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Monday, May 18, 2020

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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 18-May-2020

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Using Big Data to Design Gas Separation Membranes

Researchers at Columbia Engineering and the University of South Carolina have developed a method that combines big data and machine learning to selectively design gas-filtering polymer membranes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their study, publis...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Science Advances May 15 2020

Embargo expired on 15-May-2020 at 14:00 ET

Engineers develop low-cost, high-accuracy GPS-like system for flexible medical robots

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, but is mu...

– University of California San Diego

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

True colors: Using X-rays to trace the evolution of insects’ structural colors

A team of researchers has used ultra-bright X-rays to analyze 13,000-year-old fossilized beetle wings to learn more about the evolution of structural colors.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Biology Letters, April-2020

Model of critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities

An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding -- a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Kansas State University

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications

Making Quantum ‘Waves’ in Ultrathin Materials

A team of researchers co-led by Berkeley Lab has observed unusually long-lived wavelike electrons called "plasmons" in a new class of electronically conducting material. Plasmons are very important for determining the optical and electronic propertie...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Communications, Feb-21-2020

Patients prefer their consent to share their data and to manage it digitally

A group of patients with diabetes were surveyed on their understanding of the consent process to have their medical data shared with digital platforms offering innovations to the management of their condition.

– University of Warwick

Digital Health, SAGE Publications

Army researchers develop new ways to nudge the brain

For Army scientists, the goal of neuroscience research is pursuing the inner workings of the human brain to advance scientific understanding and improve Soldier performance.

– Army Research Laboratory

Network Neuroscience

Innovative Communication System Protects Health Professionals TreatingInfectious Disease Patients

Physician-scientists have developed a communication management system built on a telemedicine platform that can help minimize the exposure of health care professionals to highly infectious diseases while still providing personalized patient care, acc...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Twitter study tracks early days of COVID-19 pandemic in U.S.

A preliminary new study from Binghamton University, State University of New York looks at a snapshot of the U.S. coronavirus response on Twitter.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

“Understanding the Socio-Economic Disruption in the United States during COVID-19’s Early Days,”

Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Can Rapidly Detect Severity of Common Blinding Eye Disease

A new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm developed by researchers at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) can rapidly and accurately detect age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in the United State...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Translational Vision Science and Technology

Forensic Chemist’s Laser Technology Can Detect Crime Scene Smokers

Igor Lednev’s innovative laser-light technology is adding another use to its forensics toolbox – being able to determine if a smoker was at the crime scene based on biological evidence.

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Journal of Biophotonics

Supercomputer Simulations Help Advance Electrochemical Reaction Research

University of Texas at Austin researchers recently simulated the catalytic mechanism and atomic structure of nickel-doped graphene using Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Stampede2 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. The simu...

– University of California San Diego

Journal of the American Chemical Society, Mar-2020

Story Tips: Mining for COVID, rules to grow by and the 3D connection

ORNL story Tips: Mining for COVID, rules to grow by and the 3D connection

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Energy Storage Materials, Dec-19

Deactivating coronavirus on N95 respirators for re-use

LLNL researchers are studying ways to safely and rapidly remove viral threats from N95 respirators, without compromising the device’s fit and its ability to filter airborne particles, so they can be re-used.

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Making a Material World Better, Faster Now: Q&A With Materials Project Director Kristin Persson

Berkeley Lab’s Kristin Persson shares her thoughts on what inspired her to launch the Materials Project online database, the future of materials research and machine learning, and how she found her own way into a STEM career.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers Capture Crystal Nucleation with Atomic Resolution in 4D (3D Plus Time)

Scientists have developed four-dimensional atomic electron tomography, which images the dynamics of structural changes at the atomic scale during nucleation. The scientists found that the nuclei came in a broad range of shapes and sizes and possess a...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Billions of people could be invisible in COVID-19 contract tracing efforts utilizing smartphone apps

– West Virginia University

COVID-19 Pandemic Spotlights Greater Need for Telehealth Training

– University of Kentucky

Features and Experts

Inspired by the Past, Rensselaer Artist Develops Innovative Screenprinting Techniques

In his artistic quest to translate his vision, Nathan Meltz used numerous techniques. But it was his innovative use of 21st-century technology with 15th-century printing tools that pushed the boundaries of screenprinting.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The California Printmaker

Ocean explorer and filmmaker James Cameron to host virtual event on Extreme Ocean Machines

On May 20, ocean explorer and world-renowned filmmaker James Cameron will host a special edition of Ocean Encounters, a popular virtual event series from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Masks On, Ready to Work: Meet the People Supporting COVID-19 Science

David Richardson’s job is literally to make sure the light stays on. But it’s not just any light – it’s a very special X-ray light that could play a crucial role in an eventual treatment for COVID-19. Richardson is an operator at Lawrence Ber...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Meet the Intern Using Quantum Computing to Study the Early Universe

During an internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Juliette Stecenko is using modern supercomputers and quantum computing platforms to perform astronomy simulations that may help us better understand where we came from.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Teens pay it forward, use 3D printers built at Sandia to make face shields

Teens who built 3D printers during a weeklong robotics camp at Sandia National Laboratories last year have used them to make more than 3,000 face shields that have been donated to medical professionals and first responders in New Mexico.

– Sandia National Laboratories

Autonomous Vehicle safety standards to be set by Warwick academic

The safety of Autonomous Vehicles will be tested by Dr Siddartha Khastgir, at WMG, the University of Warwick thanks to a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

– University of Warwick

A Brave New Virtual World of Work?

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in remote work on an unprecedented scale. Elizabeth Lyons, an assistant professor of management at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, predicts this sudden transition to virtual will create a "new ...

– University of California San Diego

Emory and Georgia Tech Create Barrier Protection Devices for Use During COVID-19

Two Atlanta universities have created barrier protection devices designed to contain droplet spray and aerosol created during certain medical procedures with a goal of reducing the risk of disease transmission.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Sculptor designs, builds ‘interactive contraptions’ from everyday materials to simulate human connections

Even in isolation, Stacey Holloway can hold a hand, receive a swift kiss on the cheek or give a high-five. She can offer a nose rub, just like the ones she shares with her mother. She just does them all alone — that is, if you don’t count the kin...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Rescuing spring term: The unsung heroes of tech support

As one of the Oregon State University College of Engineering technology “first responders,” Leanne Lai has been working around the clock to smooth the transition to remote teaching, remote meetings, and remote living.

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Enabling a Secure Mobile Ecosystem

Protecting mobile devices from cyber-attacks and accelerating the adoption of secure mobility for the federal government is a critical research focus of the Department of Homeland Security DHS S&T.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

ORNL, LANL-developed quantum technologies go the distance

For the second year in a row, a team of scientists from DOE’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories led a demonstration hosted by EPB, a utility and telecommunications company, to test quantum-based technologies that could improve the cyb...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Delia Milliron: Then and Now

Delia J. Milliron is the T. Brockett Hudson Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, formerly a staff scientist in the Molecular Foundry, Division of Materials Science at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley N...

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– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Johns Hopkins Researchers to Use Machine Learning to Predict Heart Damage in COVID-19 Victims

Johns Hopkins researchers recently received a $195,000 Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to, using machine learning, identify which COVID-19 patients are at risk of adverse cardiac events such as heart failure, sustai...

– Johns Hopkins University

Announcements and Events

Woven Light Rail Design wins Gold at JEC World 2020 Innovation Awards

The ‘BRAINSTORM’ project involving researchers at WMG, University of Warwick has won gold at the JEC World 2020 Innovation Awards in the category ‘Railway Vehicles and Infrastructure’

– University of Warwick

Sandia Labs wins 4 national tech transfer awards

Sandia National Laboratories won four awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. The awards are ranked as some of the most prestigious honors for federal laboratories and industry partners that demonstrate outstanding technology transfer achievem...

– Sandia National Laboratories

12 ASU engineering faculty earn the National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Twelve ASU engineering faculty members have earned the NSF CAREER Award between November 2019 and April 2020. More than 40 early-career investigators in the Fulton Schools of Engineering have earned this prestigious honor in the last five years.

– Arizona State University (ASU)

BioCompute Object Specification Project Receives Highly Anticipated IEEE Standardization Acceptance

The BioCompute Object Specification Project led by a team at the George Washington University has been officially approved for publication as an internationally recognized standard by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards As...

– George Washington University

SONSIEL, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, DevUP Present COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon

Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, the Society of Nurse Scientists Innovators Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL), and DevUP announce the first Nurse Hack for Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon, occurring online May 15-17, 2020. The virtual hackathon is a...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Civil engineering faculty receives CAREER Award to enhance fracture simulation

Michael Hillman, L. Robert and Mary L. Kimball Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, will develop new computational methods to simulate how materials and structures fracture, thanks to a National Science Foundation...

– Penn State College of Engineering

DHS S&T Launches Indoor Predictive Modeling Tool for Coronavirus Stability

DHS S&T today released a predictive modeling tool to estimate natural decay of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) under a range of temperatures and relative humidity.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Research Team Looks at Saliva to help manage the spread of COVID-19

A team of University of Central Florida researchers is looking at changing people’s saliva to help manage the spread of COVID-19 as the nation gets ready to go back to work and school.

– University of Central Florida






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