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Monday, February 17, 2020

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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 17-Feb-2020

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Technique Can Label Many Specific DNAs, RNAs, or Proteins in a Single Tissue Sample

A new technique can label diverse molecules and amplify the signal to help researchers spot those that are especially rare. Called SABER (signal amplification by exchange reaction), Peng Yin’s lab at Harvard’s Wyss Institute first introduced thi...

– Biophysical Society

BPS Annual Meeting, Feb-2020

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2020 at 07:00 ET

New Process For Preserving Lumber Could Offer Advantages Over Pressure Treating

Researchers have developed a new method that could one day replace conventional pressure treating as a way to make lumber not only fungal-resistant but also nearly impervious to water – and more thermally insulating.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Langmuir ; N00014-19-1-2162

Embargo expired on 13-Feb-2020 at 08:30 ET

New chip brings ultra-low power Wi-Fi connectivity to IoT devices

More portable, fully wireless smart home setups. Lower power wearables. Batteryless smart devices. These could all be made possible thanks to a new ultra-low power Wi-Fi radio developed by UC San Diego engineers. It enables Wi-Fi communication at 5,0...

– University of California San Diego

International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Feb-2020

Wearable Trackers Estimate Fitness Levels without High-intensity Exercise

Researchers have developed a method to estimate cardiorespiratory fitness levels that could be applied to data captured by wearable fitness trackers during activities of daily life. This could facilitate testing for those with low exercise tolerance ...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Journal of Applied Physiology

I spy with my digital eye … a tiger’s breathing, a lion’s pulse

A pilot study undertaken by researchers from the University of South Australia at Adelaide Zoo, has developed a new way to undertake basic health checks of exotic wildlife using a digital camera, saving them the stress of an anaesthetic.

– University of South Australia


Consider workplace AI’s impact before it’s too late, study says

The consequences of workplace automation will likely impact just about every aspect of our lives, and scholars and policymakers need to start thinking about it far more broadly if they want to have a say in what the future looks like, according to a ...

– Cornell University

Information and Organization

Second GPU Cloudburst Experiment Yields New Findings

Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) have conducted a second experimentt marshalled globally available-for-sale GPUs (graphics processing units), proving it is possibl...

– University of California San Diego


Atom or noise? New method helps cryo-EM researchers tell the difference

Cryogenic electron microscopy can in principle make out individual atoms in a molecule, but distinguishing the crisp from the blurry parts of an image can be a challenge. A new mathematical method may help.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Grigore Pintilie et al., Nature Methods, February 10, 2020

New air-pressure sensor could improve everyday devices

A team of mechanical engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York investigating a revolutionary kind of micro-switch has found another application for its ongoing research.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Dec-2019

What is the Best Way to Encourage Innovation? Competitive Pay May be the Answer

Economists and business leaders agree that innovation is a major force behind economic growth, but many disagree on what is the best way to encourage workers to produce the “think-outside-of-the-box” ideas. New research from UC San Diego indicate...

– University of California San Diego

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

New Argonne etching technique could advance the way semiconductor devices are made

Researchers uncover a technique known as molecular layer etching which aid in building intricate 3D nanostructures for semiconductor devices and other microelectronics.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Chemistry of Materials, Jan-2020

Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement

Raising awareness and offering technological tools to the thousands of citizens groups in the U.S. that monitor water quality might help community leaders tap these volunteers as a way to improve access to plentiful, clean water and possibly avoid w...

– Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Interacting With Computers

Replacing Animal Testing with Synthetic Cell Scaffolds

Electrospun synthetic cell scaffolds are not only more consistent than animal cells for cancer research, they hold the potential to replace animal testing.

– Michigan Technological University

IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology; Royal Chemistry Society Advances

Superior “Bio-Ink” for 3D Printing Pioneered

Rutgers biomedical engineers have developed a “bio-ink” for 3D printed materials that could serve as scaffolds for growing human tissues to repair or replace damaged ones in the body. Their study was published in the journal Biointerphases.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Biointerphases; Rutgers Today

Predicting chaos using aerosols and AI

Using aerosols as ground truth, researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a deep learning method that accurately simulates chaotic trajectories — from the spread of poisonous gas to the p...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Aerosol Science; AGS-1455215; CBET-1511964; NNX15AI66G

New Threads: Nanowires Made of Tellurium and Nanotubes Hold Promise for Wearable Tech

Wearable tech requires both strength and flexibility. A new nanowire design — a boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) filled with tellurium atomic chains — holds promise for electronics triggered by light and pressure. In collaboration with Purdue Univer...

– Michigan Technological University

Nature Electronics, Feb-2020

Features and Experts

January Science Snapshots

Dinosaur blood vessels, giant viruses, and antibiotic-building enzymes

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientific Reports; Nature; Science

Electric superbike designed by students to race this summer

As the government has announced proposals to ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 the race to electrify the motor industry is on, and motorbikes aren’t to be overlooked.

– University of Warwick

How to mend a broken heart? VR helps cardiologist discern patient’s injury, plan repair

Born with complex heart defects, Brevin Cronk, 21, has undergone six open surgeries and several more cardiac procedures. In December, an old repair tore away, creating a blockage and a new septal hole. A UW Medicine cardiologist used virtual reality ...

– UW Medicine

Nurse Invents App for Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device

In the early 90s, Dr. Jessie Casida was one of few nurses working on the first patient with a left ventricular assist device. The patient’s self-management responsibility was so complicated that it inspired him to create VADcare App.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Aira Access provides free, on-campus visual aid to blind and low-vision Shockers

Blind and low-vision Shockers and campus visitors now have a high-tech option for free visual aid on campus offered through an Aira Access agreement with the Wichita State University Office of Disability Services.

– Wichita State University

Channeling Electrons for Ultrafast Spin Conductivity

Scientists used unique scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to control how electrons moved on the surface of a bismuth-based material (Bi2Te2Se).

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

The Medical Minute: ‘Swiper’s Thumb?’ Explore Some Common Tech-Related Injuries

Thanks to society’s fondness for electronic gadgets, so-called tech-related injuries are on the rise. Learn how to ease the pain – or even prevent it in the first place.

– Penn State Health

‘How I Fell for My Field’

As the adage goes, “Choose a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." The CSU is lucky to be replete with faculty and staff across its 23 campuses who've found their true calling. And for those who work with them—whether students ...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

No Strain, No Gain! Breakthrough in 2D Material that Produces Single Photons

Recent research has shown that 2D materials may have potential as light sources that emit light as single photons.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

DUNE collaboration finalizes the blueprint for the ultimate neutrino detector

The publication of the Technical Design Report is a major milestone for the construction of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, an international mega-science project hosted by Fermilab. It lays out in great detail the scientific goals as well a...

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Assessing Respirators for The Coast Guard Special Ops

DHS S&T is committed to ensuring that all of our responders have the tools they need to do their jobs safely and securely—including reliable personal protective equipment that won’t let them down when it matters the most.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Creating the Heart of a Quantum Computer

Quantum computers have the potential to solve problems that conventional computers can’t. To use quantum computers on a large scale, we need to improve the technology in qubits. The DOE’s Office of Science is supporting research into developing t...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Argonne engineers streamline jet engine design

Argonne scientists are combining one-of-a-kind x-ray experiments with novel computer simulations to help engineers at aerospace and defense companies save time and money.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Buffalo State College's Kevin Williams available to speak about the Mars 2020 rover.

– SUNY Buffalo State

By shrinking playing field, Sprint and T-Mobile merger may enhance competition

– Cornell University

‘Omnipresent surveillance’: Facial recognition may transform schools into prisons

– Cornell University

Announcements and Events

New department head named to lead industrial engineering

Steven Landry, professor of industrial engineering and associate department head of the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, has been named department head of the Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufa...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Argonne leads award-winning collaboration with Kairos Power that unveils new simulation of nuclear power plants

Argonne scientists won a 2019 R&D 100 award for collaborating with Kairos Power to create software that simulates entire nuclear power plants.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Student-Built App Wins Prize in HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Competition

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute team $15,000 for an app called MortalityMinder, which identifies social conditions contributing to decli...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Aerospace engineering department head named AIAA fellow

Amy Pritchett, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society....

– Penn State College of Engineering

SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology Announce Annual Achievement Awards

SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology, the two scientific journals of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS), announced their annual publication awards honoring articles and authors from editions published in 2019. The awards were of...


SLAS2020 International Conference and Exhibition

NSF CAREER Award research aims to transform metal casting for the 21st century

Guha Manogharan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, is embarking on a new research project that has the potential to transform the fundamentals of casting science by studying 3D design principles through the introduction of ...

– Penn State College of Engineering

$15.5 million investment creates engineering scholars program at Penn State

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation has committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the Penn State College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need. Penn State Pre...

– Penn State College of Engineering





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