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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 09-Dec-2019

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Robots: Will they walk among us?

For robots to be more useful around people, they’ll need to go where we go. But how? Oregon State University Associate Professor Jonathan Hurst thinks the answer is simple. Walking. But actually making a walking robot is no simple feat.

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

New Ultra-Miniaturized Scope Less Invasive, Produces Higher Quality Images

Johns Hopkins engineers have created a new lens-free ultra-miniaturized endoscope, the size of a few human hairs in width, that is less bulky and can produce higher quality images.

– Johns Hopkins University

Science Advances, Dec-2019; R21EY028436; R21EY028381

Embargo expired on 06-Dec-2019 at 14:00 ET

Animated Videos Advance Adoption of Agriculture Techniques

In remote areas with low literacy rates, showing animated videos in the local language demonstrating agricultural techniques results in high retention and adoption rates of those techniques, found researchers from Michigan State University.

– Michigan State University

Information Technology for Development

Texas A&M researchers uncover the science behind zapping bacteria with ultraviolet light

In the perennial clash between man and microbe, ultraviolet light has emerged as one of man’s powerful tools against many pathogens. Although ultraviolet light can wipe out several germs, the exact mechanisms that orchestrate the radiation’s dama...

– Texas A&M University


Microcavities save organic semiconductors from going dark

More and more electronics manufacturers are favoring organic LED displays for smartphones, TVs and computers because they are brighter and offer a greater color range.

– Cornell University

Chemical Science

Second act: Used electric vehicle batteries charge up the grid

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an innovative control system for repurposed electric vehicle battery packs to store electricity for home use and are scaling up the technology to a large, power grid-level project.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

IEEE ECCE Congress, Nov-2019; IEEE ECCE Congress, Nov-2019

A Robot and Software Make it Easier to Create Advanced Materials

A Rutgers-led team of engineers has developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. The innovation is a critical step in pushing the limits for researchers who want t...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Advanced Intelligent Systems; Rutgers Today

Scientists see defects in potential new semiconductor

A research team has reported seeing, for the first time, atomic scale defects that dictate the properties of a new and powerful semiconductor. The study, published earlier this month in the journal Physical Review X, shows a fundamental aspect of how...

– Ohio State University

Physical Review X

FSU Research: Microwave treatment is an inexpensive way to clean heavy metals from treated sewage

A team of Florida State University researchers studying new methods to remove toxic heavy metals from biosolids — the solid waste left over after sewage treatment — found the key is a brief spin through a microwave. The method removed three ti...

– Florida State University

Journal of Cleaner Production

Cellphone Distraction Linked to Increase in Head Injuries

Head and neck injuries incurred while driving or walking with a cellphone are on the rise – and correlates with the launch of the iPhone in 2007 and release of Pokémon Go in 2016, a Rutgers study found.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

AMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery

Novel bioprinter shows potential to speed tissue engineering

Researchers have found a way to speed engineered-tissue creation using a novel bioprinter built for $2,000, they report in the journal Micromachines. Building blocks for the tissue are pre-grown spheroids of human induced-pluripotent stem cells that ...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

HL114120; HL131017 ; HL134764; 19PRE34380484 ; 17SDG33670677; Micromachines

High-speed fire footage reveals key insights for power plant safety

Fire protection and optical engineers at Sandia National Laboratories are using high-speed cameras and advanced algorithms, imaging and analytic methods to understand these dangerous arc faults between two conductors, such as the high-voltage bus bar...

– Sandia National Laboratories

New record set for cracking encryption keys

An international team of computer scientists had set a new record for two of the most important computational problems that are the basis for nearly all of the public-key cryptography that is currently used in the real world.

– University of California San Diego

Internships fuel research for engineering students from Puerto Rico

The Consortium for Integrating Energy Systems in Engineering and Science Education, CIESESE, internship program, sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration, connects engineering students from five Hispanic-serving institutions, includi...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Wichita State University tops national rankings for aeronautical R&D

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released updated rankings for university research and development (R&D) expenditures, and Wichita State has held its position as the top university in the country for industry-funded aeronautical R&D with a t...

– Wichita State University

Brookhaven Hosts Seven Teams for 2019 CyberForce CompetitionTM

Columbia, NYU, Northeastern, St. John’s, SUNY Albany, SCCC, and USMA at West Point participated in the nationwide cyberdefense competition.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

CyberForce CompetitionTM

First Parker Solar Probe scientificpapers publish in Nature

The first published science from the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) instruments aboard NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) poses a major challenge to our understanding of the dynamics of the near-sun solar wind.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Nature; Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2019 at 13:00 ET

Water management grows farm profits

Study investigates effects of irrigation management on yield and profit

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

2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting

Freeze Frame: Scientists Capture Atomic-Scale Snapshots of Artificial Proteins

Scientists at Berkeley Lab are the first to use cryo-EM (cryogenic electron microscopy), a Nobel Prize-winning technique originally designed to image proteins in solution, to image atomic changes in a synthetic soft material.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Oct-21-2019

Rutgers Researchers Teach Lessons on Extraterrestrial Life in Local Elementary Schools

Each week, researchers with Rutgers ENIGMA teach astrobiology lessons to children in grades four through eight at McKinley Community School and Greater New Brunswick Charter School. Astrobiology is a relatively new interdisciplinary field that seeks ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

Signs of life: New field guide aids astronomers’ search

A Cornell University senior has come up with a way to discern life on exoplanets loitering in other cosmic neighborhoods: a spectral field guide.

– Cornell University

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nov. 2019

S&T and CBP Host the Havre Sector Field Experiment

As part of the HSE’s ongoing efforts to address vulnerabilities, DHS S&T and USBP conducted a field test at USBP Havre Sector.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Early-career engineers learn about the wide variety of tasks in PPPL program

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's new rotational engineering program allows early-career engineers to receive a variety of training as they rotate through four different engineering areas during the two-year program.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Siting Cell Towers Needs Careful Planning

The health impacts of radio-frequency radiation (RFR) are still inconclusive, but the data to date warrants more caution in placing cell towers. An engineering team from Michigan Tech considers the current understanding of health impacts and possible...

– Michigan Technological University

Environmental Research, Nov-2019

CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Shows Very Low Risk of Mistakes

Along with the promise that CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology can offer new human therapies is the need to ensure its safety. A recent study showed that CRISPR-Cas9 did not produce off-target gene mutations in zebrafish. These results, published in...

– Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Frontiers in Genetics, Oct-2019

Virtual Reality Could Help Flu Vaccination Rates

Using a virtual reality simulation to show how flu spreads and its impact on others could be a way to encourage more people to get a flu vaccination, according to a study by researchers at the University of Georgia and the Oak Ridge Associated Univer...

– University of Georgia



UVA Darden Launches Online Course Coding for Managers, Designers and Entrepreneurs on Coursera

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is launching an online specialization, Coding for Designers, Managers and Entrepreneurs. Registration for the Coursera-hosted, three-course specialization is currently open.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

GAIUS Networks, A Start-Up Co-Founded by NYU, NYU Abu Dhabi Researchers Chosen for Facebook Accelerator Program

GAIUS Networks, co-founded by researchers at New York University and NYU Abu Dhabi, has been selected for Facebook Accelerator London’s program—a 12-week session that pairs start-ups with the team at Facebook’s London lab.

– New York University

GAIUS Networks, A Start-Up Co-Founded by NYU, NYU Abu Dhabi Researchers Chosen for Facebook Accelerator Program

GAIUS Networks, co-founded by researchers at New York University and NYU Abu Dhabi, has been selected for Facebook Accelerator London’s program—a 12-week session that pairs start-ups with the team at Facebook’s London lab.

– New York University

Guiding Lights: UC San Diego Launches Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery

UC San Diego launches new Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery. The center builds upon Roger Tsien’s legacy, delivering a new caliber of surgical precision to treat patients with tumors and disease of all types, identifying unhealthy tissues with...

– University of California San Diego Health

An Indoor Tracking System for Hospitals

A new indoor software tracking system conceived at the Henry Ford Innovations (HFI) in Detroit for use in hospitals is being compared to GPS for its functionality. The two developers behind the system called Novatrack say it has the potential to b...

– Henry Ford Health System

AMSSM Awards $300,000 Research Grant for OA Treatment

AMSSM and its Collaborative Research Network (CRN) are pleased to announce the recipients of a $300,000 research grant, made possible by Avanos Medical, to study the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions using cooled radiofrequency ablation (CRFA) ...

– American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

UD engineering professor honored by National Academy of Inventors

Kristi Kiick, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the organization announced today.

– University of Delaware

Higher Education Events

CSU Hosts Informational Session on New Cybersecurity Degree Program

Columbus State University’s TSYS Cybersecurity Center is hosting a series of informational sessions on the new Nexus Cybersecurity degree. The informational sessions are open to the public. Prospective students interested in applying to join the fi...

– Columbus State University


Crop Innovation Company Introduces New Seed Company Focused on High-Performance Food & Feed Grade Soybeans

Benson Hill today announced the launch of Benson Hill Seeds, a business focused on delivering superior seeds to meet the evolving needs of the growing human food and animal feed markets, including the eMerge Genetics portfolio of non-GMO soybean vari...

– Benson Hill

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2019 at 06:30 ET


Researchers discover potential key to extremely low-friction surfaces

– Penn State College of Engineering

Science Advances





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