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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 25-Mar-2019

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SUSU Works with Materials for Aerospace, Electric Power, and Military Industries

One key area of development in metallurgy today is the creation of new materials with especially high density, which can be used in the aerospace, aviation, military, and electric power industries. Researchers from South Ural State University are wor...

– South Ural State University

Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering, 2019

Keeping construction workers out of harm’s way

What can be done to protect workers in one of the most dangerous industries on Earth? For much of his career, Oregon State University professor of construction engineering John Gambatese has studied, developed and evaluated a wide range of options de...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Argonne maps out virtual world for U.S. military

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory converted 1,000 pages of CENTCOM military information into a 3D digital visualization that allows users to immerse themselves in the data using virtual reality (VR) hea...

– Argonne National Laboratory

More Efficient Satellite Launch Platform on the Horizon

As part of a global industry research project, combustion experts from the University of Sydney’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering are one step closer to developing a more efficient and cost-effective access to space plat...

– University of Sydney

Embargo expired on 24-Mar-2019 at 15:00 ET

Researchers Get Humans to Think Like Computers

Computers, like those that power self-driving cars, can be tricked into mistaking random scribbles for trains, fences and even school busses. People aren’t supposed to be able to see how those images trip up computers but in a new study, Johns Hopk...

– Johns Hopkins University

Nature Communications, March-2019

Embargo expired on 22-Mar-2019 at 06:00 ET

4D-Printed Materials Can Be Stiff as Wood or Soft as Sponge

Imagine smart materials that can morph from being stiff as wood to as soft as a sponge – and also change shape. Rutgers University–New Brunswick engineers have created flexible, lightweight materials with 4D printing that could lead to better sho...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Materials Horizons; Rutgers Today

Optical “tweezers” combine with X-rays to enable analysis of crystals in liquids

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new technique that combines the power of microscale “tractor beams” with high-powered X-rays, enabling them to see and manipulate crystals freely f...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Feb. 11, 2019

Study Shows How Electricity-Eating Microbes Use Electrons to Fix Carbon Dioxide

New research from Washington University in St. Louis explains the cellular processes that allow a sun-loving microbe to "eat" electricity -- transferring electrons to fix carbon dioxide to fuel its growth. The work is led by Arpita Bose, assistant pr...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nature Communications

Open-source solution: Researchers 3D-print system for optical cardiography

Researchers from the George Washington University and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have developed a solution for multiparametric optical mapping of the heart’s electrical activity. This technique is a useful tool for enhancing our...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Scientific Reports

The Best Topological Conductor Yet: Spiraling Crystal Is the Key to Exotic Discovery

A team of researchers working at Berkeley Lab has discovered the strongest topological conductor yet, in the form of thin crystal samples that have a spiral-staircase structure. The team’s result is reported in the March 20 edition of the journal N...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature, March 20, 2019

Embargo expired on 20-Mar-2019 at 14:00 ET

Robotic “Gray Goo”

Researchers at Columbia Engineering and MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), demonstrate for the first time a way to make a robot composed of many loosely coupled components, or “particles.” Unlike swarm or modular robots, ...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature March 20 2019

Embargo expired on 20-Mar-2019 at 14:00 ET

Turn off a light, save a life, says new UW–Madison study

We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more mo...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Environmental Science & Technology

UCI Engineers Aim to Pioneer Tissue-Engineering Approach to TMJ Disorders

Irvine, Calif., March 20, 2019 – Here’s something to chew on: One in four people are impacted by defects of the temporomandibular – or jaw – joint. Despite the pervasiveness of this affliction, treatments are lacking, and many sufferers resor...

– University of California, Irvine

Trends in Molecular Medicine, March 2019

Lithium ions flow through solid material

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from Purdue University and Rutgers University, have merged materials science and physics to study a promising solid material that con...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Sept-2018

Student steps in to help Airbus with last-minute project need

Having direct access to students’ talent and skills is a huge part of why Airbus Americas moved to the Wichita State University campus two years ago. One of those opportunities for collaboration played out perfectly this winter when Airbus official...

– Wichita State University

Snapshot: New Best Practices Guide to Commercial Building Security Under SAFETY Act Now Available

DHS S&T OSAI in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences developed a set of best practices and a new online tool, Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS), for building owners to evaluate their operations end-to-end befo...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

National Security Agencies Renew Missouri S&T Cybersecurity Accreditation

Missouri University of Science and Technology has once again received accreditation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R). This designation puts Missouri S&T in an elite group of univ...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Materials could delay frost up to 300 times longer than existing anti-icing coatings

Most techniques to prevent frost and ice formation on surfaces rely heavily on heating or liquid chemicals that need to be repeatedly reapplied because they easily wash away. Even advanced anti-icing materials have problems functioning under conditio...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Advanced Materials

Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries

New Cornell research advances the design of solid-state batteries, a technology that is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries, which rely on flammable liquid electrolytes for fast transfer of chemical energy stor...

– Cornell University

Nature Energy, March 2019

UC San Diego Researchers Find Strong Performance, Complexities, and Puzzles in Intel’s Optane DIMMs

University of California San Diego computer scientists have completed the first comprehensive evaluation of Intel’s new Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules (Optane NVDIMMs). They found that Optane DIMMs can make key storage applications 17...

– University of California San Diego

The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow

A team of scientists spent six months co-designing robots with informal caregivers for people with dementia, such as family members. They found that caregivers wanted the robots to fulfill two major roles: support positive moments shared by caregiver...

– University of California San Diego

Supercrystal: A Hidden Phase of Matter Created by a Burst of Light

“Frustration” plus a pulse of laser light resulted in a stable “supercrystal” created by a team of researchers led by Penn State and Argonne National Laboratory, together with University of California, Berkeley, and two other national labs.

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

Nature Materials

Trembling Aspen Leaves Could Save Future Mars Rovers

Researchers at the University of Warwick have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and could even be a back-up energy supply ...

– University of Warwick

Applied Physics Letters

Seeing through a Robot’s Eyes Helps Those with Profound Motor Impairments

An interface system that uses augmented reality technology could help individuals with profound motor impairments operate a humanoid robot to feed themselves and perform routine personal care tasks such as scratching an itch and applying skin lotion....

– Georgia Institute of Technology

PLOS ONE; 90RE5016-01-00 ; IIS-1150157

Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Gives Patients a Dose of Virtual Reality

The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is offering its pediatric patients an escape from potentially painful or uncomfortable procedures and to relieve anxiety to create a positi...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack University Medical Center Among the First Hospitals in New Jersey to Offer Cutting-Edge Treatment to Regrow Knee Cartilage Cells

Surgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center are now using MACI (autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane) implants to treat patients with cartilage defects.

– Hackensack Meridian Health


Infectious Disease Thought Leader Headlines Tulane University’s Expanded Biotech Research Showcase

From breakthroughs in regenerative medicine and medical imaging to advances in vaccine and drug development, Tulane University will showcase its latest research discoveries to biotechnology firms, venture capitalists, foundations and potential collab...

– Tulane University

Penn State named latest site for membrane research center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center has named Penn State as a new site within the Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST) Center.The MAST Center focuses on building industry partnerships t...

– Penn State College of Engineering

University of Minnesota to lead $9.7 million NIH grant to improve hearing restoration

The University of Minnesota announced that it will lead a $9.7 million grant over the next five years from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative to develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure with the goal of restoring...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

NIH Brain Initiative Grant Project Number: 1UG3NS107688-01 ; NIH Brain Initiative Grant Project Number: 1UG3NS107688-01

Johns Hopkins Expert to Share $17 Million Chan Zuckerberg Award

Scot Kuo, Ph.D., makes the super small visible. He tracks how cells—often smaller than the width of a human hair—move and interact with other cells. He uses high-resolution microscopes to zoom in on individual parts and proteins within cells, dow...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine


Benson Hill Biosystems Acquires Schillinger Genetics, Expanding High Quality Soybean Options

Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural diversity of plants, announced today at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit that it has acquired the assets of Schillinger Genetics, also known as eMerge Genetics, an Iowa-bas...

– Benson Hill Biosystems

Embargo expired on 19-Mar-2019 at 08:05 ET

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Aerodynamics, Legal Expert Addresses Boeing 737 Max 8 Crashes

– Arizona State University (ASU)





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