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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 30-Sep-2019

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Tech-delivered CBT shows promise for alcohol treatment

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and is a proven treatment for alcohol use disorder. However, the training and expert supervision needed to deliver consistent, high-quality face-...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 30-Sep-2019 at 10:00 ET

ORNL scientists shed light on microbial ‘dark matter’ with new approach

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a way to isolate and grow targeted bacteria using genomic data, making strides toward resolving the grand challenge of uncultivated microbial “dark matter” in which the vast majority o...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Biotechnology, Sept-2019

Embargo expired on 30-Sep-2019 at 11:00 ET

Using High Energy Density Material in Electrode Design Enhances Lithium Sulfur Batteries

To develop higher capacity batteries, researchers have looked to lithium sulfur batteries because of sulfur’s high theoretical capacity and energy density. But there are still several problems to solve before they can be put into practical applicat...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

APL Materials

Embargo expired on 30-Sep-2019 at 11:00 ET

How to dismantle a nuclear bomb

How do weapons inspectors verify that a nuclear bomb has been dismantled? An unsettling answer is: They don't, for the most part. When countries sign arms reduction pacts, they do not typically grant inspectors complete access to their nuclear techno...

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Nature Communications

Autonomy New Mexico interns build drones to test hypersonic tech

A team of college interns at Sandia National Laboratories has built autonomous drones to try out new navigation, guidance and control, and target recognition techniques ultimately bound for autonomous hypersonic vehicles.

– Sandia National Laboratories

Health Startups Have New Home for Growth, Opportunity at UT Austin

Health product innovators and entrepreneurs in the Texas capital are getting a leg up thanks to a new partnership at The University of Texas at Austin between the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (JBTVL) at the McCombs School of Business and the Texas ...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Dahn Unveils Million Mile Battery in Ground-breaking Article

In a ground-breaking paper in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society (JES), Jeff Dahn announced that Tesla may soon have a “million mile” battery that makes their robot taxis and long-haul electric trucks viable. Dahn and his research group a...

– The Electrochemical Society

Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Issue 13, 2019

Compute at the Speed of Light

A new way to achieve integrated photonics--a new device has been developed at the University of Delaware that could have applications in imaging, sensing and quantum information processing, such as on-chip transformation optics, mathematical operatio...

– University of Delaware

Nature Communications

Scientists finally find superconductivity in exactly the place they have been looking for decades

SLAC and Stanford scientists prove a well-known model of material behavior applies to high-temperature superconductors, giving them a new tool for understanding how these weird materials conduct electricity with no loss.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

H.-J. Jiang et al., Science, 27 September 2019 (10.1126/science.aal5304)

New research brings scientists one step closer to a fully functioning quantum computer

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize technology, medicine, and science by providing faster and more efficient processors, sensors, and communication devices.

– University of Rochester


Shocking heat waves stabilize single atoms

Single atom catalysts are highly desirable, but difficult to stabilize. Argonne scientists are part of a team that is using repeated high temperature shockwaves to synthesize high-stability and high-efficiency single atom catalysts.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Nature Nanotechnology

UCLA to Lead $25 Million Opioid Study in Rural America

Scientists from the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs will lead a $25 million National Institutes of Health study testing treatments, including the use of telemedicine, to help fight the opioid epidemic in rural America.

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


Using Engineer-Developed Models to Disrupt Human Trafficking

Victims of human trafficking in the United States number in the thousands each year, but little is understood about the networks that perpetuate these crimes. Mathematical models designed by systems engineers could help researchers gain critical insi...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The Bridge

Virtual reality reduces leg muscle pain during cycling

High-intensity cycling is less painful when combined with virtual reality, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers.

– University of Georgia

Med Sci Sports Exerc.

First Fully Rechargeable Carbon Dioxide Battery with Carbon Neutrality

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to show that lithium-carbon dioxide batteries can be designed to operate in a fully rechargeable manner, and they have successfully tested a lithium-carbon dioxide battery prototype r...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Advanced Materials

New Collaborative Hazard and Disaster Research Network Aims to Advance Innovation

A new grant from the National Science Foundation will support the creation of a national network of researchers in systems engineering seeking to develop innovative methods for mitigating, responding to, and learning from hazards and disasters.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Research could help flexible technology last longer, avoid critical failures

A new study from a Binghamton University research team uses the topography of human skin as a model not for preventing cracks but for directing them in the best way possible to avoid critical components and make repairs easy.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Scientific Reports

Using Light to Speed Up Computation

Researchers in Japan have developed a type of processor called PAXEL, a device that can potentially bypass Moore’s Law and increase the speed and efficiency of computing. In APL Photonics, the researchers looked at using light for the data transpor...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

APL Photonics

ORNL develops, deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio

To accelerate promising artificial intelligence applications in diverse research fields, ORNL has established a labwide AI Initiative. This internal investment brings the lab’s AI expertise, computing resources and user facilities together to facil...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Upcoming: Embracing the Digital Environment Meeting

Agronomists, crop and soil scientists from around the world to meet in San Antonio

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Embracing the Digital Environment ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

In the Near Future, Synthetic Opioids will have a Tougher Time Sneaking into the U.S. via International Mail or Express Carriers

CBP recently joined forces with DHS S&T for a project called Synthetic Opioid Detection at Speed (SODAS).

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

CFN Staff Spotlight: Esther Tsai Brings Expertise in X-ray Imaging

In addition to conducting her own research, Esther Tsai—a staff member in the CFN Electronic Nanomaterials Group—provides user support at two x-ray scattering beamlines that the CFN operates in partnership with NSLS-II.

Expert Available

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

New AI app predicts climate change stress for farmers in Africa

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool available for free in a smartphone app can predict near-term crop productivity for farmers in Africa and may help them protect their staple crops

– Penn State University

United Nations Climate Action Summit

Seeing sound: Scientists observe how acoustic interactions change materials at the atomic level

By using sound waves, scientists have begun to explore fundamental stress behaviors in a crystalline material that could form the basis for quantum information technologies.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Decoding Data to Cure Chronic Rising Medical Costs

Data mining tools developed at Texas State University can help auditors stop fraud and wasteful spending to save taxpayers billions annually.

– Texas State University


Gulf of Mexico Alliance Wins Gulf Guardian Award

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance received two 2019 Gulf Guardian Awards at a ceremony hosted by the EPA Gulf of Mexico Division in Gulfport, MS. The programs that were recognized are the regional Gulf Star public-private partnership, and Gulf Tree, an int...

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

DHS S&T Awards $200K to San Mateo Start-Up for Final Testing of sUAS System Security

DHS S&T awarded $200,000 to CryptoMove, Inc., to continue to enhance its dynamic defense data protection system for CBP Small Unmanned Aircraft System security. This is the final phase of a project that was awarded under the SVIP Small Unmanned Aircr...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

MITRE, South Australia Collaborate to Fight Cyber Threats

MITRE and the new Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre will partner to take on global cybersecurity threats, with an initial focus on detecting insider threats and protecting South Australia’s smart grid.


DHS S&T Awards 143K for Blockchain Interoperability Infrastructure

DHS S&T has awarded $143,478 to Danube Tech GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria, to develop blockchain security technology.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Liquid crystals and chirality explored

Charles Rosenblatt, professor of Physics and Macromolecular Science and holder of the Ohio Eminent Scholar endowed chair at Case Western Reserve, was recently awarded a three-year, $497,000 NSF grant for a project entitled "Liquid Crystals as a Parad...

– Case Western Reserve University

FAU Launches Florida’s First Master of Science Degree in Artificial Intelligence

FAU's Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is an innovative degree program and training curriculum that will educate students and train professionals to develop new skills for jobs that are not yet defined and be part of the first generation ...

– Florida Atlantic University

Missouri S&T wins nearly $2 million for supercomputer system to advance statewide computational research and education

Missouri University of Science and Technology has received a $1.96 million grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase and install a new supercomputing system on its campus in Rolla.

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

NSF Award Abstract #1919789


Los Alamos National Laboratory teams with Arm to develop tailored, efficient processor architectures for extreme-scale computing

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Arm are teaming up to make efficient, workload-optimized processors tailored to the extreme-scale computing requirements of the Laboratory’s national-security mission.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Expert Pitch

The White House released a memo of conversation, created with the help of voice recognition software, between Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky. How does such software work? Where can it go wrong? @HopkinsEngineer has an expert who can explain.

– Johns Hopkins University

UVA Darden Expert Available to Discuss WeWork CEO Transition Ahead of Planned IPO

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning are rapidly changing. The materials research community is just beginning to utilize AI and ML in the research process, and it is already clear that this represents a potentially game changing development.

– Materials Research Society (MRS)





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