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Monday, February 4, 2019

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Research shows teens too low on sleep, activity, and too high on screen time

Only 1 in 20 U.S. adolescents is meeting national recommendations for sleeping, physical activity, and screen time, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

JAMA Pediatrics

Embargo expired on 04-Feb-2019 at 11:00 ET

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 4, 2019

Oak Ridge National Laboratory used machine learning to map vegetation in Alaskan tundra; ORNL taps machine learning to better predict home-to-work commuting; Univ of South Carolina investigates oxygen-reducing perovskites in fuel cells using ORNL neu...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Remote Sensing, Jan-2019

Defense Against the Dark Arts

Oregon State University's College of Engineering has been developing educational opportunities to establish the university as a leader in educating cybersecurity students at every level.

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Faster Than Allowed by Quantum Computing?

Quantum computers are more powerful than classical computers since they work with coherent "quantum bits"; instead of ordinary zeroes and ones. But what if the laws of nature were different from what we think today – could there be even more effici...

– University of Vienna

Nature Quantum Information

Plant-Pollinator Interactions Improve Oilseed Production, Beehive Health

When it comes to producing oilseed, the more honeybees and other pollinators that visit a flowering field of Brassica carinata, the better.

– South Dakota State University

DHS FY19 Small Business Innovation Research Solicitation Proposal Submission Deadline Extended

Small businesses now have until February 12, 2019 to submit proposals to address homeland security technology needs as part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 19.1 Solicitation.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Shopping for fitness wearables? Study says it's the information that motivates, not the device

Researchers at Atlantic Sports Health found people using wearable fitness trackers mere more motivated when they had access to the information they provide, not just from wearing the device.

– Atlantic Health System

Are There Salinity Problems for Urban Soils?

Some soils, like some humans, might need a low-salt diet. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Feb. 1 Soils Matter blog explains where salt in soil comes from and what can be done about it.

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

DHS S&T Adds Real-World Benchmarks to Software Assurance Repository

DHS S&T recently completed the integration of more than 9,700 real-world software test cases from the (STAMP into the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP). The test cases, known as BugInjector cases, improve software by enabling developers to evalu...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Breakthrough in volumetric 3D printing uses projected images to quickly create objects in one piece

Scientists and engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have developed a brand-new high-speed 3D printing method that uses projected images called Computed Axial Lithography (...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Science, Jan. 31

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2019 at 14:00 ET

Los Alamos National Laboratory Issues Request for Proposal (RFP) for New Supercomputer

The next big supercomputer is out for bid. A "request for proposal," or RFP, for Crossroads, a high-performance computer that will support the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program, was released today.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Novel else-tree classifier seeks to minimize misclassification in biological research studies

UAH computer science Ph.D. candidate Truong Xuan Tran and his advisor, UAH associate professor Dr. Ramazan Aygun, have developed an else-tree classifier with the potential to generate zero percent error without overfitting by separating hard-to-class...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine December 3-6, 2018, Madrid, Spain; R41GM116283

Artificial intelligence ARTIST instantly captures materials' properties

Researchers at Aalto University and the Technical University of Denmark have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) to seriously accelerate the development of new technologies from wearable electronics to flexible solar panels.

– Aalto University

Advanced Science

NUS study: Nanoparticles may promote cancer metastasis

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have found that cancer nanomedicine, which are designed to kill cancer cells, may accelerate metastasis. Using breast cancer as a model, they discovered that common nanoparticles made from gold, t...

– National University of Singapore

Nature Nanotechnology

Building a foundation

On October 24, the Chicago Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (CHIBPSA) introduced a scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students named after Ralph Muehleisen, a building scientist and engineer at the Depa...

– Argonne National Laboratory

See, Think, Predict: Engineers Build a Soft Robotics Perception System Inspired by Humans

An international team of researchers has developed a perception system for soft robots inspired by the way humans process information about their own bodies in space and in relation to other objects and people. They describe the system, which include...

– University of California San Diego

Science Robotics

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2019 at 14:00 ET

UAH sodium ion battery research could power up renewable energy storage

Longer life and increased capacity for a new technology battery that could be the workhorse of a renewable energy grid are the goals of a study of the effect of charging cycles on the structure of anodes in sodium ion batteries.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

An Antireflection Coating That Makes Plastic invisible

Antireflection (AR) coatings on plastics have a multitude of practical applications, such as reducing the glare on eyeglasses, computer monitors or on the display on your smart phone when out of doors. Now, researchers at Penn State have developed an...

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

Nano Letters Jan 2019

Engineering confidence: 'Build Night' offers hands-on making opportunities

On January 14, more than 65 female engineering students attended the first spring 2019 Build Night and completed their first training for and used the machinery often needed to create design projects.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Protecting the Field of Dreams

A team of University of Utah engineers have received a $2.2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to design and build small chemical sensors that can “sniff” out when a plant is being attacked by insects or overwhelmed by weeds. The re...

– University of Utah

Glaucoma detection gets potential boost from virtual reality, brain-based device

A wearable brain-based device called NGoggle that incorporates virtual reality could help improve glaucoma diagnosis and prevent vision loss. Duke University researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have launched a clinical study testin...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)


URI Ocean Engineering Students Use 3D Printing to Make Part at Sea

Four University of Rhode Island ocean engineering students demonstrated that they not only could keep a 3D printer level while at sea, but they could replicate a piece of equipment that works as effectively as the original. Josh Allder, Grady Bola...

– University of Rhode Island

Chicago-area scientists use improv to educate through laughter

Eleven Chicago scientists-turned-comedians — many of whom hail from some of the nation’s most renowned research institutes, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory — cast aside their lab coats for a chance ...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Study Uncovers Why Heart Attack Triggers Arrhythmia in Some, Explores Potential Treatment

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has identified a genetic pathway that causes some individuals to develop an abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, after experiencing a heart attack. They have also identified a drug ...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Biomedical Engineering, Jan-2019; R01AG045428; UL1TR025774,; U01HL107436; U54GM114833; F32HL126406; T32HL105373; T32AR060712; 1463689...

A Step Closer to Self-Aware Machines

Columbia Engineers have created a robot that learns what it is, with zero prior knowledge of physics, geometry, or motor dynamics. Initially the robot has no clue what its shape is. After a brief period of “babbling,” and within about a day of in...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Science Robotics January 30 2019

Embargo expired on 23-Jan-2019 at 14:00 ET


Major DOE study launched to drastically reduce data center energy consumption

The team, which includes Northern Arizona University physicist Ryan Behunin, is creating a low-power, low-cost solution to overcome power and bandwidth scaling limitations of the current technologies governing data center energy use, which is expecte...

– Northern Arizona University

Science; Nature Photonics

NYIT Appoints Gordon Schmidt as Dean of School of Health Professions

Gordon Schmidt, Ph.D., FACSM, has been appointed dean of the School of Health Professions at NYIT. He has served as interim dean of the school for the past six months and has been a member of the faculty and associate dean since August 2017.

– New York Institute of Technology

New research center aims to define future of electronics

Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) recently chose a team of researchers from Binghamton University and Purdue University to lead a new multimillion dollar research center. The Center for Heterogeneous Integration Research in Packaging, or CHIRP, will...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

S&T Combatting Human Trafficking Using Social Science

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) seeks to advance the mission and capabilities of the Department to protect basic human liberties: the right to freedom and the right to be free from exploitation and e...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

UAH's Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity to Help Address Predicted Global Shortfall of Cybersecurity Professionals

UAH now offers a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity in addition to its Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Both programs are intended to help address the growing global demand for cybersecurity experts.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study

ISPOR’s Digital Initiatives Awarded Multiple AVA Digital Awards

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, has been awarded multiple AVA Digital Awards in recognition of several digital campaigns.

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

Register for TMS2019

Registration is now open for the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition! Make your plans now to join us at the event that the global minerals, metals, and materials community calls home.

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

NSF Funds Integrated Approach to 3D Fracture Modeling of Composites

Understanding the behavior of composite materials is important to advancing their design since attempts to further strengthen or stiffen them can sometimes produce counterproductive results. A $545,000 grant over three years from the National Science...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Expert Pitch

What's a better material than plastic in cars, furniture, and construction? Trees.

– Michigan Technological University

Dam Failure Expert Available to Talk About Brazil Dam Collapse

– Missouri University of Science and Technology


Notre Dame Stories: On Preservation

In this episode we chat with Pinar Zorlutuna, a professor in aerospace and mechanical engineering, who is using tissue engineering to extend the viability of hearts in a transplant scenario. In addition, we catch up with Sophia Bevacqua, an alumna wh...

– University of Notre Dame





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