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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 08-Apr-2019

Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire

Tech news for the public and news media. More stories can be found at the Newswise Technology News Source and the Engineering News Source.

Researchers 3D print metamaterials with novel optical properties

Engineers developed 3D printed metamaterials with unique optical properties going beyond what is possible using conventional materials. The fabrication methods developed by the researchers demonstrate the potential, both present and future, of 3D pri...

– Tufts University

Microssystems & Nanoengineering, Apr 8, 2019; W911QY-15-2-0001; N0014-15-1-2550

Embargo expired on 08-Apr-2019 at 05:00 ET

Projection system to study insect vision could lead to new navigational aids

Development of a virtual reality-like projection system to study insect vision could eventually provide the U.S. Air Force with a new type of navigation system.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Embargo expired on 08-Apr-2019 at 09:00 ET

Scientific computing in the cloud gets down to Earth

In a groundbreaking effort, seismology researchers have conducted a continent-scale survey for seismic signatures of industrial activity in the Amazon Web Services commercial cloud (AWS), then rapidly downloaded the results without storing raw data o...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Seismological Research Letters

WIU Computer Sciences to Develop Virtual Reality Program to Improve Social Competencies for Students with Disabilities

Western Illinois University Department of Computer Sciences Associate Professor Justin Ehrlich received funding for the development of a virtual reality (VR) program designed to improve social competencies for students with high functioning autism an...

– Western Illinois University

That’s “Sew” Smart! Scientists Invent Threads to Detect Gases When Woven Into Clothing

Scientists have developed a novel fabrication method to create dyed threads that change color when they detect a variety of gases. Woven into clothing, smart, gas-detecting threads could provide a reusable, washable, and affordable safety asset in me...

– Tufts University

Nature Scientific Reports, Apr-2019; DGE-1144591

Embargo expired on 04-Apr-2019 at 05:00 ET

Strange, Electricity-Conducting Bacteria Yield Secretto Tiny Batteries, Big Medical Advances

These strange bacteria conduct electricity through a structure never before seen in nature -- a structure scientists can co-opt to miniaturize electronics, create powerful-yet-tiny batteries, build pacemakers without wires and develop a host of other...

– University of Virginia Health System

Cell; R35GM122510; S10-RR025067; S10-OD018149

Durability Vs. Recyclability: Dueling Goals in Making Electronics More Sustainable

Research released by a team at Georgia Institute of Technology, where researchers looked into the impact of government policies put in place to reduce the amount of electronics waste filling up landfills.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Robots reading our feelings in real-time

The latest social robots can "read" our emotions in real-time, setting up applications in health care, particularly mental health.

– Case Western Reserve University

A new way to track blood hemoglobin levels may be at your fingertips

Biomedical engineers have developed a smartphone app for anemia screening that can assess blood hemoglobin levels through the window of the user’s fingernail. The medical results are based on the coloration of the fingernail bed; the quick and pain...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nature Communications; EB025646

Ghostly X-ray images could provide key info for analyzing X-ray laser experiments

Computer simulations by scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory suggest that a new method could turn random fluctuations in the intensity of laser pulses from a nuisance into an advantage, facilitating studie...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Daniel Ratner et al., Physical Review X, 11 March 2019 (10.1103/PhysRevX.9.011045)

Berkeley Lab Team Uses Deep Learning to Help Veterans Administration Address Suicide Risks

Researchers in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division are applying deep learning and analytics to electronic health record (EHR) data to help the Veterans Administration address a host of medical and psychological challenges affecting many of...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

LeafByte app measures damage from chomping insects

A free, open-source mobile app now lets everyone from plant researchers to gardeners and farmers know exactly how much damage insect pests cause when they chomp on leaves.

– Cornell University

How to Make Self-Driving Cars Safer on Roads

At USC, researchers have published a new study that tackles a long-standing problem for autonomous vehicle developers: testing the system’s perception algorithms, which allow the car to “understand” what it “sees.”

– University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference; NSF grants 1350420, 1361

U.S. Department of Energy funds Argonne sensing project at O’Hare

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory received nearly $3.2 million for their proposal on the use of distributed sensing and high-performance computing to reduce traffic congestion while minimizing energy c...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers use artificial intelligence to design flood evacuation plans

Artificial intelligence may soon help transportation agencies and first responders determine the best evacuation routes during floods such as those affecting portions of Missouri and the Midwest, thanks to the work of researchers at Missouri Universi...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Argonne takes a lead role in solving dark energy mystery

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, is among a new generation of ground-based telescopes supported by advanced supercomputing and data analysis tools, so...

– Argonne National Laboratory


Cybersecurity team testing ternary computing to secure blockchain technology for cryptocurrency and other applications

The team of Northern Arizona University researchers received a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Lab to study how to apply technology to secure blockchain networks, which attract terrorists, criminals and black market businesses who can...

– Northern Arizona University

Embargo expired on 08-Apr-2019 at 08:00 ET

Claire Xiong Awarded Grant to Research Lithium Ion Battery Performance

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Hui (Claire) Xiong recently was awarded a National Science Foundation grant of more than $300,000 to further her research on electrode materials used in lithium ion batteries.

– Boise State University

Students Earn National Awards for Nuclear Energy Related Research

Three Boise State students in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering have been awarded financial support for their nuclear energy research through the Department of Energy Integrated University Program.

– Boise State University

David Estrada Earns NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor David Estrada of the Micron School of Material Sciences and Engineering was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his work utilizing graphene as a bio-scaffold for musculoskeletal tissue engineering.

– Boise State University

Precision Therapeutics Announces Completion of Merger with Helomics HoldingCorporation

Precision Therapeutics Inc. today announced the completion of its merger with Helomics Holding Corporation (“Helomics”), which has become the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, providing proprietary data- driven precision medicine solutions fo...

– Precision Therapeutics Inc.

Nobel Laureate Konstantin Novoselov joins NUS

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS joins the National University of Singapore as Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering on 8 April 2019.

– National University of Singapore

Rensselaer Digital Gaming Hub Celebrates First Semester as New York State Center of Excellence

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is celebrating its first semester as part of a New York State Center of Excellence in Digital Game Development.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Enhancing Power Supply Resilience to First Responders

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Masood Parvania and his team at his Utah Smart Energy Laboratory (U-Smart) have received a three-year, $4.4 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Ene...

– University of Utah

DHS S&T Seeks Partners for First Responder Technology R&D

DHS S&T invites industry, academia, laboratories, and the innovation community to submit white papers related to 12 first responder technology funding opportunities. The new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation (BAA 18-02 Call 0001) will rema...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

New 3D Crime Scene Mapping Tool Turns Incident Scenes into Virtual 3D Models

DHS S&T has teamed up with the Israeli Police to invest in a new tool. The tool, called 3D-Hawk, can turn a crash or crime scene into an interactive 3D model within minutes, based on high-definition (HD) video footage.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

OU mechanical engineering professor receives 2018 NSF CAREER award

University of Oklahoma professor Jivtesh Garg recently won the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program Award for his research on the design of advanced composite materials for thermal management and energy...

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

Higher Education Events

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology gets bronze medal at ICPC

The world finals of this year’s International Collegiate Programming Championship ended today in Porto, Portugal. MIPT team Shock Content featuring Andrey Sergunin, Ilya Stepanov, and Evgeny Belykh took 10th place and earned a bronze medal by solvi...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology will host 2020 ICPC finals

Moscow has been selected as the venue for the International Collegiate Programming Contest in June 2020. ICPC is the oldest and most prestigious competitive programming event worldwide. Next year’s finals will be organized by the Moscow Institute o...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Embargo expired on 04-Apr-2019 at 17:00 ET

Expert Pitch

Why is space debris such a problem? Why is NASA so concerned about India's recent anti-satellite test?

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Ford, GM and Toyota partnership for self-driving cars may save billions of dollars

– Cornell University





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