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Released: 12-Jul-2024 12:00 PM EDT
Expert Available: Barcelona Residents Protest Overtourism, Forced Visitors to Flee From Restaurants
George Washington University

Protestors said tourism was driving up the cost of living for the people of Barcelona, while the revenue from visitors hasn’t been distributed fairly across the city. ...

 
Released: 11-Jul-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Despite Air Traffic Controller Shortages and Boeing Delays, Airlines are 'Reasonably Prepared' for Record Summer Travel, Says UMD Expert
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

UMD Smith’s Suresh Acharya, who has worked on airline optimization systems for decades, assesses the air travel industry amid its busy summer.

Released: 11-Jul-2024 11:00 AM EDT
Electric aviation: Batteries that stay strong for the flight duration
University of Michigan

A battery component innovation could help keep power delivery high when electric aircraft land with low charge, according to a study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with expertise from the University of Michigan.

Newswise: Biological Science Helps Fuel the Future of Electric Air Travel
Released: 11-Jul-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Biological Science Helps Fuel the Future of Electric Air Travel
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In a new study, a team of researchers led by Berkeley Lab used a bioscience technique to study the intricate interactions within the anode, cathode, and electrolyte of electric aircraft batteries. One of the most significant findings was the discovery that certain salts mixed into the battery electrolyte formed a protective coating on cathode particles, making them far more resistant to corrosion, thereby enhancing battery life.

Released: 8-Jul-2024 12:00 PM EDT
Expert Available: Boeing Pleads Guilty to Criminal Fraud Related to Deadly 737 Max Crashes
George Washington University

Boeing has decided to plead guilty to a criminal fraud charge after it violated a deal struck with the U.S. Department of Justice in the aftermath of two deadly crashes involving the 737 Max jet. ...

Released: 8-Jul-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Texas Tech Researcher Finds Lithium Ion Batteries a Growing Source of Pollution
Texas Tech University

The use of certain substances in the batteries is polluting air and water, according to a peer-reviewed study.

Newswise: Noise no more: transforming sound barriers with material optimization
Released: 8-Jul-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Noise no more: transforming sound barriers with material optimization
Chinese Academy of Sciences

In a bid to combat escalating traffic noise pollution, a novel study presents a semianalytical meshless method to optimize the acoustic performance of sound barriers. The research focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of these barriers by refining their shape and material distribution.

   
Released: 3-Jul-2024 8:05 AM EDT
Nordic researchers develop predictive model for cross-border COVID spread
Aalto University

In a major multidisciplinary collaboration effort across Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, researchers have published a pioneering study on the spread of infections across Nordic borders from spring until the end of 2020. The report sheds light on the efficacy of cross-border travel restrictions, helping us better understand which measures actually make a difference.

Released: 1-Jul-2024 12:00 PM EDT
Should human driving be banned in a world with self-driving cars?, GW researcher asks
George Washington University

With the rise in popularity of and investment in autonomous vehicles, one professor at the George Washington University sought to explore the ethics and policy considerations around driving in a... ...

Released: 28-Jun-2024 2:05 PM EDT
The Bright Side of Brightline and the Nation's First High-Speed Rail Line
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

After decades of talk, work on the nation’s first high-speed rail project began recently when Brightline West broke ground on a 218-mile passenger rail service connecting Las Vegas to Southern California.

   
Newswise: New JMDF Technology Merges Traditional Matrix Decomposition and Factorization Methods for Enhanced Video Surveillance
Released: 27-Jun-2024 10:05 AM EDT
New JMDF Technology Merges Traditional Matrix Decomposition and Factorization Methods for Enhanced Video Surveillance
Higher Education Press

The newly developed Joint Matrix Decomposition and Factorization (JMDF) framework improves the accuracy and robustness of moving target detection in video streams through the use of fuzzy logic and adaptive constraints.

Newswise: ‘U-Ride:’ Transforming Transit for College Students in Southeast Florida
Released: 27-Jun-2024 8:30 AM EDT
‘U-Ride:’ Transforming Transit for College Students in Southeast Florida
Florida Atlantic University

U-Ride is the first app that allows users to easily compare and track the environmental and health impacts of their trip. They can see their carbon savings in pounds of CO2 and calories burned as an individual and as a community. Data collected from U-Ride will help improve the transit system over time and ensure that major transportation investments made by universities as well as government agencies are benefitting the greatest number of students.

Newswise: Partridge receives Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Released: 24-Jun-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Partridge receives Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Bill Partridge, a recently retired distinguished researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was recognized by DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office, or VTO, for leading world-class research in transportation throughout his 25-year career.

Newswise: ‘Fit2Drive’ Transforms Assessing Older Drivers with Cognitive Decline
Released: 24-Jun-2024 8:30 AM EDT
‘Fit2Drive’ Transforms Assessing Older Drivers with Cognitive Decline
Florida Atlantic University

With the help of an evidence-based calculator called “Fit2Drive,” researchers have made it easy to administer and evaluate an in-office test to predict an older individual’s probability of passing an on-road driving test. Based upon brief, easily administered cognitive tests, Fit2Drive provides an objective estimation of the ability to drive for those with cognitive concerns. Results show that the Fit2Drive algorithm demonstrated a strong 91.5% predictive accuracy.



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