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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 03-Dec-2018

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Targeting tumors with 3D animation

Oregon State University engineers are using 3D animations techniques to increase the precision of radiation therapy for prostate cancer so that neighboring healthy tissues and organs are not affected.

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Materials for Solar Batteries of New Generation Are Being Created at SUSU

Alternative energy sources are a way to rational resource saving. Development of nanotechnology is a serious impulse for development of alternative energy sources. For several years, scientists of South Ural State University have been working on crea...

– South Ural State University

United States Department of Energy to host multi-laboratory CyberForce Competition™

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host its fourth collegiate CyberForce Competition™ on December 1.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Probing Quantum Physics on a Macroscopic Scale

Why does quantum mechanics work so well for microscopic objects, yet macroscopic objects are described by ‘classical physics’? This question has bothered physicists since the development of quantum theory more than a 100 years ago. Researchers of...

– Delft University of Technology

Physical Review Letters, 121, 220404 – Published 29 November 2018

Virtual reality could serve as powerful environmental education tool

Utter the words "ocean acidification" in mixed company, and you'll probably get blank stares. Although climate change has grown steadily in the public consciousness, one of its most insidious impacts - a widespread die-off of marine ecosystems driven...

– Stanford University

Frontiers in Psychology

SUSU Student Creates Russian Analogue of a Voice Prosthesis

People who underwent larynx surgery face a necessity of a voice prosthesis implantation, but such artificial windpipes are only produced abroad.

– South Ural State University

Notre Dame unveils largest Mach 6 quiet hypersonic test facility in US

The $5.4 million project is the first step in a partnership between Notre Dame and Purdue University to develop multiple hypersonic tunnels.

– University of Notre Dame

Changing the conversation Seniors and technology

We laugh at the meme—even those of us over a certain age—of the toddler, hand pressed over his eyes in utter frustration, telling grandma for the umpteenth time how to open a browser on her computer. Or the photo of the older couple staring at a...

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– University of Michigan

Switching identities: Revolutionary insulator-like material also conducts electricity

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have made a material that can transition from an electricity-transmitting metal to a nonconducting insulating material without changing its atomic structure.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Science, Nov. 30, 2018

Embargo expired on 29-Nov-2018 at 14:00 ET

It’s not a shock: Better bandage promotes powerful healing

A new, low-cost wound dressing developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers could dramatically speed up healing in a surprising way. The method leverages energy generated from a patient’s own body motions to apply gentle electrical pul...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

ACS Nano

Moviemaking mimics nature for creative control and a more realistic look

HANOVER, N.H. - November 29, 2018 - A new theory based on the physics of cloud formation and neutron scattering could help animators create more lifelike movies, according to a Dartmouth-led study. Software developed using the technique focuses on ho...

– Dartmouth College

ACM Trans. Graph.

Moviemaking mimics nature for creative control and a more realistic look

HANOVER, N.H. - November 29, 2018 - A new theory based on the physics of cloud formation and neutron scattering could help animators create more lifelike movies, according to a Dartmouth-led study. Software developed using the technique focuses on ho...

– Dartmouth College

ACM Trans. Graph.

Insight into Swimming Fish Could Lead to Robotics Advances

The constant movement of fish that seems random is actually precisely deployed to provide them at any moment with the best sensory feedback they need to navigate the world.

– Johns Hopkins University

Current Biology, Nov-2018; 1557895; 1557858; 1460674

International Experts Discuss the Future of the Digital Industry at the SUSU Conference

Russian and international engineers and researchers discussed digital manufacturing at 2018 Global Smart Industry Conference held November 13th-15th at South Ural State University (SUSU), reports the university press service to RIA Novosti.

– South Ural State University

UT Southwestern Leads the Way in Single-Incision Surgery

UT Southwestern Medical Center this week became the first hospital in Texas to perform single-incision, robotic surgery.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Group Acquires Patent for Retrofit Blind Spot Detection System

A team of Kennesaw State University alumni are aiming to make roadways safer after inventing a blind spot detection system that can be retrofitted to older vehicles.

– Kennesaw State University

Improved Fluorescence Methods for High-Throughput Protein Formulation Screening

A study demonstrates the feasibility of using a steady-state/lifetime fluorescence plate reader for direct optimization of challenging formulation conditions and highlights the importance of performing formulation optimization under commercially rele...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

Computer Hackers Could Be Thwarted by New “Deception Consistency” Method

Can you deceive a deceiver? That’s the question that computer scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York have recently been exploring. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Guanhua Yan and PhD student Zhan Shu are lookin...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Proceedings of the 5th ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense

Flexible electronic skin aids human-machine interactions (video)

Human skin contains sensitive nerve cells that detect pressure, temperature and other sensations that allow tactile interactions with the environment. To help robots and prosthetic devices attain these abilities, scientists are trying to develop elec...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

New method automatically computes realistic movement with friction from 3D design

Simulating any 3D surface or structure--from tree leaves and garments to pages of a book--is a computationally challenging, time-consuming task. While various geometric tools are available to mimic the shape modeling of these surfaces, a new method i...

– Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)


Easy to use 3D bioprinting technique creates lifelike tissues from natural materials

Bioengineers have developed a 3D bioprinting technique that works with natural materials and is easy to use, allowing researchers of varying levels of technical expertise to create lifelike tissues, such as blood vessels and a vascularized gut. The g...

– University of California San Diego

Advanced Healthcare Materials, Oct-2018; 1013926; 5-FY15-450; SKF-16-150; 1463689; RO1GM123313; R01HG009285; RO1CA222826; R21CA217735; R01CA206880...

New Technology Consistently Identifies Proteins from a Dozen Cells

A new platform melding microfluidics and robotics allows more in-depth bioanalysis with fewer cells than ever before.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Communications 9, 882 (2018). [DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03367-w]

Sketchnoting pushes students to learn, retain information differently – particularly in STEM

Over the last three years, sketchnoting has been introduced to about 1,000 students, faculty and staff across a wide range of disciplines at Iowa State University. This fall, an interdisciplinary research team is studying how this alternative to trad...

– Iowa State University

Penn State researchers develop new technology to advance ultrasound neuromodulation

Existing methods for recording and modulating neurons in the brain are either highly invasive or yield results with low spatiotemporal resolution. Mehdi Kiani, Dorothy Quiggle Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, is working to change that. ...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Why the future of water purification may involve Chinese ink

A substance developed thousands of years ago could help accelerate solutions to the world's freshwater crisis.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Advanced Materials Interfaces; Sept-2018

Rapid-freezers for space research launching via SpaceX on Dec. 5

Upcoming SpaceX launch to include one of three new rapid-freeze devices for future International Space Station missions.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

With InSight on Mars, Scientists Feel Earthly Relief, Get to Work

After cruising for 205 days over 301 million miles, NASA’s InSight spacecraft – a mission designed to probe beneath the surface of Mars – landed flawlessly Nov. 26 at Elysium Planitia. Cornell University’s Don Banfield felt earthly relief.

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– Cornell University

Smarter AI: Machine learning without negative data

A research team from the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP) has successfully developed a new method for machine learning that allows an AI to make classifications without what is known as "negative data," a finding which could lead ...


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

PROVIDENCE, R.I., BOSTON, MASS. and STANFORD, CALIF. -- Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from the BrainGate* consortium shows that a brain-co...

– Brown University


What makes the world's fastest marathon shoe so fast?

Five of the six top finishers in this month's New York City Marathon wore a cutting-edge shoe said to reduce the amount of energy required to run by 4 percent. A new study explains how the shoe works and answers some questions raised by critics.

– University of Colorado Boulder

Sports Medicine

VitalTag to give vital information in mass casualty incidents

News Release RICHLAND, Wash. — When mass casualty incidents occur — shootings, earthquakes, multiple car pile ups — first responders can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer number of victims. When every second counts, monitoring all the victims ...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


ISPOR Receives Multiple MarCom Awards Recognizing Its New Branding and Website

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, has received multiple MarCom Awards for its new organizational rebranding, newly redesigned website, and a number of other communications initiatives.

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

Penn State CNEU to Help Broaden Participation of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Fields

With $1.2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization, along with Norfolk State University and Tidewater Community College, will form the Southeastern Coalition for Engag...

– Penn State College of Engineering

DHS S&T to Host Industry Day for Start-Ups

Technology start-ups will learn about a new opportunity to collaborate with DHS on combating counterfeit and forged documentation. DHS S&T SVIP will host a DHS Industry Day on December 11th in Menlo Park, California, to describe its operations and ne...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T is Working to Address GPS Vulnerabilities, Improving Critical Infrastructure Resilience

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has dedicated a multi‑year program to address GPS vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, with a multi‑pronged approach.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Department of Energy to Provide $24 Million for Computer-Based Materials Design

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to provide $24 million in new and renewal research awards to advance the development of sophisticated software for computer-based design of novel materials.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Three Los Alamos scientists named Fellows by AAAS

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Manvendra Dubey, David Janecky and Greg Swift were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon Association members b...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Seven UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Seven researchers at the University of California San Diego have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal Science....

– University of California San Diego

Embargo expired on 27-Nov-2018 at 11:00 ET

Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Four Berkeley Lab scientists – Allen Goldstein, Sung-Hou Kim, Susannah Tringe, and Katherine Yelick – have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 27-Nov-2018 at 11:00 ET

Kurfess, Smith join ORNL to lead advanced manufacturing initiatives

Two leaders in US manufacturing innovation, Thomas Kurfess and Scott Smith, are joining the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support its pioneering research in advanced manufacturing.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Argonne scientists recognized for decades of pioneering leadership in research

Argonne scientists Ali Erdemir and Jack Vaughey were named 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

– Argonne National Laboratory

Professors investigate potential cultural barriers to Indigenous peoples’ success in STEM fields

Jani Ingram and Angelina Castagno of Northern Arizona University received an NSF grant to study the ethical issues Indigenous students and professionals experience in STEM fields and the extent to which spiritual beliefs and taboos create barriers to...

– Northern Arizona University

U.S. Department of Energy to Host Nationwide CyberForce Competition™ December 1

Students from dozens of colleges/universities will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's CyberForce Competition™ this weekend

– Argonne National Laboratory

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UD experts available to speak on Anchorage, Alaska earthquake and its impacts

– University of Delaware

Engineering solutions for food following an asteroid impact

– Michigan Technological University

GM job cuts a sign of changing driver preferences

– Cornell University





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