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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 11-Mar-2019

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ORNL-led collaboration solves a beta-decay puzzle with advanced nuclear models

An international collaboration including scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory solved a 50-year-old puzzle that explains why beta decays of atomic nuclei are slower than what is expected based on the beta decays of ...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 11-Mar-2019 at 12:00 ET

Smoking During Pregnancy Doubles the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, Study Warns

The first findings to result from a collaboration between Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Microsoft data scientists provides expecting mothers new information about how smoking before and during pregnancy contributes to the risk of an inf...

– Seattle Children's Hospital

Pediatrics, April-2019

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

Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety

Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Nature Materials

Detecting Parkinson’s early for better outcomes

How can we help in the fight against Parkinson’s disease? Harriet Nembhard and her colleagues developed a sensor system to detect the disease early on, opening the door to earlier treatment and improved quality of life. Nembhard is the head of the ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Are Human Brains Vulnerable to Voice Morphing Attacks?

UAB researchers examine how the human brain deciphers the difference between legitimate speakers versus synthesized speakers.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Caterpillar-Argonne Team to Pursue Improved Diesel Engine Combustion Systems

Caterpillar Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are joining forces to research heavy-duty diesel engines.

– Argonne National Laboratory

30% Stronger: Russian Researchers Creating “Smart” Steel

Researchers from South Ural State University are working on producing an innovative, super-light, and super-strong kind of steel – bainite. This new material will find use in the aviation industry, mechanical engineering, and the defence industry. ...

– South Ural State University

Physics of Metals and Metallography

When Semiconductors Stick Together, Materials Go Quantum

A team led by DOE’s Berkeley Lab has developed a method that could turn ordinary semiconducting materials into quantum machines – devices marked by extraordinary electronic behavior that could help to revolutionize a number of industries aiming f...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature, Feb-25-2019

Antenna Made from Electro-Textile Can Withstand Jamming Interference and Give More Accurate GPS Data

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New graphene-based device is first step toward ultrasensitive biosensors

University of Minnesota engineering researchers have developed a unique new device that provides the first step toward ultrasensitive biosensors to better detect diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Chronic Wasting Disease at the molecular level. ...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Nature Nanotechnology

Blockchain in Bloom: New Initiative Drives Research Grants, Incubator, Courses

Bosun Adebaki, MBA 19, will spend time this spring researching the merits of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), a form of digital money that’s being tested by governments and central banks worldwide. His goal is to determine how central banks ca...

– University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Texas A&M-led research team develops model for improved oil spill forecasts

Researchers have developed a new model to track the flow of an oil well spill, providing response agencies with the tools to better mitigate environmental damage to human and ecological systems.

– Texas A&M University

Light From an Exotic Crystal Semiconductor Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Scientists have found a new way to control light emitted by exotic crystal semiconductors, which could lead to more efficient solar cells and other advances in electronics, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Materials Today. Their discov...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Materials Today ; Rutgers Today

Examining 2d Materials, Atom by Atom

Flexible electronics could be the key to making the next generation of mobile and computer devices for consumers. UD research are seek probing how 2D materials work, seeking taking advantage of their unique electronic properties while adjusting for ...

– University of Delaware

Journal of Applied Physics

Improving Molecular Imaging using a Deep Learning Approach

Generating comprehensive molecular images of organs and tumors in living organisms can be performed at ultra-fast speed using a new deep learning approach to image reconstruction developed by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Light: Science & Applications, volume 8, Article number: 26 (2019)

Engineered Microbe May Be Key to Producing Plastic From Plants

With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable — but frustratingly untapped — bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Green Chemistry Feb. 27, 2019

Scientists use machine learning to identify high-performing solar materials

Thanks to a study that combines the power of supercomputing with data science and experimental methods, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge in England have developed a nov...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Advanced Energy Materials, Feb-2019

Researchers Use Machine Learning To More Quickly Analyze Key Capacitor Materials

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology are using machine learning to ultimately find ways to build more capable capacitors.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

npj Computational Materials; ONR No. N0014-17-1-2656

One Device, Many Frequencies: Argonne Researchers Create a Unique, Tiny Resonator

A finding from a team led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory could ultimately help improve the army of tiny, vibrating components found in a range of electronics and even create devices that mimic bio...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters, Dec-2018

Ultra-Low Power Chips Help Make Small Robots More Capable

An ultra-low power hybrid chip inspired by the brain could help give palm-sized robots the ability to collaborate and learn from their experiences.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

2019 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference

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

Neutrons used to study how an antibacterial peptide fights bacteria; decade-long study finds higher CO2 levels caused 30 percent more wood growth in U.S. trees; ultrasonic additive manufacturing to embed fiber optic sensors in heat- and radiation-res...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Communications, Feb-2019; Langmuir, Feb-2019; International Journal of Digital Earth, Nov-2018

MITRE Solves Problems with New Technology: Receives 200th Patent

MITRE creates new technology to improve outcomes for our sponsors and deter our adversaries. From financial models to antennae to social media analytics, we drive innovation by delivering 500+ technology licenses and managing 200+ corporate R&D progr...


Engineers developing education kit to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics

Engineers are developing an educational toolkit to bring integrated photonics into the college engineering and science curriculum. The kit is designed to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics and equip them to meet the growing deman...

– University of California San Diego

Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, Mar-2019

Chain Reaction Innovations project at Argonne National Laboratory aims to fill critical computing needs

A nanoscientist’s work in silicon photonics may inspire more energy-efficient computing and data centers.

– Argonne National Laboratory


B-Line Medical Releases an iOS Mobile Application for SimCapture Cloud

SimCapture Cloud’s mobile application turns any iOS phone or tablet into a portable simulation education capture device.

– B-Line Medical

Department of Energy to Provide $30 Million for Fusion Research on International Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide $30 million for experimental research on magnetic fusion energy science at international fusion facilities known as tokamaks.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

HPC4Manufacturing Program names four awardees for latest round of DOE funding

The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) today announced the recipients of $1.2 million in federal funding for four public/private projects aimed at solving key manufacturing challenges in steelmaking and aluminum production...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Announce Call for Proposals for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security

The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation is seeking proposals for collaborative projects to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T Funds Solution to Increase Efficiency of Air Cargo Screening

S&T funded development of the Opacity and Complexity Analysis Software Tool (OCAST), a support algorithm to assist X-ray operators in determining possible threats in cargo and which areas pose no threat, despite complex X-ray images.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DOE Announces $100 Million in Small Business Innovation and Technology Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs issued its FY 2019 Phase II Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with approximately $100 million in avail...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Bryan Hitchcock Joins the Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced that Bryan Hitchcock has joined the association as the Senior Director of Food Chain and Executive Director of the Global Food Traceability Center.

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Carbon Capture Research Receives $3 Million from U.S. Department of Energy

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that a research project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is one of eight in the nation recently selected to receive federal funding geared toward the development of “novel and enabling c...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)





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