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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 03-Dec-2019

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Tech news for the public and news media. More stories can be found at the Newswise Technology News Source and the Engineering News Source.

Mayo Clinic radiologists take procedural practice into the future

Looking to the future, radiologists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester saw an opportunity to bring several disparate tools together into a unified space to serve complementary roles in sophisticated, minimally invasive cancer treatments.

– Mayo Clinic

Car batteries can be frozen for safer transportation

Currently damaged and defective lithium ion car batteries are hard to transport as legislation dictates they have to be placed within an explosion proof box which costs thousands of pounds to be transported.

– University of Warwick

Journal of Energy Storage

Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2019

An additively manufactured polymer layer applied to specialized plastic proved effective to protect aircraft from lightning strikes in lab test; injecting shattered argon pellets into a super-hot plasma, when needed, could protect a fusion reactor’...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Structural changes of proteins help design shape-morphing materials

Two biophysicists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have introduced a method that could turn protein hydrogels into smart materials with shape-memory capabilities. The work opens the door for a wider use of protein hydrogels in both convention...

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

NSF MCB-1846143

Embargo expired on 29-Nov-2019 at 05:00 ET

McMaster researchers create “smart” surfaces to help synthetic blood-vessel grafts knit better and more safely

Researchers at McMaster University have created a new coating to prevent clotting and infection in synthetic vascular grafts, while also accelerating the body’s own process for integrating the grafted vessels.

– McMaster University

Small; ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Embargo expired on 27-Nov-2019 at 07:00 ET

Scientists find new way to identify, manipulate topological metals for spintronics

A recent study gives researchers an easier way of finding Weyl semimetals and manipulating them for potential spintronic devices.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Phys. Rev. Lett, Oct-2019

New technology makes internet memes accessible for people with visual impairments

People with visual impairments use social media like everyone else, often with the help of screen reader software.

– Carnegie Institution for Science

ACCESS conference

: The Greenest Diet: Bacteria Switch to Eating Carbon Dioxide

Weizmann Institute scientists have converted bacteria to consume CO2 – basically, to live on air – instead of sugar. Such bacteria may contribute to new, carbon-efficient technologies, from food production to green fuels.

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Cell, Nov-2019

Student engineers to ply their green skills in NYC

Cornell University engineering students are working with an Ithaca, New York, engineering firm to help New York City lower its carbon footprint.

– Cornell University

Research: Despite What You Might Think, Sexting Isn’t Just About Sex

A new analysis from the Texas Tech University Department of Psychological Sciences shows three different, equally prevalent purposes behind sexually based messages.

– Texas Tech University

Sexuality, Sexual Health & Sexual Behavior Lab

IMAGE: Giant Magnetic Ropes in a Galaxy's Halo

VLA observations reveal large-scale magnetic field that spirals outward into a galaxy's extended halo.

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Shape-shifting metals transform lunar missions

In preparation for another lunar landing, NASA is investing $2 million in cutting-edge thermal technology to be developed by a team of researchers from Texas A&M, Boeing and Paragon.

– Texas A&M University

Nuclear reactors with a newly proposed barrier could've withstood Chernobyl and Fukushima

In the aftermath of the notorious accidents in the history of nuclear energy at Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011)

– Pensoft Publishers

Nuclear Energy and Technology

Should Santa deliver by drone?

Santa has always run a one-sleigh operation, but a new analysis could help him speed deliveries and save energy, if he ever decided to add a drone to his route.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

December’s SLAS Technology Cover Article Now Available

Oak Brook, IL – Next month’s SLAS Technology features the cover article, “Automated System for Small-Population Single-Particle Processing Enabled by Exclusive Liquid Repellency,” outlining research led by Chao Li, Ph.D., (University of Wisco...


SLAS Technology

A Record-Setting Transistor

A transistor that could be the key to higher bandwidth wireless communications…while requiring less battery life. A UD research team has created a high-electron mobility transistor with record-setting properties. It’s an innovation in both materi...

– University of Delaware

Applied Physics Express

Study Finds Children Log Excessive Screen-Time

A study conducted by the University at Albany, the National Institutes of Health and New York University Langone Medical Center uncovered several new findings about the amount of time children spend watching television or using a computer or mobile d...

– University at Albany, State University of New York

JAMA Pediatrics

Argonne and TAE Technologies heating up plasma energy research

Fusion power researchers at TAE Technologies employ Argonne supercomputers to develop magnetic fusion plasma confinement devices as a means to generate unlimited electricity.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Can low-dose radiation therapy successfully treat Alzheimer’s disease?

A team from the Beaumont Research Institute believes low-dose radiation might be a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers are now seeking patients with Alzheimer’s disease for the study.

– Beaumont Health

Clinical Trials

Building a better battery with machine learning

In two new papers, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have turned to the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence to dramatically accelerate battery discovery.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Chemical Science, June-2019; MRS Communications, Aug-2019

Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors

The Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) list of the 25 most dangerous software errors is a compilation of the most frequent and critical errors that can lead to serious vulnerabilities in software.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

National Vulnerability Database

Cornell research drives NYSEG electric car charging pilot

NYSEG, in collaboration with Eilyan Bitar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University, is piloting a new approach to coordinate electric vehicle power use by encouraging owners to delay charging times in exchange...

– Cornell University

Why It Matters: STEMinism

Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

"STEMinism", Why It Matters

Self-assembling system uses magnets to mimic specific binding in DNA

A team led by Cornell University physics professors Itai Cohen and Paul McEuen is using the binding power of magnets to design self-assembling systems that potentially can be created in nanoscale form.

– Cornell University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 2019

New hospital tech disrupts doctors' and nurses' jobs, forces improvisation to ensure patient safety

Doctors and nurses must adapt their routines and improvise their actions to ensure continued patient safety, and for their roles to be effective and to matter as new technology disrupts their working practices.

– Lancaster University

Journal of Information Technology

Study Shows Evolution Turns Genes Back On to Regain Function

Genes often mutate and lose their function over long-term evolution, which could be good if that stops drug resistance or cancer. A study by Stony Brook University researchers, published online in PNAS, shows that evolution can exploit positive feedb...

– Stony Brook University


Tracking medications, finding tumors easier with new technique

A novel method produces a new class of radioactive tracers that are used for medical imaging. The method allows them to attach radioactive atoms to compounds that have previously been difficult or even impossible to label. The advance will make it e...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Science; EB014354; GM120186

DHS S&T to Engage Innovators on Detection Canine Research

Innovators, researchers and canine training experts are invited to learn about funding opportunities in the detection canine field on December 10, 2019.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Video games take cardiology training to the next level

Video games have become more than just entertainment and become teaching tools in medicine. That's why University of Chicago Medicine cardiologist Atman Shah, MD, has been working as a physician adviser with a Chicago technology startup to create vid...

– University of Chicago Medical Center


Four UIC researchers recognized as AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science recognizes four University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

2020 AAAS Annual Meeting, February

Schedule for ASA Press Conferences with Live Webcasts from San Diego

Press conferences for the 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Hospitality Suite 3103 of the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. They will focus on research into sounds from virtual reality to the deep ocea...

– Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Dec. 3, Hospitality Suite 3103 Hotel del Coronado San Diego

Two Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of AAAS

Two Rutgers professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this year, an honor awarded to AAAS members by their peers. They join 441 other AAAS members named new fellows because of their scientifi...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

Six Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Six scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

AAAS Fellow

Embargo expired on 26-Nov-2019 at 11:00 ET

December’s SLAS Discovery Special Issue Now Available

In this issue, Guest Editor Veli-Pekka Jaakola, Ph.D., (Confo Therapeutics, Belgium) includes a series of articles focused on new screening tools and assays that find new chemical matter for medically relevant membrane protein targets. In addition, a...


SLAS Discovery

Exploring humanity’s final frontier

The brightest minds in neuroscience came together Nov. 21 for the UCI Brain Launch Event, an interdisciplinary academic initiative set to define and expand the horizons of brain research at UCI and beyond. More than 700 attended the day-long symposiu...

– University of California, Irvine

MRS Bulletin Editor Gopal R. Rao Named AAAS Fellow

The Materials Research Society (MRS) congratulates MRS Bulletin Editor Gopal R. Rao, recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

– Materials Research Society (MRS)

Science; 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting

FAU Receives $1.68 Million Grant from Florida Division of Emergency Management

The goals of this project are to help communities guide future mitigation projects as well as to assist local communities in moving up in the Community Rating System (CRS) of the National Flood Insurance Program.

– Florida Atlantic University

FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Professor Appointed Member of Prestigious Academia Europaea

Borivoje “Borko” Furht, Ph.D., a professor in FAU's Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the National Science Foundation Research Center (CAKE) in FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Scie...

– Florida Atlantic University

Expert Pitch

New Sources of Oxygen May Exist in Martian Soil, Says Rutgers Expert

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick





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