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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 03-Jun-2019

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Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 3, 2019

ORNL story tips: Tiny test fuels by ORNL explore new reactor fuels more rapidly; ORNL-developed computing method detects, reports bugs in VA’s healthcare data system; new heat transport study in thermoelectric materials may lead to better heat-to-e...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Health Systems, May-2019; Nature Communications, Apr-2019

Cracker-sized satellites demonstrate new space tech

Demonstrating a new type of space technology, 105 of the world’s smallest free-flying satellites have orbited the Earth, sending short telemetry signals received by a ground station at Cornell.

– Cornell University

Scientists Design Organic Cathode for High Performance Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a new, organic cathode material for lithium batteries. With sulfur at its core, the material is more energy-dense, cost-effective, and environmentally...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Advanced Energy Materials

Gas Hydrate Research Could Lead to New Energy Source

Natural gas hydrates are an abundant energy resource found in small permafrost areas. Dr. I. Yucel Akkutlu is unlocking the role of hysteresis in hydrate recrystallization, allowing him to better model its behavior, a critical step toward safely prod...

– Texas A&M University

Combination of experiments and calculations allows examination of boron’s complicated dance

In a study that combines groundbreaking experimental work and theoretical calculations, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists in Germany and Poland, have determined the nu...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters, May 10, 2019

New Argonne computational model to accelerate engine development for next-generation hypersonic flight

Argonne’s new numerical modeling tool helps researchers better understand a powerful engine that could one day propel the next generation of airplanes and rockets.

– Argonne National Laboratory

RAPID® Imaging Platform Expands Options for Speedy Stroke Treatment at Atlantic Health System Neuroscience

RAPID provides the most advanced brain imaging to stroke experts. The platform is noteworthy for its ability to shave time from the treatment decision-making process: Images are transmitted from patients’ CTA (computed tomography angiography) and...

– Atlantic Health System

SLAC fires up electron gun for LCLS-II X-ray laser upgrade

Crews at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have powered up a new electron gun, a key component of the lab’s upgrade of its Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser, and last night it fired its first electrons....

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Beyond 1 and 0: Engineers Boost Potential for Creating Successor to Shrinking Transistors

A materials scientist from the University of Texas at Dallas has offered a solution to the fast-approaching physical minimum for transistor size: a multi-value logic transistor based on zinc oxide, capable of two stable intermediate states between 0 ...

– University of Texas at Dallas

Nature Communications, online, April 30

A New View of Exoplanets with NASA’s Upcoming Webb Telescope

One of the Webb telescope’s first observation programs is to look at young, newly formed exoplanets and the systems they inhabit. Scientists will use all four of Webb’s instruments to observe three carefully selected targets.

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Internship Leads to Full-Time Job at NREL

An interest in managing energy distribution plus the skills Prateek Munankarmi learned in graduate school led to an NREL internship--and now a full-time job.

– South Dakota State University

A Day in the Life of a Synchrotron Duty Operator

X-ray work can be grueling. As a duty operator at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), Sarah Edwards works 12-hour shifts starting at either 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

NIH and radiology societies map path for translational research on AI in medical imaging

A new report, with contributions from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides a roadmap for translational research on artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Journal of the American College of Radiology

TU Delft scientists create world’s smallest autonomous racing drone

TU Delft scientists have created the world’s smallest autonomous racing drone. The main challenge in creating the drone lies in the use of only a single, small camera and in the highly restricted amount of processing. The main innovation is the des...

– Delft University of Technology

Robotics (cs.RO)

NYS Winters Could Pose Solar Farm ‘Ramping’ Snag for Power Grid

By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6 percent in some places. But Cornell University engineers caution that upstate winters tell a different ta...

– Cornell University

Applied Energy, May-2019

Argonne takes the guesswork out of electrospinning

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is taking the guesswork out of electrospinning by leveraging its unique suite of capabilities to build a database that correlates electrospinning machine parameters with nanofiber pr...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Bio-IT FAIR Data Hackathon 'Pushes The Needle' In Science

The Bio-IT World Conference & Expo recently hosted the third annual Bio-IT FAIR Data Hackathon, giving experts in life sciences and IT the opportunity to FAIR-ify a range of existing data sets.

– Globus

‘Major Step Forward’: Mechanical Engineer Developing a More Accurate Failure Prediction Model for Ductile Metals

Heidi Feigenbaum, a professor at Northern Arizona University, received a $544,758 grant from the U.S. Department of the Army to develop a mathematical model that will more accurately predict how the materials in bridges, pipes and other infrastructur...

– Northern Arizona University


UAH joins New Mexico State University in unmanned aircraft systems research

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) are collaborating in drone research.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

New Robotic Technology Enhances Spine Surgery

A new technology that increases the safety and precision of spinal fusion surgeries while reducing the time needed for the procedure now is available at Rush University Medical Center. Called the Mazor X Robotic Guidance Platform, the technology comb...

– Rush University Medical Center

Johns Hopkins Technology That Integrates Earlier Cancer Detection Into Routine Medical Care Receives Record Venture Investment

A pioneering blood test developed by Johns Hopkins researchers that incorporates earlier cancer detection into routine medical care will be developed by a new company that has raised the largest outside investment ever by a licensee of a Johns Hopkin...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Mirror, Mirror on the Mountain

La Serena, Chile – A unique astronomical mirror has reached its new home in the Andes Mountains of Northern Chile after an eight-week journey from Tucson, Arizona, USA. This mirror will enable the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) to catalog a...

– Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Head named for Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering

Jean Paul Allain has been named the inaugural head of the recently established Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, effective July 1.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Electrical and Systems Engineers To Support NASA-Funded Research on Electric Aircraft

Electrical and systems engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will develop simulation models to help researchers at the University of Illinois develop an all-electric aircraft, a project that recently received a $6 million grant from NASA.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Charles Babbage Award

Ian Foster has been selected to receive the 2019 IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) Charles Babbage Award for his outstanding contributions in the areas of parallel computing languages, algorithms, and technologies for scalable distributed applications....

– Globus


RiceTec and Benson Hill Collaborate to Explore New Technologies for Rice Improvement

Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural diversity of plants, and RiceTec, a leader in hybrid rice seed technologies, announced prior to the kick off of the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) Conference at Shenzhen, China, ...

– Benson Hill Biosystems





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