Friday 28-Aug-2015

Recent Research

From Protein Design to Self-Driving Cars: UW Researchers Win AI Prize for Radically New Optimization Approach

UW machine learning researchers have developed a new approach to optimization - a key step in predicting everything from election results to how proteins will fold - that recently won a top paper prize at the world's largest artificial intelligence conference.

–University of Washington|2015-08-13

Are Fuel Cells Environmentally Friendly? Not Always!

Fuel cells are regarded as the technology of the future for both cars and household heating systems. As a result, they have a key role to play in the switch to renewable energies. But are fuel cells always more environmentally friendly? An international team of scientists headed by Empa performed a series of calculations and reached a conclusion: It depends on the fuel.

–Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2015-07-15

Argonne Working with Ford and FCA US to Study Dual-Fuel Vehicles


Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with industry to study side-by-side use of gasoline and natural gas in vehicle engines, which could lead to more efficient engines.

–Argonne National Laboratory|2015-07-13

Autonomous Taxis Would Deliver Significant Environmental and Economic Benefits


Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment’s notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality. And according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, such a system would both be cost-effective and greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases.

–Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory|2015-07-06

Hispanic Health Disparities, Statins and Aggression in Men, Supercharged Stem Cells, and More Top Stories 6 July 2015

Other topics include memories and protein, physics and gas mileage, agriculture and food safety, vaccine for Dengue, retinoblastoma proteins in cancer progression, and more.

–Newswise Trends|2015-07-06

Physical Study May Give Boost to Hydrogen Cars


New study of hydrogen storage material magnesium hydride reveals path to better performance, possibly paving way toward better future fuel tanks

–American Institute of Physics (AIP)|2015-06-30

New High-Strength Steel Could Help Automakers Improve Fuel Efficiency


A high-strength steel being developed at Missouri University of Science and Technology could help auto manufacturers in their quest to meet future fuel efficiency requirements.

–Missouri University of Science and Technology|2015-06-23

Will Your Self-Driving Car Be Programmed to Kill You?


The computer brains inside autonomous vehicles will be fast enough to make life-or-death decisions. But should they? A member of UAB's national championship-winning Bioethics Bowl team — and the team's coach, a renowned bioethicist — weigh in on a thorny problem of the dawning robot age.

–University of Alabama at Birmingham|2015-06-15

ORNL, Hyundai Motor Collaborating Through New R&D Agreement


Hyundai Motor Company and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an agreement intended to strengthen the automaker’s U.S. research and development portfolio.

–Oak Ridge National Laboratory|2015-06-08

Engineering the Future: Southampton Regius Lecture 2015


The University of Southampton’s world-leading achievements in autonomous systems and artificial intelligence will be celebrated at a special event in London next week to mark the inaugural lecture of Professor Nick Jennings, who has been awarded a Regius Professorship in Computer Science.

–University of Southampton|2015-06-05

@WhitmanatSU #marketing expert discusses impact on carmaker brands in wake of #Takata airbag recall


–Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University|2015-05-26

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

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