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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 09-Sep-2019

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Rutgers Researchers Develop Custom Data Collection System to Improve Health Disparity Research

Rutgers researchers develop web-based data collection and management system that addresses linguistic and cultural barriers for researching minority populations.

– Institute for Health, Healthcare Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; R34MH100443; R01NR014846; P30AG059304, R01AG041218; R01MD006173

Digital Materials Science

Pallavi Dhagat, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and collaborators at the University of Oregon and HP are driving the emerging field of digital materials science with an experimental printer that uses inks composed of dielectric and ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Facebook Live: Simulating and Sharing the Universe

Hosted by Argonne National Lab, this live interview on Tuesday, August 27th at 1:00 included Argonne physicist Katrin Heitmann and The University of Chicago's Kyle Chard in a discussion about the challenges inherent in simulating an evolving universe...

– Globus

Studying Soil Behavior Under Pressure Could Save Millions of Dollars

Millions of dollars are spent fortifying dams to withstand earthquakes — but it may not be necessary. New research being conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is examining whether or not that spending actually contributes to public safety....

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Scientists couple magnetization to superconductivity for quantum discoveries

In a recent study, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have created a miniaturized chip-based superconducting circuit that couples quantum waves of magnetic spins called magnons to photons of equivalent energy....

– Argonne National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters

Selenium Anchors Could Improve Durability of Platinum Fuel Cell Catalysts

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new platinum-based catalytic system that is far more durable than traditional commercial systems and has a potentially longer lifespan. The new system could, over the long term, redu...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nano Letters

PPPL kicks off apprentice program giving technicians the opportunity to “learn while they earn”

PPPL kicks off a new apprentice program in which participants will receive competitive salaries and benefits as they learn on-the-job skills and take classes to become technicians.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Swallowable Device to Detect Pre-cancerous Barrett's Esophagus Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

Investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center developed the test for early detection of Barrett’s esophagus that offers promise for preven...

– Case Western Reserve University

Underwater cameras tackle tough questions for fishery

One of the tough realities of commercial fishing is that fishermen and seals sometimes compete for the same fish. And when they do, interactions between the animals and fishing nets can occur, leaving fishermen with ruined catches and damaged fishing...

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Electronic Glove Offers 'Humanlike' Features for Prosthetic Hand Users

People with hand amputations experience difficult daily life challenges, often leading to lifelong use of a prosthetic hands and services.

– Purdue University

NPG Asia Materials

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

ORNL story tips: ORNL’s project for VA bridges computing prowess, VA health data to speed up suicide risk screenings for U.S. veterans; ORNL reveals ionic liquid additive lubricates better than additives in commercial gear oil; researchers use neut...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Jul-2019; PNAS, Aug-2019; Additive Manufacturing, Mar-2019

‘Nextrode’ project to revolutionise the manufacturing of battery electrodes

WMG, at the University of Warwick, is one of six university partners in the Nextrode project, which is led by the University of Oxford, alongside six industry partners – including the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) who will be research...

– University of Warwick

Rallying the Tech that Secures Our Infrastructure and Citizens

DHS S&T is working with industry to help the systems, whether at airports, government facilities, border checkpoints, or public spaces like arenas, to work faster and smarter.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Shh…Your Devices May Be Listening to You

UAB computer science experts provide advice on how to protect your personal information from mobile devices and smart speakers.

Expert Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices

If you’re in the market for an internet-connected garage door opener, doorbell, thermostat, security camera, yard irrigation system, slow cooker – or even a box of connected light bulbs – a new website can help you understand the security issue...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

2106DEK; 2106DGX

Laser-Based Ultrasound Approach Provides New Direction for Nondestructive Testing

Many industrial buildings rely on ultrasound instruments that continually monitor the structural integrity of their systems without damaging or altering their features. One new technique draws on laser technology and candle soot to generate effective...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics Letters

New Feedback Phenomenon Found to Drive Increasing Drought and Aridity

A new Columbia Engineering study indicates that the world will experience more frequent and more extreme drought and aridity than currently experienced in the coming century, exacerbated by both climate change and land-atmosphere processes.

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

PNAS Sept 2 2019

SMART Algorithm Makes Beamline Data Collection Smarter

Researchers in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications have been working with beamline scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory to develop and test SMART, a mathematical method that...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Scientific Reports

Virtual Reality Brings History to Life for Students

Students in Gonzaga University Professor Andrew Goldman’s History 193 course can look forward to traveling somewhere new and far away — and often into the past — most afternoons this fall.

– Gonzaga University

New GCOOS-Funded Radar Installations at the Mouth of the Mississippi Will Help to Protect Lives and Support the Nation’s Blue Economy

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) joined with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Ocean Service (NOS), Fugro and the University of Southern Mississippi to celebrate the installation of two ...

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

HOT SHOT findings could save defense tech developers time and money

An analysis of HOT SHOT sounding rocket data has revealed a way to provide an earlier, more accurate indicator of whether an experimental technology will succeed in flight without falling to pieces.

– Sandia National Laboratories

Giving Smart Vehicles Their Sense of Direction

Before self-driving vehicles become a permanent fixture on our roads they need to overcome two challenges—figuring out where they are and their range of motion (localization) and modeling their surroundings to avoid running into stuff (mapping). ...

– University of Delaware

International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR)

Supercomputers Pave the Way for New Machine Learning Approach

Researchers have developed a machine learning approach called transfer learning that lets them model novel materials by learning from data collected about millions of other compounds. The new approach can be applied to new molecules in milliseconds, ...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications, July 2019; CHE1802789

New MRI Computing Technique Can Spot Scar Muscles of Heart Without Damaging Kidneys

3D MRI computing can measure strain in the heart using image registration method. Traditional method involves giving the patient a dose of gadolinium which can affect the kidney, researchers at WMG, University of Warwick have found.

– University of Warwick

Journal Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 28-Aug-2019 at 05:00 ET

Millennials, Think You’re Digitally Better Than Us? Yes, According to Science

Legend has it that millennials, specifically the “Net Generation,” masterfully switch from one technology to the next. They claim that it’s easy and that they can do it better than older generations. Research, so far, hasn’t proven this claim...

– Florida Atlantic University

Applied Neuropsychology: Adult

Smarter Experiments for Faster Materials Discovery

UPTON, NY - A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory designed, created, and successfully tested a new algorithm to make smarter scientific measurement decisions...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientific Reportsvolume 9, Article number: 11809 (2019; DE-AC02-05CH11231; DE-SC0012704

DHS S&T Study Recommends Federal Agencies Integrate EMM & APP Vetting Solutions for Maximum Security

A new study released today by DHS S&T describes a continuous approach to mobile app vetting that integrates the capabilities of enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions with app vetting tools to improve the security of mobile devices.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms — bulges that can cause death or serious injury if they burst. The stretchable sensor, which operates wit...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Advanced Science

End-run Spreads Lithium Throughout Battery Electrodes

Scientists used chemically sensitive X-ray microscopy to map lithium transport during battery operation.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

DHS S&T, St. Louis Launch Smart Cities Tech Pilot

DHS S&T is leading the effort to bring smart cities standards to the nation’s public safety community. Today, DHS S&T is launching a smart cities technology integration pilot in St. Louis, Missouri, in collaboration with both the city and the Open ...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Particle Accelerators Drive Decades of Discoveries at Berkeley Lab and Beyond

This article and accompanying video highlight the decades of discoveries, achievements and progress in particle accelerator R&D at Berkeley Lab. These accelerators have enabled new explorations of the atomic nucleus; the production and discovery of n...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 27-Aug-2019 at 11:00 ET

NUS researchers discover unusual ‘quasiparticle’ in common 2D material

A research team from the National University of Singapore has discovered a new quasiparticle named ‘polaronic trion’ in 2D material molybdenum disulphide. It could be used to design an optical modulator for visible light that is controlled by bot...

– National University of Singapore

Advanced Materials

Observing Hundreds of Neurons at Once with Two-Photon Microscopy

Computational Approach Speeds Up Advanced Microscopy Imaging

– The Optical Society (OSA)

Optics Letters

Enhancing Materials for Hi-Res Patterning to Advance Microelectronics

Scientists created organic-inorganic materials for transferring ultrasmall features into silicon with a high aspect ratio.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Issue 29, 2019

Researchers Develop Better Method to Remove Toxic Dyes From Wastewater

A team of Texas Tech University researchers working in advanced textiles has found a new way to remove toxic dye pollutants from wastewater, and their approach is safer, cheaper and easier than traditional methods.

– Texas Tech University

Particle & Particle Systems Characterization

New, fundamental limit to ‘seeing and believing’ in imaging

As researchers probe smaller parts of our world, a "picture" is not always showing what it may seem to show. One researcher at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis has uncovered a fundamental limit to our ability t...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Physical Review Letters; ECCS-1653777; R35GM124858

Geothermal system exceeds goals to reduce water, energy use and carbon footprint at five-year mark

After five years of operation, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s geothermal energy system continues to exceed its projected campus impact and efficiency.

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Greek temple ruins suggest lifting machines in use 1.5 centuries earlier than previously believed

New research from the University of Notre Dame adds nuance to the broadly accepted view that the crane was not in use until 515 B.C. by demonstrating how forerunners to the machine were experimented with as early as 700-650 B.C.   

– University of Notre Dame

Annual of the British School at Athens

A New Way to Make Valuable Chemicals

A new discovery has advanced the field of carbon capture and utilization. Researchers have formed carbon-nitrogen bonds in an electrochemical carbon monoxide reduction reaction

– University of Delaware

Nature Chemistry

Hand in glove: WVU researchers test safety measures for coal industry

While researchers at West Virginia University were testing coal miners’ safety gloves to help reduce lost-time accidents, they went a step further. Eduardo Sosa, a research associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Benjamin...

– West Virginia University

PNNL Publishes Distributed Wind Energy Report

Wind energy costs at all-time lows, as wind turbines grow larger

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Kids ‘test drive’ social media in new interactive simulations

Educators across the country can now use interactive tutorials to teach elementary and middle schoolers how to participate positively in social media – while simultaneously learning to navigate some of its potential perils.

– Cornell University


World’s largest and most powerful Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer arrives at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has acquired the first Ascend 1.1 GHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, the largest and most powerful device of its kind from Massachusetts-based Bruker Corp.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

UCLA Health Earns Federal Innovation Grant

UCLA has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to create a regional hub for the development of medical technology and digital health tools.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration

New 10 Million Award Will Help Faculty Development, Ensure Biomed Research Growth

Boise State University’s biomedical research awarded $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

– Boise State University

Penn State electrical engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Minghui Zhu, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 NSF CAREER Award to develop solutions that promote privacy while allowing cyber-physical systems to successfully accomplish control tasks.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Annual Reviews in Control

Using prototypes to improve undergraduate engineering communication skills

The National Science Foundation awarded researchers at Penn State $300,000 to develop a curriculum and educational tools targeted at improving prototyping communications at the undergraduate level.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Penn State's START Lab awarded $6 million to develop national experimental turbine

With industry support, the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Lab (DOE-NETL) has awarded the Penn State Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Lab $6 million to spearhead the development of a National Experimental Turbine (NExT...

– Penn State College of Engineering

University of Washington units share three-year NSF grant to make 'internet of things' more secure

Several University of Washington schools and offices will team up to research how organizational practices can affect the interagency collaboration needed to keep the "internet of things" — and institutional systems — safe and secure.

– University of Washington

DHS S&T Awards $200K to San Diego's Planck Aerosystems Inc. for Final Testing of Small Unmanned Aircraft System

DHS S&T awarded Planck Aerosystems, Inc. of San Diego, California, $200,000 to begin testing its autonomous small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) in operational settings.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DOE Announces $60.7 Million to Advance Quantum Computing and Networking

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $60.7 million in funding to advance the development of quantum computing and networking.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

New funding awarded to two early career scientists

Two scientists from Argonne National Laboratory have earned prestigious Early Career Research Program awards from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The award is $2.5 million over five years for early career scientists to advance their r...

– Argonne National Laboratory

S&T Joins with International Partners to Establish Latest Emergency Response Best Practices

S&T, in coordination with the governments of Canada and the UK, organized a trilateral exercise aimed at testing the robustness of SAGE under a hypothetical scenario focused around a national-level response to an infectious pathogen.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Seagate, UC Santa Cruz Collaboration Poised to Accelerate Genomics Data Analysis

Seagate Technology, along with the Genomics Institute and Baskin School of Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, joint research and development agreement to accelerate genomics d...

– University of California, Santa Cruz

Embargo expired on 27-Aug-2019 at 11:00 ET

Researchers Earn NASA Grant to Explore Plasma-Jet Printing for In-Space Manufacturing

A team of researchers led by College of Engineering assistant professor Harish Subbaraman have been selected to receive a NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) three-year grant of more than $700,000.

– Boise State University

American Psychological Association Conference on Technology, Mind and Society

Technology, Mind and Society – an interdisciplinary conference exploring the links between psychology and technology

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Shaping the future of Australia’s mining operations

The University of Adelaide will lead a new national mining research and training centre utilising advanced technologies that will help to shape the future of Australia’s mining operations.

– University of Adelaide

Higher Education Events

UIC Urban Forum to explore the growth, potential impact and future of autonomous vehicles

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s 2019 Urban Forum, titled "Are we there yet? The myths and realities of autonomous vehicles," will examine the questions and uncertainties surrounding not only the societal and legislative impact of autonomous...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Expert Pitch

iPhone 11 launch won't be as successful as previous years, expert says

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Wind Engineering Expert Available to Speak about Hurricane Dorian

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With #HurricaneDorian's approach comes the threat of power loss, which can disrupt transportation and put lives at risk. @JohnsHopkins engineer Umesh Korde suggests that harnessing energy from ocean waves can help restore power more quickly.

– Johns Hopkins University

Indiana University cybersecurity expert available to comment on recent ransomware attacks

– Indiana University





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