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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 23-Mar-2020

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New Device Quickly Detects Harmful Bacteria in Blood

Engineers have created a tiny device that can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood, allowing health care professionals to pinpoint the cause of potentially deadly infections and fight them with drugs. The Rutgers coauthored study, led by research...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; Rutgers Today

New Research on Compact Beam Steering Promises to Revolutionize Autonomous Navigation, Augmented Reality, Neuroscience

A Columbia Engineering team, led by Professor Michal Lipson, has developed a low-power beam steering platform that is a non-mechanical, robust, and scalable approach to beam steering.

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Optics Letters April 1 2020; Optica; Nature Biomedical Engineering

NUS researchers successfully engineer the world’s first aerogels made from scrap rubber tyres

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has achieved a major technological breakthrough by converting waste rubber tyres into super-light aerogels that have a wide range of applications. This is the first time that aerog...

– National University of Singapore

Model simulator helps researchers map complex physics phenomena

A Cornell-led collaboration has successfully created such a simulator using ultrathin monolayers that overlap to make a moiré pattern. The team then used this solid-state platform to map a longstanding conundrum in physics: the phase diagram of the ...

– Cornell University


Drones could still be a threat to public safety -- New research improves drone detection

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, are widely used in mapping, aerial photography, rescue operations, shipping, law enforcement, agriculture, among other things. Despite great potential for improving public safety, use of drone...

– Aalto University

IEEE Access

Closing the carbon cycle to stop climate change

An excessive amount of carbon dioxide is the main cause of climate change. One of the best approaches is to capture and convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel such as methane.

– Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

How people investigate — or don't — fake news on Twitter and Facebook

UW researchers watched 25 participants scroll through their Facebook or Twitter feeds while, unbeknownst to them, a Google Chrome extension randomly added debunked content on top of some of the real posts.

– University of Washington

2020 ACM CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Physicists propose new filter for blocking high-pitched sounds

Need to reduce high-pitched noises? Science may have an answer. In a new study, theoretical physicists report that materials made from tapered chains of spherical beads could help dampen sounds that lie at the upper range of human hearing or just bey...

– University at Buffalo

Granular Matter

Leveraging layers for enhanced tissue repair

Bioengineers have created a 3D-printed scaffold designed to regenerate complex tissues composed of multiple layers of cells with different biological and mechanical properties.

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Bioprinting, March-2020; P41 EB023833

Aversion to Risk by R&D Managers May Hurt U.S. Economic Prospects

While concerns loom over an impending recession caused by the spread of COVID-19, policymakers and business leaders have implemented radical strategies, such as slashing interest rates to invigorate the U.S.’s weakened economy. Research and Develo...

– University of California San Diego

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Privacy policies influence consumer behavior online, new study finds

Deciding how much personal information to share online has become an everyday choice for consumers. However, whose responsibility is it to keep private information safe — companies or consumers?

– DePaul University

Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, April-2020

Researchers developing coronavirus detection system to screen travelers

Researchers at Missouri S&T are developing an airborne-biohazard system that could help screeners spot air travelers with lung diseases due to coronavirus and other viruses. Professors in electrical and computer engineering are using machine learning...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Features and Experts

UAH joins supercomputing effortto find drugs effective against COVID-19

A professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is part of an effort led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee that applies the power of supercomputers to screen compounds for effec...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Embargo expired on 23-Mar-2020 at 10:00 ET

April's Edition of SLAS Technology is Accessible

Just released is the April edition of SLAS Technology featuring cover article, “CURATE.AI: Optimizing Personalized Medicine with Artificial Intelligence,” by Agata Blasiak, Ph.D., Jeffrey Khong, Ph.D., and Theodore Kee, Ph.D., (University of Sin...


SLAS Technology

Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus

People around the world are isolating themselves to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But there is another way those confined to their homes — but connected online — can join the fight against the novel coronavirus. Led by computational biophysic...

– Washington University in St. Louis

MTU Engineering Team Joins Open-source Ventilator Movement

HardwareX has an open call for papers to build an open-source, 3D-printed ventilator and other COVID-19 medical hardware. They need ideas, printers, medical experts and a synthetic lung.

– Michigan Technological University


NHMU helps students impacted by school closures with Research Quest Live

The Natural History Museum of Utah is now offering an interactive version of its award-winning free online education program, Research Quest, to students throughout Utah and the country. Research Quest Live allows for students to have live sessions w...

– University of Utah

Research Quest Live

Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab

March 2020 Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Communications; Science; ACS Nano

Generating Light from Darkness

All objects emit heat in the form of infrared light. This effect is strongest in dry, clear air, especially on cloudless nights. Radiative sky cooling employs this effect as a passive cooling mechanism. Scientists have now demonstrated that radiative...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Explore Our Virtual Learning STEM Resources

Did you know that we have free education resources you can use from home to engage students in science? Explore our Science Education Partnership Award Program projects and Pathways resources to find STEM learning opportunities for pre-K through grad...

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

The power of attraction: magnets in particle accelerators

Accelerator magnets — how do they work? Depending on the number of poles a magnet has, it bends, shapes or shores up the stability of particle beams as they shoot at velocities close to the speed of light. Experts design magnets so they can wield t...

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

New Argonne 3D printing method could transform recycling material behind vital medical isotope

For the first time in the U.S., Argonne scientists have used 3D printing to scale up the recycling of the precursors of an important medical isotope.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, Dec. 26, 2019

Three national laboratories achieve record magnetic field for accelerator focusing magnet

Fermilab, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have achieved a milestone in magnet technology. Earlier this year, their new magnet reached the highest field strength ever recorded for an accelerator focusing magnet...

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

The Rise of Digital Dictators, With Andrea Kendall-Taylor

Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the increasing use of technology by authoritarian regimes. Kendall-Ta...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

James M. Lindsay, "The Rise of Digital Dictators, With Andrea Kendall-Taylor", The President's Inbox, March 6, 2020.

Quantum and accelerator science enable mysterious dark sector searches at Fermilab

Fermilab technology developed for particle accelerators offers a valuable opportunity to search for a hypothesized particle that would resemble a particle of light. These dark photons could help us understand the large part of our universe that we kn...

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

John Kitchin: Then and Now

John Kitchin is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Expert Available

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Faculty mobilize to provide virtual instruction

These are among the innovative solutions faculty members are developing – in conversations with deans and department chairs, staff in the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) and, of course, each other – as they prepare for the shift to virtual l...

– Cornell University

Rensselaer Team Seeks Alternative Approach to Controlling Viruses

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Helping Young Investors Stay Calm During Bear Market

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Tips for fact checking information sharing about COVID-19 on social media

– Virginia Tech

Teaching opportunities in wake of school closures around COVID-19: IU experts available to discuss

– Indiana University

Moving online in response to coronavirus: Best practices for adapting courses

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

This Video Game Can Teach You How to Bring a Vaccine to Market

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Personal data a target for exploitation as COVID-19 forces more users online

– Cornell University

Virtual astronomy: Coronavirus sparks new model for scientific conferences

– Cornell University

Social distancing means more online shopping and that's good for climate change, right? Maybe not...

– University of Delaware

Aerosol expert measuring airborne viruses and removing them from enclosed spaces

– Washington University in St. Louis

COVID-19 hits economy hard but sets digital tech up for market boom

– Cornell University

Announcements and Events

The future of Science Hill

The plan will renovate, rebuild and modernize University of Georgia's STEM research.

– University of Georgia

UAH professor gets CAREER grant for additive manufacturing materials research

Research to develop lightweight multifunctional metallic materials that can mimic structural properties in nature has won an assistant professor at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) a $540,000 National Science Foundation CAREER grant.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Department of Energy to Provide $60 Million for Science Computing Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide $60 million to establish multidisciplinary teams to develop new tools and techniques to harness supercomputers for scientific discovery.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

FAU Programs Make U.S. News & World Report Lists for 2021 ‘Best Graduate Programs’

More than one dozen Florida Atlantic University graduate programs are included in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Programs” for 2021.

– Florida Atlantic University

UIC shows continued strength in US News graduate schools rankings

UIC continues to climb in US News & World graduate school rankings.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Higher education units partner on free online course to support faculty during pandemic

A free online course to help faculty members and instructional staff who must teach remotely during the coronavirus pandemic has been launched by three units in higher education that specialize in digital learning.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Rutgers Medical Students Share Virtual Celebration on Residency Match Day

As COVID-19 concerns resulted in cancellations of events throughout the state, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School made plans for an alternate, online event that would enable students, faculty and staff—as well as family and friends—to sha...

– Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

From innovation to industry

A recently signed New Mexico law enables Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories to assist in turning transferred technology into viable products and services, which could boost innovation and create jobs, according to Sandia business development...

– Sandia National Laboratories





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