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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 25-Feb-2019

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Breakthrough 'Lab-on-a-Chip' Detects Cancer Faster, Cheaper and Less Invasively

A new ultrasensitive diagnostic device invented by researchers at the University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Cancer Center and KU Medical Center could allow doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma, leading to timeli...

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Nature Biomedical Engineering; P30 CA168524; CA1806846; CA214333

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

High-powered fuel cell boosts electric-powered submersibles, drones

A team of engineers in the McKelvey School of Engineering has developed a high-powered fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today’s commercial fuel cells. It could power underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric aircraft at a ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nature Energy; N00014-16-1-2833

Sticky and slippery science for biomedical applications

What makes a frog’s tongue sticky, or a snake’s skin slippery? Joe Baio, assistant professor of bioengineering at Oregon State University, looks to nature for substances that could provide clues to developing new biomedical adhesives and anti-fou...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

New research identifies causes for defects in 3D printing and paves way for better results

New research, led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has identified how and when tiny gas pockets in manufactured products, which lead to cracks and other failures, form. ...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Science, Feb-2019

Capturing and Converting Carbon Dioxide into a Useful Product

Removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions is a good idea to start with — and it may have an extra economic benefit. A Michigan Tech engineering is presenting their results this week on turning carbon dioxide into oxalic acid, which is used...

– Michigan Technological University

Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Feb-2018

UCI, UCR scientists eavesdrop on DNA synthesizer to steal genetic blueprint

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 22, 2019 – During the DNA synthesis process in a laboratory, recordings can be made of the subtle, telltale noises made by synthesis machines. And those captured sounds can be used to reverse-engineer valuable, custom-designe...

– University of California, Irvine

S&T Robot Test Standards Adopted in Japan’s Fukushima Decades-long Cleanup Efforts

DHS S&T and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed standard test methods for robots, which the Japanese government is now beginning to apply directly to their Fukushima cleanup efforts.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

More Flexible Nanomaterials Can Make Fuel Cell Cars Cheaper

A new method of increasing the reactivity of ultrathin nanosheets, just a few atoms thick, can someday make fuel cells for hydrogen cars cheaper, finds a new Johns Hopkins study.

– Johns Hopkins University

Science, Feb-2019; DE-SC0010379; DE-EE0007270; E-AC02-06CH11357; CBET-1437219; CBET 1159240; DMR-1420620; DMR-1506535

Embargo expired on 21-Feb-2019 at 14:00 ET

Electric car batteries inspire safer, cheaper way to manufacture compounds used in medicines

Scientists at Scripps Research, inspired by electric car batteries, have developed a battery-like system that allows them to make potential advancements for the manufacturing of medicines.

– Scripps Research Institute

Science; #1740656

Embargo expired on 21-Feb-2019 at 14:00 ET

RTI International Offers First Independent Overview of Technology-Related Bootcamps in Newly Published Study

RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, published a study on Thursday that provides the first overview of the technology-related bootcamp industry from an independent, non-industry-affiliated group.

– RTI International

RTI Press

Smartphones help UB researcher better understand the nature of depression and anxiety

A University at Buffalo psychologist's research using smartphones is providing valuable data in real time, information that could provide treatment benefits for patients struggling with anxiety and depression.

– University at Buffalo

Building a better part for your heart

Bioengineers are designing aortic heart valve replacements made of polymers rather than animal tissues. The goal is to optimize valve performance and enable increased use of a minimally-invasive method for valve replacement over the current practice ...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Ann Biomed Eng-Jan 2019; U01EB012487; R41-HL134418

3D-printed Tires and Shoes that Self-Repair

Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.​Instea...

– University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Big Data at the Atomic Scale: New Detector Reaches New Frontier in Speed

A superfast detector installed on an electron microscope at Berkeley Lab will reveal atomic-scale details across a larger sample area than could be seen before, and can produce movies showing chemistry in action and changes in materials.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

From New Jersey Railways to Outer Space, Rutgers Student Helps NASA Discover Planets

Rutgers Student Pedro Gerum recently landed an internship at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, where he will be working on the agency’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission to help discover exoplanets.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

700,000 submunitions demilitarized by Sandia-designed robotics system

More than 700,000 Multiple Launch Rocket System submunitions have been demilitarized since the Army started using an automated nine-robot system conceptualized, built and programmed by Sandia National Laboratories engineers.

Expert Available

– Sandia National Laboratories

National Day of Unplugging: 5 Reasons to Digital Detox

Ping! Swoosh! Chirp! In an “always on” world — where we’re constantly bombarded with emails, social media notifications, and other distractions — do you sometimes want to go where nobody knows your name? There may not be an app for that but...

Expert Available

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

New Surgical Technique Improves Fixation and Minimizes Complications in Shoulder Replacement Surgery

New medical evidence shows improved mechanical fixation with a novel inset shoulder implant that minimizes surgical complications and may increase the longevity of artificial shoulder replacements. This new study in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow ...

– Shoulder Innovations

Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery demonstrates

Neuspera Medical Announces Final Close of $26M Series B Equity Financing

Neuspera Medical Inc., a clinical stage, private venture capital backed neuromodulation company, today announced the final closing (2nd tranche) of the company's Series B equity financing.

– Neuspera Medical Inc.

Transitions: Argonne’s Pioneering Study of Nuclear Energy Future

Fully vested in advancing nuclear technology since its inception in 1946, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory helped complete detailed analyses of what potential transitions to a new nuclear energy future might look li...

– Argonne National Laboratory

When a Defect Might Be Beneficial

In the quest to design more efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), a team of engineers has analyzed different types of defects in the semiconductor material that enables such devices to determine if and how they affect performance....

– Washington University in St. Louis

Advanced Materials; DMR-1806147

Spherical display brings virtual collaboration closer to reality

Virtual reality can often make a user feel isolated from the world, with only computer-generated characters for company. But researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan think they may have found a way to encourage...

– University of British Columbia

24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology

Jobs vs. death toll: Calculating corporate death penalties

What misdeeds warrant corporate death penalties? A new study explores two case studies focused on industries that kill more people than they employ. The study lays out the rationale for establishing an actionable threshold and offers insights into so...

– Michigan Technological University

Social Sciences, Feb-2019

Mississippi State Develops Smartphone App to Test Lumber

Determining the stiffest piece of lumber is now easier with a new smartphone app created by scientists in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

– Mississippi State University

The Secret Life of Batteries

Understanding how batteries work is the key to creating the next generation of faster-charing devices. New research from the University of Delaware used X-rays to get a micron-scale movie of how lithium distributes within the electrode while lithium-...

– University of Delaware

Advanced Energy Materials

Gearing up for 5G: A miniature, low-cost transceiver for fast, reliable communications

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have designed a 28 GHz transceiver that integrates beamforming[1] with dual-polarized multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO[2]) technology.

– Tokyo Institute of Technology

IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference 2019


California Hemp Corporation Enters Sponsored Research Agreement with UC Davis Utilizing Benson Hill’s CropOS™ to Optimize Breed in Industrial Hemp

Scientists at UC Davis will utilize data from Hungry Planet Intelligence and Benson Hill Biosystems’ computational platform Breed, powered by CropOS™ to predict combinations for seed optimization.

– Benson Hill Biosystems

Embargo expired on 25-Feb-2019 at 08:00 ET

Senior design students develop materials for space station

Mechanical engineering students are working with NASA engineers to develop 3D printing materials that one day be used at the International Space Station, as part of the eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge.

– South Dakota State University

Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, The University of Texas at Austin awarded $1.5M from ARPA-E to transform energy technology

Researchers at Arizona State University, The University of Texas at Austin and Northern Arizona University granted $1.5 million by ARPA-E to demonstrate an entirely new direct air capture (DAC) concept using novel materials to collect low-pressure ca...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Leadership in Biomedical Engineering

Dawn Elliott, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware, is being recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Orthopaedic Research Society’s Adele L. Boskey, PhD Award.

– University of Delaware

How Goliath Groupers Behave May Be Key to National Security Under the Sea

The stealthy and exceptionally large Goliath grouper is the focus of a novel smart-sensing system that will remotely alert authorities of incoming manned and unmanned underwater vehicles. The non-invasive undersea surveillance and monitoring technolo...

– Florida Atlantic University





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