Friday 22-May-2015

Recent Research

Food Additive Could Serve as a Safer, More Environmentally Friendly Antifreeze


The sweet taste and smell of antifreeze tempts children and animals to drink the poisonous substance, resulting in thousands of accidental poisonings in the United States every year. But today researchers will describe a new, nontoxic product based on a common food additive that could address this health issue and help the environment at the same time.

–American Chemical Society (ACS)|2015-03-25

Understanding Electric Car “Range Anxiety” Could Be Key to Wider Acceptance

Drivers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles due to “range anxiety,” the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. This phenomenon was recently addressed in a study that aims to explain range anxiety and determine whether hands-on experience can reduce drivers’ stress.

–Human Factors and Ergonomics Society|2015-03-03

Cheaper Gas Prices Lead to More Vehicle Crashes


As the price of gasoline drops, the number of automobile crashes increases, according to analysis of monthly crash data. from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety for 1998 to 2007. However, the time frame within which this occurs varies based on the driver’s age, according to South Dakota State University sociologist Guangqing Chi. He led the multi-institutional team of researchers who analyzed crash data from Minnesota, Mississippi and Alabama in relationship to gasoline prices.

–South Dakota State University|2015-02-12

Profit-Sharing Checks, Like Signs of Spring, Signal Automotive Recovery

–Cornell University|2015-02-04

Project Successfully Maps Out Wildlife Pathways Across the “Longest Main Street in America”


The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today announced the completion of a four-year collaborative study in Idaho’s Island Park area that will better inform decision-making with regard to wildlife-related hazards and improved safety on U.S. Highway 20 and Idaho Highway 87.

–Wildlife Conservation Society|2015-02-04

UAH Research May Create Better Electric Car Batteries


Smaller, lighter electric car batteries that don’t have to sacrifice longevity to be petite could be one benefit of basic research into lithium-ion battery nanomaterials at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

–University of Alabama Huntsville|2015-02-04

Computing Power Will Reduce Car Ownership, Expert Says

–University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)|2015-01-27

Expert and Inventor of the Lithium-Ion Battery Predicts That Within 10 Years, Every Vehicle Will Be Hybrid or Electric

–Binghamton University, State University of New York|2015-01-13

Bus Travel Between US Cities Increases in 2014


Research from the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University shows intercity bus departures grew 2.1 percent last year. Lead researcher Joseph Schwieterman says, "Once people switch to the bus, they often become frequent users, in part due to the generous allowances bus companies provide to change departure times.”

–DePaul University|2015-01-12

Falling Oil – Consumers Use Gas Prices to Gauge Their Budgets

–Cornell University|2014-12-02

Toyota Fuel-Cell Car Needs Hydrogen Fuel – and Government Subsidies – to Survive

–Cornell University|2014-11-18

UAW-VW Works Council Agreement Benefits Labor and Management

–Cornell University|2014-11-12

Environmental Law Scholar and Maryland Carey Law Professor Robert Percival Available for Commentary on Record EPA Fine for Hyundai and Kia


–University of Maryland, Baltimore|2014-11-03

@UofSC Marketing Expert on High Profile Auto Recalls Incl. #Takata Air Bags Available to Discuss Minimizing Future Issues


–University of South Carolina|2014-10-30

Toyota to Use Brookhaven Lab's Center for Functional Nanomaterials to Advance Vehicle Battery Tech


Toyota scientists will collaborate with Brookhaven Lab experts and use world-leading electron microscopes to explore the real-time electrochemical reactions in promising new batteries.

–Brookhaven National Laboratory|2014-10-30

Tracking Heat-Driven Decay in Leading Electric Vehicle Batteries


Brookhaven Lab scientists reveal the atomic-scale structural and electronic degradations that plague some rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and make them vulnerable during high-temperature operations

–Brookhaven National Laboratory|2014-10-28

New ORNL Electric Vehicle Technology Packs More Punch in Smaller Package


Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2014-10-14

After a Serious Accident, Motorcyclist Makes Remarkable Progress

Ronald Kirchman has been named a Rehab Patient of the Year after making extraordinary progress following a serious motorcycle accident.

–Loyola University Health System|2014-10-08

Feeling Fatigued While Driving? Don’t Reach for Your iPod

Research has shown that drinking caffeinated beverages and listening to music are two popular fatigue-fighting measures that drivers take, but very few studies have tested the usefulness of those measures. New research evaluates which method, if either, can successfully combat driver fatigue.

–Human Factors and Ergonomics Society|2014-10-08

Researchers to Examine Using Autonomous Vehicles to Improve Traffic Flow


With autonomous vehicles entering our roadways as soon as with the next decade, researchers are developing strategies for the future use of autonomous vehicles in improving traffic flow.

–Temple University|2014-10-08

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