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Mechanical engineers develop process to 3D print energy harvesting material

Virginia Tech Engineers found a way to make a hard, bulky and expensive material found in most electronics soft, flexible and cheap.

– Virginia Tech

Nature Materials

Embargo expired on 21-Jan-2019 at 11:00 ET

On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account

A study from the University of Vermont shows that if a person leaves a social media platform--or never joined--the online posts and words of their friends still provide about 95% of the predictive accuracy of a person's future activities--even with...

– University of Vermont

Nature Human Behavior, January 21, 2019

Embargo expired on 21-Jan-2019 at 11:00 ET

Discovering the secret doors into software

From multiple wins at DEFCON to award-winning papers and supervision of an award-winning cybersecurity student club, Oregon State University's Yeongjin Jang has been a boon to the university's efforts to boost its cybersecurity program.

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Keeping astronauts healthy during deep space missions

George Mias, Michigan State University biochemistry and molecular biology researcher, believes precision medicine -- a personalized approach using technology to analyze an individual's wellness to predict and possibly prevent illnesses -- can keep as...

– Michigan State University

Hand-knitted Molecules

Molecules are usually formed in reaction vessels or laboratory flasks. An Empa research team has now succeeded in producing molecules between two microscopically small, movable gold tips – in a sense as a "hand-knitted" unique specimen. The propert...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Nature Communications, volume 10, Article number: 262 (2019). ; Empa media release

Stronger, lighter, greener

A new award-winning magnet technology invented at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory could help drive the nation’s transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric and hybrid power more rapidly, at lower cost, and in a mo...

– Argonne National Laboratory

UH Ventures program spotlights tech startups in the fight against the opioid crisis

Recap of program featuring biotech startups building platforms in the fight against the opioid crisis.

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Creating a Roadmap for 2D Materials

An invited article in the December online edition of the journal 2D Materials provides a roadmap for the synthesis of electronic-grade two-dimensional materials for future electronic and sensing applications.

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

2D Materials Jan-2019

Embargo expired on 17-Jan-2019 at 10:00 ET

Advances in 3D and Organoid Cell Culture

A new collection of reviews and original research illustrate how new technologies and advanced cell culture are accelerating basic research, drug discovery and drug development.

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

SLAS Technology

Engineered light could improve health, food, suggests Sandia Labs researcher in Nature paper

Controlled light can help regulate human health and productivity by eliciting various hormonal responses. Tailored LED wavelengths and intensities also can efficiently stimulate plant growth, alter their shapes and increase their nutritional value

– Sandia National Laboratories

DOE Solid State Lighting Program

Measuring AI's ability to learn is difficult

Organizations looking to benefit from the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution should be cautious about putting all their eggs in one basket, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

– University of Waterloo

Nature Machine Intelligence

Tiny Generators Turn Body Motion Into Weight Control and Wound-Healing Therapies

Bioengineers have developed implantable and wearable nanogenerators that create electrical pulses when compressed by body motions. The pulses controlled weight gain and enhanced healing of skin wounds in rat models.

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nat Commun, Dec-2018; ACS Nano, Dec-2018; EB021336; CA014520

Automated Text Messages Improve Outcomes after Joint Replacement Surgery

An automated text messaging system increases patient engagement with home-based exercise and promotes faster recovery after total knee or hip replacement surgery, reports a study in the January 16, 2019 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. T...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Argonne’s multidisciplinary teams strengthen and secure America’s complex electrical grid

Argonne scientists from multiple disciplines are leveraging their collective expertise and world-class facilities to solve complex grid-related problems.

– Argonne National Laboratory

How Stem Cells Self-Organize in the Developing Embryo

New study uses live imaging to understand a critical step in early embryonic development—how genes and molecules control forces to orchestrate the emergence of form in the developing embryo. The study findings could have important implications for ...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Jan 24 2019

Embargo expired on 16-Jan-2019 at 13:00 ET

Feathers: Better Than Velcro?

The structures zipping together the barbs in bird feathers could provide a model for new adhesives and new aerospace materials, according to a study by an international team of researchers publishing in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Advances. Research...

– University of California San Diego

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 16-Jan-2019 at 14:00 ET

Bioactive Scaffolds Guide the Way to Sore Knee Relief, Cartilage Repair

NIBIB-funded researchers have developed a 3D-printed scaffold coated in aggrecan, a native cartilage component, to improve the regeneration of cartilage tissue in joints. The scaffold was combined with a common microfracture procedure and tested in r...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Biomaterials; EB023833

ASU professor finds correlation between cochlear implant users' vocal emotional recognition, quality of life

Better vocal emotional recognition correlates to a better quality of life. Cochlear implant users often confuse happiness with anger.

– Arizona State University (ASU)

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Oct-2018

Drones shown to make traffic crash site assessments safer, faster and more accurate

Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more than an inconvenience for drivers and highway safety officers.

– Purdue University

Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting

New AI can detect urinary tract infections

New AI developed at the University of Surrey could identify and help reduce one of the top causes of hospitalisation for people living with dementia: urinary tract infections (UTI).

– University of Surrey


Open-source automated chemical vapor deposition system for the production of two-dimensional nanomaterials

A research group at Boise State University has released the open-source design of a chemical vapor deposition system for two-dimensional (2D) materials growth, an advance which could lower the barrier of entry into 2D materials research and expedite ...

– Boise State University

MXene researchers find 2-D transition-metal carbides react with water, opening a door to their unknown chemistry

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have discovered that two-dimensional (2-D) titanium carbide materials, or MXenes, can react with water with no other oxidizers involved. Their finding may lead to new insights into the unus...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Inorganic Chemistry

Novel Imaging Technology May Help Reduce Biopsies for Breast Tumors

Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis plan to use a new imaging technique to get a better look at breast tumors and reduce unnecessary biopsies.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers Pioneer Microfluidics-Enabled Manufacturing of Macroscopic Graphene Fibers

A team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new microfluidics-assisted technique for developing high-performance macroscopic graphene fibers. Graphene fiber, a recently discovered member of the carbon fiber family, has p...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Nature Nanotechnology; Science

Embargo expired on 15-Jan-2019 at 13:00 ET

Ears from the 3D-printer

Cellulose obtained from wood has amazing material properties. Empa researchers are now equipping the biodegradable material with additional functionalities to produce implants for cartilage diseases using 3D printing.

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

ACS Nano 2018, 12, 7, 6926-6937

New study shows animals may get used to drones

A new study in Conservation Physiology shows that over time, bears get used to drones. Previous work indicated that animals behave fearfully or show a stress response near drone flights. Using heart monitors to gauge stress, however, researchers here...

– Oxford University Press

Conservation Physiology

Smartphones: are they just a pain in the neck?

A large majority of the world’s 3.4 billion smartphone users are putting their necks at risk every time they send a text, according to new research involving the University of South Australia.

– University of South Australia


Sustainability: More Than a Buzzword at RU’s New Sustainable Facilities Center

Rowan University researchers are interested in keeping things green and cost-effective – not only on campus, but also in readiness centers (formerly known as armories) and other sites across New Jersey.

– Rowan University

Engineering Team Designs Finger Support to Correct Deformities

A Kennesaw State University engineering professor and her team of students have developed a new finger support that could ultimately help those suffering from finger deformities regain motor function.

– Kennesaw State University

Found: A precise method for determining how waves and particles affect fusion reactions

Like surfers catching ocean waves, particles within plasma can ride waves oscillating through the plasma during fusion energy experiments. Now a team of physicists led by PPPL has devised a faster method to determine how much this interaction contrib...

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Physics of Plasmas, Oct-2018

Technology use explains at most 0.4 percent of adolescent wellbeing, new study finds

Researchers at the University of Oxford have performed the most definitive study to date on the relationship between technology use and adolescent mental health, examining data from over 300,000 teenagers and parents in the UK and USA. At most, only ...

– University of Oxford

Nature Human Behaviour

An effect that Einstein helped discover 100 years ago offers new insight into a puzzling magnetic phenomenon

Experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have seen for the first time what happens when magnetic materials are demagnetized at ultrafast speeds of millionths of a billionth of a second: The atoms on the surface...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Dornes et al., Nature 2 January 2018 (10.1038_s41586-018-0822-7)

Brilliant Glow of Paint-On Semiconductors Comes from Ornate Quantum Physics

A new wave of semiconductors that can be painted on is on the horizon. It bears the promise of revolutionizing lighting all over again and of transforming solar energy. Ornate quantum particle action, revealed here, that drives the new material's pro...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Materials; 705874; 1838276; PAI 6/27

Pore size influences nature of complex nanostructures

In new research that could help inform development of new materials, Cornell chemists have found that the empty space (“pores”) present in two-dimensional molecular building blocks fundamentally changes the strength of these van der Waals forces,...

– Cornell University

Physical Review Letters, Jan. 2019

The 17 different ways your face conveys happiness

Human beings can configure their faces in thousands and thousands of ways to convey emotion, but only 35 expressions actually get the job done across cultures, a new study has found. And while our faces can convey a multitude of emotions—from an...

– Ohio State University

IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Jan-2019

ESF Power Plant Saves Money and Reduces Carbon Footprint

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is saving over half a million dollars a year on heat and electricity with a high-performance combined-heat-and-power system fueled by natural gas and wood pellets, and designed to capture waste e...

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

WVU receives $2.2 million software gift from Petroleum Experts Limited

For more than a decade, geology students at West Virginia University have used the same advanced software used by oil and gas companies worldwide, expanding their marketability for industry jobs. Petroleum Experts Limited has furthered this access w...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

MSU faculty member calls for data utilization to augment community resilience after lessons learned from Camp Fire

A Mississippi State civil engineering faculty member who researches resilience against extreme events and natural hazards is responding to lessons learned from California’s deadly Camp Fire by outlining how to utilize the power of data to improve d...

– Mississippi State University


Columbus State University to Offer Nexus Degree in Cyber Security

Columbus State University was recently approved by the Board of Regents to offer a new nexus degree in cybersecurity in financial technology. Available to students beginning fall 2019, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Scho...

– Columbus State University

Argonne scientist elected as SAE Fellow

Scientist Michael Wang from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory was recently inducted as a Fellow of the professional engineering organization SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). The organization reserves this prest...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Krishnan Rajeshwar Appointed Editor of ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology

Pennington, NJ – (January 16, 2019) – The Electrochemical Society has appointed Krishnan Rajeshwar as the new editor of the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology for a three-year term. Launched in 2012, the ECS Journal of Solid State...

– The Electrochemical Society

Journal of The Electrochemical Society Focus Issue on Semiconductor Electrochemistry and Photoelectrochemistry in Honor of Krish

Safety in numbers: mobile robots could save lives during emergency evacuations

To address the unique challenges that emergency evacuation scenarios present, Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, and a team of researchers propose to use a coordinated collection of mobile robots as authority fig...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Olin College Announces Call for Participation in Tenth Session of the Collaboratory Summer Institute

In June 2019, Olin College will host the tenth session of the Collaboratory Summer Institute: Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences. This weeklong interactive workshop provides institutional teams of educators with the opportunity to concei...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

New Mayo Clinic-ASU MedTech Accelerator opens applications

The Mayo Clinic-ASU MedTech Accelerator, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University that is designed specifically for medical device and health care technology companies, is now accepting applications.

– Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU engineering ranks in U.S. News’ top 10 best online programs

Innovative technology and award-winning faculty propel Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering to #9 among online graduate engineering programs nationwide

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Wayne State fights “fatbergs”

A research team led by Carol Miller, professor of Civil and Environmental engineering at Wayne State, recently received an $80,000 grant from the National Science Foundation focused on "fatbergs." The team will utilize real-time video, pressure data ...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

National Science Foundation - 1903329

Cybersecurity Expert Elected Fellow of Two Technology Organizations

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Dallas and one of the world’s leading experts in data security and data mining, has been elected a fellow of two highly prestigious international technology or...

– University of Texas at Dallas

Concept for Converting Radio Waves to Energy Nets Top Prize in Media Innovation Hackathon

UNLV and Beasley Media Group announced the winners of their inaugural Media Innovation Hackathon Jan. 10 at CES 2019. The Radio Heads, an all-freshman student team from UNLV, took top honors for a project exploring the conversion of radio waves into ...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


UNLV Startup Uses Genes to Create Personalized Diets

Food Genes and Me is a site and software that lets users figure out health risks and how to solve them within minutes.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Expert Pitch

Argonne electric grid expert who trains officials responsible for getting critical infrastructure back on line in wake of natural disasters available for interview

– Argonne National Laboratory





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