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May 2023
Using 3D Printing to Improve Implantable Biomedical Devices, Touchscreens and More

Ran Huo, lead author on the study and PhD candidate in McGill’s Department of Engineering

­McGill researchers are exploring a new technique that uses 3D printing and hydrogels. It has the potential not only to improve biomedical implants but could also be useful in the development of human-machine interfaces such as touch screens and neural implants. Biomedical devices like pacemakers or blood pressure se
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05/25/2023
Smart Material Prototype Challenges Newton's Laws of Motion

The prototype metamaterial uses electrical signals transported by these black wires to control both the direction and intensity of energy waves passing through a solid material.

­For more than 10 years, Guoliang Huang, the Huber and Helen Croft Chair in Engineering at the University of Missouri, has been investigating the unconventional properties of “metamaterials” — an artificial material that exhibits properties not commonly found in nature as defined by Newton’s laws of mo
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05/25/2023
Wiring up Quantum Circuits with Light

Artistic rendering of the experimental device with the beam optical photons (red) entering and leaving the electro-optic crystal and resonating within its circular portion as well as the generated microwave photons (blue) leaving the device.

­Quantum computers promise to solve challenging tasks in material science and cryptography that will remain out of reach even for the most powerful conventional supercomputers in the future. Yet, this will likely require millions of high-quality qubits due to the required error correction. Progress in superc
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05/25/2023
Researcher Receives Prestigious Grant to Study Computer Modeling

Theodore Lim is an assistant professor of urban affairs and planning in the School of Public and International Affairs.

­Computer models are increasingly used to make decisions that affect nearly every aspect of modern life. This may include how to plan for the sustainable management of environmental resources to responding to pandemics. And while these models are often based on scientific data and research, they also inco
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05/25/2023
Maximizing Excitons as Energy Carriers

Kyusang Lee in his Thin-Film Device Lab at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.

­In the U.S. military, the use of sensors can make the difference between life or death and success or failure on the battlefield. In everyday life, sensors perform indispensable roles in our health, safety and security. Optoelectronic sensors — those that use the physics of light particles to interact
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05/25/2023
Flexing Crystalline Structures Provide Path to a Solid Energy Future

An illustration of the hybrid crystalline-liquid atomic structure in the superionic phase of Ag8SnSe6 — a material that shows great promise for allowing commercial solid-state batteries.

­A team of researchers at Duke University and their collaborators have uncovered the atomic mechanisms that make a class of compounds called argyrodites attractive candidates for both solid-state battery electrolytes and thermoelectric energy converters. The discoveries—and the machine learning approach
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05/25/2023
Texas A&M Team Studying Effects of Crypto Mining on Texas Power Grid

Dr. Le Xie, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University

­Cryptocurrency transactions may be costing more than just transaction fees. The electricity used for these transactions is more than what some countries, like Argentina and Australia, use in an entire year. Published estimates of the total global electricity usage for cryptocurrency assets such as Bitcoi
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05/25/2023
Infineon Launches EU Projects for Power Electronics and Artificial Intelligence

Green, Digital Transformation: Infineon Launches EU Projects for Power Electronics and Artificial Intelligence

­To tackle the climate crisis, Infineon in Villach is launching two European research projects with enormous thrust: The "ALL2GaN" project is about easily integrated energy-saving chips made of gallium nitride. They have the potential to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent in a wide range of applications an
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05/22/2023
Catholyte Molecular Design for Non-Aqueous Mg-Organic Hybrid Redox Flow Batteries

­Chao Luo, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, George Mason University

­Chao Luo, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, is set to receive funding from the National Science Foundation for the project: "Collaborative Research: Catholyte Molecular Design For Non-Aqueous Mg-Organic Hybrid Redox Flow Batteries." Luo is proposing a new organic molecule
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05/22/2023
Seeing Electron Orbital Signatures

Supercomputer simulations and atomic resolution microscopes were used to directly observe the signatures of electron orbitals in two different transition-metal atoms, iron (Fe) and cobalt (Co).

­No one will ever be able to see a purely mathematical construct such as a perfect sphere. But now, scientists using supercomputer simulations and atomic resolution microscopes have imaged the signatures of electron orbitals, which are defined by mathematical equations of quantum mechanics and predict wh
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05/22/2023
When Does the Gender Gap Start in the Computer Science Field?

Allison Master, assistant professor of psychological, health and learning sciences at the University of Houston College of Education

­If you are a third grader, your chances of growing up to be a computer scientist is likely to heavily depend on your gender — a situation Allison Master says is just plain wrong. How can Master be certain? Because third grade girls are telling her so. “Our new research addresses a big, longstandin
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05/22/2023
Uncovering Universal Physics in the Dynamics of a Quantum System

New experiments with ultra-cold atomic gases uncover universal physics in the dynamics of quantum systems. Penn State graduate student Yuan Le, the first author of the paper describing the experiments, stands near the apparatus she used to create and study one-dimensional gases near absolute zero.

­New experiments using one-dimensional gases of ultra-cold atoms reveal a universality in how quantum systems composed of many particles change over time following a large influx of energy that throws the system out of equilibrium. A team of physicists at Penn State showed that these gases immediately respond,
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05/22/2023
An Electric Vehicle Battery for all Seasons

Zhengcheng ​“John” Zhang, a senior chemist and group leader in Argonne’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering division

­Many owners of electric vehicles worry about how effective their battery will be in very cold weather. Now a new battery chemistry may have solved that problem. In current lithium-ion batteries, the main problem lies in the liquid electrolyte. This key battery component transfers charge-carrying particles
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05/22/2023
EE North America Sells 350 MW Solar Project in Texas to Osaka Gas USA

Lorena Ciciriello, CEO, European Energy North America

­EE North America, a subsidiary of European Energy, has agreed to sell a 350MW utility-scale solar project in Texas to Osaka Gas USA Corporation ("OGUSA"). The project is expected to be operational in 2025. This transaction marks a significant milestone in EE North America commitment to leading t
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05/19/2023
ArcLight's Sequitur Platform to Acquire Operating California Wind Farm

ArcLight's Sequitur Platform to Acquire Operating California Wind Farm

­ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC announced its portfolio company, Sequitur Renewables, LLC (“Sequitur”), has acquired an operating windfarm in the Altamont Pass region of California. Sequitur was established by ArcLight in 2022 with the acquisition of operating wind farms in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
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05/19/2023
Infineon Acquires Tiny Machine Learning Leader Imagimob to Strengthen its Offering in Embedded AI Solutions

Thomas Rosteck, President of Infineon's Connected Secure Systems division

­Infineon Technologies AG announced that Infineon has acquired the Stockholm-based startup Imagimob AB, a leading platform provider for Machine Learning solutions for edge devices. With this acquisition Infineon advances its position to offer a world-class Machine Learning (ML) solution and significantly complements it
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05/18/2023
Penn State and onsemi Sign MOU to Boost Silicon Carbide Research in the United States

Lora Weiss, Penn State senior vice president of research

­onsemi and Penn State are pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) towards an $8 million strategic collaboration which includes the establishment of the onsemi Silicon Carbide Crystal Center (SiC3) at Penn State’s Materials Research Institute (MRI). onsemi will fund SiC3 wi
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05/18/2023
Carbon-Based Cathodes Impact Biofilm Composition and Performance in Soil Microbial Fuel Cells

A, Design and electrode materials of the four SMFCs tested in this study. b, Cathode assembly. c, Experimental set-up.

­In the context of increasing energy demands and environmental concerns, renewable energy solutions are crucial for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Microbial electrochemical technologies, such as SMFCs, are cost-effective and environmentally friendly, making them an attractive option for green energy sy
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05/16/2023
Infineon to Lead European Research Project on Industry 5.0 for more Sustainability and Resilience in European Manufacturing

Dr. Rutger Wijburg, Chief Operating Officer at Infineon

­Infineon Technologies AG is taking over coordination of the wide-scope European research project AIMS5.0 ("Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing Leading to Sustainability and Industry 5.0"). Hardware and software-based Artificial Intelligence are to improve resource consumption in manufacturing an
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05/15/2023
When it Comes to Satellite Data, Sometimes More is More

NOS-T is a digital testbed that enables space organizations - commercial, government, or private - to share satellite data. Networked satellites can generate clearer images to better monitor and track Earth-bound events, such as landslides and wildfires.

­There are roughly 7,000 satellites whizzing around the Earth, scanning our planet’s surface and generating hundreds of terabytes of data every day. These satellites are operated by many different governments and commercial entities and the data they produce are scattered across different stakeholders wi
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05/15/2023
Rensselaer Researcher Uses Artificial Intelligence to Discover New Materials for Advanced Computing

Trevor David Rhone

­A team of researchers led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Trevor David Rhone, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, has identified novel van der Waals (vdW) magnets using cutting-edge tools in artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, the team identified tr
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05/15/2023
Ultralow Temperature Terahertz Microscope Capabilities Enable Better Quantum Technology

Terahertz microscope with cryogenic insert.

­A team of scientists from the Department of Energy’s Ames National Laboratory have developed a way to collect terahertz imaging data on materials under extreme magnetic and cryogenic conditions. They accomplished their work with a new scanning probe microscope. This microscope was recently developed at
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05/15/2023
MTJ Device with the World's Highest TMR Performance Developed Through Precision Interfacial Control

(Left) Layered structure of the MTJ device developed in this research. (Right) A room-temperature TMR ratio of 631%—a world record—was achieved using this device.

­The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) has achieved a tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of 631% at room temperature, breaking the previous world record which had stood for 15 years. This was accomplished by fine-tuning the interfaces in a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). This MTJ exhibited very la
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05/12/2023
Extending the Life of a Lithium Metal Anode Using a Protective Layer Made of an Extremely Tough Gel Electrolyte

Stress-strain curves of the hydrogen-bonded gel electrolyte developed in this research and a conventional chemically crosslinked gel electrolyte.

­A National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) research team has succeeded in substantially improving the cycling performance of a lithium metal battery by developing a mechanically very strong polymeric gel electrolyte and integrating it into the battery as a layer to protect the lithium metal anode. This ac
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05/12/2023
Training Machines to Learn More Like Humans Do

William T. Freeman, the Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

­Imagine sitting on a park bench, watching someone stroll by. While the scene may constantly change as the person walks, the human brain can transform that dynamic visual information into a more stable representation over time. This ability, known as perceptual straightening, helps us predict the walking person’s tr
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05/12/2023
The EV Battery Heating Systems Market is Expected to Cross High of $17.28 Bn from 2023-33

The EV Battery Heating Systems Market is Expected to Cross High of $17.28 Bn from 2023-33

­The global EV battery heating system market is projected to register at a moderate-paced CAGR of 18.7% over the forecast period. The EV battery heating system market is currently valued at US$ 3113.6 Mn in 2023. By 2033, demand for EV battery heating systems is expected to reach a high of US$ 17289 Mn
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05/12/2023
ASU Researchers TEAMUP to Advance Solar Power

Researchers in Arizona State University’s MacroTechnology Works facility examine a solar cell.

­As climate change becomes a more pressing problem worldwide, the race to develop sustainable power-generation technology is increasingly crucial. A new consortium of academic and industry partners, Tandems for Efficient and Advanced Modules using Ultrastable Perovskites, or TEAMUP, seeks to help mitigate cl
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05/12/2023
Exciton Fission – One Photon in, Two Electrons Out

Emergence of the bitriplet exciton in crystalline pentacene.

­”When pentacene is excited by light, the electrons in the material rapidly react,” explains Prof. Ralph Ernstorfer, a senior author of the study. “It was an open and very disputed question whether a photon excites two electrons directly or initially one electron, which subsequently shares its energy wi
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05/09/2023
New Concept for Lithium-Air Batteries

A lithium-air battery cell in front of a test bench.

­Lithium-air batteries, also known as lithium-oxygen batteries, are candidates for the next generation of high-energy electricity storage devices. Their theoretical energy storage capacity is ten times that of conventional lithium-ion batteries of the same weight, but they are not yet chemically stable enough to
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05/09/2023
The Influence of AI on Trust in Human Interaction

Oskar Lindwall, a professor of communication at the University of Gothenburg

­As AI becomes increasingly realistic, our trust in those with whom we communicate may be compromised. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have examined how advanced AI systems impact our trust in the individuals we interact with. In one scenario, a would-be scammer, believing he is calling an elderl
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05/09/2023
Symmetric Graphene Quantum Dots for Future Qubits

Artist's impression of bilayer graphene with an electron-hole symmetric double quantum dot, where the electron and the hole are in different layers.

Quantum dots in semiconductors such as silicon or gallium arsenide have long been considered hot candidates for hosting quantum bits in future quantum processors. Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University have now shown that bilayer graphene has even more to offer here than other materials. Th
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05/09/2023
Volvo Trucks Tests Hydrogen-Powered Electric Trucks on Public Roads

Volvo Trucks Tests Hydrogen-Powered Electric Trucks on Public Roads

­Last year, Volvo Trucks showcased its fuel cell electric trucks for the first time. These zero exhaust emission trucks use hydrogen to produce their own electricity onboard, can travel long distances, making them suitable for longer transport assignments.  Now, the trucks have been
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05/08/2023
ABB Collaborates with Lhyfe and Skyborn on one of Europe's Largest Renewable Hydrogen Projects

ABB Collaborates with Lhyfe and Skyborn on one of Europe's Largest Renewable Hydrogen Projects

ABB is collaborating with Lhyfe, a world pioneer in the production of renewable hydrogen, and Skyborn, a global leader in renewable energy, to jointly realize and optimize one of Europe’s most ambitious renewable hydrogen projects ever, SoutH2Port. The new hydrogen production plant, operated by Lhyfe and
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05/08/2023
An Online Adaptive Model for Streaming Anomaly Detection Based on Human-Machine Cooperation

The processing flow of ISPForest

­Anomaly detectors are used to distinguish differences between normal and abnormal data, which are usually implemented by evaluating and ranking the anomaly scores of each instance. A static unsupervised streaming anomaly detector is difficult to dynamically adjust anomaly score calculation. The team prop
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05/08/2023
Sensor Enables High-Fidelity Input from Everyday Objects, Human Body

A sensing system called SAWSense takes advantage of acoustic waves traveling along the surface of an object to enable touch inputs to devices almost everywhere. Here, a table is used to power a laptop's trackpad.

­Couches, tables, sleeves and more can turn into a high-fidelity input device for computers using a new sensing system developed at the University of Michigan. The system repurposes technology from new bone-conduction microphones, known as Voice Pickup Units (VPUs), which detect only those acoustic waves tha
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05/05/2023
Prolonged Power Outages, Often Caused by Weather Events, Hit Some Parts of the U.S. Harder Than Others

A county-level map of 8+ hour power outages. Counties shaded in white lacked any reliable data.

­Joan Casey lived through frequent wildfire-season power outages when she lived in northern California. While waiting for the power to return, she wondered how the multi-day blackouts affected a community’s health. “For me it was an inconvenience, but for some people it could be life-threatening,” said Casey, now an assist
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05/05/2023
X-ray imaging Captures Fleeting Defects in Sodium-Ion Batteries

Andrej Singer, assistant professor and David Croll Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Cornell Engineering

­Sodium-ion batteries have been touted as a sustainable alternative to lithium-ion batteries because they are powered by a more abundant natural resource. However, sodium-ion batteries have hit a significant snag: the cathodes degrade quickly with recharging. A Cornell University-led collaboration succeeded
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05/05/2023
The Inequalities of Low-Carbon Electricity

The Inequalities of Low-Carbon Electricity

­Greenhouse gas reduction, new jobs, new investment opportunities: the benefits of decarbonising the electricity sector - one of the most polluting - are obvious. However, a transition to lower-carbon electricity production could have a negative impact on some regions, depending on their vulnerabilities and th
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05/05/2023
Silver Nanoparticles Spark Key Advance in Thermoelectricity for Power Generation

University of Houston physicist Zhifeng Ren

­Several high-performance thermoelectric materials have been discovered over the past two decades, but without efficient devices to convert the energy they produce into emission-free power, their promise has been unfulfilled. Now an international team of scientists led by a University of Houston physicist and se
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05/05/2023
ABB Completes Acquisition of Siemens Low-Voltage NEMA Motor Business

ABB Completes Acquisition of Siemens Low-Voltage NEMA Motor Business

­ABB announced it has completed its acquisition of the Siemens low voltage NEMA motor business. The transaction was originally announced August 11, 2022, and financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The business employs around 600 people and generated revenues of approximately $63 million in
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05/05/2023
Virtual Power Plants Could Save US Utilities $15–$35 Billion in Capacity Investment Over 10 Years

The VPP provides the same resource adequacy at a significant cost discount relative to the alternatives.

­A new study prepared for Google by energy analysts from The Brattle Group explores the cost and ability to serve critical resource adequacy needs from an emerging resource: virtual power plants (VPPs). These distributed energy resource (DER) portfolios – which can include technologies su
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05/03/2023
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