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Newswise: Ozone Disinfection Could Allow Safe Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Released: 8-Jul-2020 8:05 PM EDT
Ozone Disinfection Could Allow Safe Reuse of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Georgia Institute of Technology

A new study shows that ozone gas, a highly reactive chemical composed of three oxygen atoms, could provide a safe means for disinfecting certain types of personal protective equipment that are in high demand for shielding health care personnel from Covid-19.

Newswise:Video Embedded slothbot-in-the-garden-demonstrates-hyper-efficient-conservation-robot
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Released: 17-Jun-2020 7:15 AM EDT
‘SlothBot in the Garden’ Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot
Georgia Institute of Technology

For the next several months, visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden will be able to observe the testing of a new high-tech tool in the battle to save some of the world’s most endangered species. SlothBot, a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot that can linger in the trees to monitor animals, plants, and the environment below, will be tested near the Garden’s popular Canopy Walk.

Newswise: Redesigning Hand Sanitizer and Donating 7,000 Gallons to Fight Covid-19
Released: 15-Jun-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Redesigning Hand Sanitizer and Donating 7,000 Gallons to Fight Covid-19
Georgia Institute of Technology

Notice how hand sanitizer has made a comeback? It was running out, but this charitable initiative helped revive it by tapping into ethyl alcohol and FDA approval.

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Released: 15-Jun-2020 1:10 PM EDT
This Supernova in a Lab Mimics the Cosmic Blast’s Splendid Aftermath
Georgia Institute of Technology

(Study publishes 6/17/20. No embargo.) Mystery enshrouds the birth of swirls typical for supernova remnants like the Crab Nebula. A new "supernova machine" may help solve it.

Newswise: Spontaneous Formation of Nanoscale Hollow Structures Could Boost Battery Storage
Released: 9-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Spontaneous Formation of Nanoscale Hollow Structures Could Boost Battery Storage
Georgia Institute of Technology

An unexpected property of nanometer-scale antimony crystals — the spontaneous formation of hollow structures — could help give the next generation of lithium ion batteries higher energy density without reducing battery lifetime. The reversibly hollowing structures could allow lithium ion batteries to hold more energy and therefore provide more power between charges.

Newswise: Chemotherapy and Cancer Gang up to Cause a Neurological Side Effect, Study Says
Released: 8-Jun-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Chemotherapy and Cancer Gang up to Cause a Neurological Side Effect, Study Says
Georgia Institute of Technology

Chemotherapy has been the lone suspect in a neurological ailment, but cancer also appears to be to blame. The havoc they wreak together is much more than additive.

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Released: 31-May-2020 11:15 PM EDT
Study Shows Hydroxychloroquine’s Harmful Effects on Heart Rhythm
Georgia Institute of Technology

The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been promoted as a potential treatment for Covid-19, is known to have potentially serious effects on heart rhythms. Now, a team of researchers has used an optical mapping system to observe exactly how the drug creates serious disturbances in the electrical signals that govern heartbeat.

Newswise: Researchers Receive NIH Funds for Adjuvant Research to Boost Coronavirus Vaccines
Released: 26-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Researchers Receive NIH Funds for Adjuvant Research to Boost Coronavirus Vaccines
Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers have received funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to screen and evaluate certain molecules known as adjuvants that may improve the ability of coronavirus vaccines to stimulate the immune system and generate appropriate responses necessary to protect the general population against the virus.

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Released: 14-May-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Emory and Georgia Tech Create Barrier Protection Devices for Use During COVID-19
Georgia Institute of Technology

Two Atlanta universities have created barrier protection devices designed to contain droplet spray and aerosol created during certain medical procedures with a goal of reducing the risk of disease transmission.

Newswise:Video Embedded planetary-exploration-rover-avoids-sand-traps-with-rear-rotator-pedaling
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11-May-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Planetary Exploration Rover Avoids Sand Traps with “Rear Rotator Pedaling”
Georgia Institute of Technology

Built with wheeled appendages that can be lifted and wheels able to wiggle, a new robot known as the “Mini Rover” has developed and tested complex locomotion techniques robust enough to help it climb hills covered with granular material – and avoid the risk of getting stuck on some remote planet or moon.

Newswise: Why Restarting the Global Economy Won’t be Easy
Released: 11-May-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Why Restarting the Global Economy Won’t be Easy
Georgia Institute of Technology

As the world contemplates ending a massive lockdown implemented in response to COVID-19, Vinod Singhal is considering what will happen when the engines that drive industry and trade squeal back to life again.

Newswise: Immunity of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Could Cut Risk of Expanding Economic Activity
Released: 7-May-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Immunity of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Could Cut Risk of Expanding Economic Activity
Georgia Institute of Technology

New modeling of coronavirus behavior suggests that an intervention strategy based on shield immunity could reduce the risk of allowing the higher levels of human interaction needed to support expanded economic activity.

Newswise:Video Embedded surfaces-that-grip-like-gecko-feet-could-be-easily-mass-produced
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Released: 6-May-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Surfaces That Grip Like Gecko Feet Could Be Easily Mass-Produced
Georgia Institute of Technology

The science behind sticky gecko's feet lets gecko adhesion materials pick up about anything. But cost-effective mass production of the materials was out of reach until now. A new method of making them could usher the spread of gecko-inspired grabbers to assembly lines and homes.

Newswise: People Think Robots Are Pretty Incompetent and Not Funny, New Study Says
Released: 6-May-2020 8:10 AM EDT
People Think Robots Are Pretty Incompetent and Not Funny, New Study Says
Georgia Institute of Technology

Detecting gender bias against robots was the original intent of a study that revealed two surprises: The gender bias didn't appear. In its place, people were predisposed to find robots mostly incompetent, regardless of gender.

Newswise:Video Embedded georgia-tech-produces-key-components-for-coronavirus-test-initiative
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Released: 22-Apr-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Georgia Tech Produces Key Components for Coronavirus Test Initiative
Georgia Institute of Technology

With not nearly enough coronavirus tests to go around, researchers usually seeking new scientific insights have reworked their labs to produce the enzymes for 3,000 new tests per day.

Newswise: Lung-Heart Super Sensor on a Chip Tinier Than a Ladybug
Released: 15-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Lung-Heart Super Sensor on a Chip Tinier Than a Ladybug
Georgia Institute of Technology

This Lilliputian chip's detection bandwidth is enormous - from sweeping body motions to faint sounds of the heartbeat, pulse waves traversing body tissues, respiration rate, and lung sounds.

Newswise: Digital Tool Helps Hospital Make Important Coronavirus Retest Decisions
Released: 13-Apr-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Digital Tool Helps Hospital Make Important Coronavirus Retest Decisions
Georgia Institute of Technology

The dearth of coronavirus tests and the many false negatives confront doctors with a difficult decision this new tool helps them make.

Newswise: The Case For DIY Masks To Slow Coronavirus’ Spread
Released: 13-Apr-2020 11:15 AM EDT
The Case For DIY Masks To Slow Coronavirus’ Spread
Georgia Institute of Technology

A small cluster physicist explains why DIY masks work and why even a bandana is better than nothing to fight the spread of COVID19.

Newswise:Video Embedded simple-low-cost-ventilator-builds-on-available-resuscitation-bags
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6-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Simple, Low-Cost Ventilator Builds on Available Resuscitation Bags
Georgia Institute of Technology

A simple, low-cost ventilator based on the resuscitation bags carried in ambulances – and widely available in hospitals – has been designed by an international team of university researchers. The device, which is powered by a 12-volt motor, could help meet peak medical demands in the industrialized world and serve resource-constrained countries that don’t have supplies of conventional ventilators.

Newswise: Georgia Tech Professor Uses Virtual Reality to Move Major Conference Online
Released: 25-Mar-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Georgia Tech Professor Uses Virtual Reality to Move Major Conference Online
Georgia Institute of Technology

For the first time in its 26-year history, the IEEE VR conference will meet in an all-virtual environment, a change prompted by the need to support social distancing recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise:Video Embedded do-it-yourself-medical-devices-protective-gear-fuel-battle-against-covid-19
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Released: 24-Mar-2020 8:15 AM EDT
Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices, Protective Gear Fuel Battle Against COVID-19
Georgia Institute of Technology

The race is on to improvise ventilators, face shields, respirators, surgical gowns, and other health care gear to help the hundreds of thousands of people expected to swamp hospitals with waves of critical COVID-19 illness. Using 3D-printed parts, plastic-lined tablecloths, laser-cut gears and similar substitutions, a research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology is racing to develop “do-it-yourself” health care gear that can be assembled where it’s needed from components available locally.

Newswise: App Detects Harsh Side Effect of Breast Cancer Treatment
Released: 16-Mar-2020 11:45 AM EDT
App Detects Harsh Side Effect of Breast Cancer Treatment
Georgia Institute of Technology

Many breast cancer survivors suffer from lymph collection known as lymphedema. It causes arms to swell, and sufferers often become severely depressed. A new app detects it early, and its makers hope it will help spread awareness of the disease.

Newswise:Video Embedded mercury-s-400-degree-celsius-heat-may-help-it-make-its-own-ice
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Released: 12-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Mercury’s 400 C Heat May Help It Make Its Own Ice
Georgia Institute of Technology

Despite Mercury's 400 C daytime heat, there is ice at its caps, and now a study shows how that Vulcan scorch probably helps the planet closest to the sun make some of that ice.

Newswise: Room-temperature Bonded Interface Improves Cooling of Gallium Nitride Devices
Released: 12-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Room-temperature Bonded Interface Improves Cooling of Gallium Nitride Devices
Georgia Institute of Technology

A room-temperature bonding technique for integrating wide bandgap materials such as gallium nitride (GaN) with thermally-conducting materials such as diamond could boost the cooling effect on GaN devices and facilitate better performance through higher power levels, longer device lifetime, improved reliability and reduced manufacturing costs.

Newswise: Microscopic STAR Particles Offer New Potential Treatment for Skin Diseases
6-Mar-2020 8:10 AM EST
Microscopic STAR Particles Offer New Potential Treatment for Skin Diseases
Georgia Institute of Technology

In a study to be published in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers report on using a skin cream infused with microscopic particles, named STAR particles, to potentially facilitate better treatment of skin diseases including psoriasis, warts, and certain types of skin cancer.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-process-for-preserving-lumber-could-offer-advantages-over-pressure-treating
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11-Feb-2020 5:20 PM EST
New Process For Preserving Lumber Could Offer Advantages Over Pressure Treating
Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers have developed a new method that could one day replace conventional pressure treating as a way to make lumber not only fungal-resistant but also nearly impervious to water – and more thermally insulating.

Newswise: The Human Brain’s Meticulous Interface with the Bloodstream now on a Precision Chip
Released: 10-Feb-2020 11:30 AM EST
The Human Brain’s Meticulous Interface with the Bloodstream now on a Precision Chip
Georgia Institute of Technology

It can be the bain of brain drug developers: The interface between the human brain and the bloodstream, the blood-brain-barrier, is so meticulous that animal models often fail to represent it. This improved chip represents important features more accurately.

Newswise:Video Embedded flickering-light-mobilizes-brain-chemistry-that-may-fight-alzheimer-s
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Released: 3-Feb-2020 10:20 AM EST
Flickering Light Mobilizes Brain Chemistry That May Fight Alzheimer’s
Georgia Institute of Technology

The promise of flickering light to treat Alzheimer's takes another step forward in this new study, which reveals stark biochemical mechanisms: The 40 Hertz stimulation triggers a marked release of signaling chemicals.

Newswise:Video Embedded robotic-submarine-snaps-first-images-at-foundation-of-antarctic-glacier
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Released: 28-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Robotic Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Notorious Antarctic Glacier
Georgia Institute of Technology

These are the first-ever images taken at the foundations of the glacier that inspires more fear of sea-level rise than any other - Thwaites Glacier. The grounding line is integral to Thwaites' fate and that of the world's coastlines.

Newswise: While Promoting Diseases Like Cancer, These Enzymes Also Cannibalize Each Other
17-Jan-2020 10:05 AM EST
While Promoting Diseases Like Cancer, These Enzymes Also Cannibalize Each Other
Georgia Institute of Technology

In diseases like cancer, atherosclerosis, and sickle cell anemia, cathepsins promote their propagation. Drug trials to inhibit these enzymes have failed due to baffling side effects. Now a new study examines cathepsins in systems to remove some of the bafflement.

Newswise: $25 Million Project Will Advance DNA-Based Archival Data Storage
Released: 16-Jan-2020 10:50 AM EST
$25 Million Project Will Advance DNA-Based Archival Data Storage
Georgia Institute of Technology

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Molecular Information Storage (MIST) program has awarded a multi-phase contract worth up to $25 million to develop scalable DNA-based molecular storage techniques. The goal of the project is to use DNA as the basis for deployable storage technologies that can eventually scale into the exabyte regime and beyond with reduced physical footprint, power and cost requirements.

Newswise: Leviathan Polymer Brush Made With E. coli Holds Bacteria at Bay
Released: 13-Jan-2020 11:05 AM EST
Leviathan Polymer Brush Made With E. coli Holds Bacteria at Bay
Georgia Institute of Technology

A lab accident produced a monster of a polymer brush, an emerging biocompatible material that staves off bacteria while coating and lubricating.

Newswise: Scientists Transform a BBQ Lighter Into a High-Tech Lab Device
7-Jan-2020 9:40 AM EST
Scientists Transform a BBQ Lighter Into a High-Tech Lab Device
Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers have devised a straightforward technique for building a laboratory device known as an electroporator – which applies a jolt of electricity to temporarily open cell walls – from inexpensive components, including a piezoelectric crystal taken from a butane lighter.

Newswise: Laser Pulse Creates Frequency Doubling in Amorphous Dielectric Material
Released: 6-Jan-2020 3:05 AM EST
Laser Pulse Creates Frequency Doubling in Amorphous Dielectric Material
Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers have demonstrated a new all-optical technique for creating robust second-order nonlinear effects in materials that don’t normally support them. Using a laser pulse fired at an array of gold triangles on a titanium dioxide (TiO2) slab, the researchers created excited electrons that briefly doubled the frequency of a beam from a second laser as it bounced off the amorphous TiO2 slab.

Newswise: Tweaks Behind the Rebirth of Nearly Discarded Organic Solar Technologies
Released: 19-Dec-2019 10:05 AM EST
Tweaks Behind the Rebirth of Nearly Discarded Organic Solar Technologies
Georgia Institute of Technology

A minuscule, counterintuitive chemical tweak is advancing an organic solar technology that was believed unviable.

Newswise: Moths and Perhaps Other Animals Rely on Precise Timing of Neural Spikes
Released: 16-Dec-2019 7:05 PM EST
Moths and Perhaps Other Animals Rely on Precise Timing of Neural Spikes
Georgia Institute of Technology

Extracting nectar from flowers that may be dancing in the wind requires precise, millisecond timing between the brain and muscles. By capturing and analyzing nearly all of the brain signals sent to the wing muscles of hawk moths (Manduca sexta), which feed on such nectar, researchers have shown that precise timing within rapid sequences of neural signal spikes is essential to controlling the flight muscles necessary for the moths to eat.

Newswise:Video Embedded tiny-magnetic-particles-enable-new-material-to-bend-twist-and-grab
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Released: 10-Dec-2019 11:05 AM EST
Tiny Magnetic Particles Enable New Material to Bend, Twist, and Grab
Georgia Institute of Technology

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University has developed a soft polymer material, called magnetic shape memory polymer, that uses magnetic fields to transform into a variety of shapes. The material could enable a range of new applications from antennas that change frequencies on the fly to gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.

Newswise:Video Embedded armored-with-plastic-hair-and-silica-shell-new-perovskite-nanocrystals-show-enhanced-durability
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25-Nov-2019 3:05 PM EST
Armored With Plastic ‘Hair’ and Silica Shell, New Perovskite Nanocrystals Show Enhanced Durability
Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated a novel approach aimed at addressing perovskite's durability problem: encasing the perovskite inside a double-layer protection system made from plastic and silica.

Newswise: El Nino Swings More Violently in the Industrial Age, Compelling Evidence Says
Released: 22-Nov-2019 3:50 PM EST
El Nino Swings More Violently in the Industrial Age, Compelling Evidence Says
Georgia Institute of Technology

Enough physical evidence spanning millennia has now come together to allow researchers to say definitively that: El Ninos, La Ninas, and the climate phenomenon that drives them have become more extreme in the times of human-induced climate change.

Newswise: Exoplanet Axis Study Boosts Hopes of Complex Life, Just Not Next Door
18-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Exoplanet Axis Study Boosts Hopes of Complex Life, Just Not Next Door
Georgia Institute of Technology

There's new hope that we aren't alone in the universe, that advanced beings may exist on exoplanets. But they're probably not close by, says a new study on the stability of planetary tilts - and orbits - needed to encourage the evolution of complex life.

Newswise: Novel Solar Cells Arrive at International Space Station for Testing
Released: 6-Nov-2019 9:05 PM EST
Novel Solar Cells Arrive at International Space Station for Testing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Five different types of solar cells fabricated by research teams at the Georgia Institute of Technology have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to be tested for their power conversion rate and ability to operate in the harsh space environment as part of the MISSE-12 mission.

Newswise: A King of Hearts
Released: 29-Oct-2019 3:40 PM EDT
A King of Hearts
Georgia Institute of Technology

When Mick Jagger received an artificial heart valve via catheter, he made the transcatheter replacement valve famous. Iconic "Dr. Y" made it possible. Ajit Yoganathan's lab has tested every valve on the market for quality, and his analyses shaped the industry and its designs, including of the valve in Jagger's chest.

Newswise: Research On Large Storm Waves Could Help Lessen Their Impact On Coasts
Released: 29-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Research On Large Storm Waves Could Help Lessen Their Impact On Coasts
Georgia Institute of Technology

An international team of researchers has analyzed months of data of large nearshore waves to provide new insights that could help improve the designs of a variety of coastal structures from seaports to seawalls to better withstand destructive waves.

Newswise: 3D-Printed Device Finds ‘Needle in a Haystack’ Cancer Cells by Removing the Hay
Released: 28-Oct-2019 2:05 AM EDT
3D-Printed Device Finds ‘Needle in a Haystack’ Cancer Cells by Removing the Hay
Georgia Institute of Technology

Finding a handful of cancer cells hiding among billions of blood cells in a patient sample can be like finding a needle in a haystack. In a new approach enabled by 3D-printed cell traps, researchers are removing the hay to expose the cancer cells.

Newswise:Video Embedded reframing-antarctica-s-meltwater-pond-dangers-to-ice-shelves-and-sea-level
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Released: 25-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Reframing Antarctica’s Meltwater Pond Dangers to Ice Shelves and Sea Level
Georgia Institute of Technology

Meltwater ponds riddle a kilometer-thick ice shelf, which then shatters in just weeks, shocking scientists and speeding the flow of the glacier behind it into the ocean to drive up sea level. A new study puts damage by meltwater ponds to ice shelves and sea level into cool, mathematical perspective.

Newswise: Energy Regulation Rollbacks Threaten Progress Against Harmful Ozone
24-Oct-2019 9:35 AM EDT
Energy Regulation Rollbacks Threaten Progress Against Harmful Ozone
Georgia Institute of Technology

The fight against harmful ozone is under legal threat. Air quality and carbon emissions regulations are currently in limbo in courts and congress, from core legislation from the 1970s to rules from the last U.S. administration. This study models the future losses in the fight to drive down respiratory-damaging, ground-level ozone if the regulations go away.

Newswise: U.S. Carbon and Pollution Emissions Policies are ‘Up in the Air’
24-Oct-2019 4:30 PM EDT
U.S. Carbon and Pollution Emissions Policies are ‘Up in the Air’
Georgia Institute of Technology

Tangles in courts and in Congress threaten emissions-related energy regulations and incentives. If these are lost, carbon emissions are projected to climb, and the fight against health-damaging ozone may lose traction, allowing it to resurge, too. An expert explains the legal messes.

Newswise: Diversity May Be Key to Reducing Errors in Quantum Computing
Released: 13-Oct-2019 8:05 PM EDT
Diversity May Be Key to Reducing Errors in Quantum Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

In quantum computing, as in team building, a little diversity can help get the job done better. Georgia Tech researchers have found that by diversifying the types of errors produced by qubits, they can significantly improve the quality of computation results.


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