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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 06-May-2019

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Dataset bridges human vision and machine learning

Neuroscientists and computer vision scientists say a new dataset of unprecedented size comprising brain scans of four volunteers who each viewed 5,000 images

– Carnegie Institution for Science

Scientific Data

Senegal Native, New Iowa State Graduate Sets His Sights Set on Sustainable Energy

Mouhamad Diallo moved to Iowa from Senegal in 2013. Six years later, he’s graduating from Iowa State University with a dual degree in mechanical engineering and materials science. After graduation, he’ll pursue a Ph.D. in materials science, study...

– Iowa State University

Making the Invisible Visible: New Method Opens Unexplored Realms for Liquid Biopsies

A new approach to RNA sequencing reveals thousands of previously inaccessible RNA fragments in blood plasma that might serve as disease- and organ-specific biomarkers

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The EMBO Journal

Embargo expired on 03-May-2019 at 06:00 ET

New Approach for Solving Protein Structures from Tiny Crystals

Scientists have developed a new approach for solving atomic-scale 3-D protein structures from tiny crystals. The advance will open up this structural biology technique to a wide range of hard-to-crystallize proteins in bacteria, viruses, plants, and ...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

IUCrJ, 3 May 2019

Reconstructing the Acoustics of Notre Dame

The April 15 fire that devastated the roof of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral left many people around the globe wondering whether it’s possible to rebuild it in a way that can recreate the cultural icon’s complex signature acoustics. Six years ago...

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– Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Obstacles to Overcome Before Operating Fleets of Drones Becomes Reality

The technology exists to replace a single remote controlled drone with an automated fleet, but an Iowa State researcher says there are several obstacles to tackle first. He is part of a team developing models to efficiently operate a fleet, while mai...

– Iowa State University

Jump to Content International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems 2019

Watching Concrete Explode

Even if concrete is not flammable, it can be hazardous in tunnel fires: high-performance concrete can explode at high temperatures. Although the phenomenon is well known, the physics behind it have not yet been fully understood. Empa researchers have...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Cement and Concrete Research, 2018; Empa Media release

High-speed experiments improve hypersonic flight predictions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When traveling at five times the speed of sound or faster, the tiniest bit of turbulence is more than a bump in the road, said the Sandia National Laboratories aerospace engineer who for the first time characterized the vibratio...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Earth system scientists produce online forest remote sensing handbook

Researchers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have produced a new volume entitled “Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation.”

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Rowan University Chemical Engineering students help take java green

Rowan University chemical engineering students are helping make coffee go green. That’s a good thing, as they are exploring ways to reduce waste, recover excess water, and save energy in coffee manufacturing, making the production process more envi...

– Rowan University

AI Could Help Citrus Growers Find, Detect Dangerous Psyllids

Precision agriculture engineer Yiannis Ampatzidis sees a day when citrus farmers use artificial intelligence to detect the pin-sized insects that can infect the fruit’s trees with the deadly greening disease. That day could come in the near future,...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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

ORNL story tips: Using ORNL’s Summit supercomputer, scientists created some of the largest virtual universes; plant-based, super-sticky material proves stickier than mussels; method to 3D print big components with metal could promise low-cost, high...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ACS Macro Letters, Oct-2018; Applied Sciences, Feb-2019; Annals of Nuclear Energy, Jan-2019

The ‘Little’ Computer Cluster That Could

A computer cluster, which switched off April 1, had a storied history in serving high-energy physics and nuclear physics experiments.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Behavioral Science Initiative at Darden Seeks to Solve Real-World Challenges in Diversity, Sustainability and Human Well-Being

A deep dive into entrepreneurship among black women in resource-constrained environments in Detroit. The power of oral traditions in intergenerational decision-making. Overcoming barriers between behavioral science and engineering with an eye toward ...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Innovations for Fairer Markets in the Era of High Frequency and Algorithmic Trading

Upwards of 70 percent of all trades executed on a daily basis on Wall Street are not executed by humans. In fact, they are not even executed based on a human decision. They are executed by computer algorithms, and occur at almost incomprehensible spe...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Machine ready to see if magic metal – lithium – can help bring the fusion that lights the stars to Earth

Feature describes three-year upgrade of the unique Lithium Tokamak Experiment that brings conditions in the device closer to those in a fusion reactor.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

New technology helps patients who require frequent X-rays

The EOS X-ray imaging system uses ultra-low radiation doses (up to 50 times lower depending on the scan type) to capture 2-D and 3-D images. The scan, complete in about eight to 15 seconds, obtains an image of the body in an upright, load-bearing pos...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Study analyzes benefits of tracking devices for auto insurance

Research published online late last month in Production and Operations Management provides an analytical framework to assess the impact of tracking/monitoring technology on both drivers and insurance companies — and shows how it can benefit both

– Washington University in St. Louis

Production and Operations Management

Embargo expired on 30-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET

LLNL scientists combine X-rays and simulations to mitigate defects in metal 3D builds

Combining high performance computer simulations with X-ray imaging of the laser powder bed fusion (LBPF) metal additive manufacturing process obtained with SLAC’s synchrotron, researchers have found a way to negate the formation of pores — tiny h...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nature Communications, April 30

Embargo expired on 30-Apr-2019 at 05:05 ET

Bots exploiting blockchains for profit

Like high-frequency traders on Wall Street, a growing army of bots exploit inefficiencies in decentralized exchanges, which are places where users buy, sell or trade cryptocurrency independent of a central authority, a new study finds.

– Cornell University

Cornell Blockchain Conference, April 2019

Snapshot: S&T’s Immersive Imaging System's High-Resolution Images & 360-degree Coverage, Provides Full Scene Situational Awareness

S&T’s Immersive Imaging System was recognized at the recent annual R&D 100 Conference among the 100 most exceptional innovations in science and technology from 2018.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

The dead may outnumber the living on Facebook within 50 years

New analysis by academics from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), part of the University of Oxford

– University of Oxford

Big Data and Society

New technique could pave the way for simple color tuning of LED bulbs

A new technique?the result of an international collaboration of scientists from Lehigh University, West Chester University, Osaka University and the University of Amsterdam?

– Lehigh University

ACS Photonics

Patterns of compulsive smartphone use suggest how to kick the habit

UW researchers conducted in-depth interviews to learn why we compulsively check our phones.

– University of Washington

2019 ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems


Hoda Mehrpouyan Earns NSF CAREER Award

Hoda Mehrpouyan, an assistant professor in the computer science department and associate director of the Cyber Lab for Industrial Control Systems, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to further her cybersecurity and network researc...

– Boise State University

Nine Small Businesses Awarded $10M to Advance Homeland Security Research Projects

DHS S&T has awarded $10 million across nine small businesses for ten Phase II contracts through the DHS Small Business Innovation Research program.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Ablacon, Inc. Raises $21.5M Series A to Advance AI-Enabled Atrial Fibrillation Mapping System

Ablacon, Inc. (, a Wheat Ridge, CO-based company developing an advanced mapping system to guide the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib)

– Ablacon, Inc.


SDSC’s Sherlock Cloud Expands Hybrid Cloud Offerings

The Health Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, has partnered with Microsoft Azure Cloud Services (Azure) to expand its portfolio of cloud services.

– University of California San Diego

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Taco truck on your corner? Virginia Tech shows you where to find one

– Virginia Tech





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