(University of California - Berkeley) A new flexible sensor developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can map blood-oxygen levels over large areas of skin, tissue and organs, potentially giving doctors a new way to monitor healing wounds in real time. The sensor is made of organic electronics printed on bendable plastic that molds to the contours of the body.
(Linköping University) Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are working to develop a method to convert water and carbon dioxide to the renewable energy of the future, using the energy from the sun and graphene applied to the surface of cubic silicon carbide. They have now taken an important step towards this goal, and developed a method that makes it possible to produce graphene with several layers in a tightly controlled process.
(University of Pennsylvania) A team of Penn Engineers has demonstrated a new material they call 'nanocardboard,' an ultrathin equivalent of corrugated paper cardboard. A square centimeter of nanocardboard weighs less than a thousandth of a gram and can spring back into shape after being bent in half. Nanocardboard's stiffness-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for aerospace and microrobotic applications, where every gram counts.
(University of Leeds) Leeds researchers have been awarded a £10.1m investment from UK Research and Innovation to expand a digital pathology and artificial intelligence programme across the North of England.
The computer has one million processors and 1,200 interconnected circuit boards-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
How algorithms designed to alleviate poverty can perpetuate it instead-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
(Arizona State University) In new research appearing in the journal Nature Communications, Hao Yan and his colleagues Fei Zhang, Xiaodong Qi and others describe a method for coaxing segments of single-stranded DNA into complex 2- and 3D knotted structures.
Florida has lagged in renewable energy use, but declining solar costs are set to change that-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
(University of California - Riverside) A team of physicists and a virologist, led by a scientist at the University of California, Riverside, explains how large virus shells are formed. Their work can also be used also to explain how large spherical crystals form in nature. This understanding may help researchers interrupt viruses' formation, containing the spread of viral diseases.
A detailed picture of cell types in some areas of the mouse cortex is put to the test-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
(University of Pittsburgh) Researchers from QuesTek Innovations and the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering will utilize new computer modeling and optimization techniques, combined with a nickel-iron super-alloy, to enable faster adoption of additive manufacturing in various NASA missions.
(University of Texas at Arlington) Michael Vasilyev, a UTA professor of electrical engineering, and his research partner, Professor Yuping Huang of the Stevens Institute of Technology, recently received a three-year, $750,000 National Science Foundation grant to address the challenges of large-scale deployment of quantum communication systems by developing chip-integrated devices and sub-systems for preparation and detection of quantum photonic signals.
An upcoming “hackathon” is designed to accelerate their use in scientific visualization-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
(Purdue University) A team of researchers is studying the relationship between clots and pancreatic tumors in both animal and human tissue samples using engineered tumor models that mimic the pancreatic duct.