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Brain Implant Restores Visual Perception to the Blind

Seven years ago, Jason Esterhuizen was in a horrific car crash that destroyed his eyes, plunging him into total darkness. Today, he’s regained visual perception and more independence, thanks to an experimental device implanted in his brain by resea...

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

Journal of Neurosurgery, May 31, 2019; Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Oct. 21; American Academy of Ophthalmologists, Oct. 13; Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, June 2019...

Wearable Brain-Machine Interface Could Control a Wheelchair, Vehicle or Computer

Combining new classes of nanomembrane electrodes with flexible electronics and a deep learning algorithm could help disabled people wirelessly control an electric wheelchair, interact with a computer or operate a small robotic vehicle without donning...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Machine Intelligence

Evolution of learning is key to better artificial intelligence

Researchers at Michigan State University say that true, human-level intelligence remains a long way off, but their new paper published in The American Naturalist explores how computers could begin to evolve learning in the same way as natural organis...

– Michigan State University

The American Naturalist

FiO + LS 2019 Focus on Quantum Brings to Light Innovations in Research and Applications

Technical sessions at this year’s conference centered around four thematic areas: Autonomous Systems, Nanophotonics and Plasmonics, Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision, as well as Quantum Technologies.

– The Optical Society (OSA)

2019 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FiO + LS)

Highlights of American Psychological Association Conference on Technology, Mind and Society

The conference will focus on efforts to understand and shape the interactions of human beings and technology. Topics to be presented include whether virtual reality is ready for primetime, how fake news persists on social media, the use of games to e...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Decoding how kids get into hacking

New research from Michigan State University is the first to identify characteristics and gender-specific behaviors in kids that could lead kids to become juvenile hackers.

– Michigan State University

Crime & Delinquency

A Bathroom Scale Could Monitor Millions with Heart Failure

Millions of heart failure patients are readmitted to hospital every few months to adjust medications. It sends medical costs sky-high and burdens patients' lives. A new bathroom scale could give clinicians health data they need to preempt hospitaliza...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering; R01HL130619

Introducing VPLanet: A virtual planet simulator for modeling distant worlds across time

Barnes, a UW assistant professor of astrobiology, astronomy and data science, released the first version of VPLanet, his virtual planet simulator, in August. He and his co-authors described it in a paper accepted for publication in the Proceedings of...

– University of Washington

Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Electric Tech Could Help Reverse Baldness

Reversing baldness could someday be as easy as wearing a hat, thanks to a noninvasive, low-cost hair-growth-stimulating technology developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

ACS Nano

3D virtual reality models help yield better surgical outcomes

A UCLA-led study has found that using three-dimensional virtual reality models to prepare for kidney tumor surgeries resulted in substantial improvements, including shorter operating times, less blood loss during surgery and a shorter stay in the hos...

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

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2019 at 11:00 ET

Shape-Shifting Robot Built from “Smarticles” Shows New Locomotion Strategy

Building conventional robots typically requires carefully combining components like motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs and wheels. Now, researchers have taken a new approach, building a robot entirely from smaller robots known as “sm...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Science Robotics; W911NF-13-1-0347 ; PoLS-0957659

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2019 at 14:00 ET

Researchers find better way to make large lithium-ion batteries

The results of a new study led by two professors at Binghamton University, State University of New York could reduce the production costs and increase product quality for large-sized lithium-ion batteries.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

The Journal of Power Sources, June-2019

Inequality: What we’ve learned from the ‘Robots of the late Neolithic’

Seven thousand years ago, societies across Eurasia began to show signs of lasting divisions between haves and have-nots. In new research published in the journal Antiquity, scientists chart the precipitous surge of prehistoric inequality and trace i...

– Santa Fe Institute


Platinum-Graphene Atomically-thin Fuel Cell Catalysts Show Superior Stability Over Bulk Platinum

Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could enable fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic activity and longevity, according to a study published recently by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Advanced Functional Materials; NSF grant Nos. 1103827 and 106913.

DHS to Engage with Innovative Small Businesses in Maryland

Maryland-area small businesses in the research and development domain will have an opportunity to meet with DHS SBIR program this week.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Acoustic energy harnessed to soften shear-thickening fluids

Researchers are using ultrasonic waves to manipulate the viscosity of shear-thickening materials, turning solids to slush – and back again.

– Cornell University

Physical Review Letters

UCI team uses machine learning to help tell which wildfires will burn out of control

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 17, 2019 – An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of California, Irvine has developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition. Built around a machine learning ...

– University of California, Irvine

International Journal of Wildland Fire, Sept-2019

Hyperbolic Paraboloid Origami Harnesses Bistability to Enable New Applications

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo are looking at hypar origami with an eye toward leveraging its structural properties, hoping to find ways to harness its bistability to build multifunctional devices or me...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Communications; NSF grant No. CMMI-1538830

New Algorithms Shown to Accelerate Biopharmaceutical Process

Biopharmaceuticals are necessary, life-saving tools. But the process for making them is time-consuming and costly, particularly when it comes to the process of purification — the removal of unwanted elements like proteins, viruses, and DNA.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Biotechnology and Bioengineering

New Technologies Send Data Sailing Across the Cloud

Article chronicling journey of MITRE experts to develop technology solutions that would enable sponsors to move data and information within sub-platforms of a cloud environment—even across competing clouds—without data loss or security concerns, ...


Americans Would Rather Drive Themselves to Work Than Have an Autonomous Vehicle Drive Them, Study Says

Are you willing to ride in a driverless car? Researchers at the University of Washington studied how Americans’ perceived cost of commute time changes depending on who’s driving.

– University of Washington


Balancing Act: Companies Walking a Fine Line Between Innovation and Cybersecurity

Companies are working to balance their desire for new innovations with their need for strong cyber-defenses, a new report from CompTIA, the leading technology industry trade association, finds. CompTIA’s “Cybersecurity for Digital Operations,”...

– Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

New 3D Technology Can Repair Aneurysms Previously Deemed Inoperable

New technology from Cydar is allowing UC San Diego Health surgeons to repair aneurysms previously deemed inoperable.

– University of California San Diego Health


Super Computing

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) is building the Frontier supercomputer and eight teams of scientists have been chosen by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) to develop applications for the new machine. One...

– University of Delaware

UC San Diego Health Earns 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recognition

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has announced that UC San Diego Health has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition and is a recipient of their prestigious Quality Award under the Most Wired program....

– University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego Receives $4.6M from NIMH for Brain Imaging Data “Gateway”

University of California San Diego has been awarded $4.6 million from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to create the Neuroelectromagnetic Data Archive and Tools Resource (NEMAR).

– University of California San Diego


Embargo expired on 19-Sep-2019 at 11:00 ET

Save the Date: AVS 66th International Symposium and Exhibition on Oct. 20-25

Scientists and companies will showcase their latest research, tools, equipment and services at the AVS 66th International Symposium and Exhibition. The event will be held Oct. 20-25 in Columbus, Ohio. This will be a great opportunity for reporters to...

– AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

AVS 66th International Symposium and Exhibition on Oct. 20-25

DOE awards Argonne $4.15 million for research in quantum computing and networking

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently awarded Argonne National Laboratory a total of $4.15 million for research in quantum computing and networking as part of the 2019 Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Quantum Computing and Qua...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers explore fish movement to enhance underwater robots

To understand the sensing, control and physics of fish-swimming with the goal of mimicking their performance in advanced robotics, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Houston and...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Studying the Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on the Workforce

A multidisciplinary research team from Michigan State University will use a $2.49 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a four-year study examining the impacts of autonomous vehicles on the future workforce. Shelia Cotten, pro...

– Michigan State University

ISPOR Europe 2019 Will Draw 5000+ Global HEOR Leaders to Focus on the Digital Transformation of Healthcare

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced its plenary session and speakers for ISPOR Europe 2019, scheduled for 2-6 November in Copenhagen, Denmark.

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

ISPOR Europe 2019, Nov-2019

ESnet a Key Partner on Project to Build Novel Network Research Infrastructure

Berkeley Lab’s ESnet is one of five organizations leading an effort to create a nationwide research infrastructure that will enable the computer science and networking community to develop and test novel architectures that could yield a faster, mor...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

New round of DOE awards bolsters quantum information science at SLAC

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have received two DOE awards to explore how quantum information can be passed from one quantum device to another. The goal: develop ways to link quantum devices into qua...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Expert Pitch

Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Flame Experiments on International Space Station

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Process for Making Ductile Glass Discovered by Rensselaer Researchers

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Nano Lett





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