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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 21-Oct-2019

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Argonne multidisciplinary team develops new probe for battery research: Strength in numbers

An Argonne team has developed a powerful technique for probing in three dimensions the nanostructure for cathode materials of next-generation batteries. Such batteries could one day revolutionize energy storage for both transportation and the electri...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 21-Oct-2019 at 11:00 ET

New augmented reality system lets smartphone users get hands-on with virtual objects

A new software system developed by Brown University researchers turns cell phones into augmented reality portals, enabling users to place virtual building blocks

– Brown University

UIST2019--ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Armoring satellites to survive and operate through attacks

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories launched a seven-year mission campaign this month to develop the science, technology and architecture needed for autonomous satellite protection systems. The campaign, called STARCS (Science and Technology...

– Sandia National Laboratories

How sweet: Researchers find what makes chocolate melt in your mouth

Researchers have used X-ray techniques to investigate particular features of the geometric configuration of tiny particles of chocolate to see how they impact mouthfeel.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Rutgers Launches Helpline for Legally Blind

Rutgers University has launched the nation’s first peer support helpline for the legally blind and their families.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials

According to research published today by Nature Journal NPG Asia Materials, a group of researchers — led by Edwin Fohtung, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — have found a new way to o...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

NPG Asia Materials

HAAS Alert Collision Prevention for Emergency Responders

In an effort to reduce first responder related crashes, DHS S&T is collaborating with “HAAS Alert,” a Chicago-based company developing and standardizing C-V2X technology that enables emergency response vehicles to send real-time digital alerts to...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Bio-circuitry mimics synapses and neurons in a step toward sensory computing

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and Texas A&M University demonstrated bio-inspired devices that accelerate routes to neuromorphic, or brain-like, computing.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Johns Hopkins APL’s Breakthrough Flexible, Cuttable Lithium-Ion Battery Now Won’t Catch Fire

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, has realized another landmark achievement with their breakthrough lithium-ion battery technology. The flexible Li-ion battery that can operate under ex...

– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Chem. Commun., 2019, Advance Article

Big Improvements in Thin-film Solar Cell Efficiency Now Possible

Researchers at Penn State and Delaware have developed a theoretical method to improve the efficiency of thin-film solar cells by up to 33 percent. Flexible thin-film solar cells are needed to supply electrical power to fabrics, clothing, back packs a...

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

Applied Optics

Tune in to Tetrahedral Superstructures

Shape affects how the particles fit together and, in turn, the resulting material. For the first time, a team observed the self-assembly of nanoparticles with tetrahedral shapes.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Uncovering the Mechanisms Behind Magnetogenetics Could Advance Biomanufacturing

Magnetogenetics — the idea that you can use magnetic fields to control cells and activate cellular pathways — has immense potential in biomanufacturing, medicine, tissue regeneration, and biosensing. Despite its promise, the mechanism behind magn...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

First smart speaker system that uses white noise to monitor infants' breathing

University of Washington researchers have developed a new smart speaker skill that lets a device use white noise to both soothe sleeping babies and monitor their breathing and movement.

– University of Washington

Mobicom 2019

Do we trust artificial intelligence agents to mediate conflict? Not entirely

We may listen to facts from Siri or Alexa, or directions from Google Maps or Waze, but would we let a virtual agent enabled by artificial intelligence help mediate conflict among team members? A new study says not just yet.

– University of Southern California (USC)

IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication

In a First, Patient Controls Two Prosthetic Arms with His Thoughts

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and School of Medicine have, for the first time, demonstrated simultaneous control of two of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limbs through a brain-machine interface. ...

– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Virtual walking system for re-experiencing the journey of another person

A research team consisting of Professor Michiteru Kitazaki from the Toyohashi University of Technology

– Toyohashi University of Technology


Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup

A team of engineers and marine biologists built a better suction cup inspired by the mechanism that allows the clingfish to adhere to both smooth and rough surfaces, such as rocks in the area where the tide comes and goes.

– University of California San Diego

Bioinspiration and Biomimetics; ORN N000141712062

Engineering success by predicting failure

Around the world, materials scientists and engineers are trying different ways to predict fractures in ductile metals, but it’s not clear which approach is most accurate. To compare the different methods, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories...

– Sandia National Laboratories

International Journal of Fracture

Argonne training program prepares researchers for scientific computing in the exascale era

From July 28 to Aug. 9, 73 students participated in the 2019 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) organized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and funded by DOE’s Exascale Computing Projec...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Innovation and National Security

The United States leads the world in innovation, research, and technology development. Since World War II, the new markets, industries, companies, and military capabilities that emerged from the country’s science and technology commitment have com...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Independent Task Force Report No. 77, Council on Foreign Relations, September 2019.

Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires

Wrapping a building in a fire-protective blanket is a viable way of protecting it against wildfires, finds the first study to scientifically assesses this method of defense.

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering

Telescope technology used to take first accurate images of glaucoma-related eye structure

Researchers at the IU School of Optometry have used adaptive optics technology to create the first undistorted microscopic images of the eye's trabecular meshwork, which could help improve treatment for glaucoma.

– Indiana University

Journal of Translational Vision Science and Technology; R01-EY024315

UVA Doctor Uses Virtual Reality to Accelerate Availability of New Treatment

A UVA Health interventional radiologist has harnessed the power of virtual reality to increase the availability of a less-invasive treatment option for thyroid patients.

– University of Virginia Health System

Developing engineering identity may be key to student success

Students who identify themselves as engineers early in their educational careers are more likely to complete their college degrees. Developing that engineering identity may help increase student diversity.

– South Dakota State University

Materials’ increased capacity, efficiency could lower the bar for hydrogen technology

The Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), a multilab collaboration, is developing two types of hydrogen storage materials to meet federal targets. Now, the newly expanded collaboration is using the most promising strategies to opt...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Bob Ellis: New chief engineer at PPPL has designed components for fusion experiments around the world

PPPL's new chief engineer has collaborated on major fusion experiments in the U.S. and around the world in his 38-year career at the Laboratory.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research

Wrangling big data into real-time, actionable intelligence

Sandia researchers worked with students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to develop analytical and decision-making algorithms for streaming data sources and integrated them into a nearly real-time distributed data processing framework u...

– Sandia National Laboratories

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Academic Alliance partner

New brain research could change how concussions are treated

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including concussions, can be caused by anything from sports injuries to battlefield trauma. And they can have fatal or lasting effects. The results of a severe concussion--problems with thinking

– Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


SDSC Launches Open-Source ‘SeedMeLab’

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego have launched an open-source software called SeedMeLab, which provides a host of features for researchers across all disciplines to manage and disseminate their data products from a p...

– University of California San Diego



Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Diversity Innovation Hub to Use Technology to Close Gaps in Local Health Care

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – an international leader in medical and scientific training, biomedical research, and patient care – today announced the launch of a new Diversity and Inclusion Hub, a groundbreaking initiative spearhe...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Jefferson Lab Establishes New Fellowships in Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Science

The Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is fostering innovation and growth in nuclear and accelerator physics by expanding its prestigious fellowship program for early career physicists. The lab is doubling the num...

– Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

MD Anderson and Varian partner to optimize radiation oncology treatment

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Varian today announced a new strategic collaboration to develop an integrated software platform to streamline review of radiation oncology treatment plans.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 17-Oct-2019 at 11:00 ET

University of Arkansas at Little Rock receives nearly $2.5 million to implement STEM education program

The Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received nearly $2.5 million to develop and implement a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program that identifies and serves academic...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A Talent for Tinkering

DHS Awards London Start-Up $160K for Airport Passenger Counting and Measuring System Proof-of-Concept

DHS S&T awarded $160,902 to London-based startup CrowdVision Ltd. to develop an integrated proof-of-concept for an airport passenger counting and measuring system for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

American Indian Science and Engineering Society recognizes early-career Sandia engineer

Geoscience engineer Dylan Moriarty has been named the 2019 Most Promising Engineer or Scientist by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. The award is given to an American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, First ...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Department of Energy Announces Private-Public Awards to Advance Fusion Energy Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for 12 projects with private industry to enable collaboration with DOE national laboratories on overcoming challenges in fusion energy development. The awards are the first provided through the...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Kirsten Petersen, assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, awarded prestigious Packard Fellowship

Today, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced the 2019 class of Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering. Among this exceptional group of 22 early-career scientists and engineers is Cornell University Assistant Professor Kirstin Peterse...

– Cornell University

The Science of Big Data

The University of Utah’s School of Computing, which is under the College of Engineering, has developed a new bachelor’s of science degree in data science that addresses all aspects of compiling, organizing and analyzing data. It is one of only a ...

– University of Utah

Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Data Science

CISA, S&T to Exhibit Mobile Security Capabilities, Technologies at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2019

DHS CISA and S&T will jointly showcase their cybersecurity capabilities and technology solutions at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2019 next week.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Save the Date: Major Meeting on Fluid Dynamics in Seattle, Nov. 23-26, 2019

The American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics 72nd Annual Meeting will take place on Nov. 23-26, 2019, in Seattle, Washington. Journalists are invited to attend the meeting for free. Live press webcasts, featuring a selection of newswo...

– American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

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– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory





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