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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 18-Feb-2019

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Taking Diamond Qubits for a Spin

Scientists use implanted silicon ions and electricity to increase the spin time of quantum bits, moving closer to the tech needed for quantum networks.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Communications 9, 2012 (2018). [DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04340-3]

Machine learning unlocks plants' secrets

Plants are master chemists, and Michigan State University researchers have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites. The research, published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, combined plant biol...

– Michigan State University

PNAS, Feb. 5, 2019

Story Tips From the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 18, 2019

ORNL neutrons investigate novel carbon capture crystals; gleaning valuable Twitter data to quickly map power outages; ORNL’s lightweight, heat-shielding graphite foam test yields positive results in fusion reactors; open source software scales up a...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

IUCrJ, Jan-2019; International Journal of Digital Earth, Oct-2018

Engineers develop placenta-on-a-chip to study caffeine transport from mother to fetus

Iowa State's Nicole Hashemi has used her expertise in microfluidics to lead development of a device that models a human placenta. She and her research team have used the "placenta-on-a-chip" to study transport of caffeine from the mother, across the ...

– Iowa State University

Office of Naval Research, N000141712620

Safer Solutions for the National Truck Parking Crisis

Ever wonder why so many truckers park their rigs on highway off-ramps, in retail store parking lots, and at other odd locations? It’s not their first (or safest) choice, but sometimes it’s their only choice. Research by Sal Hernandez reveals that...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

How Do We Conserve and Restore Computer-Based Art in a Changing Technological Environment?

Just as conservators have developed methods to protect traditional artworks, computer scientists, in collaboration with time-based media conservators, have created means to safeguard computer- or time-based art by following the same preservation prin...

– New York University

AAAS Annual Meeting, Feb. 2019

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2019 at 09:00 ET

Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has used satellite technology provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) to uncover why the Agung volcano in Bali erupted in November 2017 after 50 years of dormancy.

– University of Bristol

Nature Communications

Can we trust scientific discoveries made using machine learning?

Rice University statistician Genevera Allen says scientists must keep questioning the accuracy and reproducibility of scientific discoveries made by machine-learning techniques until researchers develop new computational systems that can critique the...

– Rice University

2019 AAAS Annual Meeting

Novel App Uses AI to Guide, Support Cancer Patients

Artificial Intelligence is helping to guide and support some 50 breast cancer patients in rural Georgia through a novel mobile application that gives them personalized recommendations on everything from side effects to insurance.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

2019 AAAS Annual Meeting ; RO1 CA195653

Hypnosis Through Virtual Reality Aids in Medical Recovery

Anesthesiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are helping to explore the use of hypnosis through virtual reality to lessen postoperative pain and anxiety in children.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

New additive provides fire protection for wood

Together with BRUAG Fire Protection AG, Empa specialists have developed a new flame retardant for wood and wood-based materials. The colourless additive, which can be easily mixed with coatings and cellulose materials, opens up new applications for w...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Empa media release

Using drones to track honeybees gets ag sector buzzing

Australian technology startup Bee Innovative and the University of North Dakota (UND) are partnering to unlock an entirely new market for agricultural drones in the United States.They will track honeybees in real time for precision pollination in Aus...

– University of North Dakota

Discovering a new form of communication in the brain

'Ephaptic Coupling' only sounds like a Valentines' Day science story. Actually, it's the description of a 4th and newly discovered form of communication in the brain.

– Case Western Reserve University

Effective Management: Know-How vs. Leadership

During the dot-com bubble of the 1990s, companies skyrocketed their valuations simply by adding “dot-com” to their stock tickers. The trend is not just a cautionary tale for investors: It highlights how in the age of digital disruption every comp...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Digital Learning and Values-Driven Leadership: Why it Works

The core idea behind Mary Gentile's "Giving Voice to Values" (GVV) approach is that rather than treating ethics as an entirely cognitive problem — it can be more impactful to provide opportunities for individuals to literally pre-script, rehearse a...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Researchers Flood Boundaries of Chemistry

The Paesani Research Group works to collect data on the properties of materials like water, apply it to machine learning, optimize the material through modifications based on simulations and then synthesize an ideal material that could be used, for e...

– University of California San Diego

CSU Aims to Increase Number of Women and Minorities in Astronomy and Physics

To help close the equity gap in physics and astronomy, the CSU has joined a state-wide network with the University of California (UC) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) for a program called Cal-Bridge.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Selfies to Self-diagnosis: Algorithm ‘Amps Up’ Smartphones to Diagnose Disease

Smartphones aren’t just for “selfies” anymore. A novel cell phone imaging algorithm developed at FAU can now analyze assays typically evaluated via spectroscopy, a powerful device used in scientific research. Researchers analyzed more than 10,0...

– Florida Atlantic University


Chemicals Can Change Their Identity, Thanks to the Liquids Where They Reside

Far from being a mere spectator, solvents can play a larger role in chemical reactions, likely including those used in energy storage and biology.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Chemistry 10, 910 (2018). [DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0066-z]

ORNL Teams with Los Alamos, EPB to Demonstrate Next-Generation Grid Security Tech

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories has partnered with EPB, a Chattanooga utility and telecommunications company, to demonstrate the effectiveness of metro-scale quantum key distribut...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Moving Artificial Leaves Out of the Lab and Into the Air

Artificial leaves mimic photosynthesis — the process whereby plants use water and carbon dioxide from the air to produce carbohydrates using energy from the sun. But even state-of-the-art artificial leaves, which hold promise in reducing carbon dio...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Los Alamos Teams with Oak Ridge, EPB to Demonstrate Next-Generation Grid Security Tech

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos and Oak Ridge national laboratories has partnered with EPB, a Chattanooga utility and telecommunications company, to demonstrate the effectiveness of metro-scale quantum key distribut...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Working with NASA to Secure Drone Traffic

Because heightened drone traffic also produces challenges for law enforcement as they try to identify and interdict illicit activity, DHS S&T is working closely with NASA and the FAA to develop its own independent USS to monitor traffic and enable gr...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate


DOE launches its first lithium-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell

The launch of the Energy Department’s first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center, will help the United States grow a globally competitive recycling industry and reduce our reliance on foreign sources of battery materials. ...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2019 at 16:00 ET

FAU Receives $450,000 NSF Grant to Thwart Attacks on Quantum Computers

The FAU project is part of a $1.2 million collaborative initiative with researchers from George Mason University and the University of South Florida. FAU researchers will focus on efficient hardware and software implementations as well as side-channe...

– Florida Atlantic University

New technology breaks through sign language barriers


– Michigan State University

Embargo expired on 14-Feb-2019 at 11:00 ET

Digital ag initiative to tackle global food system challenges

Digital agriculture at Cornell University – which already has been enhancing curricula such as Birman’s course, cross-college research projects and partnerships with industry – has just been seeded for robust additional growth.

– Cornell University

DHS Releases Compliance Assessment Bulletin for 30 Day Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of a Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) draft Compliance Assessment Bulletin (CAB) for review and comment.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Amazon Grant to Fund Malicious Bot Detection Project

Stony Brook University computer scientist Nick Nikiforakis has received a 2018 Amazon Research Award for his work in the area of Internet security. The award includes $64,000 to help fund a project that attracts, “fingerprints,” and tracks web b...

– Stony Brook University

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Honored as Recipient of the 2019 Microsoft Health Innovation Award

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been named a recipient of Microsoft Corp.’s 2019 Health Innovation Award for the St. Jude Cloud, a data-sharing resource for the global research community that gives scientists immediate access to genomic...

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

International Phytobiomes Alliance Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research announced today the appointment of Natalie Breakfield and Matthew Ryan as new Board members of the organization.

– International Phytobiomes Alliance

Bridging the ‘digital divide’: Computer scientist using innovative technology, social science to improve lives in underserved communities

Morgan Vigil-Hayes, an assistant professor of computer science at Northern Arizona University, aims to bring more reliable Internet access to tribal communities and other underserved areas by designing and implementing community-centric networked sys...

– Northern Arizona University

Grant Thornton to help create risk assessment and management institute at Indiana University

Indiana University has announced a $3 million gift from Grant Thornton LLP, a leading consulting and accounting firm. The gift will establish the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management, or GT-IDEA, an interdi...

– Indiana University

DHS Awards Florida Company $199K to Begin Prototype Test of Canine Wearables

DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded $199,540 to Orlando, Florida-based HaloLights, LLC to begin prototype testing of canine wearable technology. The award is part of DHS S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Olin College Once Again Named a Top Fulbright Student Producer

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has once again placed Olin College of Engineering on its list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. students. Olin’s status as a top Fulbr...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Olin College Named 2019 Princeton Review Best Value College

Olin College is included in Princeton Review’s just released 2019 Best Value Colleges. In addition to the overall listing, Princeton Review also named Olin as #2 for best internships and #23 for financial aid.

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

DHS S&T Calls for Technology Submissions for Integrated First Responder Experiment in Birmingham

DHS S&T wants to assess new technology solutions for first responders. Today, S&T released a Request for Information (RFI) for participation in the Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) – Birmingham Shaken Fury Operational Experimentation (OpEx) s...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Expert Pitch

Border Walls Are Compelling Visual Symbols, but Do They Keep People Out?

– Virginia Tech

AI and government expert available to discuss presidential executive order on artificial intelligence

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)





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