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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 18-Mar-2019

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No lie! Florida State researcher developing world's first online polygraph

Shuyuan Ho tests an online polygraph system that can determine who's lying and who's telling the truth based on written communications.

– Florida State University

Computers in Human Behavior

NUS researchers create water-resistant electronic skin with self-healing abilities

A team of NUS researchers led by Assistant Professor Benjamin Tee has created a transparent electronic skin that repairs itself in both wet and dry conditions

– National University of Singapore

Nature Electronics

Solar-Powered Moisture Harvester Collects and Cleans Water From Air

Engineers at UT Austin combined hydrogels - materials designed to be “super sponges” - that are both highly water absorbent and can release water upon heating. The tech could be used in disaster situations, water crises or poverty-stricken areas...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Advanced Materials

New Paper Explores Why We Should Train Drivers Using Cars with Autonomous Features

A new paper published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering questions whether drivers of cars with autonomous features should receive training before getting behind the wheel, much like pilots do with autopilot systems.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, June-2019

3D printing shapes building industry, creates rapid construction potential

A residential and commercial tower under development in Brooklyn that is changing the New York City skyline has its roots in research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The tower’s white precast concrete façade rising f...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Engineering Living ‘Scaffolds’ for Building Materials

Researchers at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a platform that uses living cells as "scaffolds” for self-assembled composite materials. The technology could enable self-healing materials and other advanced applications ...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

ACS Synthetic Biology, December 21, 2018

Researchers reverse the flow of time on IBM's quantum computer

An international team of scientists led by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory explored the concept of reversing time in a first-of-its-kind experiment, managing to return a computer briefly to the past. The results, pub...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Scientific Reports, March 13, 2019

Handling Trillions of Supercomputer Files Just Got Simpler

A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed today via the software collaboration site GitHub provides unprecedented performance for creating, updating and managing extreme numbers of files.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Engineers work to scale up tests of heated pavement

Iowa State engineers are working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to test heated-pavement technology developed on campus. The test slabs at the Iowa DOT are smarter and more complex than the research group's previous tests at the Des Moines...

– Iowa State University

Optimizing the human-robot workplace

While robots have been increasingly integrated into manufacturing since their introduction in the early 1960s, true human-robot workplace collaboration is still in the early stages and is only recently being earnestly studied by academics. Researcher...

– Case Western Reserve University

Engineering Treatments for the Opioid Epidemic

A biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is developing a therapeutic option that would prevent opiates from crossing the blood-brain barrier, preventing the high abusers seek.

– Washington University in St. Louis


Physicists Reverse Time Using Quantum Computer

Researchers from Russia teamed up with colleagues from the U.S. and Switzerland and returned the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past. They also calculated the probability that an electron in empty interstellar space will ...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 13-Mar-2019 at 06:00 ET

Eligibility Verification Could Save Billions in Improper Federal Benefit Payments

MITRE Announces Payment Integrity Challenge Winner, Citizen Wallet concept by SAP, which could improve federal agencies’ ability to verify applicant eligibility for benefit payments.


Embargo expired on 13-Mar-2019 at 16:05 ET

Super Sensitive, Groundbreaking Smart Sensor “Tastes” and “Sniffs”

Technion researchers have developed an innovative sensing system capable of identifying and distinguishing different stimuli. Based on origami, and combined with conductive ink the researchers also developed, the multi-functional sensor is capable of...

– American Technion Society

Nature Communications, Mar-2019

Looking Back and Forward: A Decadelong Quest for a Transformative Transistor

Transistors have been miniaturized for the past 50 years based on Moore’s law, an observation that the number of transistors on a chip can double roughly every 18 months while the cost is cut in half. But we’ve now reached the point where transis...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics Letters

Movie Technology Inspires Wearable Liquid Unit That Aims to Harvest Energy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A fascination with movie technology that showed robots perform self-repair through a liquid formula inspired a Purdue University professor to make his own discoveries - which are now helping to lead the way for advancements in ...

– Purdue University

Journal of Materials Chemistry

At 3,836 mph, which way does the air flow?

UB aerospace engineer James Chen publishes a paper that extends classical kinetic theory into high-speed aerodynamics, including hypersonic speed, which begins at 3,836 mph or roughly five times the speed of sound. The new study and others by Chen in...

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Engineering Mathematics

Neurofeedback Gets You Back in the Zone

Columbia Engineering researchers have shown—for the first time—that they can use online neurofeedback to modify an individual's arousal state to improve performance in a demanding sensory motor task, such as flying a plane or driving in suboptima...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

PNAS March 12 2019

Unique Interface and Unexpected Behavior Help Explain How Heavy Metals Act

Three types of water molecules form around a platinum-based ion, offering insights for waste processing and metal refining.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122, 29228 (2018). [DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08419]; Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121, 25377 (2017). [DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b09350]

Snapshot: S&T Testing Smart Sensor to Enhance Emergency Communications

DHS S&T, in conjunction with NASA JPL, is researching approaches to bring the possibilities of IoT to emergency communications for first responders today.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

How to train your robot (to feed you dinner)

UW researchers have developed a robotic system that can feed people who need someone to help them eat.

– University of Washington

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

A New Way to Watch Atoms Move in a Single Atomic Sheet

Scientists have found a new way to use some of the world’s most powerful X-rays to watch how atoms move at ultrafast speeds within a single atomic sheet.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Nature Photonics, 11 March 2019 (10.1038/s41566-019-0387-5)

Faster Robots Demoralize Co-Workers

A Cornell University-led team has found that when robots are beating humans in contests for cash prizes, people consider themselves less competent and expend slightly less effort – and they tend to dislike the robots.

– Cornell University


Global Research Team Controls Heat Flow One Atomic Layer at a Time

An interdisciplinary global research team have shown the ability to control heat flow in ultrathin films, by building them one atomic layer at a time.

– Boise State University

Nature Partner Journal


Winners Announced for 2019 TMS Bladesmithing Competition

Four university teams take home prizes and six special citations awarded in the biannual student bladesmithing competition hosted by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

Secretary Nielsen Announced as Keynote for DHS S&T Cybersecurity and Innovation Showcase

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will speak March 19th at the 2019 S&T Cybersecurity and Innovation Showcase hosted by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

NSF CAREER award to advance nanomanufacturing research

Dr. Heng Pan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has received a big boost from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his efforts to create large-scale nanostructure...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology


NAU physicist awarded prestigious $502,000 NSF grant to harness active matter for nanoscale applications

The award will support a five-year project during which a unique system of microscale self-propelled particles will be developed that will enable control of the movement in unprecedented ways.

– Northern Arizona University

Expert Pitch

Tulane University Expert Available to Speak on Facebook, Instagram Outages

– Tulane University

As Apple hints at foray into TV streaming, biting competition awaits

– Cornell University

Net Neutrality Law to End the Strangulation of Startups, Innovation

– Cornell University





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