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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 29-Apr-2019

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Defying the Laws of Physics? Columbia Engineers Demonstrate Bubbles of Sand

A recent discovery by Columbia Engineering researchers explains a new family of gravitational instabilities in granular particles of different densities that are driven by a gas-channeling mechanism not seen in fluids. The team observed an unexpected...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

PNAS April 22 2019

University of Maryland’s Schools of Medicine and Engineering First to Use Unmanned Aircraft to Deliver Kidney for Transplant

In a first-ever advancement in human medicine and aviation technology, a University of Maryland unmanned aircraft has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore for successful transplantation into a...

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

The Cutting Edge

Geneticists have adapted CRISPR technology to correct Duchenne muscular dystrophy mutations (DMD).

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tech fixes can’t protect us from disinformation campaigns

More than technological fixes are needed to stop countries from spreading disinformation on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, according to two experts. Policymakers and diplomats need to focus more on the psychology behind why citizen...

– Ohio State University

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy

New Lens System for Brighter, Sharper Diffraction Images

To design and improve energy storage materials, smart devices, and many more technologies, researchers need to understand their hidden structure and chemistry. Advanced research techniques, such as ultra-fast electron diffraction imaging can reveal t...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientific Reports

Cool Tool Could Enable Quantum Computers to Tackle More Complex Applications

In a paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, APL researchers describe a way to manipulate the critical elements of a quantum computer and their control components that will be an important piece of scaling quantum computer systems to the larger...

– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Scientific Reportsvolume 9, Article number: 4630 (2019), 15 March 2019

New Method Proposed for Studying Hydrodynamic Behavior of Electrons in Graphene

By studying how electrons in two-dimensional graphene can literally act like a liquid, researchers have paved the way for further research into a material that has the potential to enable future electronic computing devices that outpace silicon trans...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Physical Review B

Bridge Over Coupled Waters: Scientists 3D-Print All-Liquid ‘Lab on a Chip’

Researchers at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have 3D-printed an all-liquid device that, with the click of a button, can be repeatedly reconfigured on demand to serve a wide range of applications – from making battery ...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners

A Michigan Tech engineer has created a method to fill in the gaps of available connected vehicle data, which will give transportation planners a more accurate picture of traffic in their cities. It is also a more cost-effective data gathering system ...

– Michigan Technological University

Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, April-2019; NSF CMMI-CIS-1538105

The Spin Doctors: Researchers Discover Surprising Quantum Effect in Hard Disk Drive Material

Argonne scientists have further explored a new effect that enhances their ability to control the direction of electron spin in certain materials. Their discovery may lead to more powerful and energy-efficient materials for information storage.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters

Researchers Use Shake-Table Testing To Improve Disaster Recovery

Texas A&M researchers use shake-table testing to understand how urban wood-based structures sustain damage from earthquakes, and how to repair them more efficiently.

– Texas A&M University

Brain scans on movie watchers reveal how we judge people

Unconscious bias has become a hot topic recently, with high profile incidents reported around the world. Researchers at Aalto University are exploring the causes of these biases

– Aalto University

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Snapshot: S&T’s Rapid DNA Technology Identified Victims of California Wildfire

Funded in part by DHS S&T, Rapid DNA technology, positively identified 85 percent of the victims in the aftermath of the Camp Fire wildfire.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

UC San Diego’s HPWREN Workshop Attracts First Responders, Scientists, Educators

Users and supporters of UC San Diego’s High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) gathered earlier this month for an update on current projects and plans for the internet-connected cyberinfrastructure of cameras and sensors t...

– University of California San Diego

New Dispersion Method to Effectively Kill Biofilm Bacteria Could Improve Wound Care

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a method to treat bacterial infections which could result in better wound care.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Nature Scientific Reports, March-2019

New way to ‘see’ objects accelerates the future of self-driving cars

Researchers have discovered a simple, cost-effective, and accurate new method for equipping self-driving cars with the tools needed to perceive 3D objects in their path.

– Cornell University

Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, June 2019

Watching Molecules Split in Real Time

Using a new X-ray technique, a team of researchers was able to watch in real time as a molecule split apart into two new molecules. The method could be used to look at chemical reactions that other techniques can’t catch, for instance in catalysis,...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Angewandte Chemie, 13 March 2019 (10.1002/anie.201902228)

SLAC celebrates 10 years of innovative science at the Linac Coherent Light Source

The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the first light at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) April 10. More than 300 participants – a mix of SLAC staff and scientists from partner...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

This deep learning powered tool creates better personalized workout recommendations from fitness tracking data

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed FitRec, a recommendation tool powered by deep learning, that is able to better estimate runners’ heart rates during a workout and predict and recommend routes. The team wi...

– University of California San Diego

Engineers Study Failed Levees, Research Potential Solutions

Cassandra Rutherford, an Iowa State geotechnical engineer, has inspected failed levees along Midwestern rivers. And now she's working with other engineers to develop technologies that could improve levee performance.

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– Iowa State University


Data scientists mapped supply chains of every U.S. city. What they found is bigger than just where your food comes from.

Northern Arizona University Ben Ruddell led a team of scientists to create a map, based on real data, that shows where food, water and energy originate in the United State, how they get to their destination and the untapped potential for cooperation ...

– Northern Arizona University


Embargo expired on 29-Apr-2019 at 08:00 ET

Baylor Announces $15 Million Gift from The Sunderland Foundation for Tidwell Restoration

Baylor University has announced a $15 million gift from The Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, Kansas, that will provide significant support for one of the University’s highest priority projects within its Give Light philanthropic campaign: th...

– Baylor University

News Release: DHS S&T Awards $1.6M to Improve X-ray Scanning Capabilities

DHS S&T has awarded $1,656,206.00 to Halo X-ray Technologies Ltd (HXT) in Nottingham, UK, to develop and implement an automatic threat resolution system for use with X-ray imaging of carry-on and checked baggage.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Penn State Aerospace Engineering Head Appointed to FAA Aircraft Certification Review Committee

Amy R. Pritchett, professor and head of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was recently named one of six experts by U.S Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to serve on a U.S. Department of Transportation Special Committee that will review how the ...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Major Scientific Meeting on Sound Next Month in Louisville

The Acoustical Society of America will hold its 177th meeting May 13-17 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. This major scientific conference brings together interdisciplinary groups of researchers from many far-flung fields, including ph...

– Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

News Release: DHS Seeks Proposals to Secure Mobile Network Infrastructure for Government Communications

CISA and S&T are seeking development of new standards to improve the security and resilience of critical mobile communications networks through a new BAA Solicitation 70RSAT19RB00000001 published today on

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate


VirBELA Brings the Virtual Reality Workplace to the Real World

VirBELAis a virtual reality company that connects remote workers from around the world in an online environment. Recently acquired by eXp World Holdings, the company was formed at the University of California San Diego as a partnership between Rady S...

– University of California San Diego

Embargo expired on 25-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET

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Tesla’s Reliance on ‘Computer Vision’ Adds to Self-Driving Car Challenge

– Cornell University





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