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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 28-Jan-2019

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Space technology predicts droughts several months in advance

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have used new space technology to predict droughts and increased bushfire risk up to five months in advance.

– Australian National University

Nature Communications

Injuries Associated With Standing Electric Scooter Use

Nearly 250 patients ended up at two Southern California emergency departments with injuries associated with standing electric scooter use and few riders were wearing helmets. This observational study used medical record review to examine injuries ass...

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Network Open

Embargo expired on 25-Jan-2019 at 11:00 ET

Putting Understudied Terrorists Under a Microscope

According to MSU research, the terror attacks we don't often see on the news – cyberattacks by far-left extremists – are causing more widespread destruction than we know.

– Michigan State University

Terrorism and Political Violence

Fault lines are no barrier to safe storage of CO2 below ground

Carbon dioxide emissions can be captured and securely stored in underground rocks, even if geological faults are present, research has confirmed.

– University of Edinburgh

Scientific Reports

Concrete in Space

“Be prepared.” This famous mantra isn’t just for the Boy Scouts of America. The need to build durable infrastructure on other planets is coming, and we must be ready. To prepare, Penn State researchers have teamed up with NASA to explore how ce...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Missouri S&T poised to help address state’s bridge repair needs

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s plan to release bond funds to support bridge repair across the state comes as welcome news to researchers at Missouri S&T, home to a federal initiative to develop new robotic tools to inspect and preserve bridges and oth...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

People think and behave differently in virtual reality than they do in real life

Immersive virtual reality (VR) can be remarkably lifelike, but new UBC research has found a yawning gap between how people respond psychologically in VR and how they respond in real life.

– University of British Columbia

Scientific Reports

Lubricant for oil tankers

If ship hulls were coated with special high-tech air trapping materials, up to one percent of global CO2 emissions could be avoided. This is the conclusion reached by scientists from the University of Bonn together with colleagues from St. Augustin a...

– University of Bonn

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

Engineers eye static electricity to power our electronics

Static electricity is one of the most common, yet poorly understand, forms of power generation. A new study suggests the cause of this hair-raising phenomenon is tiny structural changes that occur at the surface of materials when they come into conta...

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Electrostatics, Dec. 2018

TechAccel and Danforth Center Launch New Company to Control Insects

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and TechAccel are launching RNAissance Ag LLC, a new company that holds the exclusive license to RNA-interference technology developed at the Danforth Center. The new company will use the proprietary technolog...

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Building a Cybersecurity Workforce

Five college teams came to Brookhaven to participate in the annual U.S. Department of Energy cyberdefense competition hosted in December 2018.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Jon Poplawsky—Probing materials to improve energy and information technologies

Profiled is Jon Poplawsky, a materials scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory who develops and links advanced characterization techniques that improve our ability to see and understand atomic-scale features of diverse materials for energy and inf...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Equipping the next generation for a technological revolution

How do we prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for future success when the problems they will solve have yet to be defined? Meridith Bruozas, the Education Programs and Outreach Division Director at the Department of Energy’s (DO...

– Argonne National Laboratory

UC San Diego Researchers First to Use CRISPR/Cas9 to Control Genetic Inheritance in Mice

Using active genetics technology, UC San Diego biologists have developed the world’s first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to control genetic inheritance in a mammal. The achievement in mice lays the groundwork for further advances based on this technol...

– University of California San Diego

Nature, Jan-2019

Embargo expired on 23-Jan-2019 at 13:00 ET

Climate Change Tipping Point Could Be Coming Sooner than We Think

A Columbia Engineering study confirms the urgency to tackle climate change. While it’s known that extreme weather events can affect the year-to-year variability in carbon uptake, and some researchers have suggested that there may be longer-term eff...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Jan 24 2019

Embargo expired on 23-Jan-2019 at 13:00 ET

Seeing double could help resolve dispute about how fast the universe is expanding

The question of how quickly the universe is expanding has been bugging astronomers for almost a century. Different studies keep coming up with different answers -- which has some researchers wondering if they've overlooked a key mechanism in the mach...

– University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

New 3D nanoprinting strategy opens door to revolution in medicine, robotics

Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created the first 3D-printed fluid circuit element so tiny that 10 could rest on the width of a human hair. The diode ensures fluids move in only a single direction--a critical feature for products l...

– University of Maryland, College Park

Scientific Reports

UCI-led study finds Harry Potter fan fiction challenges cultural stereotypes of autism

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 23, 2019 — Online publishing platforms and digital media can provide opportunities for nonmainstream groups to push back against and offer alternatives to the simplistic stereotypes presented in literature and popular culture. ...

– University of California, Irvine

Journal of Literacy Research, Jan-2019

The Helix, of DNA Fame, May Have Arisen with Startling Ease

Here's a science enigma: Try to explain where the neat, even DNA/RNA helix came from. Ha! Easy one! It probably spun around itself long before first life evolved like it did in this lab. In fact, the twist could have helped select the components of R...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Angewandte Chemie; CHE-1504217

How bacteria build hyper-efficient photosynthesis machines

Researchers facing a future with a larger population and more uncertain climate are looking to photosynthetic bacteria for engineering solutions to improve crop yields. A Canadian research team reports on how bacteria build protein machines to finess...

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Biological Chemistry

Penn State chosen by Department of Energy to help modernize the nation's power grid

In an effort to modernize and reimagine the United States' power grid, Penn State researchers have qualified for a highly selective, innovative competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Novel medical device developed by NUS researchers harnesses magnetic field to speed up muscle recovery

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are making the journey of muscle rehabilitation much easier for patients with an ingenious medical device capable of regenerating muscles in a non-invasive and painless manner.

– National University of Singapore

Surveillance in Our Schools

ClassDojo is one of the most popular education apps in the world. Its company estimates it is used by millions of teachers and children across 180 countries. But beneath its friendly exterior lie disturbing implications.

– University of South Australia

Learning, Media and technology

Multi-hop communication: Frog choruses inspire wireless sensor networks

Osaka, Japan - If you've ever camped by a pond, you know frogs make a racket at night; but what you might not know is how functional and regulated their choruses really are. Frogs communicate with sound, and amid their ruckus is an internally orchest...

– Osaka University

Royal Society Open Science

Fireproofing made of recycled paper

Scientists at Empa teamed up with isofloc AG to develop an insulating material made of recycled paper. It is ideal for prefabricated wooden elements and even multistory timber houses, and protects the construction against fire. What's more: The addit...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology


From toilet to brickyard: Recycling biosolids to make sustainable bricks

How can you recycle the world's stockpiles of treated sewage sludge and boost sustainability in the construction industry, all at the same time? Turn those biosolids into bricks. Biosolids are a by-product of the wastewater treatment process that can...

– Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University


Patented Technology Cloaks Location on Mobile Devices to Protect Privacy

An Iowa State researcher has developed a cloaking technology that makes it possible to use location-based apps and services on mobile devices while keeping your privacy under control.

– Iowa State University

Vanderbilt Transplant Center Debuts New Mobile App

Patients and providers now have instant access to Tennessee’s only full-service transplant center on their smartphones and mobile devices.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Engineers plan NYC L train ‘smart’ tunnel to avert dreaded shutdown

Thanks to Ivy League ingenuity – and engineering – there’s a good chance “L-pocalypse” won’t befall the Big Apple. What began with a few questions resulted in an entirely new plan to avert the shutdown, and perhaps a new model for how maj...

– Cornell University


Announcing the 2018 SLAS Technology Ten: Translating Life Sciences Innovation

The SLAS Technology Ten annually showcases ten individual articles that stand out as the most innovative scientific achievements published in SLAS Technology in the past 12 months.

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

The 2019 SLAS Technology Ten

New Lab for Virtual and Augmented Reality Experimentation Opens

On the second floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Engineering Center in the heart of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus, a room has been created that – not unlike Hogwarts’ Room of Requirement – has the potential to be almost anything.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2019 at 11:00 ET

Study to investigate indoor air quality in affordable housing near busy roadways

A first-of-its-kind study led by Tufts University researchers, in collaboration with Somerville officials and citizens, will measure indoor air quality and comfort in multifamily housing developments near busy roadways.

– Tufts University

Society for Risk Analysis to Host Fifth World Congress on Risk

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), the world’s leading authority on risk and risk analysis, will host the Fifth World Congress on Risk, in partnership with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Jefferson Lab Scientist Awarded Distinguished Lectureship

Cynthia Keppel, leader of Jefferson Lab’s Halls A&C, has been honored with the APS 2019 Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics.

– Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

ECS Members Can Access Manuscript Preparation and Publication Support Services

The Electrochemical Society and Enago have entered into a collaboration that will allow researchers within ECS's member network easy access to Enago's author services, including English manuscript editing and publication support, at every stage of th...

– The Electrochemical Society


Education Management Solutions (EMS) Takes Learning Out of the Classroom with Innovative Video Management Platform

MEDIASHAREiQ drives learner engagement with easy to manage immersive content. Organize and edit media content with robust search, tag, and comment capabilities plus in-video quizzing, scoring, and polling. Featuring turnkey integration with Blackboar...

– Education Management Solutions (EMS)

Embargo expired on 28-Jan-2019 at 09:05 ET

EMS Launches Telemedicine Simulation Platform for Virtual, Online, Live, and Mobile Medical Training

Telemedicine mitigates clinical staff shortfalls, particularly in remote areas. SIMULATIONiQ is a web based LMS supporting the entire scope of virtual, live, and didactic education. Train as you practice, host, practice and share live telemedicine pa...

– Education Management Solutions (EMS)

Embargo expired on 27-Jan-2019 at 08:05 ET





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