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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 04-Mar-2019

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Superconductivity is Heating Up

Theory suggests that metallic hydrogen should be a superconductor at room temperature; however, this material has yet to be produced in the lab. Metal superhydrides are packed with hydrogen atoms in a configuration similar to the structure of metalli...

– American Physical Society (APS)

APS March Meeting 2019

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

Signals from Distant Lightning Could Help Secure Electric Substations

Side channel signals and bolts of lightning from distant storms could one day help prevent hackers from sabotaging electric power substations and other critical infrastructure, a new study suggests.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

2019 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Asteroids are Stronger, Harder to Destroy Than Previously Thought

A popular theme in the movies is that of an incoming asteroid that could extinguish life on the planet, and our heroes are launched into space to blow it up. But incoming asteroids may be harder to break than scientists previously thought, finds a Jo...

– Johns Hopkins University

Icarus, March-2019; NNA14AB02A

Turning algae into fuel

A team of University of Utah chemical engineers have developed a new kind of jet mixer to produce biomass from algae that extracts the lipids from the watery plants with much less energy than the older extraction method. This key discovery now puts t...

– University of Utah

Chemical Engineering Science X

Researchers Find Potential New Source of Rare Earth Elements

Researchers have found a possible new source of rare earth elements – phosphate rock waste – and an environmentally friendly way to get them out, according to a study published in The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. The approach could benefit...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics; Rutgers Today

Beauty in a Test Tube: SUSU Researchers Combining Animate and Inanimate Nature

Modern cosmetics and medical implants contain many inorganic substances. Studies by South Ural State University researchers is aimed at understanding how biological molecules of the human body will interact with new, foreign, inorganic molecules and ...

– South Ural State University

Robots Without Borders: Finding new ways to treat Ebola

Aid workers put their lives on the line to treat patients with Ebola. Can robots help make their jobs a little easier and allow more people to survive the disease? Bill Smart, professor of robotics at Oregon State University, is exploring how robots ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Tracking firefighters in burning buildings

McMaster researchers, working with partners at other universities, have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot alwa...

– McMaster University

Nano Energy

Argonne and Convergent Science join forces for better engines

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new software model that can help analyze the dynamics in the cylinders of spark-ignition engines during operation.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Study first to show processes determining fate of new RNA pesticides in soils

Researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis develop a method to learn more about how a new type of pesticide degrades in the environment.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Environmental Science & Technology; 707432 - dsRNAEnvFate; 2017-33522-26998; ETH-14 17-1

Study Released on a Revolutionary New Manufacturing Technology

Formal study release held in conjunction with an information session with the study authors at the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition March 10-14, 2019

Researchers look for successful end to power grid failures

Anyone who has experienced an extended power outage knows that the effects can go well beyond inconvenient and become outright dangerous. Luckily, with the help of a $999,000 NSF Cyber Physical Systems grant, Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri, assistant profess...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Predictive Modeling Could Help Fight Neighborhood Crime

New technology developed by a Washington State University scientist could help police officers predict where burglaries are likely to occur

– Washington State University

Applied Geography

Fast, Flexible Ionic Transistors for Bioelectronic Devices

Columbia researchers have developed the first biocompatible internal-ion-gated organic electrochemical transistor (IGT) that is fast enough to enable real-time signal sensing and stimulation of brain signals. The IGT provides a miniaturized, soft, co...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Science Advances

Scientists measure exact edge between superconducting and magnetic states

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed a method to accurately measure the “exact edge” or onset at which a magnetic field enters a superconducting material.

– Ames Laboratory

Physical Review Applied

Easing bacterial traffic jams

Argonne scientists have developed a way to control the motion of swimming bacteria using 3-D-printed microscopic pillars. This advance might eventually influence microscopic transport, biomedicine and even microrobotics.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Nature Communications, Oct-2018

Researcher Wants to Protect Confidential Information From Cyber Attacks

Remi Chou, an assistant professor in electrical engineering and computer science at Wichita State University, has received a two-year, $156,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research to ensure secure transfer of confidential informat...

– Wichita State University

Facial Recognition Software to Identify Civil War Soldiers

Photo Sleuth may uncover the mysteries of the nearly 4 million photographs of Civil War-era images.

– Virginia Tech

Exposing Flaws in Metrics for User Login Systems

How good is the research on the success or failure of the system that verifies your identity when you log into a computer, smartphone or other device? Chances are it’s not good, and that’s a major security and privacy issue that should be fixed, ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today; Network and Distributed System Security Symposium

Texas A&M Researchers Develop Higher Impact Resistant Foam Inspired by Pomelo Fruit

Foam is widely used as a means of protection against impact, shock and vibration. Drawing inspiration from the peel of a pomelo fruit, Texas A&M researchers became the first to successfully develop a 3D model and simulation of a new nonuniform foam m...

– Texas A&M University

Journal of Mechanical Design

Harnessing Protected Data in Research Collaborations with Globus

For scientists who need to manage HIPAA-regulated data or other Protected Health Information (PHI), data management and movement can be a challenge.

– Globus

The Rise of Artificially Intelligent Agents: AI’s Growing Effect on the Economy, Part 1

Prominent tech leaders have been sounding the alarm about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) for quite some time. Tesla’s Elon Musk, a vocal proponent of AI safeguards, views the technology as the “biggest risk we face as a civ...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

New Periodic Table of Droplets Could Help Solve Crimes

A team led by Paul Steen, professor of engineering at Cornell University, has created a periodic table of droplet motions, inspired in part by parallels between the symmetries of atomic orbitals, which determine elements’ positions on the classic p...

– Cornell University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Feb. 2019

It’s all in the twist: Physicists stack 2D materials at angles to trap particles on the nanoscale

In a paper published Feb. 25 in Nature, scientists report that they have developed a system to trap individual excitons — bound pairs of electrons and associated positive charges. This system could form the basis of a novel platform to monitor exci...

– University of Washington


Vera Bocharova: Advancing the frontiers of knowledge about soft materials

Profiled is Vera Bocharova of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who studies the structure and dynamics of soft materials—polymer nanocomposites, polymer electrolytes and biological macromolecules—to advance materials and technologies for energy, med...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Guest Judge Announced for TMS Bladesmithing Competition

More than 30 teams from universities across the world competed to forge a blade for entry into the biannual competition hosted by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. Entries will be on display at the 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition of The Mine...

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

Wichita State University once again tops national rankings for engineering R&D

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released updated rankings for university research and development (R&D) expenditures, and Wichita State has held its position as the top university in the country for industry-funded aeronautical R&D with a t...

– Wichita State University

Babinec to coordinate Argonne’s grid energy storage program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has appointed Susan Babinec to drive a comprehensive strategy that expands Argonne’s future grid vision to include a range of optimized energy storage capabilities. By integrating ...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Synthego Launches $1 Million in Grants to Foster Innovation and Accelerate Discovery in Genome Engineering Research

Synthego, a leading genome engineering innovation company, today announced its inaugural Genome Engineer Innovation Grant. As part of the company's mission to make world-class genome engineering tools accessible to all scientists and bring first-of-...

– Synthego

S&T Launches Polar Scout Satellites Using SpaceX Falcon 9 Vehicle

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) launched two miniature cube-shaped satellites (CubeSats) into space on December 3, 2018, via the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Researchers Awarded Grant to Advance Water Modeling Across Continent

Two Boise State University researchers have been awarded a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a framework to drive innovation in hydrologic simulation platforms.

– Boise State University

2019 Class of NAE Inductees Includes Five TMS Members

Inductees include Wei Chen, Northwestern University; Charles J. Kuehmann, SpaceX and Tesla Motors; Christopher A. Schuh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sheldon Lee Semiatin, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory; and John G. Speer, Colorado Scho...

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

Deadline Extended to Submit Technology for Integrated First Responder Experiment in Birmingham

The deadline for submitting first responder technologies for assessment in the Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) – Birmingham Shaken Fury Operational Experimentation (OpEx) has been extended to March 8th.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Cayuse Expands Ecosystem with InfoReady Strategic Partnership

Cayuse, a leader in research administration software for universities, hospitals, and research organizations today announced the expansion of its Partnership ecosystem with the addition of InfoReady Corporation.

– Cayuse





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