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Software Flaws Often First Reported on Social Media Networks, PNNL Researchers Find

Software vulnerabilities are more likely to be discussed on social media before they’re revealed on a government reporting site, a practice that could pose a national security threat, according to computer scientists at Pacific Northwest National L...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PLOS ONE, March 24, 2020


UofL delivering health care through a new lens: smart glasses

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the expansion of telemedicine, and as part of that expansion, faculty at the University of Louisville are piloting new smart glasses for advanced delivery of health care.

– University of Louisville Health Science Center


VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Newswise Live Expert Panel for April 30, 2020: New tech from engineers, assessing the recession

Newswise Live Expert Panel for April 30, 2020: New tech from engineers, assessing the recession

– Newswise


LLNL’s new machine learning platform generates novel COVID-19 antibody sequences for experimental testing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have identified an initial set of therapeutic antibody sequences, designed in a few weeks using machine learning and supercomputing, aimed at binding and neutralizing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that cause...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

BioRxiv


A recipe for better rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in the near future

Recent research reveals a materials solution for speedy charge and discharge time and a new way to get more silicon into electrodes. Both methods pack far more energy than current technology and offer scaleable synthesis.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

ACS Nano, March-2020


Green method could enable hospitals to produce hydrogen peroxide in house

A team of researchers has developed a portable, more environmentally friendly method to produce hydrogen peroxide. It could enable hospitals to make their own supply of the disinfectant on demand and at lower cost.

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications, May- 2020; 59989-DNI5; DE-FG02-13ER16381


New toolkit provides rapid implementation guide for adopting telemedicine during COVID-19 pandemic

A urology group in North Carolina developed a guide that enabled them to convert all in-person visits to telemedicine in three days.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons


A New Way to Accurately Estimate COVID-19 Death Toll

A Rutgers engineer has created a mathematical model that accurately estimates the death toll linked to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and could be used around the world. The model, detailed in a study published in the journal Mathematics,...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Mathematics; Rutgers Today


Nanodevices for the brain could thwart formation of Alzheimer’s plaques

Researchers designed a nanodevice with the potential to prevent peptides from forming dangerous plaques in the brain in order to halt development of Alzheimer’s disease.

– Argonne National Laboratory


Telemedicine Transforms Response to COVID-19 Pandemic in Disease Epicenter

A rapid increase in “virtual” visits during the COVID-19 pandemic could transform the way physicians provide care in the United States going forward, according to a new study led by researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

– NYU Langone Health

Journal of the American Informatics Association


Astronomers could spot life signs orbiting long-dead stars

To help future scientists make sense of what their telescopes are showing them, Cornell University astronomers have developed a spectral field guide for rocky worlds orbiting white dwarf stars.

– Cornell University

Astrophysical Journal Letters, April 2020


Unlocking Promising Properties to Create Future Technologies

At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, researchers working at the intersection of materials science, chemical engineering, and physics are uncovering new and innovative ways to unlock those promising and useful abilities using light, temperature, press...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Physical Review X


Mobile phones found to host cocktail of live germs, aiding spread of diseases

A new study warns mobile phones could be acting as 'Trojan horses' for coronavirus and urges billions of users worldwide to decontaminate their devices daily.

– Bond University

Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases


Are salt deposits a solution for nuclear waste disposal?

Researchers testing and modeling to dispose of the current supply of waste.

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

Vadose Zone Journal


Study of the coronavirus’ cultural impact by the USC Center for the Digital Future and Interactive Advertising Bureau finds rapid life changes andconcerns — as well as enthusiasm — while Americans confront the pandemic

First-of-its-kind survey of life under the pandemic explores how the coronavirus crisis has reshaped American routines, attitudes and activities.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

“The Coronavirus Disruption Project: How We are Living and Coping During the Pandemic”


LLNL team develops “stopgap” ventilator prototype, eyes use by COVID-19 patient

While hospitals across the U.S. faced a possible shortage of mechanical ventilators due to COVID-19, a self-assembled “skunk works” team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) worked tirelessly to prototype a simple ventilator design fo...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

FedBizOpps (FBO)


Women in IT More Likely To Be Promoted Than Men

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions throughout the information technology industry. While more and more women are earning degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math — or STEM — fields, they don’t necessarily pursue car...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Information Systems Research


A New Machine Learning Method Streamlines Particle Accelerator Operations

SLAC researchers have developed a new tool, using machine learning, that may make part of the accelerator tuning process five times faster compared to previous methods.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Physical Review Letters (10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.124801)


A Great New Way to Paint 3D-Printed Objects

Rutgers engineers have created a highly effective way to paint complex 3D-printed objects, such as lightweight frames for aircraft and biomedical stents, that could save manufacturers time and money and provide new opportunities to create “smart sk...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; Rutgers Today


Machine Learning Tool Could Provide Unexpected Scientific Insights into COVID-19

A team of materials scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – scientists who normally spend their time researching things like high-performance materials for thermoelectrics or battery cathodes – have built a text-mining tool in recor...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature


New device simulates feel of walls, solid objects in virtual reality

Today's virtual reality systems can create immersive visual experiences, but seldom do they enable users to feel anything -- particularly walls, appliances and furniture.

– Carnegie Mellon University

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems


Polymer membranes could benefit from taking a dip

A new technique developed by a team including researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Argonne National Laboratory makes atomic layer deposition possible on nearly any membrane.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Advanced Functional Materials


Electronics for high-altitude use can get smaller and sturdier with new nanomaterials

Demand is growing for new materials that can be printed at ever smaller dimensions. Scientists are now creating metal-based nanomaterials for circuit boards that could be resistant to high-altitude radiation encountered by aerospace equipment and fig...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Chemical Society (ACS) SciMeetings


Automating complex 3D modeling

A team of researchers led by Sandia National Laboratories have invented a first-of-its-kind software for scientists to create accurate digital representations of complex objects. The software, VoroCrust, incorporates 3D polyhedral cells called Vorono...

– Sandia National Laboratories


Online Map Tracks COVID-19 Testing Stations Throughout U.S.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Associate Professor Jim Kyung-Soo Liew leads a team that has created an online map showing the locations of coronavirus testing stations throughout the United States.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School


Features and Experts


Tracking the COVID-19 Pandemic with an App

Researchers and a volunteer team from Pinterest developed How We Feel, an app that lets users report symptoms of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)


Rethinking the traditional vaccine delivery in response to coronaviruses

– Penn State College of Engineering


Spinal cord injuries: Scientists probe individual cells to find better treatments

Two top scientists are seeking answers to questions about spinal cord injuries that have long frustrated the development of effective treatments.

– University of Virginia Health System

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


Graduating in game

The University of Utah's nationally ranked video game development program, Entertainment Arts & Engineering, will hold its own graduation ceremony for 2020 seniors - in an online video game they created.

– University of Utah


U.S. Border Patrol Agents Leverage Cutting-Edge S&T Tech to Ensure the Safety of Migrants at Our Nation’s Borders

S&T partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the Missing Migrants Program, an effort to save lives at the southwest border via rescue beacons and 911 rescue placards.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate


On Campus and At Homes, New Approaches to Manufacturing Protective Equipment Being Developed

From a variety of locations in the Capital Region, and throughout the country, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute faculty, students, and staff are pressing their knowledge and machinery to work making personal protective equipment for those on the fron...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


FAU Smart City Project Paves the Way for Forecasting COVID-19 Infection Transmission

Researchers are exploring the untapped potential of emerging smart cities to enable hyper-contextualized computational epidemiology to tackle COVID-19. The idea is to partner with the computational epidemiology community to integrate evidence-based m...

– Florida Atlantic University


The Science of Infectious Disease Modeling

What does “modeling the spread” or “flattening the curve” mean, and how does it apply to infectious diseases such as COVID-19? Learn more about the science of infectious disease modeling and how NIGMS supports scientists in this field.

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


Major Upgrades of Particle Detectors and Electronics Prepare CERN Experiment to Stream a Data Tsunami

For an experiment that will generate big data at unprecedented rates, physicists led design, development, mass production and delivery of an upgrade of novel particle detectors and state-of-the art electronics.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Cornell engineers help get NYC’s L train back on track

New York City’s L train has resumed full service following an extensive rehabilitation project that finished six months early and $100 million under budget, thanks in part to Cornell University engineers.

– Cornell University


Modeling flow of argon through ProtoDUNE detectors

Two South Dakota State University mechanical engineering professors are using CFD modeling to predict how argon circulates within particle detectors to be constructed one mile beneath the earth’s surface.

– South Dakota State University


New dashboard takes an in-depth look into local, national, and global COVID-19 cases

A dashboard developed by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics takes a new look into local, national, and global cases of COVID-19 to offer better insights from currently avail...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Fighting COVID with Computing

Fermilab, Brookhaven, and Open Science Grid dedicate computational power to COVID-19 research.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory


UCLA Biodesign Fellow Focuses Surgical, Medical and Biomedical Engineering Insights on a Weak Link in COVID-19 Testing: Swabs Shortage

When the COVID-19 outbreak became a pandemic, and the scarcity of testing supplies became a crisis, the leaders of UCLA Biodesign saw the experience and background of Gabriel Oland, MD, as the ideal combination to help reinforce one link in the strai...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences


Research and innovation as an essential function amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Necessity being the mother of invention, Houston Methodist clinicians, researchers and staff have collaborated on a number of clinical device and research innovations in response to COVID-19. Houston Methodist Academic Institute leadership has conti...

Expert Available

– Houston Methodist

Infectious Diseases Research Fund


Solar researchers across country join forces with industry to boost U.S. solar manufacturing

The University of Washington, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Toledo have formed the U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium to accelerate the domestic comm...

– University of Washington


How Alexa can help families during the COVID-19 pandemic

– University of Washington


Ergonomics 101: Working from Home During Coronavirus

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Google-Apple contact tracing model gains ground, centralized approach ‘doomed to fail’

– Cornell University


Announcements and Events


Atkinson COVID-19 grants could inform policy decisions

The Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability has announced its first two Rapid Response Fund grants since calling for emergency proposals in early April. The faculty research grants are aimed at helping find solutions to issues created by the COVID...

– Cornell University


Innovative Partner Awarded Contract to develop Very Light Rail trackform

The Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) project, led by Coventry City Council (CCC) in collaboration with engineers at WMG, University of Warwick will commence Research and Development to design a low cost track form for very light rail

– University of Warwick


Architectural engineering professor receives NSF CAREER grant

Donghyun Rim, assistant professor of architectural engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently awarded a $500,000, five-year Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

– Penn State College of Engineering


CAREER Award Supports Research to Deepen Understanding of Osteoarthritis

Deva Chan, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is leading a team that will study the role that biomechanics plays in the production and function of hyaluronan in an effort to learn more about the fact...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Medical device developed by CWRU/UH researchers wins 2020 Edison Award

A medical device based on technology developed by Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UH) has won a prestigious 2020 Edison Best New Product Award. EsoCheck, a device designed to help detect precance...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center


Lally School of Management Receives Grant to Build New Financial Technologies Center

With a recent grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), planning is underway for a new center that will bring researchers from business, computer science, engineering, and law together with public and private sector representatives for interd...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Mentoring Award Named for Olin College President-designate Dr. Gilda Barabino

A newly created mentoring award has been named for Dr. Gilda Barabino, Olin’s President-designate.

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering


Mini wiper blade enables clear view through minimally invasive surgical scope

A team at ClearCam, Inc., with funding from the NIBIB and ties to the University of Texas at Austin, designed a device for wiping a laparoscope lens clean, much the same way that a wiper blade clears a fogged up window.

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

R43 EB028727


What is “Public Space” in a Time of Social Distancing? A Discussion on Civic Engagement in an Online World—May 5

What is “public space” in a time of social distancing? A panel of entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and researchers will consider this and other aspects of online civic engagement in a web discussion on Tues., May 5, 5 p.m.

– New York University

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