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Monday, February 10, 2020

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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 10-Feb-2020


Patients Stick with Smartphone Activity Trackers Longer Than Wearable Devices

Six months after discharge, smartphone users were 32 percent more likely to continue sending health data to researchers than those using wearables

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

JAMA Network Open

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2020 at 11:00 ET

Crystal-stacking process can produce new materials for high-tech devices

Stacking ultrathin complex oxide single-crystal layers allows researchers to create new structures with hybrid properties and multiple functions. Now, using a new platform developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Massac...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nature Feb. 5, 2020

Embargo expired on 05-Feb-2020 at 13:00 ET

Undulating flight saves Monarchs energy,says UAH study with drone implications

In a finding that could benefit drone design, award-winning research by a doctoral student at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) shows that the undulating flight paths of Monarch butterflies are actually more energy efficient than a straig...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Aerospace Research Central

Researchers Brighten Path for Creating New Type of MRI Contrast Agent

University of Texas at Dallas researchers are breathing new life into an old MRI contrast agent by attaching it to a plant virus and wrapping it in a protective chemical cage. The novel strategy is aimed at developing a completely organic and biodegr...

– University of Texas at Dallas

Chemical Science, Feb. 5, 2020

New Tool Monitors Real Time Mutations In Flu

A Rutgers-led team has developed a tool to monitor influenza A virus mutations in real time, which could help virologists learn how to stop viruses from replicating. The gold nanoparticle-based probe measures viral RNA in live influenza A cells, acco...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C; Rutgers Today

New Robot Does Superior Job Sampling Blood

In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A Rutgers-led team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of an au...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Technology; Rutgers Today

Study Uses Powerful Sequencing Technology to Study HIV Epidemic in Washington, DC

Despite significant progress against HIV/AIDS, the nation’s capital is still battling an HIV epidemic with rates that are five times higher than the national average. A study published today in the journal Scientific Reports uses powerful next-gene...

– George Washington University

Scientific Reports

Water-Conducting Membrane Allows Carbon Dioxide To Transform into Fuel More Efficiently

Methanol is a versatile and efficient chemical used as fuel in the production of countless products. Carbon dioxide (CO2), on the other hand, is a greenhouse gas that is the unwanted byproduct of many industrial processes. Converting CO2 to methano...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


LLNL develops 3D ‘brain-on-a-chip’ device capable of long-term recording of neural activity

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineers and biologists have developed a “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures in three-dimensions, a significant advancement in the realistic model...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lab on a Chip

Scientists Learn More about the First Hours of a Lithium-ion Battery’s Life

The first hours of a lithium-ion battery’s life largely determine just how well it will perform. In those moments, a set of molecules self-assembles into a structure inside the battery that will affect the battery for years to come. Now scientists ...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Nature Nanotechnology, Jan. 27, 2020; PNNL original news release

Cathode 'Defects' Improve Battery Performance

Chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have made a new finding about battery performance that points to a different strategy for optimizing cathode materials. Their research, published in Chemistry of Mater...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Chemistry of Materials

Thwarting Hacks by Thinking Like the Humans Behind Them

Research from Michigan State University reveals the importance of factoring in a hacker’s motive for predicting, identifying and preventing cyberattacks.

– Michigan State University

Criminal Justice and Behavior

Engineering a Better World Using Mirrors, Sun, and Steam

Partha Dutta, a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, envisions a not-so-distant future where even the most remote parts of the world would have access to clean and renewable energy. His visio...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Engineering a Better World Using Mirrors, Sun, and Steam

What's your brand?

Researchers created an algorithm that successfully predicted consumer purchases.

– University of Tokyo

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research

High-Tech Printing May Help Eliminate Painful Shots

Painful hypodermic needles may not be needed in the future to give shots, inject drugs and get blood samples. With 4D printing, Rutgers engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to skin and could replace hypodermic needles,...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Advanced Functional Materials; Rutgers Today

LLNL computer scientists explore deep learning to improve efficiency of ride-hailing and autonomous electric vehicles

Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are preparing the future of commuter traffic by applying Deep Reinforcement Learning — the same kind of goal-driven algorithms that have defeated video game experts and world champions i...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

NeurIPS 2019 Workshop on Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning

Flyception 2.0: New Imaging Technology Tracks Complex Social Behavior

An advanced imaging technology developed at UC San Diego is allowing scientists unprecedented access into brain activities during intricate behaviors. The “Flyception2” has produced the first-ever picture of what happens in the brain during matin...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications, Feb-2019

Deep learning accurately forecasts heat waves, cold spells

Rice University engineers have created a deep learning computer system that taught itself to accurately predict extreme weather events, like heat waves, up to five days in advance using minimal information about current weather conditions.

– Rice University

Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems

Researchers successfully test coin-sized smart insulin patch, potential diabetes treatment

UCLA bioengineers and colleagues at UNC School of Medicine and MIT have further developed a smart insulin-delivery patch that could one day monitor and manage glucose levels in people with diabetes and deliver the necessary insulin dosage.

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Nature Biomedical Engineering

The one ring — to track your finger’s location

UW researchers have created AuraRing, a ring and wristband combination that can detect the precise location of someone’s index finger and continuously track hand movements.

– University of Washington

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies

Helping Patients With Binge Eating Disorders: There’s an App for That

Study suggests that adaptation of smartphone technology is a scalable option that significantly improves clinical outcomes

– Mount Sinai Health System

The American Journal of Psychiatry

Finding the source of chemical reactions

In a collaborative project with MIT and other universities, scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have experimentally detected the fleeting transition state that occurs at the origin of a chemical reaction.

– Argonne National Laboratory

PNAS: Jan-2020

When Electrons Follow New Interaction Rules, Superconductivity Ensues

Researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to “see” the electron interactions and pairings at the heart of twisted bilayer graphene's novel properties.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Machine Learning Accelerates Metamaterial Design

Researchers are increasingly using computer models to predict how light will interact with metamaterials. Scientists used machine learning techniques to analyze databases of information. The computer program predicted the ideal metamaterial design fo...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Features and Experts

UAH's Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research has central role in 2024 IMAP mission

The Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will be central to the modeling and data crunching that follow the scheduled launch of NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (I...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Embargo expired on 10-Feb-2020 at 10:00 ET

Living in a ‘tethered’ economy

Imagine a future in which every consumer purchase is as complex as choosing a mobile phone. What will ongoing service cost? Is it compatible with your other devices? Can you move data and applications across devices? Can you switch providers? These a...

– Case Western Reserve University

The George Washington Law Review

Energy storage startup SPARKZ licenses ORNL cobalt-free battery tech

Energy storage startup SPARKZ Inc. has exclusively licensed five battery technologies from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed to eliminate cobalt metal in lithium-ion batteries. The advancement is aimed at acceleratin...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

DOE Technology Commercialization Fund; World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance

Story Tips: Fusion squeeze, global image mapping, computing mental health and sodium batteries

Story Tips: Fusion squeeze, global image mapping, computing mental health and sodium batteries

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Energy Storage Materials, Sept-2019; IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Jan-2020

SLAS Discovery Publishes February Special Issue

The February special issue of SLAS Discovery, “Advances in Cellular Target Engagement and Target Deconvolution,” features 13 articles focused on multiple aspects and technologies of cellular target engagement.


SLAS Discovery

SLAS Technology's February Issue Now Available

The first SLAS Technology issue of 2020, “Flexible Analytical Devices for Point-of-Care Testing,” features a series of articles and research reviews highlighting the ever-increasing popularity of wearable technology devices as they apply to disea...


SLAS Technology

With a little help from my robot friend

What will it take for robot assistants to become more integrated in our daily lives? Assistant Professor Naomi Fitter thinks they’ll need to master the physical aspects of social interactions, while Associate Professor Cindy Grimm cautions against ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Shall I compare thee to a love heart emoji?

It may not be a Shakespearean sonnet, but the language of love in the 21st century is just as affectionate and meaningful as it ever was, according to University of South Australia linguist, Dr David Caldwell.

– University of South Australia

University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center Physician First in Ohio to Use Wound Care Imaging Device in Clinical Setting

University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center (UH) is the first clinical setting in Ohio using special technology to identify harmful bacteria, leading to healing for patients suffering from chronic wounds. Windy Cole, DPM, Medical Director of the UH Ahu...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

MolecuLight i:X imaging procedure

HU research gives blue iguanas a fighting chance

A team of Harrisburg University professors and students have embarked on a unique research journey that involves the use of drones and imaging technology to help save an endangered iguana species in the Cayman Islands.

– Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Where the sky meets the sea: Exploring the sea-surface microlayer

The separation between sky and sea is only one millimeter at its thickest and, yet, this sea-surface microlayer plays a major role in global phenomena. Dr. Aarthi Sekaran is taking a deeper look into how flow instabilities in this microlayer affects ...

– Texas A&M University

Ames Lab’s testing device speeds the way to new refrigeration technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is employing a testing device that pairs materials science with engineering systems development. Called CaloriSMART (Caloric Small-scale Modular Advanced Research Test-stand), the one-of-a-kind system...

– Ames Laboratory

S&T and FEMA Social Media Planning Tool Supports Enhanced Emergency Management Operations and Communications Nationwide

DHS S&T recently collaborated with FEMA ORR, External Affairs, and the EMI, as well as various public safety and emergency management practitioners, to develop, pilot, and launch a single page web application called the Social Media for Emergency Man...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Social Media for Emergency Managers (SMEM) Guidance Tool

Why It Matters: Voter, You've Been Hacked

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Gabrielle Sierra, "Voter, You've Been Hacked," Why It Matters, January 29, 2020.

NASA’s Webb Will Seek Atmospheres around Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

The TRAPPIST-1 system of exoplanets holds exciting possibilities in the search for potentially habitable worlds. In this system an ultra-cool star is orbited by seven rocky, Earth-sized worlds, three of which are in the “Goldilocks” zone where li...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

UAH prepares for massive data streamfollowing coming launch of ESA Solar Orbiter

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will have a major role in exploring an expected massive data stream that will follow the launch of the European Space Agency (ESA) Solar Orbiter, a mission that will fly over the sun’s poles and on whic...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

University of North Dakota’s Petroleum Engineering Department to host world’s largest oil drilling simulator

The University of North Dakota will soon host the world’s largest – and only – full scale oil drilling and completion lab. Petroleum engineering students will be able to simulate general drilling and deep drilling, along with testing different ...

– University of North Dakota

Crowdsourcing Science: Using Competition to Drive Creativity

Thanks largely to advances in computing, researchers in computational biology and data science are harnessing the power of the masses and making discoveries that provide valuable insights into human health.

Expert Available

– NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

iScience, Jun-2019; P41GM103504

Interactive map shows worldwide spread of coronavirus

– University of Washington

"Artificial Unintelligence" Author Available for Comment on Iowa Caucus Ballot Debacle

– New York University

Iowa delay underscores need for voting tech oversight

– Cornell University

IU cyber security expert cites three critical lessons from Iowa debacle

– Indiana University

Coronavirus tests tech’s ability to stymie fake news

– Cornell University

Announcements and Events

DHS S&T to Evaluate Select Wildfire Sensor Technologies

DHS S&T selected four new industry partners to participate in a new wildfire sensors workstream of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Tufts University Team Wins a Grand Prize in NSF Idea Machine Competition

A Tufts University team is one of four grand prize winners in the National Science Foundation’s search for big ideas to inform its research agenda for the coming decade.

– Tufts University

Olin College Named 2020 Best Value College by Princeton Review

Olin College is included in Princeton Review’s just released Best Value Colleges for 2020. In addition to the overall listing, Princeton Review also named Olin as #2 for best classroom experience, #5 for best schools for internships, #14 for best c...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

41 Finalists Named for the 2020 Hertz Fellowships

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation today announced 41 finalists for the 2020 Hertz Fellowship in applied science, mathematics, and engineering

– The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Paul K. Kearns named 2020 FLC Laboratory Director of the Year

Argonne National Laboratory Director Paul Kearns awarded Laboratory Director of the Year by The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC).

– Argonne National Laboratory

Diana Dabby Wins ASEE Best Paper Award

Diana Dabby, music program director and associate professor of electrical engineering and music, recently won a 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Best Paper award for “The Engineers’ Orchestra: a Conductorless Orchestra for D...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Former Finance Executive Bruce Herring Named to Olin’s Board of Trustees

Olin College of Engineering welcomes Bruce Herring to the Board of Trustees. Herring is a former senior executive at Fidelity Investments and his career in investment management and advising spans over 30 years. He is currently a member of the Olin C...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Jeannie Diefenderfer Named to Olin College’s Board of Trustees

Jeannie H. Diefenderfer has been named to Olin College’s Board of Trustees. During her 28-year career at Verizon Communications, Diefenderfer led both technical and operational organizations in a range of roles, including Senior Vice President of G...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

NYU Launches Alliance for Public Interest Technology

New York University has launched the Alliance for Public Interest Technology, a group of NYU faculty focused on the responsible and ethical creation, use, and governance of technology that will support new research, develop pipelines for diverse stud...

– New York University

American University Names First Chief Online Officer to Lead Digital Learning Efforts

American University Names First Chief Online Officer to Lead Digital Learning Efforts

– American University

Gift will fund solar panel, electrical research

Thanks to a generous gift from utility company Evergy, students in the College of Engineering at Wichita State University can learn about and conduct research on solar power technology, as well as how to protect an electric grid from short circuiting...

– Wichita State University

Sun, wind, and hydrogen: New Arctic station will do without diesel fuel

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) has initiated a project of the Russian Federation called “Arctic Hydrogen Energy Applications and Demonstrations” (AHEAD) in the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Researchers seek to improve hydropower, lower electricity costs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $1 million to a research team led by Missouri University of Science and Technology to study ways to better harness the power of water as an energy source. About 10% of electricity in the U.S. is ...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology






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