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Newswise: The Hawk Has Landed: Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed
Released: 1-Jul-2022 11:35 AM EDT
The Hawk Has Landed: Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed
University of Oxford

New research from the Oxford Flight Group using computer simulations and Hollywood-style motion capture shows how birds optimise their landing manoeuvres for an accurate descent.

Newswise: Bacteria for Blastoff: Using Microbes to Make Supercharged New Rocket Fuel
Released: 30-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Bacteria for Blastoff: Using Microbes to Make Supercharged New Rocket Fuel
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists used an oddball molecule made by bacteria to develop a new class of biofuels predicted to have greater energy density than any petroleum product, including the leading aviation and rocket fuels.

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Released: 30-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Found: The ‘Holy Grail of Catalysis’ — Turning Methane Into Methanol Under Ambient Conditions Using Light
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Manchester, has developed a fast and economical method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at ambient temperature and pressure. The method takes place under continuous flow over a photo-catalytic material using visible light to drive the conversion. To help observe how the process works and how selective it is, the researchers used neutron scattering at the VISION instrument at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source.

Newswise: Collapsed Bridge Helps Inform Future Flood-Resistant Designs
Released: 30-Jun-2022 10:30 AM EDT
Collapsed Bridge Helps Inform Future Flood-Resistant Designs
Hiroshima University

Before record rainfall in July of 2018, the Misasa Railroad Bridge spanned a small river some nine miles inland from Japan’s western coast.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 3:35 PM EDT
Tandon Team Captures an Elusive Shadow: State-by-State Gun Ownership
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Policy-makers are faced with an exceptional challenge: how to reduce harm caused by firearms while maintaining citizens’ right to bear arms and protect themselves. This is especially true as the Supreme Court has hobbled New York State regulations restricting who can carry a concealed weapon.

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Released: 29-Jun-2022 12:35 PM EDT
Pioneering Partnership Opens Doors to a New Generation of Engineers
Argonne National Laboratory

In a pioneering partnership, Argonne, the DOE Packaging Certification Program, the University of Nevada, Reno, and other DOE national labs are helping to meet demand for new expertise in nuclear packaging by offering a novel graduate certificates program that trains future leaders in the field.

Newswise: It’s Only Natural: Separation And Purification Of Rare-Earth Elements By Microorganisms
Released: 29-Jun-2022 11:30 AM EDT
It’s Only Natural: Separation And Purification Of Rare-Earth Elements By Microorganisms
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Using naturally occurring and engineered proteins and bacteria, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators will separate and purify rare-earth elements so they can be used in the defense sector.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 11:00 AM EDT
NIH-funded project offers efficient approach when tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

An interdisciplinary research team has developed a fast, cost-effective method to detect the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 variants. The approach can augment current surveillance methods that use comprehensive next-generation sequencing of virus samples, helping focus sequencing efforts on samples representing unknown and emerging variants.

Newswise: Forum to Address Challenging Issues in Driving Data Science and AI Technology
Released: 29-Jun-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Forum to Address Challenging Issues in Driving Data Science and AI Technology
Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, City University of Hong Kong

The HK Tech Forum on Data Science and AI (DSAI) gathers world-renowned scholars in data science and AI to address challenging issues in driving data science and AI technology for the benefit of the society. Media are welcome to attend. Link to registration included in release.

Newswise: Get to Know Kyongbum Lee, New Dean of the Tufts School of Engineering
Released: 28-Jun-2022 11:05 PM EDT
Get to Know Kyongbum Lee, New Dean of the Tufts School of Engineering
Tufts University

Kyongbum Lee, the new Dean of Tufts School of Engineering, talks about training engineers for societal impact

Newswise: Variability in Total Cost of Vehicle Ownership Across Vehicle and User Profiles
Released: 28-Jun-2022 2:20 PM EDT
Variability in Total Cost of Vehicle Ownership Across Vehicle and User Profiles
Tsinghua University Press

The widespread penetration of electric vehicles (EVs) has emerged as the leading technological pathway for cutting levels of carbon emissions from road transport activity.

Newswise: Eight Columbia Engineering Professors Win NSF CAREER Awards
Released: 28-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Eight Columbia Engineering Professors Win NSF CAREER Awards
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Eight professors from Columbia Engineering are among this year’s recipients of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, one of the most prestigious recognitions for junior researchers. Their areas of expertise will contribute to gains in personalized cancer treatment, the analysis of cellular processes, distributed control in large-scale systems, quantum information theory, understanding multiphase flows, as well as cloud computing and storage operations.

Newswise: Small Business Tests Promising New Battery at Idaho National Laboratory
Released: 28-Jun-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Small Business Tests Promising New Battery at Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Researchers are working to find an alternative to lithium-ion batteries that, despite their use in everything from smartphones to electric vehicles, have some disadvantages, especially their relatively low energy density compared to gasoline.

Newswise: Electrospinning Promises Major Improvements in Wearable Technology
24-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Electrospinning Promises Major Improvements in Wearable Technology
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In APL Bioengineering, researchers from Tufts University examine some of the latest advances in wearable electronic devices and systems being developed using electrospinning – the fabrication of nanofibers with tunable properties from a polymer base – and showcase the many advantages electrospun materials have over conventional bulk materials. Their high surface-to-volume ratio endows them with enhanced porosity and breathability, which is important for long-term wearability, and with the appropriate blend of polymers, they can achieve superior biocompatibility.

Newswise: Microfluidic-Based Soft Robotic Prosthetics Promise Relief for Diabetic Amputees
21-Jun-2022 11:00 AM EDT
Microfluidic-Based Soft Robotic Prosthetics Promise Relief for Diabetic Amputees
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Biomicrofluidics, scientists reveal their development of a new type of prosthetic using microfluidics-enabled soft robotics that promises to greatly reduce skin ulcerations and pain in patients who have had an amputation between the ankle and knee. They started with a recent device that uses pneumatic actuators and miniaturized the actuators by designing a microfluidic chip with 10 integrated pneumatic valves to control each actuator. The control box is small and light enough to be worn as part of the prosthesis.

Newswise: Thin-film Photovoltaic Technology Combines Efficiency and Versatility
Released: 28-Jun-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Thin-film Photovoltaic Technology Combines Efficiency and Versatility
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Stacking solar cells increases their efficiency. Working with partners in the EU-funded PERCISTAND project, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have produced perovskite/CIS tandem solar cells with an efficiency of nearly 25 percent – the highest value achieved thus far with this technology. Moreover, this combination of materials is light and versatile, making it possible to envision the use of these tandem solar cells in vehicles, portable equipment, and devices that can be folded or rolled up. The researchers present their results in the journal ACS Energy Letters (DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.2c00707)

Newswise: New Biobatteries Use Bacterial Interactions to Generate Power for Weeks
Released: 28-Jun-2022 8:05 AM EDT
New Biobatteries Use Bacterial Interactions to Generate Power for Weeks
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a “plug-and-play” biobattery that lasts for weeks at a time and can be stacked to improve output voltage and current.

Newswise: RUDN Professors Increase the Lifetime of Steel Parts by using Neural Network
Released: 27-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
RUDN Professors Increase the Lifetime of Steel Parts by using Neural Network
Russian Foundation for Basic Research

Scientists from RUDN University, Canada, Italy, and Turkey used an artificial neural network to predict the stability of steel parts and find the optimal protective coating.

Released: 27-Jun-2022 1:00 PM EDT
Press Registration Opens for the Hybrid ACS Fall 2022 Meeting
American Chemical Society (ACS)

The American Chemical Society's ACS Fall 2022 will be held virtually and in Chicago Aug. 21–25 with the theme “Sustainability in a Changing World.” ACS considers requests for press credentials and complimentary meeting registration from reporters and public information officers at selected institutions.

Released: 27-Jun-2022 6:05 AM EDT
Sentience is beside the point when it comes to AI & ethics
Washington University in St. Louis

Yevgeniy Vorobeychik doesn’t know exactly what sentience is. Since he’s an engineer, not a philosopher, Vorobeychik can’t say what it’s like to be a bat  or a tree or a rock. He can’t quantify the importance of embodiment to consciousness. He’s not even sure that there’s an inherent problem with people reacting to an artificial intelligence in ways similar to how they react to other people.

Newswise: Cities of the Future May Be Built with Algae-Grown Limestone
Released: 23-Jun-2022 5:50 PM EDT
Cities of the Future May Be Built with Algae-Grown Limestone
University of Colorado Boulder

Global cement production accounts for 7% of annual greenhouse gas emissions in large part through the burning of quarried limestone.

Released: 23-Jun-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Methods from weather forecasting can be adapted to assess risk of COVID-19 exposure
California Institute of Technology

Techniques used in weather forecasting can be repurposed to provide individuals with a personalized assessment of their risk of exposure to COVID-19 or other viruses, according to new research published by Caltech scientists.

Released: 22-Jun-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Busek Scales Thruster Production for Airbus OneWeb Satellites
Busek Co. Inc.

The in-space propulsion firm Busek Co. confirmed its supply of BHT-350 Hall effect thrusters for a range of missions supported by Airbus OneWeb Satellites (AOS).

Newswise: Scientists Blend AI, 3D Tissue Imaging to Identify Aggressive Prostate Cancer
Released: 22-Jun-2022 10:20 AM EDT
Scientists Blend AI, 3D Tissue Imaging to Identify Aggressive Prostate Cancer
Case Western Reserve University

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Washington expect to gain valuable new insights into highly aggressive prostate cancer by combining Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered diagnostic imaging with three-dimensional (3D) tissue imaging.

Newswise: Rensselaer Researchers Make Virus-Fighting Face Masks
Released: 22-Jun-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Rensselaer Researchers Make Virus-Fighting Face Masks
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed an accessible way to make N95 face masks not only effective barriers to germs, but on-contact germ killers. The antiviral, antibacterial masks can potentially be worn longer, causing less plastic waste as the masks do not need to be replaced as frequently.

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Released: 22-Jun-2022 7:00 AM EDT
You Can Help Scientists Study the Atmosphere on Jupiter
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

A new citizen science project, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with support from NASA, allows volunteers to help scientists learn more about the atmosphere on Jupiter, which gives new insight into weather patterns on our own planet.

Newswise: Engineers Explore Innovative Ways to Improve Resilience of Coastal Structures
Released: 22-Jun-2022 6:05 AM EDT
Engineers Explore Innovative Ways to Improve Resilience of Coastal Structures
University of Miami

University of Miami engineering and ocean sciences faculty members received federal research funding recently to delve into how they can strengthen coastal buildings and seawalls in the face of climate change.

Newswise: A Simple Tool to Protect Websites From Cyber Hacking
Released: 22-Jun-2022 12:05 AM EDT
A Simple Tool to Protect Websites From Cyber Hacking
University of South Australia

Cybercrime cost the world $6 trillion in 2021, in many cases due to website vulnerabilities. Now, engineers from Australia, Pakistan and the UAE have developed a new tool to curb hacking and make websites more secure.

Newswise: UAlbany Engineering Building to Anchor New Artificial Intelligence Supercomputing Initiative
Released: 21-Jun-2022 3:45 PM EDT
UAlbany Engineering Building to Anchor New Artificial Intelligence Supercomputing Initiative
University at Albany, State University of New York

The University at Albany today began a new era of teaching and research with the launch of Albany AI, a $200 million public-private supercomputing initiative based out of its soon-to-be-renovated College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building.

Newswise: Rensselaer Announces Institute for Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing
Released: 21-Jun-2022 3:45 PM EDT
Rensselaer Announces Institute for Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson today announced the launch of the Rensselaer Institute for Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing (DAIC).

Released: 21-Jun-2022 12:50 PM EDT
NYU Tandon’s IDC Innovation Hub Awarded New Master Construction Innovation Contract with NYC Department of Design and Construction
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

A recently registered Master Applied Construction Innovation Research Services Contract between the New York City Department of Design and Construction/Town+Gown:NYC and the Institute of Design & Construction Innovation Hub (Innovation Hub) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will speed progress by providing all New York City construction agencies and authorities with efficient access to applied research services for innovation in construction, engineering design, and management.

Newswise: Computer Hardware Mimics Brain Functions
Released: 21-Jun-2022 12:15 PM EDT
Computer Hardware Mimics Brain Functions
Argonne National Laboratory

A multi-institutional team, including Argonne National Laboratory, has developed a material with which computer chips can be designed to reconfigure their circuits when presented with new information. It does so by mimicking functions in the human brain.

Released: 21-Jun-2022 10:30 AM EDT
Technology Helps Self-Driving Cars Learn From Own Memories
Cornell University

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a way to help autonomous vehicles create “memories” of previous experiences and use them in future navigation, especially during adverse weather conditions when the car cannot safely rely on its sensors.

Newswise: $2.3 million NIH grant to fund research on ’smart’ knee replacements
Released: 21-Jun-2022 9:05 AM EDT
$2.3 million NIH grant to fund research on ’smart’ knee replacements
Binghamton University, State University of New York

A researcher at Binghamton University, State University of New York has received a five-year, $2,326,521 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to further her research into smart knee replacements.

Newswise: Disease Ecologist Awarded $3.5 Million to Build Revolutionary Epidemiological Platform
Released: 20-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Disease Ecologist Awarded $3.5 Million to Build Revolutionary Epidemiological Platform
Northern Arizona University

Learn how NAU assistant professor Joe Mihaljevic will spearhead a major project to develop EpiMoRPH, a collaborative online hub that will make forecasting epidemics vastly more transparent and reliable. This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will take modeling to the next level with a new program called EpiMoRPH.

Newswise: Chula’s Faculty of Engineering Pioneers the Use of Gamma Rays to Inspect Large Trees
Released: 20-Jun-2022 8:55 AM EDT
Chula’s Faculty of Engineering Pioneers the Use of Gamma Rays to Inspect Large Trees
Chulalongkorn University

Lecturers of the Faculty of Nuclear Technology at the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University have developed a special device for scanning trees to determine trunk density and hollowness to prevent accidents from fallen trees and also as a way to conserve large trees in urban areas.

Newswise: New Imaging Technique to Find Out What Happens in the Brains of Cats and Dogs
Released: 20-Jun-2022 5:05 AM EDT
New Imaging Technique to Find Out What Happens in the Brains of Cats and Dogs
Aalto University

A brain imaging device based on quantum optical sensors could also be used to study the brains of human babies

Newswise: Mixed Reality Could Be the Future of High-Tech Coaching in Team Sports
Released: 16-Jun-2022 5:25 PM EDT
Mixed Reality Could Be the Future of High-Tech Coaching in Team Sports
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Every pitcher believes he has enough gas for one more strike-out, but an invention from NJIT Associate Professor Tao Han might forever change that old stare-down between players and coaches on the mound.

Newswise: APL-Led Study Culminates in Development of Long Range Discrimination Radar
Released: 16-Jun-2022 3:40 PM EDT
APL-Led Study Culminates in Development of Long Range Discrimination Radar
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Years of JHU-APL engineering and technical leadership for the Missile Defense Agency Ground Sensors Directorate culminated last December as Lockheed Martin built and installed the multi-mission Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear Space Force Station, Alaska.

Newswise: Let Machines Do the Work: Automating Semiconductor Research with Machine Learning
Released: 16-Jun-2022 10:35 AM EDT
Let Machines Do the Work: Automating Semiconductor Research with Machine Learning
Tokyo University of Science

The semiconductor industry has been growing steadily ever since its first steps in the mid-twentieth century and, thanks to the high-speed information and communication technologies it enabled, it has given way to the rapid digitalization of society.

Newswise: Engineers Develop Cybersecurity Tools to Protect Solar, Wind Power on the Grid
Released: 16-Jun-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Engineers Develop Cybersecurity Tools to Protect Solar, Wind Power on the Grid
Iowa State University

Iowa State engineers are leading a team developing cybersecurity systems that prevent, detect and mitigate attacks on renewable sources sending power to the grid. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the project with a $2 million grant.

Released: 16-Jun-2022 7:00 AM EDT
Chicago Expands and Activates Quantum Network, Taking Steps Toward a Secure Quantum Internet
University of Chicago

Scientists with the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering announced today that for the first time they’ve connected the city of Chicago and suburban labs with a quantum network—nearly doubling the length of what was already one of the longest in the country.

Released: 14-Jun-2022 5:35 PM EDT
Gravity-Defying Spike Waves Rewrite the Rule Book
University of Oxford

In a new study on ocean wave breaking, researchers have demonstrated that the breaking behaviour of axisymmetric ‘spike waves’ is quite different to the long-established theories on the breaking of travelling waves.

Released: 14-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
Stanford Engineers Develop Tiny Robots to Bring Health Care Closer to Precisely Targeted Drug Delivery
Stanford University

If you’ve ever swallowed the same round tablet in hopes of curing everything from stomach cramps to headaches, you already know that medicines aren’t always designed to treat precise pain points.

Released: 14-Jun-2022 1:10 PM EDT
The ASCAP Lab & the NYC Media Lab Challenge Startup Teams to Unite Music and the Metaverse
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

To deeply engage with the tech community and help shape the development of the metaverse, The ASCAP Lab is partnering with the NYC Media Lab (NYCML), led by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, to conduct a “Music in the Metaverse” challenge for startups that are exploring new ways to create and experience music, express digital identity through music, and connect music creators and fans in the metaverse.

Newswise: Low-Tech - Just What the Doctor Ordered
Released: 13-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Low-Tech - Just What the Doctor Ordered
University of Leeds

Medical equipment that can be manufactured at low cost, is simple to use and can be easily maintained will help extend surgery to the 5 billion people worldwide who currently cannot get access to it, say researchers.

Released: 13-Jun-2022 8:55 AM EDT
Rocking Traffic Poles from Natural Rubber: An Accomplishment by a Chula Lecturer for Road Safety
Chulalongkorn University

A lecturer from the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University has developed rocking traffic poles made of natural rubber that is highly flexible, withstands, and reduces impact while also resuming its original form immediately upon being run over. They are now being tested with the hopes that they can soon replace plastic traffic poles.

Newswise: Kothe Named Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences
Released: 10-Jun-2022 11:30 AM EDT
Kothe Named Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Doug Kothe has been named associate laboratory director for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, effective June 6.


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