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Researchers develop new, low-cost method to create thin film electrodes for supercapacitors

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have developed a new and inexpensive method to fabricate thin film electrode materials for supercapacitors that produce higher power at a lower cost. 

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Nature; IIA-1457888

Personalized medicine software vulnerability uncovered by Sandia researchers

A weakness in one common open source software for genomic analysis left DNA-based medical diagnostics vulnerable to cyberattacks. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories identified the weakness and notified the software developers, who issued a p...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Story tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2019

Study finds waste soft drinks for carbon capture could help cut carbon dioxide emissions; sharing secret messages using quantum communications just got more practical for better cybersecurity; designed synthetic polymers for better binding in next-ge...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Apr-2019; Physical Review A, Jun-2019; ACS Energy Letters, Apr-2019

Navigating Digital Disruption: A Q & A with Darden Professor Michael Lenox

Digital technologies are redefining business landscape, disrupting markets and industries. Darden Professor Michael Lenox offers insights how incumbent firms can start capturing the opportunities offered by digitization.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Professor investigates transparent face mask to help deaf and hard of hearing patients better communicate with healthcare providers

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock faculty member is hoping to make visits to healthcare professionals easier for patients and other health workers who are deaf or hard of hearing by researching a prototype transparent surgical face mask that al...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

X-ray Imaging Provides Clues to Fracture in Solid-State Batteries

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have used X-ray computed tomography (CT) to visualize in real time how cracks form near the edges of the interfaces between materials in solid-state batteries. The findings could help researchers fin...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

ACS Energy Letters; NSF DMR-1652471, CMMI-1825640/1254818, ECCS-1542174, and CMMI-1825132

Using Machine Learning to Create More Capable Capacitors

Capacitors, given their high energy output and recharging speed, could play a major role in powering the machines of the future, from electric cars to cell phones. However, the biggest hurdle for capacitors as energy storage devices is that they stor...

– University of California San Diego

NPJ Computational Materials, Feb-2019; N0014-17-1-2656

Embargo expired on 27-Jun-2019 at 12:00 ET

Artificial Intelligence Controls Robotic Arm to Pack Boxes and Cut Costs

Rutgers computer scientists used artificial intelligence to control a robotic arm that provides a more efficient way to pack boxes, saving businesses time and money.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; Rutgers Today

Pig-Pen effect: Mixing skin oil and ozone can produce a personal pollution cloud

When ozone and skin oils meet, the resulting reaction may help remove ozone from an indoor environment, but it can also produce a personal cloud of pollutants that affects indoor air quality.

– Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Nature's Communications Chemistry

Older adults can serve communities as engines of everyday innovation

A team of researchers found that older adults are often leaders in innovation, coupling their knowledge and creativity to, among other things, revitalize communities, improve the environment, and pass on skills and hobbies.

– Penn State Institute for CyberScience

European Alliance for Innovation’s International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

3D printed prosthetic hand can guess how you play rock, paper, scissors

Losing a limb, either through illness or accident, can present emotional and physical challenges for an amputee, damaging their quality of life.

– Hiroshima University

Science Robotics

Portable gas detection shrinks to new dimensions

A sensor for detecting toxic gases is now smaller, faster and more reliable. Its performance sets it up for integration in a highly sensitive portable system for detecting chemical weapons. Better miniature sensors can also rapidly detect airborne to...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Lab on a Chip

Pilot study in smart systems launched as part of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship

A pilot study involving academic and industry collaborators in smart systems has been initiated by Vittal Prabhu, professor in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, as part of his 2018-19 Ful...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Study: Internet Perpetuates Job Market Inequality

Research finds the internet is giving employers and job seekers access to more information, but has not made the hiring process more meritocratic. Instead, lower-wage jobs have become “black holes,” with intense competition for positions, while h...

– North Carolina State University

Research in the Sociology of Work: Labor in the Digital Age, June 2019

A Snapshot in Time: Study Captures Fleeting Cell Differences That Can Alter Disease Risk

In cinema and science fiction, one small change in the past can have major, sometimes life-changing effects in the future. Using a series of snapshots, researchers recently captured such so-called “butterfly effects” in heart muscle cell developm...

– Johns Hopkins University

Science, June-2019; R01GM120167; T32GM007281; 5T32GM007197; 18PRE34030197

Lessons from Columbine: New technology provides insight during active shooter situations

Run, hide, fight. It has become a mantra for how to act during an active shooter situation. The idea is to escape the situation or protect oneself, and counter the gunman as a last resort.

– Purdue University

AnyLogic Conference

Study: Social robots can benefit hospitalized children

A new study demonstrates, for the first time, that "social robots" used in support sessions held in pediatric units at hospitals can lead to more positive emotions in sick children.

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Practice makes perfect

Argonne researchers are beginning to employ Bayesian methods in developing optimal models of thermodynamic properties. Research available online for the September 2019 issue of the International Journal of Engineering Science focused on hafnium (Hf),...

– Argonne National Laboratory

International Journal of Engineering Science, june 13, 2019

Researchers Create Water Repellent ‘Nanoflower’ for Biomedical Applications

Inspired by nature, researchers have developed an innovative way to control the hydrophobicity of a surface, which opens many doors for expanded applications in several scientific and technological areas.

– Texas A&M University

Chemical Communications, June 7, 2019

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Reminds Drivers About July 1 Cellphone Ban

Injury prevention experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt hope the state’s newest law banning cellphone use while driving will have an impact.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Can thermal cameras prevent ship strikes?

For ferry-goers gliding through the calm and sometimes narrow channels of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, the views can be idyllic: craggy coastlines and placid inlets set against lush forested mountains. But for endangered Southern Resident Kille...

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Canadian government

Cooling with the sun

Can you cool with waste heat? Sure. A Swiss research project involving Empa, which ended in November, demonstrated this in an impressive way. Now a large-scale EU project is starting: industrial cooling – thanks to the Spanish sun.

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

media release

Biochip Advances Enable Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies

Biochips are driving next-generation DNA sequencing technologies, and this powerful combination is capable of solving unique and important biological problems, such as single-cell, rare-cell or rare-molecule analysis, which next-generation sequencing...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

APL Bioengineering

Solving a condensation mystery

Condensation might ruin a wood coffee table or fog up glasses when entering a warm building on a winter day, but it’s not all inconveniences; the condensation and evaporation cycle has important applications.Water can be harvested from “thin air,...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Soft Matter, 2019, 15

Research Reveals Exotic Quantum States in Double-Layer Graphene

Researchers from Brown and Columbia Universities have demonstrated previously unknown states of matter that arise in double-layer stacks of graphene, a two-dimensional nanomaterial. These new states, known as the fractional quantum Hall effect, arise...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Physics June 24 2019

Surgical simulation is the future

A team led by Dr. Rolando Del Maestro is playing a major role in perfecting an advanced neurosurgical simulator.

– The Neuro - Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

S&T Explores Wildland Fire Innovation with Federal and Global Partners

DHS S&T, FEMA and USFA are working closely with the national and international first responder community on the growing problem of fires in the wildland-urban interface (WUI).

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Don’t set it and forget it — scan it and fix it with tech that detects wind blade damage

Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanning technology could help wind blades stay in service longer, which may help lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting bigger, pricier and harder to transport, Sandia Nation...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Deep Learning Reveals Mysteries of Deep Space

How do you determine the measurable “things” that describe the nature of our universe? To answer that question, researchers used CosmoFlow, a deep learning technique, running on a National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center supercomputer...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Supercomputing Conference 2018: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage

Berkeley Lab’s John Shalf Ponders the Future of HPC Architectures

As he prepared to head to ISC19 to give a keynote address on the future of HPC beyond Moore's Law, John Shalf – who leads the Computer Science Department in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division – shared his th...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Meet the Health-Tech Companies in New Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Class

The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator is welcoming 11 health-tech companies from across the United States and Europe to its newest accelerator class. The companies are innovating solutions for a wide variety of healthcare challenges-from the way hospitals cou...

– Cedars-Sinai

WVU chemist is a molecular architect

West Virginia University chemist Kung Wang is an architect. Not the kind that builds houses – one that designs molecules. Wang is constructing a synthetic pathway to creating new molecular templates for growing carbon nanotubes

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

NSF Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites Adds North Dakota State University Site

Joining current CB2 sites at Iowa State University, Washington State University, and the University of Georgia, NDSU has also been selected as the lead CB2 Center site by the CB2 Industry Advisory Board.

– North Dakota State University

Penn State industrial engineering professor honored with early career award

Jingjing Li, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professor (associate professor) of industrial engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.

– Penn State College of Engineering

U.S. Department of Energy Renews Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials

The Department of Energy has announced that, over the next four years, it will invest $32 million to accelerate the design of new materials through use of high-performance computing. One of the seven funded projects is the Midwest Integrated Center f...

– Argonne National Laboratory

UAH, Wichita State enter aerospace project agreement

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on aerospace projects with Wichita State University (WSU).

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Announces 2019 National Laureates

Three female scientists have been named Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, each receiving $250,000, the largest unrestricted scientific prize offered to America’s most-promising, faculty-level scientific researchers. I...

– Blavatnik Family Foundation/New York Academy of Sciences

LLNL breaks ground on new facilities in support of stockpile stewardship

Leadership from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration broke ground Wednesday on a new Applied Materials and Engineering campus that will come on line just in time to support a pair of major stockpile ...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Data Science Institute Welcomes New Partnership with Viasat

New partnership joins UC San Diego's data science hub with global communications firm collaborating on educational and research connections as well as increased opportunities for students

– University of California San Diego

Defending Democracy From Cyber Warfare

The Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance will be the first research centre in Australia to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to social science by bringing together the three key areas of technology, ...

– Flinders University

TMS and MRS Announce 2019-2020 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

Alexander Martin, postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Design Institute at New York University’s Department of Chemistry has been announced as the 2019-2020 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

DePaul University computer scientist earns NSF CAREER grant to study computational reproducibility

The National Science Foundation has awarded Tanu Malik at DePaul University a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to support her work to lay the foundation for establishing reproducibility of real-world computational and data science.

– DePaul University


New Wichita State University research will help the Air Force fleet stay mission ready

The $23.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory will fund the development of composite inspection and repair techniques for better Air Force fleet sustainability.

– Wichita State University

Expert Pitch

Today's gifts from the 1969 moon walk

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Russian Mars expert voices reservations on recent methane discovery

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Rutgers Lunar Expert Dr. Haym Benaroya is Available to Discuss 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick





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