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Monday, March 16, 2020

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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 16-Mar-2020

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Wikipedia visits to disease outbreak pages show impact of news media on public attention

During the 2016 Zika outbreak, news exposure appears to have had a far bigger impact than local disease risk on the number of times people visited Zika-related Wikipedia pages in the U.S.


PLOS Computational Biology

‘Spillway’ for electrons could keep lithium metal batteries from catching fire

UC San Diego nanoengineers developed a safety feature that prevents lithium metal batteries from rapidly overheating and catching fire in case of an internal short circuit. The clever tweak does not prevent battery failure, but rather provides advanc...

– University of California San Diego

Advanced Materials, Mar-2020

Room-temperature Bonded Interface Improves Cooling of Gallium Nitride Devices

A room-temperature bonding technique for integrating wide bandgap materials such as gallium nitride (GaN) with thermally-conducting materials such as diamond could boost the cooling effect on GaN devices and facilitate better performance through high...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces; N00014-18-1-2429

Chasing Lithium Ions on the Move in a Fast-Charging Battery

Atomic distortions emerging in the electrode during operation provide a “fast lane” for the transport of lithium ions.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Science 28 Feb 2020: Vol. 367, Issue 6481, pp. 1030-1034, DOI: 10.1126/science.aax3520

Immersive Civil Engineering Game to Be Used Across the Country

Without ever needing to step outside of a classroom, a college dorm room, or a quiet nook in a library, civil engineering students can now transport themselves into the field where they must take measurements, make observations, and understand the im...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Virtual Reality Shows Promise for Early Detection of MS Balance Problems

Researchers used a virtual reality system to trick subjects into thinking they were falling as they walked on a treadmill, finding clear differences in reactions between people with multiple sclerosis and people without. These differences were not ev...

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine


People want more compensation, security for their genomic data

Genomic data donated by the public is valuable for the companies that collect it. But a recent survey finds that once people are aware of issues surrounding the use and security of genetic information, people are more concerned about how it might be ...

– Cornell University


Virtual Bariatric Endoscopic Training Tool Being Developed To Improve Patient Safety

A team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Suvranu De, the head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, is developing a virtual reality-based training device that can help train medical professional...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Muscle stem cells compiled in ‘atlas’

A team of Cornell researchers led by Ben Cosgrove, assistant professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, used a new cellular profiling technology to probe and catalog the activity of almost every kind of cell involved in muscle repair. ...

– Cornell University

Cell Reports

Patient-friendly brain imager gets green light toward first prototype

Sandia National Laboratories has received a $6 million grant from the the National Institutes of Health to build a prototype medical device that would make magnetoencephalography (MEG) — a type of noninvasive brain scan — more comfortable, more a...

– Sandia National Laboratories

PLOS ONE; R01EB013302

Astronomers Catch Rare Eclipse of a Double Brown Dwarf System

Astronomers working on “first light” data from a newly commissioned telescope in Chile made a chance discovery that led to the identification of a rare eclipse of two brown dwarfs.

– University of California San Diego

Nature Astronomy; 803193/BEBOP; RPG-2018-418; ST/S00193X/1; AST-1517177; NNX15AI75G; PP00P2-163967

Scientists Look Deeper to See How an RNA-editing Enzyme Evolved into a Genome Editor

Chemists and biochemists at UC San Diego took the first look at the onset of DNA-editing activity in an RNA-editing enzyme called “TadA” that served as the precursor to a class of base editors known as ABEs.

– University of California San Diego

Science Advances; 1R21GM135736-01; ACI-1548562

ORNL neutrons add advanced polarization capability for measuring magnetic materials

Neutron scattering instruments at ORNL’s HFIR and SNS are undergoing upgrades which will enable them to study magnetic phenomena previously not possible in the US. Incorporating a device for spherical neutron polarimetry enables the ability to char...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL team builds portable diagnostic for fusion experiments from off-the-shelf items

The techniques Theodore Biewer and his colleagues are using to measure whether plasma has the right conditions to create fusion have been around awhile.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Innovative ANNIE sees first neutrinos, with more “firsts” to come

The groundbreaking ANNIE experiment at Fermilab has seen its first neutrino events. This milestone heralds the start of an ambitious program in neutrino physics and detector technology development. It is also a cause for celebration by the internatio...

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Features and Experts

Applying Deep Learning to Automate UAV‐Based Detection of Scatterable Landmines

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

remote sensing, March-2020

After Turning Microorganisms Into Art, Student Helps NASA Study Origins of Life Through Algae (Video)

Rutgers student Julia Van Etten, whose @Couch_Microscopy Instagram page garnered more than 25,000 followers by showcasing microorganisms as art, is now working with NASA on research into how red algae can help explain the origins of life on Earth.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Autonomous guided vehicles to transform horticultural labour shortage

A new autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) is being developed to transform the horticultural sector and tackle the labour shortage

– University of Warwick

Argonne looks to power electric aviation with new dynamic system simulation tool

Scientists at Argonne have built software to measure how to conserve energy in flight with 21st century vehicles — including electric and hybrid airplanes and drones.

– Argonne National Laboratory

A Graphene Innovation That Is Music to Your Ears

A California-based company called GraphAudio is moving toward commercializing graphene-based audio technology developed by researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley in an effort to stimulate an audio revolution.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

What Are Green Jobs?

Green jobs are booming. But what are they? And how can the United States prepare for the future this shift in technologies will bring? This video is part of the Inside the Issues video series, featuring CFR Vice President of Studies Shannon K. O’N...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Shannon K. O'Neil, "What Are Green Jobs?", Election 2020, January 24, 2020.

How We Choose: Applying ‘Decision Science’ to Transportation Behaviors

Can scientists understand human behavior enough to figure out what drives the choices you make? In fact, it’s called “decision science,” and it’s something that Anna Spurlock, a behavioral economist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ...

Expert Available

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Education Management Solutions Releases Covid-19 Coronavirus Medical Education Guidelines

Newly released guidelines on the best practices for utilizing telemedicine to support uninterrupted healthcare education and simulation training during academic closures due to Covid-19 Coronavirus

– Education Management Solutions (EMS)

Studying Water’s Flow Will Help Preserve Access to Life-Sustaining Resource

Tens of thousands of reservoir and dam systems are being operated in communities across the United States, ensuring access to reliable sources of water. That access, however, isn’t a guarantee. Altered rainfall patterns driven by global warming, in...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Online education experts available to discuss the pandemic's push into the virtual classroom

– California State University, Fullerton

Coronavirus heightens risk of cybercrime in the workplace, expert warns to protect private data

– Virginia Tech

Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 leading companies to move annual meetings online

– Indiana University

Notre Dame leader in unconventional classroom instruction available to comment on alternative learning methods during coronavirus university break

– University of Notre Dame

Saint Joseph's University Expert available to discuss how coronavirus could change the future of work

– Saint Joseph's University

What do we do with our germ-harboring smartphones in the midst of pandemic?

– Cornell University

Having employees working at home can boost productivity, but it also can increase feelings of isolation

– Indiana University

When the Doctors get Sick with Coronavirus - How Telemedicine Provides an Answer

– Thomas Jefferson University

Announcements and Events

S&T Announces Winner in the $250K Escape Respirator Challenge

DHS S&T announced the grand prize winner of the Escape Respirator Prize Challenge.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Female Engineer elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Professor Wanda Lewis, from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. The RSA was founded in 1754, and granted a Royal charter in 1847 - its current patron is Queen Elizabeth, and t...

– University of Warwick

UTEP Mechanical Engineering Professor Awarded $550K to Help NASA Develop Early Stage Innovations

A mechanical engineering professor from The University of Texas at El Paso will lend his expertise to early-stage space exploration technology research through a $550,000 grant from NASA to investigate the viability of power sources in the extreme te...

– University of Texas at El Paso

DARPA Awards $22 Million to Create ‘Smart’ Device for Healing Large Muscle Wounds

Researchers from seven institutions team up to create a device combining artificial intelligence, bioelectronics and regenerative medicine for regrowing muscle tissue, especially after combat injuries.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

New $21.4 million U.S.-Israel center aims to develop water-energy technologies

A U.S.-Israel team that includes researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has received $21.4 million to develop new technologies to help solve global water challenges.

– Argonne National Laboratory

NSF CAREER Award Supports Framework for Photons as Quantum Transistors

Physicist Esther Wertz has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award to investigate nanometer-scale metal structures that will control light at the quantum limit, one photon at a time. Her work...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Two OU Engineering Professors Among Members of 13 Universities to Receive $20 Million Grant Renewal

The renewed cooperative agreement to Colorado State University continues the work of the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning to develop computer and field study tools, best practices and guidance that help local governments decide how...

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering





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