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Released: 7-Aug-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Electric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks, study finds
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Owners of electric multicookers may be able to add another use to its list of functions, a new study suggests: sanitization of N95 respirator masks.

Newswise: Horizon31 startup licenses ORNL global communication system for drones
Released: 6-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Horizon31 startup licenses ORNL global communication system for drones
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Horizon31, LLC, of Knoxville, Tenn., has exclusively licensed a novel communication system that allows users to reliably operate unmanned vehicles such as drones from anywhere in the world using only an internet connection.

Newswise: FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Released: 6-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Florida Atlantic University

Four FAU researchers have received the coveted NSF Early Career (CAREER) award for research to develop a low-cost, disposable point-of-care platform to detect current and emerging infectious diseases; for a cognitive screening tool for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease using wearables and a smartphone; for mathematical tools and new ways of coding to enhance cybersecurity; and to better understand how marine animals tune, or dynamically adjust their movements using their skin and skeletons.

Newswise: UIC physicist earns innovation award from Microscopy Today
Released: 5-Aug-2020 5:15 PM EDT
UIC physicist earns innovation award from Microscopy Today
University of Illinois at Chicago

Groundbreaking approach in high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy has been judged to be one of the 10 best microscopy innovations in the 2020 Microscopy Today Innovation Award competition.

Newswise: Promising new research identifies innovative approach for controlling defects in 3D printing
Released: 5-Aug-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Promising new research identifies innovative approach for controlling defects in 3D printing
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists use temperature data to tune — and fix — defects in 3D-printed metallic parts.

Newswise: Helping protect medical professionals
Released: 5-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Helping protect medical professionals
Sandia National Laboratories

A media comprised of a sandwich of materials, tested by Sandia National Laboratories, is being manufactured into N95-like respirators that could be used in local medical facilities. The project originated from the urgent need for personal protective equipment when the COVID-19 outbreak began.

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Released: 5-Aug-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Assembling Offshore Wind Turbines
University of Delaware

To meet the current and anticipated demand for offshore wind, we’re going to need marshalling ports, large waterside sites with the acreage and weight-carrying capacity necessary to assemble, house and deploy the huge wind turbines ready to ship out into the ocean. A new study from the University of Delaware has identified two prime east coast locations for marshalling ports on either side of the Delaware bay.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Incorporating Solar Harvesting Into the Side of Buildings Could Enhance Energy Sustainability
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may significantly decrease. In research published recently in Renewable Energy, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc, a professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, demonstrated the potential of wedge-shaped luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These efficient modular solar units could easily be hung on the side of a building.

Released: 5-Aug-2020 11:05 AM EDT
NASA Awards STTR Research Grant To Geisel Software And UNLV For Robot Simulation Platform for Source Search and Mapping
Geisel Software, Inc.

Geisel Software, a Massachusetts-based custom software development firm, and University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) are pleased to announce they have been awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Newswise: University of Miami Health System Launches Remote Monitoring Televigilance Program for Select COVID-19 Patients
Released: 5-Aug-2020 10:50 AM EDT
University of Miami Health System Launches Remote Monitoring Televigilance Program for Select COVID-19 Patients
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

The University of Miami Health System has launched the UHealth Televigilance program, allowing providers to remotely monitor and care for COVID-19 patients who might otherwise need to continue care in inpatient settings.

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Released: 5-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Warwick Moto’s electric superbike build racing ahead despite lockdown
University of Warwick

A team of 25 students who formed Warwick Moto are designing, building and developing an electric superbike which was due to race this summer

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Released: 5-Aug-2020 7:15 AM EDT
Break it down: A new way to address common computing problem
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new algorithm for solving a common class of problem -- known as linear inverse problems -- by breaking them down into smaller tasks, each of which can be solved in parallel on standard computers.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 5:35 PM EDT
New study shows how infrared lasers destroy harmful protein aggregates in Alzheimer's
Tokyo University of Science

A notable characteristic of several neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, is the formation of harmful plaques that contain aggregates--also known as fibrils--of amyloid proteins.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Surface clean-up technology won't solve ocean plastic problem
University of Exeter

Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won't solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows.

Newswise: Machine Learning Probes 3D Microstructures
Released: 4-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Machine Learning Probes 3D Microstructures
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists have developed a machine learning technique for materials research at the atomic and molecular scales. The technique visualizes and quantifies the atomic and molecular structures in three-dimensional samples in real time. It is designed primarily to identify and characterize microstructures in 3D samples.

Newswise: Cementing the future
Released: 4-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Cementing the future
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source and Center for Nanoscale Materials are utilizing nano- and micro-scale imaging to better understand the chemical processes behind the formation of cement.

Newswise: Testing FLARE system to calibrate satellite sensors
Released: 4-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Testing FLARE system to calibrate satellite sensors
South Dakota State University

Imaging engineers at South Dakota State University are testing a prototype device that may soon be used to calibrate satellite sensors and conducting research to validate new remote sensing products.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 3:15 PM EDT
DHS S&T, DOT Select University of Illinois-Led Consortium to Research Interoperability for 911 Public Safety Comms
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T, in partnership with DOT, has selected the CIRI, a DHS COE led by the UIUC, to develop a framework and process for testing the interoperability and compatibility of Next Generation 911 (NG911) systems.

Newswise: Tandon team shines light on roiling
market for stolen debit and credit cards
Released: 3-Aug-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Tandon team shines light on roiling market for stolen debit and credit cards
New York University

Damon McCoy and colleagues at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering analyzed multi-year data extracted from BriansClub, an underground bazaar for buying stolen and leaked credit card information. Among findings were that chip-enabled cards are no guarantee of security if owners still swipe the stripe: 85% of the stolen magnetic stripe data originated from EMV chip-enabled cards.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Can a quantum strategy help bring down the house?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

In a paper published this week in the journal Physical Review A, the researchers lay out a theoretical scenario in which two players, playing cooperatively against the dealer, can better coordinate their strategies using a quantumly entangled pair of systems.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 11:20 AM EDT
For solar boom, scrap silicon for this promising mineral
Cornell University

Cornell University engineers have found that photovoltaic wafers in solar panels with all-perovskite structures outperform photovoltaic cells made from state-of-the-art crystalline silicon, as well as perovskite-silicon tandem cells, which are stacked pancake-style cells that absorb light better.

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Released: 3-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Novel magnetic stirrer speaks to lab equipment
University of Warwick

A current problem for a wide range of chemists is when stirring a solution in the laboratory there is a need to check the properties of the solution and monitor how they change.

Newswise: Engineers developing no-touch, mail-in, fast-scan test for COVID-19, other outbreaks
Released: 3-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Engineers developing no-touch, mail-in, fast-scan test for COVID-19, other outbreaks
Iowa State University

Engineers are developing a no-touch, mail-in, fast-scan diagnostic sensing system that could be used to quickly test for COVID-19 or other outbreaks. The system would also produce a real-time outbreak map with demographic details.

Newswise: Digital Twin program brings new life to old aircraft
Released: 31-Jul-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Digital Twin program brings new life to old aircraft
Wichita State University

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR)'s Digital Twin program is using two Blackhawk helicopters and a B-1 Bomber to help the military maintain and repair similar aircraft.

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Released: 30-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
The ECS Community Adapts and Advances
The Electrochemical Society

Elizabeth Biddinger Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, City College, The City University of New York (CUNY), shares how she and her CUNY community are adapting to—and planning to move beyond—the current situation.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics Announces 2020-2021 Science and Politics Fellows
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics announced that seven scientists have been selected for the 2020-2021 cohort of Eagleton Science and Politics Fellows. Over the next year, the Eagleton Science Fellows will serve as full-time science advisors in New Jersey state government and will assist in the development and implementation of state policy for issues ranging from COVID-19 response, clean energy, education, mental health, and others.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
FSU engineering researchers harness wind data to help meet energy needs in Florida
Florida State University

Florida is one of several states in the Southeast where wind energy is virtually nonexistent, which is one reason wind farms have not been an economically viable energy source in the region. But a new study from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering shows how upcoming technological advances could make wind energy a hot commodity in the Sunshine State.

Newswise: ‘Fool’s Gold’ May Be Valuable After All
Released: 30-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
‘Fool’s Gold’ May Be Valuable After All
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

University of Minnesota researchers have electrically transformed the abundant and low-cost non-magnetic material iron sulfide, also known as “fool’s gold,” into a magnetic material that could be the first step in creating valuable new materials for more energy-efficient computer memory devices.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 6:55 PM EDT
NASA follows potential tropical cyclone 9 into eastern Caribbean
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Terra satellite obtained visible imagery of Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 after it moved into the Eastern Caribbean Sea and continued bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Newswise: Virtual lecture series finale connects interns to ongoing COVID-19 research
Released: 29-Jul-2020 6:55 PM EDT
Virtual lecture series finale connects interns to ongoing COVID-19 research
Argonne National Laboratory

Students attending the last 2020 Office of Science Summer Internship Virtual Lecture Series seminar learned about how national laboratories are coming together to fight COVID-19.

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28-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Influx of Electric Vehicles Accelerates Need for Grid Planning
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new PNNL report says the western U.S. bulk power system can reliably support projected growth of up to 24 million electric vehicles through 2028, but challenges will arise as EV adoption grows beyond that threshold. This study is the most comprehensive of its kind, integrating multiple variables not evaluated before, such as growth in commercial delivery fleets and long-haul trucks, as well as large-scale and long-term EV charging scenarios and strategies.

Newswise: New fabrication method brings single-crystal perovskite devices closer to viability
Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
New fabrication method brings single-crystal perovskite devices closer to viability
University of California San Diego

Nanoengineers at UC San Diego developed a new method to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films, which are more efficient for use in solar cells and optical devices than the current state-of-the-art polycrystalline forms of the material.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
New insights into wound healing
Washington University in St. Louis

Research from a multidisciplinary team led by Washington University may provide new insights into wound healing, scarring and how cancer spreads.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Sparking girls’ interest in computing through ‘social wearables’
University of California, Santa Cruz

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1.2 million grant to a team led by Katherine Isbister, professor of computational media at UC Santa Cruz, to develop a summer camp for middle school girls focused on computational technology in a social context involving live action role-playing games.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Engineers find thinner tissues in replacement heart valves create problematic flutter
Iowa State University

Iowa State and University of Texas engineers have developed computational models of replacement heart valves to examine the performance of biological tissues built into the valves. They found thinner tissues create problematic flutter.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Solving a DNA mystery
University of California, Santa Barbara

"A watched pot never boils," as the saying goes, but that was not the case for UC Santa Barbara researchers watching a "pot" of liquids formed from DNA. In fact, the opposite happened.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Metal-Breathing Bacteria Could Transform Electronics, Biosensors, and More
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

When the Shewanella oneidensis bacterium “breathes” in certain metal and sulfur compounds anaerobically, the way an aerobic organism would process oxygen, it produces materials that could be used to enhance electronics, electrochemical energy storage, and drug-delivery devices. The ability of this bacterium to produce molybdenum disulfide — a material that is able to transfer electrons easily, like graphene — is the focus of research published in Biointerphases by a team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Newswise: Sweat science: engineers detect health markers in thread-based, wearable sweat sensors
22-Jul-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Sweat science: engineers detect health markers in thread-based, wearable sweat sensors
Tufts University

Engineers at Tufts University have created a first-of-its-kind, flexible electronic sensing patch that can be sewn into clothing to analyze sweat for multiple markers. The patch could be used to to diagnose and monitor acute and chronic health conditions or to monitor athletic performance.

Newswise: New Research in Origami Metamaterials Promises Wide Implications
Released: 27-Jul-2020 5:35 PM EDT
New Research in Origami Metamaterials Promises Wide Implications
Georgia Institute of Technology

New research by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Northwestern Engineering expands the understanding of origami structures, opening possibilities for mechanical metamaterials to be used in soft robotics and medical devices.

Newswise: Grant fuels digital transformation, applied learning opportunities
Released: 27-Jul-2020 5:15 PM EDT
Grant fuels digital transformation, applied learning opportunities
Wichita State University

Wichita State University was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, to build a workforce development database.

Newswise: Ning Xu Selected Fellow of the American Chemical Society
Released: 27-Jul-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Ning Xu Selected Fellow of the American Chemical Society
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ning Xu of the Actinide Analytical Chemistry group at Los Alamos has been selected as a member of the 2020 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Released: 27-Jul-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Laser Inversion enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Selective laser sintering is one of the most widely used processes in additive manufacturing, but it is limited to printing with a single material at a time. Columbia engineers have used their expertise in robotics to develop a new approach to overcome this limitation: By inverting the laser so that it points upwards, they’ve invented a way to enable SLS to use—at the same time—multiple materials.

Released: 27-Jul-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Randomness theory could hold key to internet security
Cornell University

In a new paper, Cornell Tech researchers identified a problem that holds the key to whether all encryption can be broken – as well as a surprising connection to a mathematical concept that aims to define and measure randomness.

Released: 27-Jul-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Search Begins for Next Lab Director
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The search for the next director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is underway, Charlene Zettel, University of California (UC) regent and chair of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) announced today.

Newswise: Redesigning lithium-ion battery anodes for better performance
Released: 27-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Redesigning lithium-ion battery anodes for better performance
Argonne National Laboratory

In a new study, a team led by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory has made discoveries concerning a potential new, higher-capacity anode material, which would allow lithium-ion batteries to have a higher overall energy capacity.

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Released: 27-Jul-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Young Investigator
University of Delaware

Tingyi Gu, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware, has been selected for the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program. This prestigious award goes to early-career researchers pursuing fundamental research in areas relevant to the Army. Gu is studying materials that exploit the interface between light and electronics for potential use in lasers, displays, memory and more.

Released: 27-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Study identifies top reasons for sewer line failure
Ohio State University

Concrete sewer pipes around the world are most likely to fail either because their concrete is not strong enough or because they can’t handle the weight of trucks that drive over them, a new study indicates.

Newswise: Novel drug delivery particles use neurotransmitters as a ‘passport’ into the brain
21-Jul-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Novel drug delivery particles use neurotransmitters as a ‘passport’ into the brain
Tufts University

Drug-carrying lipid nanoparticles were created that incorporate neurotransmitters to help them cross the blood-brain barrier in mice. The innovation could overcome many limitations encountered in delivering drugs into the central nervous system.

23-Jul-2020 12:30 PM EDT
U.S. Department of Energy to announce “Launch to the Future: Quantum Internet” at UChicago
Argonne National Laboratory

On Thursday, July 23, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette will join government, academic, and science leaders at the University of Chicago to unveil a report outlining a blueprint for the construction of a national quantum internet, bringing the U.S. to the forefront of the global quantum race and ushering in a new era of communications.

Newswise: IUPUI institute combats COVID-19 at the nano level
Released: 23-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
IUPUI institute combats COVID-19 at the nano level
Indiana University

Copper, a metal commonly used throughout history for its antibacterial properties, is being utilized by researchers at IUPUI to solve a problem very relevant today: making reusable face masks safer and more comfortable for daily use.


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