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Newswise: University of Minnesota Student Uses Tiktok Dance Videos to Solve Problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning
Released: 20-May-2022 9:00 AM EDT
University of Minnesota Student Uses Tiktok Dance Videos to Solve Problems in Computer Vision and Machine Learning
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

What if we used TikTok as a tool to further scientific research? University of Minnesota computer science Ph.D. student Yasamin Jafarian is doing just that, using data from the app to create more realistic 3D digital avatars.

Newswise:Video Embedded designers-find-better-solutions-with-computer-assistance-but-sacrifice-creative-touch
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Released: 20-May-2022 3:05 AM EDT
Designers Find Better Solutions with Computer Assistance, but Sacrifice Creative Touch
Aalto University

A computer-guided approach to design can propose more solutions and balance out human inexperience and design fixation.

Newswise:Video Embedded using-everyday-wifi-to-help-robots-see-and-navigate-better-indoors
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Released: 19-May-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Using everyday WiFi to help robots see and navigate better indoors
University of California San Diego

UC San Diego engineers have developed a low cost, low power technology to help robots accurately map their way indoors, even in poor lighting and without recognizable landmarks or features. The technology uses WiFi signals, instead of light, to help the robot "see" where it’s going.

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Released: 13-May-2022 10:25 AM EDT
ASA Press Conferences Livestreamed from Denver, May 24 #ASA182
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Press conferences at the 182nd ASA Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 24, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Plaza Court 2. Media availabilities will focus on wide range of newsworthy sessions at the upcoming meeting from how racialized identities impact speech perception to the first sounds recorded from the Perseverance rover on Mars. To register for in-person attendance or for more information regarding the livestream, please email

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Released: 27-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Media Invited to Acoustical Society of America Meeting in Denver, May 23-27
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Echolocation, biomedicine, engineering, aquatics, and more will be showcased at the 182nd ASA Meeting in Denver, May 23-27. The in-person scientific conference brings together acoustical experts and researchers from around the world to talk about sound experiments and applications in fields as diverse as space exploration, sports, marine biology, cancer therapies, speech perceptions, and many other areas. Reporters are invited to attend the meeting at no cost and participate in a series of press conferences featuring a selection of newsworthy sessions.

Released: 22-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Explaining the slow surprise in the middle of the sandwich (earthquake)
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

The 12 August 2021 South Sandwich Island earthquake had a surprise hidden within its complex rupture sequence: a slow, shallow magnitude 8.16 subevent that was “invisible” to researchers at first glance.

Released: 15-Apr-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Registration now open for EMBO Lab Leadership Course at Stowers Institute
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

This course provides tools, techniques and insight tailored specifically to the laboratory/research setting.

25-Mar-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Study Reveals the Science Behind Those Irresistible Puppy-Dog Eyes
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Can’t resist your pup’s adoring expression when he begs for a treat? A new study reveals key anatomical features that could explain what makes dogs’ faces so appealing. The findings also suggest that humans contributed to dogs’ ability to form facial expressions through thousands of years of selective breeding.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
High schoolers develop an inexpensive filter to remove lead from tap water
American Chemical Society (ACS)

A group of high school students and their instructor have developed an inexpensive faucet attachment to remove lead from drinking water. Their filter indicates when it’s “used up” by turning the tap water yellow. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Stimulating the sense of touch with chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Our eyes may be windows on the world, but our fingertips put us in touch with it. Now, scientists report that skin can sense subtle differences in chemistry, which could lead to new ways to control touch and integrate it into applications. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Growing extremely tiny, uniformly sized diamonds — without explosives
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Diamonds that are only nanometers wide are crucial for drug delivery, sensors and quantum computer processors. Now, scientists report a new method to grow ultra-uniform nanodiamonds, which are important to the success of these technologies. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Sustainable leather, yarn and paper — from bread-eating fungi
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Scientists have harnessed fungi to convert food waste into sustainable leather substitutes, yarn and paper products that have properties comparable to the traditional materials. The researchers will present their results today at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Making wooden construction materials fire-resistant with an eco-friendly coating (video)
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Residential fires take a terrible toll. Today, scientists will describe an environmentally friendly coating that could limit flammability of wood used in construction, providing more time to escape fires and also curbing their spread. The researchers will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
A psychedelic drug, combined with intense therapy, improves PTSD symptoms
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Today, scientists report data from a phase 3 trial of a psychedelic drug, MDMA, or “ecstasy,” combined with psychotherapy for PTSD treatment. Preliminary data suggest that the therapy works even in patients with drug or alcohol use disorders. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Cooking up a way to remove microplastics from wastewater — with okra, aloe
American Chemical Society (ACS)

The goo from okra is known to thicken stews, but it can also clean water of some types of pollutants. Now, researchers report that combinations of okra and other food-grade plant extracts can remove microplastics from wastewater. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Space-grown lettuce could help astronauts avoid bone loss
American Chemical Society (ACS)

NASA plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. The 3-year mission will cause astronauts to lose bone mass. Now, scientists report transgenic lettuce that produces a bone-stimulating hormone, which astronauts might someday grow and eat in space. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
‘Worm-on-a-chip’ device could someday help diagnose lung cancer
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Dogs can sniff out various forms of cancer. Similarly, the roundworm C. elegans wriggles its way toward cancer cells by following an odor trail. Today, scientists report a device that uses the tiny worms to detect lung cancer cells. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Waste coffee grounds could someday help detect brain waves
American Chemical Society (ACS)

There’s nothing like a cuppa to give your morning a boost. Researchers report the first use of waste coffee grounds as electrode coatings for sensitive neurochemistry measurements, which could help scientists get a better handle on brain activity. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Sponges, not just their microbes, make biologically potent compounds
American Chemical Society (ACS)

All of the medicines derived from sponges actually originate from bacteria living within these animals. Today, scientists report that sponges themselves, not their resident microbes, produce at least one promising group of compounds. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Giving the cold shoulder to crunchy ice cream — with a dash of cellulose
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Ice cream can get unpleasantly crunchy when ice crystals grow in it. Scientists report that adding cellulose can stop this growth cold — and the additive works better than current ice growth inhibitors in the face of temperature fluctuations. They will present their results today at ACS Spring 2022.

Released: 18-Mar-2022 2:20 PM EDT
Registration Opens for Food and Nutrition Science Institute’s Annual Conference
Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Leading food safety and nutrition scientists are meeting June 21-23, 2022, at the National Press Club.

Newswise: Bacterial enzyme makes new type of biodegradable polymer
14-Mar-2022 7:00 AM EDT
Bacterial enzyme makes new type of biodegradable polymer
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have identified a previously unknown bacterial enzyme that can make a new type of polysaccharide similar to the biopolymer chitin. The new molecule is biodegradable and could be useful for drug delivery, tissue engineering and other biomedical applications.

Released: 9-Mar-2022 9:00 AM EST
Hot Topics at Experimental Biology 2022 Meeting, April 2–5 in Philadelphia
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

EB, the annual meeting of five scientific societies, brings together thousands of scientists and 25 guest societies in one interdisciplinary community. Join us April 2–5 in Philadelphia for an exciting lineup of live, in-person scientific sessions.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-3d-atomistic-imagery-created-of-sars-cov-2-shows-how-virus-uses-spike-protein-to-fuse-with-and-infect-human-cells
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Released: 7-Mar-2022 12:55 PM EST
New 3D atomistic imagery created of SARS-CoV-2 shows how virus uses spike protein to fuse with and infect human cells
Los Alamos National Laboratory

New computer models and simulations from Los Alamos National Laboratory are showing researchers how the virus that causes COVID-19 manages to use its spike protein to fuse with and infect human cells. To be presented at the March meeting of the American Physical Society, the atomistic-level imagery is highly consistent with cryo-electron microscopy data, despite the severe challenges of imaging at such high resolution.

Newswise: WashU scientists help recover gases from Moon rock time capsule
Released: 7-Mar-2022 6:05 AM EST
WashU scientists help recover gases from Moon rock time capsule
Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists from Washington University in St. Louis are helping to recover gases from a container of lunar soil that astronauts collected and sealed under vacuum on the surface of the Moon in 1972. The effort is part of NASA’s Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) initiative. Preliminary science results will be discussed during the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, which will be held in Houston March 7-11.

Newswise: Moon jellies appear to be gobbling up zooplankton in Puget Sound
Released: 3-Mar-2022 3:05 PM EST
Moon jellies appear to be gobbling up zooplankton in Puget Sound
University of Washington

University of Washington-led research suggests moon jellies are feasting on zooplankton, the various tiny animals that drift with the currents, in the bays they inhabit. This could affect other hungry marine life, like juvenile salmon or herring — especially if predictions are correct and climate change will favor fast-growing jellyfish.

Newswise: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-led study explores effects of noise on marine life
Released: 2-Mar-2022 11:05 AM EST
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-led study explores effects of noise on marine life
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

New research shows turtles can experience temporary hearing loss from an excess of underwater noise. This phenomenon, previously noted in other marine animals such as dolphins and fish, was not widely understood for reptiles and underscores another potential risk for aquatic turtles. This high volume of sound, referred to as underwater noise pollution, can be caused by passing ships and offshore construction.

Newswise: Discarded disposable face masks pose a threat to marine life
Released: 1-Mar-2022 12:15 PM EST
Discarded disposable face masks pose a threat to marine life
American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Disposable face masks could be harmful to wildlife, according to researchers who have observed harmful effects of the masks on keystone marine animals in coastal areas.

Released: 23-Feb-2022 11:55 AM EST
How vacation photos of zebras and whales can help conservation
Ohio State University

Vacation photos of zebras and whales that tourists post on social media may have a benefit they never expected: helping researchers track and gather information on endangered species.

Newswise: Google's 'CEO' image search gender bias hasn't really been fixed
Released: 16-Feb-2022 3:05 PM EST
Google's 'CEO' image search gender bias hasn't really been fixed
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers showed that image search results for four major search engines from around the world, including Google, still reflect gender bias.

Newswise: WHOI scientist honored by Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Released: 10-Feb-2022 4:20 PM EST
WHOI scientist honored by Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Benjamin Van Mooy, Woods Hole Oceanographic senior scientist and Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department Chair, is being presented with the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). ASLO presents the award annually to a scientist who has made considerable contributions to knowledge in their field, and whose work will carry on a legacy in future research.

Released: 1-Feb-2022 9:00 AM EST
Speakers Announced for Experimental Biology 2022 Meeting
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Celebrated scientists and educators, including Nobel laureates and research pioneers, from across the life sciences will convene at the Experimental Biology (EB) 2022 meeting on April 2–5 in Philadelphia. EB brings together thousands of scientists to explore the latest findings and trends in anatomy, biochemistry, molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology and physiology.

Newswise: Supercomputing exposes potential pathways for inhibiting COVID-19
Released: 25-Jan-2022 12:40 PM EST
Supercomputing exposes potential pathways for inhibiting COVID-19
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

To explore the inner workings of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed a novel technique.

Newswise: ASCB launches Emerging Researcher Talk series
Released: 19-Jan-2022 12:00 PM EST
ASCB launches Emerging Researcher Talk series
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Beginning in February 2022, the American Society for Cell Biology launches the inaugural edition of the Emerging Researcher Talk Series. Speakers were selected from a review of the high-ranking abstracts that were submitted for the Cell Bio Virtual 2021 meeting.

Newswise: Fighting weeds in a changing world
Released: 19-Jan-2022 8:00 AM EST
Fighting weeds in a changing world
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Crops aren’t the only ones fighting to adapt to climate change. Weeds are too, and new research can help us identify their strengths and plan for them.

Released: 13-Jan-2022 11:05 AM EST
AI Tool Promises Better Automated Analysis of Datasets with Rare Items, a Key Real-World Limitation
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

The MiikeMineStamps dataset of stamps provides a unique window into the workings of a large Japanese corporation, opening unprecedented possibilities for researchers in the humanities and social sciences. But some of the stamps in this archive only appear in a small number of instances. This makes for a “long tail” distribution that poses particular challenges for AI learning, including fields in which AI has experienced serious failures. A collaboration between scientists at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), PSC, DeepMap Inc. of California and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) took up this challenge, using PSC’s Bridges and Bridges-2 systems to build a new machine learning (ML) based tool for analyzing “long tail” distributions.

Newswise: As the Mercury Rises, the Urban Heat Penalty Grows, Especially at Night
Released: 16-Dec-2021 12:00 AM EST
As the Mercury Rises, the Urban Heat Penalty Grows, Especially at Night
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

City living translates to an extra two to six hours of uncomfortable weather per day in the summer for people in much of the United States. The gap between rural and urban gets larger as the temperature rises.

Released: 15-Dec-2021 7:00 AM EST
The router in your home might be intercepting some of your Internet traffic--but it may be for your own good
University of California San Diego

The router in your home might be intercepting some of your Internet traffic and sending it to a different destination. Specifically, the router can intercept the Domain Name System traffic --the communications used to translate human-readable domain names (for example www.google.com) into the numeric Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that the Internet relies on. That’s the finding from a team of computer scientists at the University of California San Diego, which they presented at the Internet Measurement Conference on Nov. 3, 2021.

Released: 14-Dec-2021 1:40 PM EST
Spelunking on the moon: New study explores lunar pits and caves
University of Colorado Boulder

The moon may be a mostly uniform expanse of gray, but if you look closely, you can still find a few nooks and crannies in its surface, from deep trenches to pits and maybe even caves.

Newswise: Artificial intelligence can create better lightning forecasts
Released: 13-Dec-2021 2:45 PM EST
Artificial intelligence can create better lightning forecasts
University of Washington

New research shows that machine learning — computer algorithms that improve themselves without direct programming by humans — can be used to improve forecasts for lightning, one of the most destructive forces of nature.


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