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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 02-Mar-2020

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Physiotherapy could be done at home using Virtual Reality

Current Physiotherapy techniques require patients to complete exercises at home, which doesn’t include much guidance

– University of Warwick

Journal PLOS ONE

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2020 at 14:00 ET

CHOP Researchers Develop Novel Approach to Capture Hard-to-View Portion of Colon in 3-D for the First Time

In a groundbreaking discovery, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) developed a new imaging method that allows scientists to view the enteric nervous system (ENS) – a key part of the human colon – in three dimensions by mak...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Gastroenterology, Feb-2020

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2020 at 10:00 ET

Researchers Develop Framework that Improves Firefox Security

Researchers from the University of California San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University and Mozilla have developed a new framework to improve web browser security. The framework, called RLBox, has been integrated into Firefox to c...

– University of California San Diego

USENIX Security Symposium

Embargo expired on 25-Feb-2020 at 09:00 ET

McMaster develops tool for coronavirus battle

Technology can be used to track how the virus evolves over time, how it transmits between people, how well it survives outside the body, and to find answers to other questions.

– McMaster University

Unique Material Could Unlock New Functionality in Semiconductors

In an article published today in Science Advances, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers detailed how they designed and synthesized a unique material with controllable capabilities that make it very promising for future electronics.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Science Advances

University of Texas at Dallas Computer Scientists’ New Tool Fools Hackers into Sharing Keys for Better Cybersecurity

Instead of blocking hackers, a new cybersecurity defense approach developed by University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists actually welcomes them. The method, called DEEP-Dig (DEcEPtion DIGging), ushers intruders into a decoy site so the com...

– University of Texas at Dallas

Computer Security Applications Conference; Hawaii International Conference of System Sciences

The cold-start dilemma

With hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, cold starts occur more frequently when the internal combustion engine stops and the electric motor pushes the car through town. How quickly can the catalytic converter be preheated so that it can still clean exha...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

SAE Technical Papers; Empa media release

'Surfing attack' hacks Siri, Google with ultrasonic waves

Using ultrasound waves propagating through a solid surface, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis were able to read text messages and make fraudulent calls on a cellphone sitting on a desk up to 30 feet away.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium 2020; CNS1950171; CNS-1949753; CNS-1916926; CNS-1837519

CT scanning wheat grains for stress tolerance

Scientists have developed a computed tomography (CT) scanning method for screening large samples of wheat for drought and heat tolerance. They believe the new system will allow more accurate and much more rapid analysis of wheat heads, speeding up th...

– University of Adelaide

Plant Methods

Scientists Discover New Clue Behind Age-Related Diseases and Food Spoilage

Berkeley Lab scientists have made a surprising discovery that could help explain our risk for developing chronic diseases or cancers as we get older, and how our food decomposes over time.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Columbia team discovers new way to control the phase of light using 2D materials

Columbia University researchers announced that they have discovered a new way to control the phase of light using 2D materials--atomically thin materials, ∼ 0.8 nanometer, or 1/100000 the size of a human hair--without changing its amplitude, at e...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Photonics

A Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots

Researchers at Columbia Engineering announced today that they have introduced a new type of robotic finger with a sense of touch. Their finger can localize touch with very high precision—<1mm—over a large, multicurved surface, much like its human...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics

Explained: Why water droplets ‘bounce off the walls’

When a water droplet lands on a surface it can splash, coat the surface cleanly, or in special conditions bounce off like a beach ball

– University of Warwick

Physical Review Letters

Sweat sensor detects stress levels; May find use in space exploration

If someone asked you right now how stressed you are, what would you say? A little? A lot? You do not know?

– California Institute of Technology


New study allows brain and artificial neurons to link up over the web

Research on novel nanoelectronics devices led by the University of Southampton enabled brain neurons and artificial neurons to communicate with each other.

– University of Southampton

Nature Scientific Reports

Fur-friendly 'wearable for pets' developed at Imperial

Imperial College London researchers have invented a new health tracking sensor for pets and people that monitors vital signs through fur or clothing.

– Imperial College London

Advanced Functional Materials

Multi-sensor Band Quickly and Simply Records Subtle Changes in Patients with MS

An international team of scientists, led by UC San Diego researchers, has developed a new, multi-sensor tool that measures subtle changes in multiple sclerosis patients, allowing physicians to more frequently and more quickly respond to changes in sy...

– University of California San Diego Health

Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology

Machine learning reveals earth tremor and slip occur continuously, not intermittently

Applying deep learning to seismic data has revealed tremor and slip occur at all times—before and after known large-scale slow-slip earthquakes—rather than intermittently in discrete bursts, as previously believed.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Geophysical Research Letters

Modern technology reveals old secrets about the great, white Maya road

Did a powerful queen of Cobá, one of the greatest cities of the ancient Maya world, build the longest Maya road to invade a smaller, isolated neighbor and gain a foothold against the emerging Chichén Itzá empire?

– University of Miami

Journal of Archaeological Science

Design of the W7-X fusion device enables it to overcome obstacles, scientists find

Advanced design of the world's largest and most powerful stellarator demonstrates the ability to moderate heat loss from the plasma that fuels fusion reactions.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Nuclear Fusion

InSight detects gravity waves, devilish dust on Mars

More than a year after NASA’s Mars InSight lander touched down in a pebble-filled crater on the Martian equator, the rusty red planet is now serving up its meteorological secrets: gravity waves, surface swirling “dust devils,” and the steady, l...

– Cornell University

Nature Geoscience, Feb. 2020

Quadrupling turbines, U.S. can meet 2030 wind-energy goals

The United States could generate 20% of its electricity from wind within 10 years, without requiring any additional land, according to Cornell University research published in Nature Scientific Reports.

– Cornell University

Nature Scientific Reports, Jan. 2020

Story Tips: Antidote chasing, traffic control and automatic modeling

ORNL's Story Tips: Antidote chasing, traffic control and automatic modeling, for March 2020

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Journal of Biological Chemistry, Feb-2020

Seeing starch: Novel technique enables gentle observation of biofuel materials

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method to peer deep into the nanostructure of biomaterials without damaging the sample. This novel technique can confirm structural features in starch, a ca...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ACS Omega, Feb-2020

Features and Experts

Continuous soil fertility monitorcould benefit agriculture

The ever-increasing price of fertilizers and environmental concerns about nutrient runoff make development of a rugged continuous electronic monitoring device to detect soil fertility a possible boon to agriculture in the United States and the United...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2020 at 10:00 ET

URI computer science professor developing app to help people with intellectual disabilities report abuse

Krishna Venkatasubramanian, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rhode Island, is looking for a way to help through technology. Venkatasubramanian has teamed with the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission to ...

– University of Rhode Island

Stargazing with Computers

Astrophysicists supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science are developing these guides in the form of computer models that rely on machine learning to examine the LSST data.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

University of Toledo engineering students as future STEM leaders

On Monday, January 13, engineering students from the University of Toledo’s Roy and Marcia Armes Engineering Leaderships Institute (ELI) visited Argonne National Laboratory to prepare themselves for the leadership challenges facing engineers.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Missouri S&T researchers create organ tissue with bioactive glass, stem cells and 3D printer

An interdisciplinary team of Missouri S&T researchers is creating organ tissue samples using bioactive glass, stem cells and a 3D printer. The project could advance pharmaceutical testing and lead to a better understanding of how diseases affect huma...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Stunning Images Capture Cosmic Ray Tracks

These images capture the movement and collisions of cosmic rays—mysterious particles originating somewhere in deep space—as they stream through the STAR detector at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). The results are profoundly beautiful....

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Wearable Devices Deliver Cardiac Care Beyond the Hospital

Physicians at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai are heading into the next frontier in heart medicine: Wearables. Also called digital therapeutics, wearable devices--like high tech watches and pendants--can track the heart beats and overall ca...

– Cedars-Sinai

Customs and Border Protection Officers Leverage S&T-Developed Imposter Detection Training Tech to Maximize Officer Performance

CBP’s OFO Academy at DHS S&T and FLETC Training Innovations Division (TID) developed a new technology that uses eye tracking feedback to maximize officer performance in impostor identification and ID validation training.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Blood Shortage on the Battlefield? Just Make It On-site

A new program launched by the Department of Defense could be the answer to blood shortages on the battlefield, other remote locations, and in hospitals. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' 4D Bio3 On-Demand Blood Program, or 4D...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

UAH helps nation catch up in hypersonic research

The University of Alabama in Hunstville’s Aerophysics Research Center (ARC), operating on Redstone Arsenal, provides the government and commercial clients with a ready means of hypersonic scaled testing with its three, two-stage light gas gun syste...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Identify, track, capture

Sandia National Laboratories robotics experts are working on a way to intercept enemy unmanned aircraft systems midflight.

– Sandia National Laboratories

Gemini South Telescope Captures Exquisite Planetary Nebula

The latest image from the international Gemini Observatory showcases the striking planetary nebula CVMP 1. This object is the result of the death throes of a giant star and is a glorious but relatively short-lived astronomical spectacle. As the proge...

– Gemini Observatory

Announcements and Events

Advanced fertiliser research with new Mosaic contract

Enhanced spreading, improved efficiency and reduced environmental impact will be the focus of continuing fertiliser research under a new five-year partnership agreement between the University of Adelaide and US-based fertiliser producer The Mosaic Co...

– University of Adelaide

PECASE Honoree Sohini Ramachandran Studies the Genetic Foundations of Traits in Diverse Populations

NIGMS grantee and presidential award recipient Sohini Ramachandran, Ph.D., is challenging our understanding of genetic variation among human populations. She discusses her research on how the genetic composition of traits and diseases varies among p...

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

R01GM118652; P20GM109035

Wichita State licenses wind turbine protection technology to Lightning Diversion Systems

Wichita State University and WSU Ventures have entered into a new strategic partnership with California-based Lightning Diversion Systems (LDS), a Ducommun Company. The partnership involves the exclusive licensing of a lightning strike protection ...

– Wichita State University

IU Kelley School of Business to offer STEM designated MBA degrees in five disciplines

To ensure that the Indiana University Kelley School of Business continues to be responsive to the needs of a 21st-century global economy, the school's leadership announced that its Full-Time MBA Program will offer STEM-designated degrees in five disc...

– Indiana University

DHS S&T Seeks Object Tracking Technology for Seas and Waterways

DHS S&T SVIP is looking for start-ups to develop or adapt a system to more clearly mark and track objects in the water.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T Seeks Language Translator for USCG Missions

DHS S&T SVIP, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), is looking for start-ups to develop or adapt a language translator that functions in a maritime operational environment.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Homeland Security Day, March 4 2020

Robot Research Honored

The National Science Foundation has recognized Fabrizio Sergi, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Delaware, with its CAREER award to support fundamental research in motor control. His work is seeking to help those with...

– University of Delaware

Trio of female mechanical engineering professors to lead new research centers

Three professors from the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) have been selected as the directors of newly announced research centers at the University, where they will continue to make tangible impacts in research and grow the repre...

– Penn State College of Engineering

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity to Establish MBA in Security Technology Transition

DHS S&T announced a funding opportunity for a new DHS COE to develop an MBA program focused on transitioning security technology from research and development to operational use.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

NIH announces $1 million prize competition to target global disease diagnostics

The National Institutes of Health has launched a $1 million Technology Accelerator Challenge (TAC) to spur the design and development of non-invasive, handheld, digital technologies to detect, diagnose and guide therapies for diseases with high globa...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Clare Boothe Luce Program Awards Grant to Olin College

The Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Program has awarded $192,000 to support undergraduate research at Olin College. The award, which will be spread over three years, will go toward establishing a CBL Research Scholars Program under which up to 24 students wi...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Identifying the sources of salt pollution

To Nathaniel Warner, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and recipient of a new National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a lack of available water-quality data and an abundance of potential salt polluters, such as road salting...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Free Images for Broader Public Use

The Smithsonian announced today the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data. This means that people ever...

– Smithsonian Institution

CSU Hosts Informational Session on New Cybersecurity Degree Program

Columbus State University’s TSYS Cybersecurity Center is hosting a series of informational sessions on the new Nexus Cybersecurity degree.

– Columbus State University

New Software Tests Asphalt Performance More Efficiently

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Features and Experts

Engineers develop skin rejuvenation method using stem cells

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

ACS Omega, Dec-2019

Announcements and Events

MTU Crew Goes BIG for NASA’s Lunar Projects

– Michigan Technological University

NASA Announcement





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