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Released: 30-May-2023 7:45 PM EDT
Advances in technology are driving popularity of EVs
Yale University

New research by Gillingham, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that recent adoption of EVs is driven overwhelmingly by technological advances, while general consumer preferences for EVs has changed little.

Newswise: Vehicle stop study illuminates importance of officer's first words
24-May-2023 2:00 PM EDT
Vehicle stop study illuminates importance of officer's first words
Virginia Tech

“Simply put, the officer starts off with a command rather than a reason in escalated stops.” Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the peer-reviewed research also found that Black men could often predict a stop’s outcome simply by listening to those same 45 words, which generally spanned less than 30 seconds.

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Released: 26-May-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Americans walk less frequently and less safely compared to other countries
Virginia Tech

A stroll through international statistics about walking reveals the grim reality of foot travel in the United States. “People walk less in the United States because it’s more dangerous to walk here and walking conditions are worse compared to other countries,” said Ralph Buehler, professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Tech.

Released: 25-May-2023 1:45 PM EDT
Electricity cheaper than diesel for heavy goods vehicles
Chalmers University of Technology

In the past, it was considered unprofitable to electrify heavy goods vehicles that transport cargo over long distances. But now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have shown that it can be cheaper to run heavy goods vehicles on electricity than on diesel.

Newswise: New report finds that carbon capture and storage in California can concurrently serve local communities, the environment and the economy
Released: 24-May-2023 12:15 PM EDT
New report finds that carbon capture and storage in California can concurrently serve local communities, the environment and the economy
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A new report co-authored by George Peridas of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Benjamin Grove of the Clean Air Task Force examines the economic viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in California and finds that several classes of projects are viable today.

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Released: 23-May-2023 5:20 PM EDT
ASU-designed fiber-reinforced concrete speeds up Phoenix rapid transit construction
Arizona State University (ASU)

Using fiber-reinforced concrete (FAC) to replace rebar in construction projects reduces time, costs and worker safety issues.

Released: 23-May-2023 2:45 PM EDT
Privacy protection and other corporate accountability matters in the Business Ethics channel

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, was fined a record 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and ordered to stop transferring data collected from Facebook users in Europe to the United States. Find the latest research and expert commentary on privacy issues and controversial business practices in the Business Ethics channel.

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Released: 22-May-2023 12:00 AM EDT
Development of self-healing lens material to prevent traffic accidents in self-driving cars
National Research Council of Science and Technology

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) research team developed a material that heals scratches on the sensor of an autonomous vehicle.

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Released: 19-May-2023 3:50 PM EDT
Researchers develop sensors that operate at high temperatures and in extreme environments
University of Houston

Extreme environments in several critical industries – aerospace, energy, transportation and defense – require sensors to measure and monitor numerous factors under harsh conditions to ensure human safety and integrity of mechanical systems.

Released: 19-May-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Separations technology critical to converting biomass to low-carbon biofuel
Argonne National Laboratory

BETO Bioprocessing Separations Consortium spotlights projects from three-year work period.

Released: 18-May-2023 11:10 AM EDT
To avoid a battery crisis, more of us should share small, lightweight EVs
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Most global scenarios and governmental targets for decarbonizing the transport sector consider battery-powered electric vehicles as a main part of the solution. Enormous amounts of raw materials are needed to build enough batteries and ensure a transition to low-emission vehicles.

Released: 16-May-2023 2:00 PM EDT
May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Keep up with the latest news on skin in the Dermatology channel

Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States, with over 5 million cases diagnosed annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that melanoma alone accounts for more than 8,000 deaths each year. Thankfully, skin cancer is highly preventable, making it crucial to prioritize protection. Below are some of the latest headlines in the Dermatology channel.

Released: 12-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Immigration Nation: Research and Experts

Title 42, the United States pandemic rule that had been used to immediately deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who crossed the border illegally over the last three years, has expired. Those migrants will have the opportunity to apply for asylum. President Biden's new rules to replace Title 42 are facing legal challenges. Border crossings have already risen sharply, as many migrants attempt to cross before the measure expires on Thursday night. Some have said they worry about tighter controls and uncertainty ahead. Immigration is once again a major focus of the media as we examine the humanitarian, political, and public health issues migrants must go through.

Released: 11-May-2023 3:10 PM EDT
UC Irvine study shows traffic-related air pollution in Irvine weakens brain function
University of California, Irvine

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine have found that exposure to traffic-related air pollution in Irvine led to memory loss and cognitive decline and triggered neurological pathways associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Released: 10-May-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Why buses can’t get wheelchair users to most areas of cities
Ohio State University

Imagine you could travel to only 1% of the city where you live – areas that were easily accessible to other residents. That’s the situation for manual wheelchair users traveling by public buses in Columbus, a first-of-its-kind study finds.

Released: 5-May-2023 10:35 AM EDT
This algorithm can make satellite signals act like GPS
Ohio State University

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can “eavesdrop” on any signal from a satellite and use it to locate any point on Earth, much like GPS.

Released: 4-May-2023 6:20 PM EDT
A new look at the electric vehicle supply chain as battery-powered cars hit the roads en masse
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers at Argonne have published a series of reports that look at how production of electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries for cars are reshaping the transportation sector, with impacts ranging from job creation to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Newswise: Pilot Project to Help Patients with Transportation Barriers Get to Appointments
Released: 4-May-2023 4:10 PM EDT
Pilot Project to Help Patients with Transportation Barriers Get to Appointments
UC San Diego Health

A collaboration between UC San Diego Health and 211 San Diego will help patients with transportation barriers get to follow up appointments.

Newswise: FAU Lands $2 Million for ‘Center for Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities’
Released: 4-May-2023 3:00 PM EDT
FAU Lands $2 Million for ‘Center for Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities’
Florida Atlantic University

The center will focus on “Preserving the Environment,” to support the U.S. DOT’s climate solution and sustainability goals. The center will promote transit access, multimodal infrastructure, compact and efficient land use patterns, as well as resilience and climate mitigation and adaptation.

Newswise: Speedy composite manufacturing
Released: 3-May-2023 12:50 PM EDT
Speedy composite manufacturing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed advanced manufacturing technology, AMCM, was recently licensed by Orbital Composites and enables the rapid production of composite-based components, which could accelerate the decarbonization of vehicles, airplanes and drones.

Released: 3-May-2023 11:15 AM EDT
More woodlands will not impact tourism
Aarhus University

The Howgill Fells is located in the north-west of England and is known for its soft, rolling and open landscape.  It is a popular area for tourists seeking the outdoors and hill-walking in particular. But how will it affect tourism, if the area was to be covered with more woodlands?

Newswise: Making electric vehicle charging stations cybersecure
Released: 2-May-2023 3:30 PM EDT
Making electric vehicle charging stations cybersecure
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne research is informing smart infrastructure that can support the electric grid.

Released: 2-May-2023 2:30 PM EDT
Climate change affecting allergies, and other allergy news

For millions of Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies (pollen and mold), climate change is exacerbating an earlier, longer, and overall worse allergy season.

Released: 26-Apr-2023 4:20 PM EDT
How solar-powered airships could make air travel climate-friendly
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Flying is the most damaging mode of transportation for our climate. At least, up until now. But work is already underway to investigate technical alternatives to conventional aircraft.

Newswise: Jerry Hendrix named Director of UAH Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center
Released: 25-Apr-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Jerry Hendrix named Director of UAH Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center
University of Alabama Huntsville

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) tapped Jerry Hendrix as the new UAH Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center (RSESC) Director to replace departing David Arterburn, who recently retired after serving the center as director since 2013. Hendrix brings a wealth of expertise to his new role, along with a wide-ranging familiarity of the needs and mission of the center, thanks to his previous position as director of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) programs for the same group over the past four years.

Newswise: Transforming Highways for High-Speed Travel and Energy Transport
19-Apr-2023 3:40 PM EDT
Transforming Highways for High-Speed Travel and Energy Transport
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In APL Energy, researchers developed a proof of concept for a superconducting highway that could transport vehicles and electricity, cooling the necessary superconductors with a pipeline of liquid hydrogen. Most magnetic levitation designs feature the superconductor inside the vehicle, which is suspended above a magnetic track. The authors decided to flip that arrangement upside down, putting the superconductor on the ground and giving each vehicle a magnet. The result is a system with multiple uses, placing it within the realm of affordability.

Newswise: Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Robert Wagner receives 2023 SAE Medal of Honor
Released: 21-Apr-2023 5:00 PM EDT
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Robert Wagner receives 2023 SAE Medal of Honor
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

SAE International has awarded Oak Ridge National Laboratory Buildings and Transportation Science Division Director Robert Wagner with the SAE Medal of Honor for his dedication and support of the organization’s mission of advancing mobility solutions.

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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Released: 17-Apr-2023 2:05 PM EDT
University of Miami College of Engineering launches consortium to make flying cars a reality for commuters
University of Miami

To transform the way we commute and live, the University of Miami College of Engineering launched the Miami Engineering Autonomous Mobility Initiative (MEAMI), a consortium of world-class academic, industry, and government partners.

Released: 17-Apr-2023 1:45 PM EDT
Autonomous buses: It’s all about when, not how, they sound
Cornell University

Researchers at Cornell University are using sound to help autonomous vehicles navigate complex social situations, like communicating with people in traffic. After testing multiple scenarios, they discovered the timing of a sound, rather than the type of sound, was most important.

13-Apr-2023 1:05 PM EDT
Research provides new insight into quantum effects in lithium sulfur batteries
Clemson University

Today’s electric vehicles can drive about 300 miles per charge. Lithium-sulfur batteries have the potential for a driving range of more than 400 miles with practical capacities of up to 500 watt-hours per kilogram at the pack level, twice that of lithium-ion batteries. That has made it a prime target for researchers.

Newswise: Earth Day 2023: Virginia Tech experts available to discuss environmental issues, research
Released: 17-Apr-2023 2:05 AM EDT
Earth Day 2023: Virginia Tech experts available to discuss environmental issues, research
Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech media relations office has the following experts available for interviews surrounding the environment, energy, and sustainability. To schedule an interview, please contact  Rising seas threatens U.S. coastlines and cities A recently released report from the U.N. on climate change found that rising sea levels are "unavoidable for centuries to millennia due to continuing deep ocean warming and ice sheet melt, and sea levels will remain elevated for thousands of years.

Newswise: Distracted driving on the rise, but rather than the problem, expert says technology could be the solution
Released: 14-Apr-2023 2:00 AM EDT
Distracted driving on the rise, but rather than the problem, expert says technology could be the solution
Virginia Tech

In the digital age, an increased desire for constant online connection has created safety hazards for drivers on the road. It’s especially top of mind during the month of April, which is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, but Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) researcher, Charlie Klauer says that technology can also be part of the solution.

Newswise: New SLAC-Stanford Battery Center targets roadblocks to a sustainable energy transition
Released: 13-Apr-2023 11:05 AM EDT
New SLAC-Stanford Battery Center targets roadblocks to a sustainable energy transition
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University today announced the launch of a new joint battery center at SLAC. It will bring together the resources and expertise of the national lab, the university and Silicon Valley to accelerate the deployment of batteries and other energy storage solutions as part of the energy transition that’s essential for addressing climate change.

Released: 11-Apr-2023 6:25 PM EDT
How road rage really affects your driving – and the self-driving cars of the future
University of Warwick

In the first study to systematically identify aggressive driving behaviours, scientists have measured the changes in driving that occur in an aggressive state. Aggressive drivers drive faster and with more mistakes than non-aggressive drivers – putting other road users at risk and posing a challenge to researchers working on self-driving car technology.

Released: 11-Apr-2023 1:55 PM EDT
Electrification push will have enormous impacts on critical metals supply chain
Cornell University

The demand for battery-grade lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and platinum will climb steeply as vehicle electrification speeds up and nations work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through mid-century. This surge in demand will also create a variety of economic and supply-chain problems, according to new Cornell University research published in Nature Communications.

Newswise: Tax credit tool tracks EV savings
Released: 11-Apr-2023 1:20 PM EDT
Tax credit tool tracks EV savings
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed an online resource to help consumers understand the electric vehicle tax credits available through the Inflation Reduction Act.

Newswise: Who’s liable in a ‘self-driving’ car crash?
Released: 11-Apr-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Who’s liable in a ‘self-driving’ car crash?
Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University law professor examines legal grey area when semi-autonomous vehicles are involved in accidents

Newswise: Prepare for Landing: Making Airports More Efficient
22-Mar-2023 11:00 PM EDT
Prepare for Landing: Making Airports More Efficient
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Chaos, a team of scientists from Spain and Argentina present an original oscillating short-term memory model to study the dynamics of landing events at 10 major European airports. The model can estimate how landing volumes will influence those in consecutive hours – a critical ability given airport capacity constraints and external events that cause landing delays. Altogether, the model demonstrates that statistical analyses of hourly plane landing volumes can yield valuable insights into airport operations.

Released: 28-Mar-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Argonne, Progress Rail, test low-carbon fuels on the path to decarbonizing the rail industry
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory and Progress Rail Locomotive, Inc., a Caterpillar company, have joined to research a variety of bio- and renewable diesel fuels with the goal of lowering the carbon impact of the U.S. freight rail industry.

Newswise: Legal cannabis markets linked to increased motor vehicle deaths
Released: 27-Mar-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Legal cannabis markets linked to increased motor vehicle deaths
University of Illinois Chicago

Researchers found recreational cannabis markets were associated with a 10% increase, on average, in motor vehicle accident deaths.  The study was conducted using death certificate data to compare mortality rates in states that legalized recreational cannabis dispensaries with states that only provided access to medical cannabis.

Newswise: 11 ways to improve airlines for customers
Released: 24-Mar-2023 5:45 PM EDT
11 ways to improve airlines for customers
University of Missouri, Columbia

The name of the game is customer satisfaction, especially in the airline industry where companies are constantly jockeying for business by promising better service than their competitors. Now a professor at the University of Missouri has used artificial intelligence to sort through thousands of customer reviews and identify where airlines are falling short.

Newswise: U.S. Department of Energy and Stellantis announce the Battery Workforce Challenge
Released: 24-Mar-2023 12:05 PM EDT
U.S. Department of Energy and Stellantis announce the Battery Workforce Challenge
Argonne National Laboratory

BattChallenge is a three-year competition joining universities with vocational partners, such as community colleges, trades and apprenticeship programs, to design, build, test and integrate an advanced EV battery into a future Stellantis vehicle.