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Rats in Augmented Reality Help Show How the Brain Determines Location

A new Johns Hopkins study found that rats’ ability to recalibrate learned relationships among time, speed and distance is ever-evolving, moment-by-moment.

– Johns Hopkins University

R01 NS102537; Nature; Feb-2019; R21 NS095075; R01 MH079511

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


Across the Spectrum: Researchers Find Way to Stabilize Color of Light in Next-Gen Material

Researchers have found a way to stabilize the color of light being emitted from halide perovskites, a promising next-generation material for optoelectronic technologies.

– Florida State University

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2019 at 05:00 ET


Researchers use X-rays to understand the flaws of battery fast charging

Argonne researchers used the laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source to image a battery as it was quickly charged and discharged, allowing for the observation of lithium plating behavior that can inhibit the battery’s long-term function.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Energy and Environmental Science, Jan-2019


Making a medical isotope used by millions (Podcast)

How can we support nuclear medicine efforts that help more than 40,000 people in the U.S. everyday? Researchers at the Oregon State University College of Engineering have developed a way to produce the much-needed radioisotope technetium-99m using sm...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering


Safe to use hands-free devices in the car? Yes, according to research

New research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) suggests that drivers who use hands-free electronic devices, as opposed to handheld ones, are less likely to get into a crash.

– Virginia Tech

Science Direct


New Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar Through a Breath

A simple puff into a handheld device may one day be all it takes for people with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar

– South Dakota State University


Risk Analysis Releases Special Issue on the Social Science of Automated Driving

Risk Analysis, An International Journal has published a special issue, “Social Science of Automated Driving,” which features several articles examining the human side of automated driving, focusing on questions about morality, the role of feeling...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Risk Analysis, An International Journal, Vol. 39 issue 2


Hearne Joins ORNL as Director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has named Sean Hearne director of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


First Ohio State University Woman Inducted Into National Academy of Engineers

An Ohio State University engineering professor has become the first woman from the university to be named to the National Academy of Engineering.

– Ohio State University


Scientists Discover New Type of Magnet

A team of scientists has discovered the first robust example of a new type of magnet—one that holds promise for enhancing the performance of data storage technologies.

– New York University

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2019 at 05:00 ET


Liberal Sprinkling of Salt Discovered Around a Young Star

New ALMA observations show there is ordinary table salt in a not-so-ordinary location: 1,500 light-years from Earth in the disk surrounding a massive young star.

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2019 at 10:00 ET


Keeping Things Moving

Lubricants keep the world moving, but they leave a heavy environmental footprint. New research from the University of Delaware provides a strategy to create renewable lubricant base oils efficiently from non-food biomass.

– University of Delaware

Science Advances


Game behavior can give a hint about player gender

Researchers from ITMO University managed to predict people's personality features such as gender using data from online gaming platform. This is one of the first studies where machine learning is applied to analyze a large amount of game data.

– ITMO University

33rd AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence


DHS S&T Holds Operational Experiment in Houston

More than 220 participants from 13 Houston-area public safety agencies and 20 industry partners tested first responder technology integration in a December exercise at the Port of Houston.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate


New phenomenon discovered that fixes a common problem in lasers: Wavelength splitting

A team led by University of Utah physicists has discovered how to fix a major problem that occurs in lasers made from a new type of material called quantum dots. The never-before-seen phenomenon will be important for an emerging field of photonics re...

– University of Utah

Nature Communications, Feb-2019


AI and the Future of Work

Imagine an observer from another galaxy descends to Earth and sees entities called humans and entities called machines interacting with each other. How would the observer answer the question “Which entity controls the other?”

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


To conserve energy, AI clears up cloudy forecasts

A new approach developed by Fengqi You, professor in energy systems engineering at Cornell University, predicts the accuracy of the weather forecast using a machine learning model trained with years’ worth of data on forecasts and actual weather co...

– Cornell University

Journal of Process Control, Jan. 2019


Global Climate Trend Since Dec. 1 1978: +0.13 C Per Decade

Global Temperature Report: January 2019

– University of Alabama Huntsville


Biochemists make ‘Elbow Room’ for Nanostructures with new Toolkit

New findings published in “Nature Communications” could apply to the manufacture of self-assembling nanomaterials and the creation of environmentally responsive sensors. This could lead to new methods for making nanoscale devices and more economi...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications; UC San Diego Molecular Biophysics Training Grant; Catalan Fundació Joan Riera i Gubau Fellowship; National Science Foundation


Texas State, ArchieMD partner to develop augmented reality medical technology

Texas State University researchers, in collaboration with ArchieMD, a leading provider of visually-based health science education, are developing an innovative augmented reality medical training technology for the United States Army through the U.S. ...

– Texas State University


UI Students Develop App to Improve Public Speaking—Without Imagining the Audience in Their Underwear

A case of the nerves is normal when students give class presentations. Nico Aguilar did that one better when he was a University of Iowa student.

– University of Iowa


Gulf Observing System Unveils New Website, Logo

Gulf Coast communities now have a new way to access coastal and ocean information about the Gulf of Mexico thanks to a new website developed by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS).

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)


Surgeon Treats Severe Ankle Injury with 3D Printed Implant

Deborah Stoneburner was in a severe car accident, and among her injuries was a crushed ankle bone called the talus. Loyola Medicine orthopaedic surgeon Adam Schiff, MD, successfully replaced the damaged bone with a metal talus made with 3D printing t...

– Loyola University Health System


CFN Staff Spotlight: Priscilla Antunez Guides Partnerships that Advance Nanoscience to Impact Society

Priscilla Antunes, the new assistant director for strategic partnerships at Brookhaven Lab's Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), is helping scientists establish partnerships with universities, other research labs, and industry to increase the ...

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– Brookhaven National Laboratory


Scientists take X-ray aim in effort to discover new fuel catalyst

In a new study of a related group of metal oxides made of cobalt, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory sought to determine why two similar water-splitting catalysts with somewhat different domain sizes beh...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Journal of the American Chemical Society


Dark Fiber Lays Groundwork for Long-Distance Earthquake Detection and Groundwater Mapping

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have turned dark fiber owned by the DOE Energy Sciences Network into a highly sensitive seismic activity sensor that could potentially augment the performance of earthquake early warning systems currently being developed i...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature’s Scientific Reports


SDSC Researchers Team with UNICEF for Liberian Schools Project

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been working with researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and other parts of UC San Diego to determine the location of existing Liberian schools to provide them with resources and wor...

– University of California San Diego

IEEE/ACM Meeting, Dec-2018; NSF-1331615


MERMAIDs reveal secrets from below the ocean floor

Seismologists use waves generated by earthquakes to scan the interior of our planet, much like doctors image their patients using medical tomography. Earth imaging has helped us track down the deep origins of volcanic islands such as Hawaii, and iden...

– Princeton University

Scientific Reports


Engineers harvest heart's energy to power life-saving devices

The heart's motion is so powerful that it can recharge devices that save our lives, according to new research from Dartmouth College.

– Dartmouth College

Advanced Materials Technologies


Argonne Researchers Develop New Method to Reduce Quantum Noise

New method for alleviating the effects of “noise” in quantum information systems addresses a challenge that scientists around the globe are working to meet in the race toward a new era of quantum technologies.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Physical Review A, Jan-2019; Nature Partner Journals Quantum Information, Jan-2019


FSU Chemists Harness Power of Light to Tackle Asymmetrical Molecules

Now a team of Florida State University researchers has found a way to turn a “left-handed” molecule into a “right-handed” one — a process that could have important implications for drug development.

– Florida State University


Announcements


Arizona cybersecurity expert elected senior member of the National Academy of Inventors

Bertrand Cambou, a professor of practice at Northern Arizona University, has authored or co-authored 48 granted patents in his career and has disclosed 32 inventions at NAU, leading to a total of 35 patent applications. His main areas of research inc...

– Northern Arizona University


Three Sandia Labs researchers earn national honors in leadership and technology

Three Sandia National Laboratories researchers--Warren Davis, Quincy Johnson and Olivia Underwood--were honored at the BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference for their leadership and technological achievements.

– Sandia National Laboratories


UNLV Among 11 Teams Worldwide To Compete in 2020 Solar Decathlon

Students to build sustainable home of healing for military veterans for U.S. Department of Energy contest; UNLV competed in 2013 and 2017.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


UW-Milwaukee names new dean of the Lubar School of Business

Kaushal Chari has been named dean of the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He begins his tenure in June 2019.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


UIC to lead $3M initiative to develop system to identify, patch software security holes

The University of Illinois at Chicago will lead a $3 million project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design, develop and evaluate a system that will identify security vulnerabilities in web software. UIC will receive $1.4 m...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference held at UWM Feb. 28-March 1

Conference highlights future opportunities on a range of connected engineering- and artificial intelligence-related topics, from advanced manufacturing to the water-energy nexus.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Land-Mine Detection Project Earns First Place at Create the Future Contest

Jasper Baur and William Frazer, students at Binghamton University, State University of New York, won first place in the aerospace and defense category at the Create the Future Technology design contest for their project which uses drones to locate da...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


Penn State's Yamamoto to Use NSF CAREER Award to Improve Nanoengineered Materials in Aircraft

Namiko Yamamoto, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, will advance knowledge about the effective integration of polymer nanocomposites, consisting of carbon nanotubes, into hierarchically structured materials in transport vehic...

– Penn State College of Engineering


Flowonix Receives FDA Approval for Software Upgrade Designed to Improve User Experience

Flowonix Medical, Inc. today announced United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market the Flowonix Maestro™ Software for Clinician Programmers used to program Prometra® Pump Systems.

– Flowonix Medical, Inc.


DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program Successfully Transitions Three Technologies to CBP

Three startups developing technologies with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) successfully transitioned their products to DHS and the Homeland Security Enterpri...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Wins 2019 AVA Digital Awards for Excellence in Communications

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently won two AVA Digital Awards and one honorable mention for its communications efforts. The awards recognize outstanding work in the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communica...

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Leary Appointed Penn Nursing’s First Director of Innovation

In this role, Marion Leary, MSN, MPH, RN FAHA, will design and execute innovation programs and projects through Penn Nursing’s Office of Nursing Research (ONR) and will work to keep the School at the forefront of innovation in nursing. The appointm...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Interdisciplinary Team Developing Virtual Reality Technology for Training and Assessment of Colorectal Surgeons

Colorectal surgery is a hands-on activity, but in recent years the effectiveness of traditional assessment methods in evaluating surgeons’ technical skills has been called into question. A team of collaborators with ties to Rensselaer Polytechnic I...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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