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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 16-Sep-2019

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Standing room only AIAA crowd engages in UAH student’s warp drive theory speech

A standing room only crowd at the AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. heard an overview of the state of the art of warp drive theory and the feasibility of a future working system. Engage.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum Aug-2019

Embargo expired on 16-Sep-2019 at 10:00 ET

New algorithm can distinguish cyberbullies from normal Twitter users with 90 percent accuracy

A team of researchers, including faculty at Binghamton University, have developed machine learning algorithms which can successfully identify bullies and aggressors on Twitter with 90 percent accuracy.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Transactions on the Web, July-2019

Small Things

Melissa Santala, assistant professor of materials science at Oregon State University, and her team of graduate students are studying the microstructure behavior of metals and oxides at an atomic level to find more efficient ways to speed up catalysis...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride, Produce Electricity from Heat

Local thermal perturbations of spins in a solid can convert heat to energy even in a paramagnetic material – where spins weren’t thought to correlate long enough to do so. This effect, “paramagnon drag thermopower,” converts a temperature dif...

– North Carolina State University

Science Advances

Invite consumers to pop-up, and pop goes the spending — offline and online

Two Washington University in St. Louis researchers along with a former fellow Olin Business School faculty member and Alibaba officials flipped the pop-up business model, and possibly more. Using 799,000-plus consumers as their study participants, th...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Management Science

Development of Real-Time Analysis of Power Grid Data Receives NSF Support

It often takes time for power system malfunctions to be found and fixed, at times leading to larger system failures. If operators could identify system disturbances as they happen and take action before they lead to large outages, the power grid woul...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Cloud-Based Software Helps Farmers on the Ground

Producers already use the software for many purposes. For example, many citrus growers want to take inventory of their trees, including the size of each tree. Gathering this data normally requires farmers to manually count trees and measure them. The...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Remote Sensing; Computers and Electronics in Agriculture

AI to help drive engine efficiencies on the road

Researchers at Argonne are developing the deep learning framework MaLTESE (Machine Learning Tool for Engine Simulations and Experiments) to meet ever-increasing demands to deliver better engine performance, fuel economy and reduced emissions.

– Argonne National Laboratory

A Single Dose for Good Measure: How an Anti-Nuclear-Contamination Pill Could Also Help MRI Patients

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are studying how an anti-radiation-poisoning pill could also help to protect people from the potential toxicity of gadolinium, a critical ingredient in wid...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Building products manufacturer licenses ORNL technology for increased thermal insulation

Quanex has signed a non-exclusive agreement to license a method to produce insulating material from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The low-cost material can be used as an additive to increase thermal insulation performance and improve energy efficien...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tracking coordinated disinformation campaigns online made easier with new BotSlayer tool

Indiana University's Observatory on Social Media has launched a new tool, BotSlayer, that instantly detects coordinated attempts to manipulate public opinion using social media.

– Indiana University

African American Bachelor’s Degrees See Growth but Trend Behind in Physical Sciences, Engineering

African Americans are seeing growth in engineering and physical sciences but are not progressing at the same rate when compared to the general population. A report from the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center examined the number...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Argonne explores how ants, bees, and fruit flies can be the next big buzz in artificial intelligence

The ability to learn and adapt in real time is a central feature of biological systems. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are exploring the use of neuromorphic computer chips that demonstrate this vers...

– Argonne National Laboratory

The Secret Strength of Gnashing Teeth

Teeth and seashells can help make super strong glass., offering insight into finite element modeling for materials microarchitecture. Engineers use complex models to study the breaking point of brittle materials; the secret is found in the grinding o...

– Michigan Technological University

Mechanics of Materials, July-2019

Nerve-like ‘optical lace’ gives robots a human touch

A new synthetic material that creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system could enable soft robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions accordingly.

– Cornell University

Science Robotics

Menthol restrictions may hike cigarette costs, reduce health disparities

Restricting the sale of menthol cigarettes to tobacco specialty shops may reduce the number of retailers and increase the cost of smoking, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.“Targeting the tobacco ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Tobacco Control

Cornell College scores big with new esports program

Head Coach and Program Director for Esports Mayson Sheehan just filled the varsity roster with 18 students for Cornell’s inaugural year. The esports team will soon compete in matches for the game Overwatch.

– Cornell College

S&T is “SHAKING” Up Disaster Preparedness

Under the guise of a fictional 7.7 magnitude earthquake, S&T deployed teams and technologies to several Shaken Fury exercise locations in the region to improve response and recovery capacities and assist state and local organizations with the adoptio...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Toward Collaborative Scientific Computing

Brookhaven Lab is provisioning a suite of software tools and enabling technologies to enable collaboration among geographically dispersed scientists.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

It’s Not About Self-driving Cars, It’s About More People in Fewer Vehicles

It now appears that pooled-ride services like car-pooling, public transit, and ride-splitting are much more important than self-driving cars and automation for sustainability and reducing traffic congestion. The idea is simple: put more people in few...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of the American Planning Association

NUS invention makes biopsies less invasive and more informative

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel technology that could sensitively and accurately detect and classify cancer cells, as well as determine the disease aggressiveness from the least invasive bio...

– National University of Singapore

Nature Biomedical Engineering

Smithsonian Snapshot: Stay Sharp This School Year

With back-to-school season underway, just the sight of this pencil sharpener may bring back memories of school days past. Generations after it was first introduced, this style of sharpener can still be found in schools today.

– Smithsonian Institution

All of YouTube in a Single Teaspoon: Storing Information in DNA

Israeli researchers have demonstrated information storage in a density of more than 10 petabytes (10M gigabytes) in a single gram of DNA while significantly improving the writing process.

– American Technion Society

Nature Biotechnology, Sept. 9-2019

New SLAS Technology Auto-Commentary Released

In this newly published paper authors Hui Li, Ph.D., and Pak King Wong, Ph.D., (The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA), Michael Morowitz, Ph.D., (University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA) and Neal Thomas, Ph.D., (Penn State University, PA, USA) describ...


SLAS Technology


DOE awards ORNL researchers more than $11 million to advance quantum technologies

Three researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will lead or participate in collaborative research projects aimed at harnessing the power of quantum mechanics to advance a range of technologies including computing, fiber optics and network communi...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chain Reaction Innovations announces expanded call for applications to join its 4th Cohort of innovators at Argonne

Chain Reaction Innovations, the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, is expanding beyond advanced manufacturing and now open to any technology area that can be accelerated to market by leveraging resources available at Argonne. ...

– Argonne National Laboratory

NYU Launches Data Science Major

New York University has launched an undergraduate major in data science—a degree that will train students to deploy a cutting-edge computational approach in understanding and addressing a range of phenomena in the areas of human health, city planni...

– New York University





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