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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 16-Dec-2019

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A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs

A team of researchers at McMaster University has developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria, preventing the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other dangerous bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitc...

– McMaster University

ACS Nano

Embargo expired on 13-Dec-2019 at 12:00 ET

Tiny Quantum Sensors Watch Materials Transform Under Pressure

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have developed a diamond anvil sensor that could lead to a new generation of smart, designer materials, as well as the synthesis of new chemical compounds, atomically fine-tuned by pressure.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science, Dec-2019

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2019 at 14:00 ET

Fascination with flying: Refugee camp math whiz turns into Iowa State aerospace engineering all-star

The Rwandan genocide forced Kwizera Imani and his family to spend nine years in a refugee camp. There, Imani fell in love with school, math in particular. Imani is now a senior in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, and he’s graduating ...

– Iowa State University

Embargo expired on 16-Dec-2019 at 09:00 ET

Houston Methodist developed AI app to predict risk and prevent severe patient falls

– Houston Methodist

npj Digital Medicine, Dec. 12, 2019

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2019 at 05:00 ET

Some Online Shoppers Willing to Try New Systems, But Wary of Workplace Delivery

While most people enjoy giving and receiving gifts throughout the season, there’s increasing concern over the rise in congestion, emissions, and energy consumption associated with an influx of deliveries. A new survey conducted by a research tea...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Wearables in Sports Medicine – Devices Play New Roles in Training and Treating Injuries in Runners

As wearable fitness trackers become ever more popular and sophisticated, they provide new opportunities for monitoring training and guiding post-injury rehabilitation in endurance runners, according to an article in the December issue of Current Spor...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Current Sports Medicine Reports

UCI-led team releases high-precision map of Antarctic ice sheet bed topography

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 12, 2019 – A University of California, Irvine-led team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet – and, by doing so, has helped identify which re...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Geoscience

Here’s What Police Know About Digital Evidence

Researchers from Michigan State Unviersity are among the first to measure how well law enforcement officers can identify and use digital evidence.

– Michigan State University

Policing: An International Journal

ALMA Spots Most Distant Dusty Galaxy Hidden in Plain Sight

Astronomers using ALMA have spotted the light of a massive galaxy seen just 970 million years after the Big Bang!

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The Astrophysical Journal

New Study and Pilot Curriculum Trains Students to Provide Complex Care

Thomas Jefferson University Hotspotting Program Addresses Hospital “Super Utilizers” Using Team-Based Model

– Thomas Jefferson University

New England Journal of Medicine, NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery

Researchers develop first mathematical proof for key law of turbulence in fluid mechanics

What if engineers could design a better jet with mathematical equations that drastically reduce the need for experimental testing? Or what if weather prediction models could predict details in the movement of heat from the ocean into a hurricane?

– University of Maryland, College Park

SIAM Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (PD19)

Forensic Chemist Proposes Sweat Testing Strip as Breathalyzer Replacement

Jan Halámek and his team of researchers at the University at Albany, led by Department of Chemistry graduate student Mindy Hair, are developing a sensing strip that can detect a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) based on ethanol levels in a sma...

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Analytical Chemistry

Scientists harvest energy from light using bio-inspired artificial cells

By replicating biological machinery with non-biological components, scientists have created artificial cells that convert light into chemical energy.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Angewandte Chemie, Jan-2019

Just Had a Baby? A New App Helps Keep Them Safe

Placing an infant to sleep safely can save lives. A new, free mobile app, Baby be Well, helps families keep their infants safe throughout the first year of life. By incorporating activities that encourage frequent return visits, the app provides use...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Tiny Magnetic Particles Enable New Material to Bend, Twist, and Grab

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University has developed a soft polymer material, called magnetic shape memory polymer, that uses magnetic fields to transform into a variety of shapes. The material co...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

National Science Foundation/No. DMR-1420451; AFOSR/No. FA9550-19-1-0151; DOE/No. DE-SC0001304; Advanced Materials

Texas State senior lecturer leads fight against fake news

To address a centuries-old problem, a Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty member recommends two tools as a remedy: time and effort.

– Texas State University

Project adapts basic tech to give voice to patients in Africa

A new system developed by Cornell Tech researchers will allow thousands of patients of community health care workers in rural Africa to use a basic tool on their mobile phones – one that doesn’t even require an internet connection – to provide ...

– Cornell University

Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Nov. 2019

New software tool uses AI to help doctors identify cancer cells

UT Southwestern researchers have developed a software tool that uses artificial intelligence to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images – giving clinicians a powerful way of predicting patient outcomes.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Acoustic focusing to amass microplastics in water

Microplastics are receiving a lot of attention lately due to its difficulty in removal from the environment.

– Shinshu University

Artificial Cells Act More Like the Real Thing

Researchers develop protocells that better mimic living cells to help understand cell movement

– Penn State College of Engineering

Nano Letters

Novel polymer to increase energy density, stability of lithium ion batteries

Penn State researchers have developed a novel method that could enable the widespread use of silicon-based anodes, which allow electricity to enter a device, in rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Nature Communications

Battery collaboration meeting discusses new pathways to recycle lithium-ion batteries

At a conference held by the ReCell Center, an advanced battery recycling collaboration based at Argonne, representatives from industry, government, and academia discussed innovative approaches for lithium-ion battery recycling.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne’s debt to 2019 Nobel Prize for lithium-ion battery

A roar of approval rang out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory upon the announcement in October that John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino had won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. On De...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Engineers developing machine-learning tools to quickly, cheaply design better solar cells

Iowa State engineers are working with collaborators to develop machine learning theories and software tools that can quickly and cheaply design better solar cells. Those theories and tools could also be applied to the rapid design of all kinds of new...

– Iowa State University


New program will help students grow IP skills

A key component in the advancement of innovation is protecting intellectual property. WSU Ventures recently initiated a new program to place Wichita State University students at the forefront of this field.

– Wichita State University

Zimmerli Art Museum Offers New Tools for Visitors with Sensory-Related Disorders

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University-New Brunswick is the first art museum in New Jersey to offer specialized tools to help visitors in the autism spectrum enjoy their visit without stressful sensory overload.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

ORNL, industry collaborate to advance building equipment efficiency, develop new refrigerants

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and five leading building equipment industries will collaborate to improve the energy performance of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems and investigate climate-friendly alternative refrigerants.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Engineering research project studies active shooter situations in schools

Researchers at Iowa State University are creating a system that will provide students, teachers, police officers and others with accurate, real-time information in the event of an active shooter in a school.

– Iowa State University

NSF 1932033

A Peek into the Battery Technology Pipeline

With its deep expertise in materials research, materials design, and energy storage technologies, Berkeley Lab is working on better battery alternatives. Gerbrand Ceder, a battery researcher in the Materials Science Division, details four battery ec...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Project Aims to Improve Efficiency of Evaporation and Condensation in Critical Processes

Power generation, the heat in our homes, air-conditioning, even the manufacturing of some of the products we use each day rely on evaporation and condensation processes. Improving and controlling these phase-change phenomena could increase energy eff...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Refueling Satellites in Space, With the Help of a Robot

Many technologies that are essential for daily life — from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting — rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run out of gas and stop working, there’s not...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rapid DNA Identifies Conception Boat Fire Victims

DHS sought a technology that can quickly analyze DNA to verify family relationships (kinship) and identify victims of mass casualty events and human trafficking.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Why It Matters: Space Jam

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Gabrielle Sierra, "Space Jam", Why It Matters, December 4, 2019.

HFES to Testify at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Government Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Mica Endsley, will testify tomorrow on behalf of the Society during a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing The Boeing 737 MAX: Examinin...

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Free energy efficiency assessments offered

Case Western Reserve University will soon offer free energy-efficiency assessments to qualifying manufacturing companies and water treatment plants in an industrial belt spanning parts of three states—including Northeast Ohio, some of the lower pen...

– Case Western Reserve University

UC Santa Cruz launches new graduate program in natural language processing

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has established a new master’s (M.S.) degree program in Natural Language Processing (NLP), offered from the UCSC Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara. This innovative professional degree program will give s...

– University of California, Santa Cruz

Case School of Engineering creates new Computer & Data Sciences Department

Case Western Reserve University has launched a new Computer & Data Sciences Department in the Case School of Engineering (CSE) and announced the Kevin J. Kranzusch Professorship, which will be held by the future chair of the new department. The n...

– Case Western Reserve University

$1.7 M grant to Wayne State College of Engineering aims to improve oral delivery of insulin

With the help of a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, a team of researchers in Wayne State’s College of Engineering will explore ways to address urgent ...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

NIH: DK123293-01

URI chemistry professor wins innovation award for ‘game-changing’ work on single-molecule sensing

Jason Dwyer, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, has won an internationally recognized Innovation Award for his advancements in single-molecule nanopore sensing from the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectrosc...

– University of Rhode Island

FSU researchers use mechanical engineering, scientific computing and forestry to better understand prescribed burns

In the effort to mitigate destructive wildfires, wildland managers often fight those uncontrolled fires with prescribed fire — carefully controlled burns to safely eliminate the vegetation that piles up on forest floors and adds to potential fuel. ...

– Florida State University

Vietnamese Investors Back Novel Point-of-Care Technology for Rapid Detection of Pathogens

Hememics Biotechnologies Inc., ("Hememics" or the "Company") announced that AMVI Partners, a consortium of high net worth Vietnamese investors, has invested $2.5 million into Hememics. The company will use the funds to initiate clinical research for ...

– Hememics Biotechnologies Inc.

Danforth Center Launches Ag Tech NEXT Conference

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced AgTech NEXT, a bold new food and agtech innovation summit that will be held May 4 – 6, 2020 at the Danforth Center in St. Louis, MO.

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

AgTech NEXT Summit

Veho Institute launches, establishes center at Cornell Tech

Cornell Engineering has launched the Veho Institute for vehicle intelligence, formally partnering Cornell with Italian universities and luxury automakers as well as establishing a new academic center at Cornell Tech.

– Cornell University

Edmondo Robinson Joins Moffitt Cancer Center as New Chief Digital Innovation Officer

Dr. Robinson has joined Moffitt as the new senior vice president, chief digital innovation officer. He is responsible for expanding Moffitt’s ecosystem from within and outside of health care to deliver on consumer-oriented, real-world solutions for...

– Moffitt Cancer Center

MITRE Appoints Kim Warren Vice President of Public Sector Programs

MITRE Announces New VP of Public Sector Programs


Expert Available to Discuss Children’s Screen Time During the Holidays

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

NM Researchers develop cyber security mechanisms to improve FISA process.

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

The shopping outside can be frightful; online buyers want deals so delightful

– University of Delaware





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