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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 24-Feb-2020

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Cardiologists: Big Data Advances Research, But Shouldn’t Do So at the Cost of Privacy

Your doctor protects your sensitive health data. But in a new publication, experts assert it’s important to check if that app you just downloaded will, too.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Circulation, Feb-2020

embargoed until 24-Feb-2020, 14:00 ET

Columbia Researchers Develop New Method to Isolate Atomic Sheets and Create New Materials

Columbia researchers have invented a new method—using ultraflat gold films—to disassemble vdW single crystals layer by layer into monolayers with near-unity yield and with dimensions limited only by bulk crystal sizes. The monolayers have the sam...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Science Feb 20 2020

Embargo expired on 20-Feb-2020 at 14:00 ET

Count me out of counting seeds

Technology lends a hand during tedious seed counting process

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

Agricultural & Environmental Letters

Chemists use mass spectrometry tools to determine age of fingerprints

Chemists at Iowa State may have solved a puzzle of forensic science: How do you determine the age of a fingerprint? The chemists used mass spectrometry tools to analyze fingerprints and found clues in the fatty oils within the prints. And that could ...

– Iowa State University

Analytical Chemistry, Volume 92, Issue 4, Feb. 18, 2020

Could water solve the renewable energy storage challenge?

Seasonally pumped hydropower storage could provide an affordable way to store renewable energy over the long-term, filling a much needed gap to support the transition to renewable energy, according to a new study from IIASA scientists.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Nature Communications

New wearable tool helps manage mental health

Researchers at Texas A&M University are working on a smartphone app that can help students manage their mental health and connect to resources.

– Texas A&M University

Mental Health Evaluation and Lookout, mHELP

Topological materials outperform through quantum periodic motion

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered that applying vibrational motion in a periodic manner may be the key to preventing dissipations of the desired electron states that would make advanced quantum computing ...

– Ames Laboratory

npj Quantum Materials

Simple, fuel-efficient rocket engine could enable cheaper, lighter spacecraft

University of Washington researchers have developed a mathematical model that describes how rotating detonation engines work.

– University of Washington

Physical Review E

UCI and Disney Research scientists develop AI-enhanced video compression model

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 18, 2020 – A new artificial intelligence-enhanced video compression model developed by computer scientists at the University of California, Irvine and Disney Research has demonstrated that deep learning can compete against esta...

– University of California, Irvine

A smart jumpsuit provides information on infants' movement and development

A new innovation makes it possible, for the first time, to quantitatively assess children's spontaneous movement in the natural environment.

– University of Helsinki

Scientific Reports

WWI helmets protect against shock waves just as well as modern designs

Biomedical engineers from Duke University have demonstrated that, despite significant advancements in protection from ballistics and blunt impacts, modern military helmets are no better at protecting the brain from shock waves created by nearby blast...

– Duke University


In acoustic waves, engineers break reciprocity with ‘spacetime-varying metamaterials’

Working in an emerging field known to as “spacetime-varying metamaterials,” University at Buffalo engineers have demonstrated the ability to break reciprocity in acoustic waves. The NSF-sponsored research could have implications in communications...

– University at Buffalo

Physical Review Applied

Creating the Heart of a Quantum Computer: Developing Qubits

To use quantum computers on a large scale, we need to improve the technology at their heart – qubits. Qubits are the quantum version of conventional computers’ most basic form of information, bits. The DOE’s Office of Science is supporting rese...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Less is More: Berkeley Lab Breaks New Ground in Data Center Optimization

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's decades of leadership in designing & enhancing energy-efficient data centers is being applied to NERSC supercomputing resources through a collaboration that's using operational data analytics to optimize coolin...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Sheet Music May Be an Effective Guide For Understanding Human Brain Activity

Sergio Pequito, an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is looking to transcribe the brain’s complex dynamics into new data models that can help researchers better understand how the brain a...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Argonne and UChicago scientists take important step in developing national quantum internet

Real-world experiment in Chicago suburbs achieves quantum entanglement across 52-mile fiber network

– Argonne National Laboratory

Utility player: How hydropower can help get more wind and solar on the grid

Argonne researcher Audun Botterud co-authored a recent paper from the International Energy Agency on hydropower’s potential for integrating other renewables on the grid.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Features and Experts

Using eyes in the sky for sustainability: HU research team to harness AI, satellite imagery to create Lean, Smart cities

According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, exposure to polluted air, water, and soil caused more than 9 million premature deaths in 2015 – three times more than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined. Other pollution forms, such...

– Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Arthi Jayaraman: Then and Now

Arthi Jayaraman is a full professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Material Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware.

Expert Available

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

EU lapses in effort to compete with big tech, takes the lead in AI ethics

– Cornell University

Announcements and Events

Fermi Award Now Open for Nominations

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is accepting nominations for the 2020 Enrico Fermi Award.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

University of Arkansas at Little Rock receives gift for new building information modeling lab

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Arkansas has donated $30,000 to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to establish a fund to support the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab for construction management and engineering students.  ...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

ORNL, TVA sign agreement to collaborate on advanced reactor technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate a new generation of flexible, cost-effective advanced nuclear reactors.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

UIC names rising data scientist to TransUnion endowed professorship

“Big data” is getting a big boost in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through a new professorship endowed by TransUnion, a leading global information and insights company.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

New, Leading-Edge CT Scanner for Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center opened a second computed tomography (CT) scanner in its emergency department in February.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Smart Mouthguard Technology Licensed from University of Maryland, Baltimore

Technology for a smart mouthguard from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has been licensed by University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) alumnus Michael Wright, DDS, MS, into his new startup company, The WrightGuard Innovation Corp...

– University of Maryland, Baltimore


Bioelectrocatalysis uses cellular processes for chemical synthesis

– University of Utah

Nature Catalysis





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