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Two molecular handshakes for hearing
Ohio State University

Scientists have mapped and simulated filaments in the inner ear at the atomic level, a discovery that shed lights on how the inner ear works and that could help researchers learn more about how and why people lose the ability to hear.

Released: 30-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Metal-ion breakthrough leads to new biomaterials
Cornell University

Metals such as iron and calcium play a crucial role inside the human body, so it’s no surprise that bioengineers would like to integrate them into the soft, stretchy materials used to repair skin, blood vessels, lungs and other tissue.

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Released: 30-Sep-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Friend-to-friend texting may be the most effective voter mobilization tactic during 2020 election
Data Science Institute at Columbia University

Friend-to-friend text messaging may be the new door-to-door canvassing leading up to the 2020 election.

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Released: 30-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Artificial intelligence in art: a simple tool or creative genius?
Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Intelligent algorithms are used to create paintings, write poems, and compose music.

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Released: 30-Sep-2020 1:55 PM EDT
UW researchers driving around Seattle to track COVID-19 response over time
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers developed a project that scans the streets every few weeks to document how Seattle has reacted to the pandemic and what recovery looks like.

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Released: 30-Sep-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Advancing Carbon Dioxide Catalysis
University of Delaware

Feng Jiao is a leader in the field of carbon capture and utilization, working on ways to subtract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by capturing the greenhouse gas and transforming it into another substance altogether. And now he's received two major Department of Energy grants, totaling $3.5 million, to advance those efforts.

Released: 30-Sep-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Could Plastic-Eating, Silk-Producing Bacteria Be a New Ally in the Fight Against Waste?
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a new National Science Foundation grant, a team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will explore a potentially transformative idea: genetically engineering a microorganism that “eats” petroleum-based plastic waste and converts it to a biodegradable plastic alternative.

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Released: 29-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Conversation quickly spreads droplets inside buildings
Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science

With implications for the transmission of diseases like COVID-19, researchers have found that ordinary conversation creates a conical 'jet-like' airflow that quickly carries a spray of tiny droplets from a speaker's mouth across meters of an interior space.

Newswise: A Multishot Lensless Camera Could Aid Disease Diagnosis
Released: 29-Sep-2020 11:25 AM EDT
A Multishot Lensless Camera Could Aid Disease Diagnosis
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A new type of imaging that does not require a lens and uses reconfigurable particle-based masks to take multiple shots of an object is being developed by researchers at Penn State.

Newswise: Center for Nanoscale Science Renewed at $18 Million for Six Years
Released: 29-Sep-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Center for Nanoscale Science Renewed at $18 Million for Six Years
Penn State Materials Research Institute

Penn State's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center has successfully renewed NSF funding for six more years.

Newswise: International research team develops articifial lung to support pre-term babies in distress
Released: 29-Sep-2020 10:40 AM EDT
International research team develops articifial lung to support pre-term babies in distress
McMaster University

An international team led by current and former McMaster University researchers has developed an artificial lung to support pre-term and other newborn babies in respiratory distress.

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Released: 28-Sep-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Q&A: UW researchers clicked ads on 200 news sites to track misinformation
University of Washington

A study by UW researchers found that both mainstream and misinformation news sites displayed similar levels of problematic ads. UW News had a conversation with the team about this research, where ads on news sites come from, and how things might change leading up to the election.

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Released: 25-Sep-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Faced with pandemic shortages, researchers combine heat and humidity to disinfect N95 masks for reuse
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

They found that gently heating N95 masks in high relative humidity could inactivate SARS-CoV-2 virus trapped within the masks, without degrading the masks’ performance.

Newswise: Tandon Researchers develop method to create colloidal diamonds
Released: 25-Sep-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Tandon Researchers develop method to create colloidal diamonds
New York University

Researchers led by David Pine of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering devised a new process for the reliable self-assembly of colloids in a diamond formation that could lead to cheap, scalable fabrication of such structures.

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Released: 25-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
FSU researchers help develop sustainable polymers
Florida State University

Researchers at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have made new discoveries on the effects of temperature on sustainable polymers. Their findings may help the industry to produce plastics that are better for the environment.

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23-Sep-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Material scientists learn how to make liquid crystal shape-shift
University of California San Diego

A new 3D-printing method will make it easier to manufacture and control the shape of soft robots, artificial muscles and wearable devices. By controlling the printing temperature of liquid crystal elastomer, researchers have shown they can control the material’s stiffness and ability to contract.

Released: 25-Sep-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Superfluid shows more surprising phenomena
Cornell University

The superfluid helium-3 has many notable qualities. With its low mass and small atomic size, it remains in a liquid state – and when it transforms to the superfluid state, flowing without resistance – down to absolute zero, or minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a pure system, without any disorder. And it is full of surprises.

Released: 25-Sep-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Announces New Brand Including Refreshed Mission, Vision, Logo, Tagline, and Website
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) revealed today a new brand identity which includes a new logo and website, as well as refreshed mission, vision, and tagline.

Newswise: Machine Learning Takes on Synthetic Biology: Algorithms Can Bioengineer Cells for You
24-Sep-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Machine Learning Takes on Synthetic Biology: Algorithms Can Bioengineer Cells for You
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new tool that adapts machine learning algorithms to the needs of synthetic biology to guide development systematically. The innovation means scientists will not have to spend years developing a meticulous understanding of each part of a cell and what it does in order to manipulate it.

Newswise: Dept. of Energy takes next step in Versatile Test Reactor program
Released: 24-Sep-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Dept. of Energy takes next step in Versatile Test Reactor program
Argonne National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved the next stage of the Versatile Test Reactor project, bringing a new advanced nuclear reactor design closer to reality.

Newswise: Nathan Moody of Los Alamos National Laboratory to share in 2021 IEEE particle accelerator award
Released: 24-Sep-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Nathan Moody of Los Alamos National Laboratory to share in 2021 IEEE particle accelerator award
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nathan Moody of Los Alamos National Laboratory is a co-winner of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) 2021 Particle Accelerator Science and Technology (PAST) Award.

Newswise: SLAC’s Xijie Wang wins prestigious accelerator science award
Released: 24-Sep-2020 1:20 PM EDT
SLAC’s Xijie Wang wins prestigious accelerator science award
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Xijie Wang, an accelerator physicist at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will receive the 2021 Nuclear and Plasma Science Society’s Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award. Bestowed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of particle accelerator science and technology.

Newswise: University of Kentucky Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Engineer Better Mental Health Solutions
Released: 24-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
University of Kentucky Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Engineer Better Mental Health Solutions
University of Kentucky

From the limited data currently available, Wilson, Hammer and Usher found that engineering students aren’t necessarily more likely to have a mental health concern, but they are significantly less likely to seek help than non-engineering college students. This treatment gap became the basis for their National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposal titled, “Development of a Survey Instrument to Identify Mental Health Related Help-Seeking Beliefs in Engineering Students.”

Newswise: 5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
Released: 24-Sep-2020 6:00 AM EDT
5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that will provide faster cell phone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts, according to a Rutgers study on a controversial issue that has created anxiety among meteorologists.

Newswise: Engineering a way to help identify aortic dissection
Released: 23-Sep-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Engineering a way to help identify aortic dissection
Texas A&M University

Dr. Chandler Benjamin and his team are using material characterization and nonlinear models to help health care providers better identify the life threatening condition of aortic dissection.

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Released: 23-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Meditation for mind-control
Carnegie Mellon University

A BCI is an apparatus that allows an individual to control a machine or computer directly from their brain.

Newswise: Active learning accelerates redox-flow battery discovery
Released: 23-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Active learning accelerates redox-flow battery discovery
Argonne National Laboratory

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, researchers are accelerating the hunt for the best possible battery components by employing artificial intelligence.

Newswise: Argonne materials scientist Arturo Gutierrez named 2020 Luminary Honoree by HENAAC
Released: 23-Sep-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Argonne materials scientist Arturo Gutierrez named 2020 Luminary Honoree by HENAAC
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne materials scientist Arturo Gutierrez has been recognized by HENAAC, the national organization that honors Hispanic scientists and engineers.

Newswise: Automatic database creation for materials discovery: Innovation from frustration
Released: 23-Sep-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Automatic database creation for materials discovery: Innovation from frustration
Argonne National Laboratory

A collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Argonne has developed a unique method of generating automatic databases to support specific fields of science using AI and high-performance computing.

Newswise: Putting spin in semiconductor materials
Released: 23-Sep-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Putting spin in semiconductor materials
South Dakota State University

New semiconductor materials that use an electron’s spin to store information can make computers and electronic devices faster, more energy efficient and less expensive.

Newswise: Testing time for pills in space
Released: 22-Sep-2020 10:05 PM EDT
Testing time for pills in space
University of Adelaide

Pills are being sent into space to test how they cope with the rigours of one of the harshest environments known. The University of Adelaide is studying how exposure to microgravity and space radiation affects the stability of pharmaceutical tablet formulations. Two separate missions will send science payloads into orbit around Earth: the first will test how tablets cope with the environment inside the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. The second mission scheduled for early 2021, will test how tablets cope outside the ISS.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Network Resilience is Key to Surviving Compound Hazard Events, Scientists Say
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

As extreme weather and other events increase in frequency and intensity, cybercriminals ramp up attacks on technologies that tie together urban infrastructure systems, networks critical to the flow of data, people, goods, and services must be made more resilient to failure, according to a team of scientists.

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Released: 22-Sep-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Evolution of radio-resistance is more complicated than previously thought
Frontiers

The toughest organisms on Earth, called extremophiles, can survive extreme conditions like extreme dryness (desiccation), extreme cold, space vacuum, acid, or even high-level radiation.

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Released: 22-Sep-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Web resources bring new insight into COVID-19
Baylor College of Medicine

Researchers around the world are a step closer to a better understanding of the intricacies of COVID-19 thanks to two new web resources developed by investigators at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of California San Diego.

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Released: 22-Sep-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Ecologists confirm Alan Turing's theory for Australian fairy circles
University of Göttingen

Fairy circles are one of nature's greatest enigmas and most visually stunning phenomena.

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Released: 22-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
FSU superconductivity expert elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering
Florida State University

David Larbalestier, the chief materials scientist at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and a Krafft Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Newswise: COVID-19: Second Wave for Some; Others Remain in First Wave
17-Sep-2020 3:20 PM EDT
COVID-19: Second Wave for Some; Others Remain in First Wave
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some locations have experienced decreasing numbers of cases followed by an increase. In the journal Chaos, mathematicians report a method to analyze these numbers for evidence of a first or second wave. The authors studied data from all 50 U.S. states plus D.C. for the seven-month period from Jan. 21 to July 31. They found 31 states and D.C. were experiencing a second wave as of the end of July.

Newswise: Power Player: Engineering professor researches how to keep America’s lights on
Released: 22-Sep-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Power Player: Engineering professor researches how to keep America’s lights on
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Ning Zhou from Binghamton University, State University of New York received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to provide a 21st-century vision for power systems.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 10:00 AM EDT
COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Urgent Need To Re-Examine Hazard Mitigation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With many people stuck inside for months on end, the built environment has played a significant role in the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from a new National Science Foundation grant, a team of engineers and social scientists will study the ways in which that built environment mitigates or exacerbates the pandemic.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 9:30 AM EDT
2020 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists Honorees Announced during National Postdoc Appreciation Week
New York Academy of Sciences

The winning postdoctoral researchers include a neuroscientist improving memory formation and recall, an astrophysicist illuminating dark matter, and a biochemist refining gene-editing technologies

Newswise: Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence Now Within Reach of Low-income Students
Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence Now Within Reach of Low-income Students
Florida Atlantic University

The accelerated five-year bachelor’s degree in science and master’s degree in AI program is designed to adapt curricular and co-curricular support to enable students to complete their degrees in AI, autonomous systems or machine learning, which are critically important to advance America’s global competitiveness and national security. With this grant, FAU will recruit and train talented and diverse students who are economically disadvantaged and provide them with a unique opportunity to pursue graduate education in a burgeoning field.

Newswise: Phil Tubesing awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory’s  2020 Global Security Medal
Released: 21-Sep-2020 7:45 PM EDT
Phil Tubesing awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2020 Global Security Medal
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Philip K. “Phil” Tubesing is the 2020 awardee of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s prestigious Global Security Medal, which recognizes the exceptional achievements of active or recently retired employees who have made significant contributions to the Laboratory’s global security mission.

Newswise: E. coli bacteria offer path to improving photosynthesis
Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:55 PM EDT
E. coli bacteria offer path to improving photosynthesis
Cornell University

Cornell University scientists have engineered a key plant enzyme and introduced it in Escherichia coli bacteria in order to create an optimal experimental environment for studying how to speed up photosynthesis, a holy grail for improving crop yields.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Researchers identify new type of superconductor
Cornell University

Until now, the history of superconducting materials has been a tale of two types: s-wave and d-wave. Now, Cornell researchers – led by Brad Ramshaw, the Dick & Dale Reis Johnson Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences – have discovered a possible third type: g-wave.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Engineers link brains to computers using 3D printed implants
University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield engineers have developed 3D printed implants that can be used to link brains to computers

Newswise: New composite material revs up pursuit of advanced electric vehicles
Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:25 PM EDT
New composite material revs up pursuit of advanced electric vehicles
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.


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