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Newswise: Argonne’s Wang and Streets named highly influential climate scientists
Released: 12-May-2021 4:35 PM EDT
Argonne’s Wang and Streets named highly influential climate scientists
Argonne National Laboratory

Michael Wang and David Streets, both of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, were named to Reuters’ “Hot List” of today’s 1,000 most influential climate scientists. Both are in Argonne’s Energy and Global Security-Energy Systems (EGS-ES) division.

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Released: 12-May-2021 3:30 PM EDT
From Curb to Doorstep: Driving Efficiencies for Delivering Goods
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

In a collaboration between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab, a prototype webapp has been developed that combines smart sensors and machine learning to predict parking space availability. The prototype is ready for initial testing to help commercial delivery drivers find open spaces without expending fuel and losing time and patience.

Released: 12-May-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Mental health helplines need human-centered solutions
Cornell University

In India today, dozens of phone numbers are available for people who are having a severe mental health emergency. Oftentimes, however, callers experience difficulty in getting connected with someone who will listen to them; sometimes the phone will just ring and ring.

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Released: 12-May-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Earthquake early warnings launch in Washington, completing West Coast-wide ShakeAlert system
University of Washington

The U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Washington-based Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and state emergency managers on Tuesday, May 4, will activate the system that sends earthquake early warnings throughout Washington state. This completes the rollout of ShakeAlert, an automated system that gives people living in Washington, Oregon and California advance warning of incoming earthquakes.

Newswise: Weizmann Institute Optogeneticists Use Mosquito Rhodopsins to Boost Brain Research
Released: 12-May-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Weizmann Institute Optogeneticists Use Mosquito Rhodopsins to Boost Brain Research
Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Ofer Yizhar and colleagues used mosquito rhodopsins to create an optogenetics tool that is more precise, selective, and controllable than current techniques. In addition to increasing our understanding of the brain and advancing the field of optogenetics, the technology could lead to improved therapies for neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Newswise: Compact deployment system makes exploring deep seas easier
Released: 12-May-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Compact deployment system makes exploring deep seas easier
University of Rhode Island

The answers to many of life’s mysteries have been discovered far below the surface of the seas. However, getting to those depths has not been easy. Thanks to a new fiber optic reel system invented by Brennan Phillips, an assistant professor of ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island, deep-sea exploration is about to get much more affordable and accessible.

Released: 12-May-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Globus Announces Support for Microsoft OneDrive

Globus, a leading research data management service, today announced general availability of Globus for Microsoft OneDrive, which lets users connect OneDrive to their existing storage ecosystem and enables a unified interface for data transfer and sharing across diverse storage systems.

Released: 12-May-2021 10:50 AM EDT
Advances in medical imaging enable visualization of white matter tracts in fetuses
King's College London

Researchers from the £12 million Developing Human Connectome Project have used the dramatic advances in medical imaging the project has provided to visualise and study white matter pathways, the wiring that connects developing brain networks, in the human brain as it develops in the womb.

Released: 12-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Rapid COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Delivers Results Within 4 Minutes With 90 Percent Accuracy
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A low-cost, rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by Penn Medicine provides COVID-19 results within four minutes with 90 percent accuracy. A paper published this week in Matter details the fast and inexpensive diagnostic test, called RAPID 1.0. Compared to existing methods for COVID-19 detection, RAPID is inexpensive and highly scalable, allowing the production of millions of units per week.

Newswise: NUS scientists create a new type of intelligent material
Released: 12-May-2021 5:05 AM EDT
NUS scientists create a new type of intelligent material
National University of Singapore

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have created a new class of intelligent materials. It has the structure of a two-dimensional (2D) material, but behaves like an electrolyte – and could be a new way to deliver drugs within the body.

Newswise: Computer designs magnonic devices
Released: 12-May-2021 4:05 AM EDT
Computer designs magnonic devices
University of Vienna

Magnonic devices have the potential to revolutionize the electronics industry. Qi Wang, Andrii Chumak from University of Vienna and Philipp Pirro from TU Kaiserslautern have largely accelerated the design of more versatile magnonic devices via a feedback-based computational algorithm. Their "inverse-design" of magnonic devices has now been published in Nature Communications.

Newswise: Clingy Copper Ions Contribute to Catalyst Slowdown
Released: 11-May-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Clingy Copper Ions Contribute to Catalyst Slowdown
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL scientists, working with researchers at Washington State University and Tsinghua University, discovered a mechanism behind the decline in performance of an advanced copper-based catalyst. The team’s findings, featured on the cover of the journal ACS Catalysis, could aid the design of catalysts that work better and last longer during the NOx conversion process.

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Released: 11-May-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Low temperature physics gives insight into turbulence
Lancaster University

A novel technique for studying vortices in quantum fluids has been developed by Lancaster physicists.

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Released: 11-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT
Discovering candidate for reflex network of walking cats: Understanding animals with robots
Osaka University

A group of researchers from Osaka University developed a quadruped robot platform that can reproduce the neuromuscular dynamics of animals (Figure 1), discovering that a steady gait and experimental behaviors of walking cats emerged from the reflex circuit in walking experiments on this robot.

Newswise: Argonne’s Margaret Butler Fellowship offers opportunity to work on exascale computing applications
Released: 11-May-2021 9:50 AM EDT
Argonne’s Margaret Butler Fellowship offers opportunity to work on exascale computing applications
Argonne National Laboratory

Now open for applications, Argonne’s Margaret Butler Fellowship in Computational Science offers an opportunity for one postdoc to work at the forefront of scientific computing at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

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Released: 11-May-2021 9:30 AM EDT
Lasers, Levitation and Machine Learning Make Better Heat-Resistant Materials
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists across several disciplines have combined forces to create a new process for testing and predicting the effects of high temperatures on refractory oxides.

Newswise: Deborah Frincke: The science of protecting communities
Released: 11-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Deborah Frincke: The science of protecting communities
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Deborah Frincke, one of the nation’s preeminent computer scientists and cybersecurity experts, serves as associate laboratory director of ORNL’s National Security Science Directorate.

Newswise: Eco-energy without limits?
Released: 11-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Eco-energy without limits?
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Even a sustainable circular economy doesn't run without energy. Solar panels and wind farms, tidal and geothermal power plants: They all divert energy from energy fluxes that had remained untapped since time immemorial. The question is therefore: What part of these energy fluxes can mankind use for its own purposes without damaging the Earth's energy system? Empa researchers have developed an approach to estimate this.

Newswise: Expanded Partnership Helps Secure Texas Tech’s Place in Energy Industry’s Future
Released: 11-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Expanded Partnership Helps Secure Texas Tech’s Place in Energy Industry’s Future
Texas Tech University

American Resources Corporation will operate its sponsored research program in electrolytic cells through the Innovation Hub at Research Park and in collaboration with Gerardine Botte.

Newswise: Nano-sized Cornell McGraw Tower illustrates new tech for 3D printing
Released: 10-May-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Nano-sized Cornell McGraw Tower illustrates new tech for 3D printing
Cornell University

Using cutting-edge technology in the Cornell University NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF), a team led by photolithographer Ed Camacho has created what is thought to be the world’s smallest rendition of Cornell’s iconic McGraw Tower – complete with its 161 interior steps, two sets of stairs and 21 bells.

Newswise:Video Embedded magnetic-nanoparticles-pull-valuable-elements-from-water-sources
Released: 10-May-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Magnetic Nanoparticles Pull Valuable Elements from Water Sources
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Earth-friendly process may help make critical materials sourcing economically feasible in the U.S.

Newswise:Video Embedded robotic-surgery-bootcamp-trains-next-generation-of-surgeons
Released: 10-May-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Robotic Surgery Bootcamp Trains Next Generation of Surgeons

Robotic technology is becoming an increasingly common sight in operating rooms, giving surgical teams new tools that can speed up surgeries and improve patient outcomes.

Newswise: This system helps robots better navigate emergency rooms
Released: 10-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
This system helps robots better navigate emergency rooms
University of California San Diego

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a more accurate navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy clinical environments in general and emergency departments more specifically. The researchers have also developed a dataset of open source videos to help train robotic navigation systems in the future. The team detail their findings in a paper for the International Conference on Robotics and Automation taking place May 30 to June 5 in Xi’an, China.

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Released: 7-May-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Hologram experts can now create real-life images that move in the air
Brigham Young University

They may be tiny weapons, but Brigham Young University's holography research group has figured out how to create lightsabers -- green for Yoda and red for Darth Vader, naturally -- with actual luminous beams rising from them.

Released: 7-May-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Online learning doesn't improve student sleep habits, research suggests
Simon Fraser University

New research from Simon Fraser University suggests that students learning remotely become night owls but do not sleep more despite the time saved commuting, working or attending social events.

Released: 7-May-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Pandemic-driven telehealth proves popular at safety net health system
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

As state and federal authorities decide whether to continue reimbursing for telehealth services that were suddenly adopted last spring in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a new study out of UC San Francisco has found that clinicians in the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN) overwhelmingly support using these services for outpatient primary care and specialty care visits.

Newswise: Ultra-Fast COVID-19 Sensor Invented at Texas Tech Gets Boost Into International Markets
Released: 7-May-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Ultra-Fast COVID-19 Sensor Invented at Texas Tech Gets Boost Into International Markets
Texas Tech University

EviroTech LLC announced today (May 7) a $4 million investment into the company by 1701 Ventures GmbH of Göttingen, Germany, which will allow EviroTech to complete the final design, production startup and market introduction of its Ultra-Fast COVID-19 detection sensor.

7-May-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Smartphone Breath Alcohol Testing Devices Vary Widely in Accuracy
Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcohol breath testing devices that pair with smartphones are marketed as safety tools for general use, but their accuracy is highly variable, a new laboratory study shows. While some of these devices potentially help people avoid driving while impaired, others may mislead users into thinking falsely that they are fit to drive. Alcohol-impaired driving kills 29 people a day and costs $121 billion a year in the US, amplifying interest in personal breath-testing devices marketed at consumers. Such devices paired with smartphone apps are widely available via online marketplaces though information about their origins and accuracy is scarce. The study in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research compares the accuracy of six such devices with that of two validated alcohol-consumption tests.

Newswise: New partnership to develop a new ultra-fast test for COVID-19 antibodies
Released: 5-May-2021 4:40 PM EDT
New partnership to develop a new ultra-fast test for COVID-19 antibodies
University of Utah

The NanoSpot.AI test is estimated to be significantly less expensive to manufacture than other SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests and has the potential to be more affordable than currently available tests, making it possible to extend the test to every corner of the world. Clinical studies validating NanoSpot.AI are currently underway.

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Released: 5-May-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Dark Matter Detection
University of Delaware

University of Delaware’s Swati Singh is among a small group of researchers across the dark matter community that have begun to wonder if they are looking for the right type of dark matter. Singh, Jack Manley, a UD doctoral student, and collaborators at the University of Arizona and Haverford College, have proposed a new way to look for the particles that might make up dark matter by repurposing existing tabletop sensor technology.

Newswise: 3D Bioprinting Technique Controls Cell Orientation
Released: 5-May-2021 9:30 AM EDT
3D Bioprinting Technique Controls Cell Orientation
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Cell tissues tend to be highly ordered in terms of spatial distribution and alignment, so bioengineered cellular scaffolds for tissue engineering applications must closely resemble this orientation to be able to perform like natural tissue. In Applied Physics Reviews, from AIP Publishing, an international research team describes its approach for directing cell orientation within deposited hydrogel fibers via a method called multicompartmental bioprinting.

Newswise:Video Embedded thin-large-area-device-converts-infrared-light-into-images
Released: 5-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Thin, Large-Area Device Converts Infrared Light Into Images
University of California San Diego

An infrared imager developed by UC San Diego engineers could be used to see through smog and fog; easily locate blood vessels on a patient; and see through silicon wafers to inspect the quality of electronic boards. It is also slim, compact and less costly to fabricate than similar technologies.

Newswise:Video Embedded ai-learns-to-type-on-a-phone-like-humans
5-May-2021 6:05 AM EDT
AI Learns to Type on a Phone Like Humans
Aalto University

To really understand how people type on touchscreens, researchers have created the first artificial intelligence model that predicts how people move their eyes and fingers while typing.

Newswise: First Detailed Look at How Charge Transfer Distorts a Molecule’s Structure
Released: 4-May-2021 6:05 PM EDT
First Detailed Look at How Charge Transfer Distorts a Molecule’s Structure
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

When light hits certain molecules, it dislodges electrons and creates areas of positive and negative charge. An X-ray free-electron laser study has directly observed how this charge transfer affects a molecule's structure for the first time.

Newswise:  Helping companies use high-performance computing to improve U.S. manufacturing
Released: 4-May-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Helping companies use high-performance computing to improve U.S. manufacturing
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne is helping U.S. companies solve pressing manufacturing challenges through an innovative program that provides access to Argonne’s world-class computing resources and technical expertise.

Released: 4-May-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Climate action potential in waste incineration plants
ETH Zürich

Over the coming decades, our economy and society will need to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions as called for in the Paris Agreement.

Newswise: Will the Next Generation of Exascale Supercomputers Be Able To Work With Complex Petascale Data?
Released: 4-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Will the Next Generation of Exascale Supercomputers Be Able To Work With Complex Petascale Data?
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

George Slota, a computer scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been granted a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to develop approaches to matching exascale computers with petascale datasets.

Released: 4-May-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Little to No Increase in Association Between Adolescents’ Mental Health Problems and Digital Technology Engagement
Association for Psychological Science

A new study suggests that over the past 30 years, there has been little to no increase in the association between adolescents’ technology engagement and mental health problems. The study also urges more transparent collaborations between academia and industry.

Newswise: Insights from colour-blind octopus help fight human sight loss
Released: 4-May-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Insights from colour-blind octopus help fight human sight loss
University of Bristol

University of Bristol research into octopus vision has led to a quick and easy test that helps optometrists identify people who are at greater risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of incurable sight loss.

Newswise: Poor Grasp of Dating Violence in College Perpetuates ‘Boys Will be Boys’ Views
Released: 4-May-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Poor Grasp of Dating Violence in College Perpetuates ‘Boys Will be Boys’ Views
Florida Atlantic University

A study to understand the dating violence experience and perpetration of college-age women, as well as how they conceptualize violence in dating relationships, reveals normalization of unhealthy violent behaviors where sexual pressure or sexualized verbal harassment are viewed as an innate part of men, supporting the idea that “boys will be boys.” Study participants demonstrated a lack of knowledge of the forms of dating violence and its consequences. They accepted, rationalized and provided excuses for these acts of violence.

Released: 3-May-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Health Donates Education Technology to Pontificia Universidad CatóLica De Puerto Rico
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest and most integrated health network in New Jersey, in partnership with CDW Healthcare and Chrome Enterprise, announced today it is making an education technology donation of more than $265,000 to Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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Released: 3-May-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Will your future clothes be made of algae?
University of Rochester

Living materials, which are made by housing biological cells within a non-living matrix, have gained popularity in recent years as scientists recognize that often the most robust materials are those that mimic nature.

Released: 3-May-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Flexible, easy-to-scale nanoribbons move graphene toward use in tech applications
University of Wisconsin-Madison

In a study published April 16 in ACS Photonics, University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers fabricated graphene into the smallest ribbon structures to date using a method that makes scaling-up simple. In tests with these tiny ribbons, the scientists discovered they were closing in on the properties they needed to move graphene toward usefulness in telecommunications equipment.

Released: 3-May-2021 11:35 AM EDT
DOE Awards $17.3 Million for Student and Faculty Research Opportunities and to Foster Workforce Diversity
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $17.3 million for college internships, research opportunities, and research projects that connect talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students and faculty with the world-class resources at DOE’s National Laboratories.

Newswise:Video Embedded caterpillar-argonne-partnership-shifts-heavy-duty-engine-design-into-higher-gear
Released: 3-May-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Caterpillar and Argonne project shifts heavy-duty engine design into higher gear
Argonne National Laboratory

Using Argonne’s high-performance computing resources, researchers developed a new design for Caterpillar’s engines that could improve fuel efficiency while reducing harmful emissions.

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