...

– University of Michigan



NYU School of Medicine Releases Largest-Ever Open-Source Dataset to Speed Up MRIs using Artificial Intelligence in Collaboration with Facebook AI Research

NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology is releasing the first large-scale MRI dataset of its kind as part of fastMRI, a collaborative effort with Facebook AI Research (FAIR) to speed up MRI scans with artificial intelligence (AI). This in...

– NYU Langone Health

Embargo expired on 26-Nov-2018 at 12:00 ET

DOE Laboratories Win Gordon Bell Prize

Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories were recently awarded the 2018 Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM’s) Gordon Bell Prize.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Department of Energy Announces 32 R&D 100 Award Winners

DOE researchers have won 32 of the R&D 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine. The annual awards are given in recognition of exceptional new products or processes that were developed and introduced into the marketplace during the previous yea...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Seven ORNL researchers named 2019 INCITE award winners

Seven researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been chosen by the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, also known as INCITE, program to lead scientific investigations that require...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

CRADA boom spurs innovation, collaboration with Sandia Labs

Sandia National Laboratories signed more Cooperative Research and Development Agreements this past fiscal year than in any previous year this century, sparking dozens of new collaborations and potential technological innovations.

– Sandia National Laboratories

DHS Partners with Industry for Operational Experimentation in Houston, Texas

Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), DHS S&T is partnering with industry to evaluate first responder technologies. DHS, industry partners and 13 local Houston-area public safety agencies will integrate existing first res...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T Dam-breach Simulation Software Helping Communities Plan for Emergencies

Two days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, 70,000 residents in the vicinity of the Guajataca Dam were urged to evacuate as a precaution. Heavy rains were rapidly filling up the island’s 36 dams.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

New Survey Highlights Digital Health Challenges

New survey: Health system leaders plan to increase spending to defend against cyberattacks, express optimism about reimbursement for telehealth services, and feel anxiety about Apple, Amazon and Google entering the health care space.

– Center for Connected Medicine

The 2018 ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is now available

The 2018 American College of Radiology (ACR) Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is now available in electronic format.

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

NSF grant supports center to develop microfluidics-based solutions

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $500,000, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics. The center, also known by its initials CADMIM...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Four Argonne Technologies Receive 2018 R&D 100 Awards

Four Argonne research projects have earned R&D 100 Awards, long considered the “Oscars” of scientific innovation.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Eight Los Alamos projects win R&D 100 Awards

Eight Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies won R&D 100 Awards at R&D Magazine’s annual ceremony in Orlando, Florida. Three of the inventions also won Special Recognition Awards, including a Gold award for corporate social responsibility.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

New Grants Help Usher in New Era of Computer Science Research

With two new grants totaling $1.2 million, computer science researchers at Florida State University will work to build crucial computing infrastructure, creating sophisticated programs that will help facilitate the next generation of computer science...

– Florida State University

Geochemist E. Bruce Watson Recognized for Eminence in Mineralogical Research

The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) has recognized E. Bruce Watson, a geochemist and Institute Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with its highest honor, the Roebling Medal, bestowed for scientific eminence in the broad field of mi...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

DHS S&T and Dutch Partners Award $2.5M to Support Collaborative Cybersecurity R&D

DHS S&T and its counterparts in the Netherlands jointly announced today a total of $2.5 million in collaborative cybersecurity research and development (R&D) across five U.S-Dutch research teams.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

CUR Math/CS Division Selects 2018 Faculty Mentor Awardees

The Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research has selected recipients of its 2018 Faculty Mentor Award: Liz Bouzarth (Furman University), Gabriela Marcu (University of Michigan), and Karl Schmitt (Valparaiso...

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Research team to study turning carbon dioxide from power plants into valuable product

Research at West Virginia University will focus on turning carbon dioxide in power plant flue gas into commercial-quality sodium bicarbonate—baking soda—aiming to use product sales to lower the cost of carbon capture technology.

– West Virginia University

Argonne’s Min Si receives early career award from IEEE Computer Society

Argonne’s Min Si wins Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers in High Performance Computing through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

– Argonne National Laboratory

NSF Funds Bakman Technologies ‘THz Drone’

Funding will aid in the production of a new class of instruments that are smaller, lighter, more cost effective and more sensitive.

– Bakman Technologies


Tulane University awarded $8.5 million contract to develop next-generation whooping cough vaccine

The National Institutes of Health awarded Tulane University School of Medicine a contract for up to $8.5 million over five years to develop a more effective and longer-lasting vaccine against pertussis, more commonly known as “whooping cough.”

– Tulane University

Penn State Mechanical, Nuclear Engineering to become independent departments

Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, said separating the programs will allow each to grow, as well as focus on their individual strengths.

– Penn State College of Engineering

World’s Biggest Student-Led Cybersecurity Games Announce Winners of CSAW 2018

A team of four computer science students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) once again took home top honors at the 15th anniversary edition of Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), the world’s largest student-run cyber security event.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

S&T-sponsored Technology Assesses Bridge Safety after Powerful Storms

Loose or loosening soil is often the culprit in weakening bridge stability. Thus, an instrument that can quickly assess the soil conditions around bridge pillars became a top priority for DHS S&T, as well as state and local governments.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

UT Southwestern scientists honored as rising stars in Texas research

Two UT Southwestern faculty members have been selected to receive 2019 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST).

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

SDSC Receives HPCwire Awards for Top HPC Achievement, Life Sciences

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has received two key HPCwire annual awards for 2018, recognizing the use of its Comet supercomputer in assisting scientists in finding the first evidence of a source ...

– University of California San Diego

New research center based in Minnesota to explore spintronics materials for advanced computing

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering announced today that it will lead and house a new $10.3 million Center for Spintronic Materials in Advanced Information Technologies (SMART) focused on novel materials for advanced comput...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Sierra Reaches Higher Altitudes, Takes Number Two Spot on List of Fastest Supercomputers

Sierra, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s newest supercomputer, rose to second place on the list of the world’s fastest computing systems, TOP500 List representatives announced Monday at the International Conference for High Performance Co...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Get rid of sweat at the push of a button

The Swiss sportswear manufacturer KJUS presented the world's first ski jacket with an integrated electronic user-controlled membrane on November 15. Thanks to the HYDRO_BOT technology developed together with Empa, the ski jacket actively pumps out s...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Expert Pitch

Oregon State University expert in nuclear power available to discuss Union of Concerned Scientists calls for policy to preserve nuclear power

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering





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