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First-of-its-Kind Technology Lights Up Lung Cancer Cells, Helps Improve Patient Outcomes

A groundbreaking tumor-highlighting technology—OTL38—enhances the visualization of lung cancer tissue, providing surgeons with a significantly better chance of finding and removing more cancer than previously possible.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

56th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

embargoed until 27-Jan-2020, 13:30 ET

Researchers Regrow Damaged Nerves with Polymer and Protein

University of Pittsburgh researchers have created a biodegradable nerve guide – a polymer tube – filled with growth-promoting protein that can regenerate long sections of damaged nerves, without the need for transplanting stem cells or a donor ne...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Science Translational Medicine; W81XWH-14-2-0003

Embargo expired on 22-Jan-2020 at 14:00 ET

New Investments and Research Indicate Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Climate Restoration Through Carbon-Capture

Climate restoration is the global movement to remove the trillion tons of excess CO2 from the atmosphere to restore our air to preindustrial levels of carbon dioxide and to preserve the Arctic ice. Given the climate emergency, climate restoration is...

– Thunderbird School of Global Management


Embargo expired on 21-Jan-2020 at 10:55 ET

Mosquitoes Engineered to Repel Dengue Virus

An international team of scientists has synthetically engineered mosquitoes that halt the transmission of the dengue virus. The development marks the first engineered approach in mosquitoes that targets the four known types of dengue, improving upon...

– University of California San Diego

PLOS Pathogens, Jan-2020

Embargo expired on 16-Jan-2020 at 14:00 ET

Opening Up DNA to Delete Disease

Protein editorial assistants are clearing the way for cut-and-paste DNA editors, like CRISPR, to access previously inaccessible genes of interest. Opening up these areas of the genetic code is critical to improving CRISPR efficiency and moving toward...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

APL Bioengineering

Embargo expired on 14-Jan-2020 at 11:00 ET

Autism Diagnosis Test Needs Improvement, Rutgers Researchers Say

Rutgers researchers have found that a test widely used to diagnose whether children have autism is less reliable than previously assumed.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Neural Computation 32, 1–47 (2020)

Technology Used in Space Experiments Could Reveal Key Information about Human Health

In an article published recently in Microgravity, a Nature Journal, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrate a unique method for studying the mechanisms behind the formation of amyloid fibrils associated with diseases like Alzheime...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete

The materials the United States and other countries plan to use to store high-level nuclear waste will likely degrade faster than anyone previously knew because of the way those materials interact, new research shows. The findings, published today in...

– Ohio State University

Nature Materials

New Method to Detect Defects in 2D Materials for Future Electronics, Sensors

A team of researchers from Penn State, Northeastern University, Rice University and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil have developed a technique to quickly and sensitively characterize defects in 2D materials.

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

Nano Letters Jan-2020

Supercomputer Simulations Reveal Details of Galaxy Clusters

A new study published late last year in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society explored the molecular gas within and surrounding the intracluster medium, which fills the space between galaxies in a galaxy cluster.

– University of California San Diego

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oct-2019

'Sex Tech' Study Finds Technology Facilitates Sexual and Emotional Interactions

Advances in technology have allowed us to interact with others across the globe, and a new study of adults who engage with "sex tech"—innovative technologies used to enhance sexuality—announced by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University reveal...

– Indiana University

Efforts to improve vehicle fuel efficiency may come at a high cost to the climate, public health

New automotive technology that promises enhanced fuel efficiency may have a serious downside, including significant climate and public health impacts, according to research from the University of Georgia College of Engineering.

– University of Georgia

ACS Publications

Acetone plus light creates a green jet fuel additive

Take biomass-derived acetone—common nail polish remover—use light to upgrade it to higher-mass hydrocarbons, and, voila, you have a domestically generated product that can be blended with conventional jet fuel to fly while providing environmental...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sustainable Energy and Fuels

Data from Behind Enemy Lines: How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea

Online discourse by users of social media can provide important clues about the political dispositions of communities.

– University of California San Diego

Post-Soviet Affairs

Using artificial intelligence to enrich digital maps

A model invented by researchers at MIT and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) that uses satellite imagery to tag road features in digital maps could help improve GPS navigation.

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Hope for patients with a rare genetic condition linked to severe infections

A research team sheds light on the mechanisms underlying chronic granulomatous disease.

– Universite de Montreal

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, January 2020

Tiny Price Gaps Cost Investors Billions

New research shows that, millions of times each day, investors in the U.S. stock market see different prices at the same moment—and that these differing prices cost investors at least $2 billion dollars each year.

– University of Vermont

PLOS ONE, January 22, 2020

Used Nissan LEAF batteries given “second life” thanks to WMG, University of Warwick

The ability to reuse high numbers of Electric Vehicle Lithium Ion batteries for domestic and industrial use is becoming a reality for Nissan thanks to a new grading system developed by researchers at WMG, University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

UK Energy Storage Lab Project

Transformative 'Green' Accelerator Achieves World's First 8-pass Full Energy Recovery

Scientists from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have successfully demonstrated the world's first capture and reuse of energy in a multi-turn particle accelerator, where electrons are accelerated and decelerated in multiple...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

New method breaks the reciprocity of light propagation

Xingjie Ni, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has developed a novel method to break the reciprocity of light propagation, which will enable advancements in several scientific fields.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Light: Science & Applications

First detailed electronic study of new nickelate superconductor finds 3D metallic state

It represents an entirely new type of ground state for transition metal oxides, and opens new directions for experiments and theoretical studies of how superconductivity arises and how it can be optimized in this system and possibly in other compoun...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Nature Materials

UC San Diego-led Study Finds Close Evolutionary Proximity Between Microbial Domains in the ‘Tree of Life’

A comprehensive analysis of 10,575 genomes as part of a multi-national study led by researchers at UC San Diego has revealed close evolutionary proximity between the microbial domains at the base of the tree of life, the branching pattern of evolutio...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications, Dec 2019

Professors Create Free Research-Backed Games to Train Your Brain

University professors from New York and California designed and developed three digital games – available online and in the iOS and Google Play app stores – to help its users’ brains work more efficiently. While some digital games falsely clai...

– New York University

Learning and Instruction; Reading Psychology; The Official Journal of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society; Cognitive Development; Cognitive Development...

Russian Scientists Develop a "Smart" Chair to Correct Students’ Posture

Scientists of South Ural State University have developed a "smart" chair that will allow you to form correct posture from childhood and therefore prevent many diseases. Currently, this development has no analogs in the world.

– South Ural State University

Atlantis Press

Spider-Man-Style Robotic Graspers Defy Gravity

Traditional methods of vacuum suction and previous vacuum suction devices cannot maintain suction on rough surfaces due to vacuum leakage, which leads to suction failure. Researchers Xin Li and Kaige Shi developed a zero-pressure difference method to...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Physics of Fluids

Internet use reduces study skills in university students

Research conducted at Swansea University and the University of Milan has shown that students who use digital technology excessively are less motivated to engage with their studies, and are more anxious about tests.

– Swansea University

Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

Virtual Physical Therapy After Knee Replacement Brings Similar Outcomes, Lower Costs

A virtual system for in-home physical therapy (PT) provides good outcomes for patients undergoing rehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) – with lower costs than traditional in-person PT, reports a study in the January 15, 2020 issue...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

A Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring

A highly sensitive wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers at Penn State and Northeastern University.

– Penn State Materials Research Institute

Journal of Materials Chemistry A Jan-2020

What’s MER? It’s a Way to Measure Quantum Materials, and It’s Telling Us New and Interesting Things

Experimental physicists have combined several measurements of quantum materials into one in their ongoing quest to learn more about manipulating and controlling the behavior of them for possible applications. They even coined a term for it-- Magneto-...

– Ames Laboratory

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Nanomaterial "Twist" Could Boost Next-Gen Electronics

Research by Nebraska engineers Peter and Eli Sutter points to a way to overcome the challenges of building multi-layered nanostructures

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nature Communications, Dec. 4, 2019

Study Weighs Deep-Sea Mining’s Impact on Microbes

The essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from the potential environmental impacts of mining.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Limnology and Oceanography

Organized cybercrime – not your average mafia

Research from Michigan State University is one of the first to identify common attributes of cybercrime networks, revealing how these groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per year.

– Michigan State University

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

Reinventing the Computer: Brain-Inspired Computing for a Post-Moore’s Law Era

Since 1947, computing development has seen a consistent doubling of the number of transistors that can fit on a chip. But that trend, Moore’s Law, may reach its limit as components of submolecular size encounter problems with thermal noise, making ...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics Reviews

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Adopts HUBzero® Cloud Platform

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) has adopted an open-source, cloud-based platform led out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) that addresses widely recognized challenges with historical platforms throughout the cardiothor...

– University of California San Diego

The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Green Chemistry; Rutgers Today

‘Swiss Cheese’ Bones Could Be Cause of Unexplained Low Back Pain

In experiments with genetically engineered and old mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have added to evidence that the vast majority of low back pain in people may be rooted in an overgrowth of pain-sensing nerves into spinal cartilagin...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nature Communications

Galactic gamma-ray sources reveal birthplaces of high-energy particles

Nine sources of extremely high-energy gamma rays comprise a new catalog compiled by researchers with the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters

Robotic Gripping Mechanism Mimics How Sea Anemones Catch Prey

Researchers in China demonstrated a robotic gripping mechanism that mimics how a sea anemone catches its prey. The bionic torus captures and releases objects by crimping its skin. The grasper not only is relatively cheap and easy to produce but also ...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics Letters

Colloidal Quantum Dot Laser Diodes are Just Around the Corner

Los Alamos scientists have incorporated meticulously engineered colloidal quantum dots into a new type of light emitting diodes (LEDs) containing an integrated optical resonator, which allows them to function as lasers.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Galactic gamma-ray sources reveal birthplaces of high-energy particles

A University at Buffalo neuroimaging researcher has developed a computer model of the human brain that more realistically simulates actual patterns of brain impairment than existing methods. The novel advancement represents the union of two establish...

– University at Buffalo


'Cold Neptune' and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars

Washington, DC-- A "cold Neptune" and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars, which are reported in The Astrophysical Journal Suppl...

– Carnegie Institution for Science

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

Machine keeps human livers alive for one week outside of the body

Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich, ETH Zurich, Wyss Zurich and the University of Zurich have developed a machine that repairs injured human livers and keeps them alive outside the body for one week.

– University of Zurich

Nature Biotechnology

Fighting melanoma with zebrafish: Biologists in search of a powerful combination of cancer-fighting drugs

Northern Arizona University professor Matthew Salanga is leading an 18-month project, funded by the Flinn Foundation, in search of drugs to help fight the deadliest form of skin cancer.

– Northern Arizona University

Weizmann Scientists Devise New Algorithm that Predicts Gestational Diabetes

Using machine learning to analyze data on nearly 600,000 pregnancies, researchers devised an algorithm that identified nine parameters – out of more than 2,000 analyzed – that can predict which women are at risk of gestational diabetes. The param...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Nature Medicine, Jan-2020

Technology Protects Respiratory Tract of Premature Infants Who Need Assisted Ventilation

A new artificial model of premature infants will make possible experiments that are expected to reduce injury to infants on respirators.

– American Technion Society

Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Jan-2020

Connecting the dots in the sky could shed new light on dark matter

Astrophysicists have come a step closer to understanding the origin of a faint glow of gamma rays covering the night sky. They found that this light is brighter in regions that contain a lot of matter and dimmer where matter is sparser – a correlat...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Physical Review Letters

Health Technology Assessment Around the World: Broadening the Understanding of Cross-Country Differences

Value in Health announced today the publication of a series of articles investigating the use of health technology assessment (HTA) in healthcare decision making across the globe. The series, “HTA Around the World—Influences of Culture, Values, a...

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Value in Health, Jan-2020

Seeing inside a battery while it’s working

A new paper-thin radio-frequency detector, developed by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and designed to work inside a lithium-ion battery, provides information about the battery’s health while charging and discharging.

– Sandia National Laboratories

New algorithms improve prosthetics for upper limb amputees

Dr. Maryam Zahabi is leading a team of researchers in an effort to improve prosthetics for upper limb amputees. Her team is looking at the mental demand placed on individuals using prosthetics and how new prosthetic interfaces can help reduce this de...

– Texas A&M University

Experts Join Rensselaer-IBM Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration

Four experts in diverse aspects of artificial intelligence have joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as part of the Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration (AIRC), a recently formed joint initiative of Rensselaer and IBM Research.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Announce Awards for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security

The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation today announced three awards for collaborative projects totaling $2.3 million to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Features and Experts

App uses voice analysis, AI to track wellness of people with mental illness

A new study finds that an interactive voice application using artificial intelligence is as accurate at tracking the wellbeing of patients being treated for serious mental illness as their physicians.

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


Embargo expired on 15-Jan-2020 at 14:00 ET

Innovative mindset takes Iowa State student on the ride of his life

Charlie Wickham loved roller coasters as a child – but he didn’t want to ride them. He finally hopped on one at 10 years old. Now a senior in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, Wickham has ridden 250 roller coasters around the world...

– Iowa State University

Embargo expired on 15-Jan-2020 at 10:00 ET

MTU engineers examine lithium battery defects

Lithium dendrites cause poor performance and even explosions in batteries with flammable liquid electrolytes. How these dendrites grow, even with a solid electrolytes, is still a mystery, but materials engineers at MTU and Oak Ridge study the conditi...

– Michigan Technological University

Journal of Materials Research, Dec-2019

UCI, other researchers find collaborative flood modeling process effective

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020 – Community collaboration and high-resolution maps are key to effective flood risk management, according to civil engineers and social scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions. In a stu...

– University of California, Irvine

Earth's Future, Jan-2020

Study takes on e-cigarette warning ‘paradox’

As controversy swirls around the vaping industry, a team of Cornell researchers has set out to help regulators identify the most effective health warnings to include in advertisements for electronic cigarettes.

– Cornell University

Project Reporter

Scientists pioneer new generation of semiconductor neutron detector

In a new study, scientists have developed a new type of semiconductor neutron detector that boosts detection rates by reducing the number of steps involved in neutron capture and transduction.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Nature, Jan. 15, 2020

Who’s Liable? The AV or the human driver?

Researchers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia Law School have developed a joint fault-based liability rule that can be used to regulate both self-driving car manufacturers and human drivers. They propose a game-theoretic model that describes the s...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Transportation Research Board’s 99th Annual Meeting, Jan 14 2020

Expanded Version of the Information Sharing Assessment Tool Now Available

Newly updated with optional scenarios and expanded question sets, the ISAT is a web-based self-assessment tool that helps public safety agencies understand their current information sharing capabilities and gaps.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate


Could Drones Save Cows? Why University of Kentucky Research Team Thinks So

It's a staggering statistic — every year nearly 3 million cows in the U.S. die from health problems. And it's costing the cattle industry more than $1 billion. Could eyes in the sky be the answer? Jesse Hoagg, the Donald and Gertrude Lester Profess...

– University of Kentucky

UAH Space Hardware Club’s liquid fuel rocket readies for inaugural engine test

A team of quantum researchers from ORNL have conducted a series of experiments to gain a better understanding of quantum mechanics and pursue advances in quantum networking and quantum computing, which could lead to practical applications in cybersec...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

UND Aerospace and Petroleum Engineering teaming up to study whether aviation safety concepts can be applied to offshore drilling

“Better safe than sorry” is an overused credo in life. But in the world of aviation and oil-and-gas exploration, as much as anywhere, it can be the fine line between life and death. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine re...

– University of North Dakota

UAH Space Hardware Club’s liquid fuel rocket readies for inaugural engine test

The new year brings new tests for an ambitious liquid propellant rocket being engineered by the Space Hardware Club (SHC) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

– University of Alabama Huntsville

University of Kentucky Project Seeks to Create More Environmentally Friendly, Stronger Cement

The UK Center for Applied Energy Research has received a two-year, $1.3 million grant to develop extremely durable belite-based cement — an alternative to ordinary Portland cement — that is low-energy consuming and low-carbon dioxide releasing....

– University of Kentucky

Liam Collins: Mapping the unseen

As a scientist at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Liam Collins advances atomic force microscopy techniques to enable researchers to study materials and their properties on a nanometer length scale.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Spock versus the volcano

Kolumbo volcano—which sits 500 meters below the surface within the fault-heavy Hellenic Volcanic Arc just off Santorini—is the Aegean Sea’s most active and potentially dangerous volcano.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

New ORNL software improves neutron spectroscopy data resolution

DHS S&T conducted its final integration of smart city technologies this week in St. Louis, Missouri in collaboration with the city, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the T-REX Innovation Center (T-REX).

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Securing Radiological Sources on the Go

Radioactive materials are a critical tool in a number of industrial applications particularly oil and gas drilling and welding. While these sources are safe and well-regulated for their intended use; if lost or stolen the materials could be used by ...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

New ORNL software improves neutron spectroscopy data resolution

Neutron spectroscopy is an important tool for studying magnetic and thermoelectric properties in materials. But often the resolution, or the ability of the instrument to see fine details, is too coarse to clearly observe features identifying novel ph...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

MITRE Unveils Laboratory Focused on Autonomous Technology

In MITRE's Mobile Autonomous Systems Experimentation (MASE) Laboratory, team are researching ways to accelerate advanced autonomous technology and provide objective perspective and recommendations for broad impact in multiple domains, including drone...


MITRE Uses Earth Shadow to Determine Satellite Range

Until now, determining the orbit of satellites has required many measurements or multiple telescopes. A team of MITRE scientists took their equipment to Chile to view an eclipse—and proved an easier way.


Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States

Researchers identify the top states as having the largest victim monetary losses and number of victims, and their report shows online crime trends in the last four years before 2019 (2015 to 2018) for the six top states with the highest internet crim...

– Florida Atlantic University

FAU Internet Crime Research Reports

S&T-Funded SABER Helps Communities Get Back to Business During and After Disasters

Available both on the web and via a mobile app, SABER provides users with a means to upload and share real-time business status information with other organizations, particularly government aid entities such as FEMA, during an emergency or crisis.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

NOAA Releases Extended Version of 20th Century Reanalysis Project

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released an updated version of the 20th Century Reanalysis Project - a high-resolution, four-dimensional reconstruction of the global climate that now estimates what the weather was every day ba...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

UPMC First in the U.S. to Implant Wireless Retinal Device

UPMC is the first center in the U.S. to implant a wireless retinal device to treat advanced age-related macular degeneration.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Expert Alert: Robotic repair offers benefits for many patients with leaky mitral valve

During each human heartbeat, four valves in the heart open and close once, moving blood through the heart's chambers. But in some people, the flaps of the mitral valve between the heart's left atrium and left ventricle do not work like they should. ...

Expert Available

– Mayo Clinic

New IEEE Fellows

Two University of Delaware faculty, professor Rudolf (Rudi) Eigenmann and Engineering Alumni Professor Dennis Prather, have been named Fellows of IEEE (formerly known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

– University of Delaware

CAREER award to help researcher understand, optimize walking for stroke patients

To design better assistive exoskeletons, a wearable device that helps those with disabilities walk, researchers need to further understand the complexities of walking. The National Science Foundation recently awarded Anne Martin, assistant professor ...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Danforth Center Announces External Advisory Board of AgTech NEXT Summit

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced the External Advisory Board (EAB) of 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. Members of the AgTec...

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center


UTEP Receives $1M to Develop System to Increase Number of Students Who Pursue Graduate Engineering Studies

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was awarded $1 million from the National Science Foundation to help low-income, academically talented undergraduate students in engineering successfully advance to ...

– University of Texas at El Paso

Inspired by Patients, Laerdal Medical Brings Latest Simulator Advances to IMSH 2020

Healthcare professionals of all experience levels attend the IMSH conference to advance their skills, to impact change in their organizations, and, ultimately, to improve patient safety.

– Laerdal Medical

Announcements and Events

Ground-breaking research could lead to safer and faster security scanners at airports

Airport security queues could be slashed and screening for weapons could become much more effective after Queen’s University Belfast researchers have been awarded £1 million to develop a ground-breaking solution.

– Queen's University Belfast

Embargo expired on 15-Jan-2020 at 19:00 ET

Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks

Phosphorus, present in our DNA and cell membranes, is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it arrived on the early Earth is something of a mystery.

– European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

CAREER Award Recipient to Explore Potential of Promising New Material

Two-dimensional semiconductors, particularly those made of a class of material known as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), hold exciting potential for a range of current and future technologies, like solar cells, LED lights, and quantum comput...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Nano Letters

Can Solar Geoengineering Mitigate both Climate Change and Income Inequality?

New research from the University of California San Diego finds that solar geoengineering—the intentional reflection of sunlight away from the Earth’s surface—may reduce income inequality between countries.

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications

Putting tech to the test: HU launches User Experience Center

Harrisburg University just opened a User Experience Center of its own, dubbed the HU-UXC for short, where students will develop UX testing, product development, project management, and marketing skills on real-world projects.

– Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Lin Chen receives Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry

The Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society announces that Lin X. Chen has received the 2020 Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry. The award recognizes Chen for “fundamental contributions to the elucidation of excited state...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Mechanical engineering professor receives grant to explore soft smart materials

Zoubeida Ounaies, professor and associate head for administration in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct fundamental research into a new clas...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Doomsday Clock and Nuclear and Climate Threats

A student in the highly selective U.S. Air Force Education With Industry program will be bringing his military experience to Sandia National Laboratories and returning to his post with valuable industry experience to share. Capt. Antonio Gallop is no...

– Sandia National Laboratories

ASU-led NASA Psyche mission offers free online course on team building from leadership experts

The new Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit online course is designed to help learners understand the unique challenges of a diverse team and provides tools to help address these challenges and take actions to be more successful in working with others....

– Thunderbird School of Global Management

ASU’s Continuing and Professional Education platform

DHS S&T Selects Georgia Tech Group to Improve Info Sharing & Safeguarding for Public Safety Comms

DHS S&T awarded a $704,000 research-and-development (R&D) contract to Atlanta-based Georgia Tech Applied Research Center (GTARC) to address a crucial gap in the trustmark framework for the public safety community’s information sharing and safeguard...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Mayo Clinic sequência 100 mil participantes para construir banco de dados genômico para melhor atendimento e pesquisa em colaboração com Helix

A Mayo Clinic está criando uma biblioteca de dados de sequenciamento genômico de 100.000 participantes consentidos da Mayo Clinic para avançar na pesquisa e no atendimento ao paciente.

– Mayo Clinic

DHS S&T Awards $750K to Maryland Company for Cybersecurity of Emergency Communicators

DHS S&T awarded $750,000 to SecuLore Solutions, an Odenton, Md.-based cybersecurity company, to improve and increase the resiliency of the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure, including Next Generation 911 (NG911) technologies.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

$25 Million Project Will Advance DNA-Based Archival Data Storage

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Molecular Information Storage (MIST) program has awarded a multi-phase contract worth up to $25 million to develop scalable DNA-based molecular storage techniques. The goal of the proje...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Mayo Clinic将携手Helix对10万名参与者进行基因组测序,以建立用于改善医疗和研究的基因组数据库

Mayo Clinic正在着手创建一个基因组测序数据库以促进研究和改善患者治疗。该数据库将包含10万名参与者的基因组测序数据,Mayo Clinic已取得上述参与者的知情权。

– Mayo Clinic

UIC climbs to No. 3 in U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s online bachelor’s degree programs rose to the No. 3 spot in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

IEEE selects UAH's Jovanov as Fellow for wearable health monitoring contributions

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has selected Dr. Emil Jovanov, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), as a Fellow for his contributions to the field...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

NIH grant to improve neonatal brain injury detection using photoacoustic imaging technology

Wayne State University received a two-year, $725,000 R01 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health for the development of a novel point-of-care 3D neonatal photoacoustic tomography...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, EB028661

UIC announces partnership with Mexican technological university

Monterrey Institute of Technology to call UIC home in the Midwest.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

DHS Awards $197K for Digital Credentials That Work Offline

DHS S&T has awarded $197,020.95 Phase 1 funding to Stranger Labs, Inc. based in Cambridge, MA, to develop a digital credential solution that mitigates compromising the usability and convenience of paper-based credentials by making digital credentials...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

American College of Radiology Releases New and Updated ACR Appropriateness Criteria

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) today released an update to the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®, which includes 190 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with 938 clinical variants covering more than 1,680 clinical scenari...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Wayne State University to address urgent need for STEM educators

Through support from the U.S. Department of Education, Wayne State University announced it is launching the Metro Detroit Teaching Residency for Urban Excellence (TRUE) Project, an innovative multi-sector partnership that aims to positively impact st...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

U.S. Dept. of Education, U336S190025

As Chinese celebrate Lunar New Years Eve and coronavirus continues to spread @umich experts available to discuss health, economy, engineering implications

– University of Michigan

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Doomsday Clock and Nuclear and Climate Threats

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Autism and Transportation Issues

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Advisory: Expert Available to Discuss Tracking of Coronavirus

– Johns Hopkins University

Washington University in St. Louis Cybersecurity expert available to talk mobile malware attacks

– Washington University in St. Louis

Arizona State University experts call for new approach to technology policy & governance, Thunderbird's dean Sanjeev Khagram presents collaborative white paper at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

– Thunderbird School of Global Management





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