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New research center aims to make electronics more secure

( University of Cincinnati) The University of Cincinnati and five other universities are working together to thwart efforts by hackers, counterfeiters and terrorists to exploit security weaknesses in computer chips and other electronics found in everything from U.S. Navy fighter planes to driverless cars.

NASA-NOAA satellite finds overshooting tops, gravity waves in Tropical Storm Nestor

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided night-time and infrared views of developing Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico and found over-shooting cloud tops and gravity waves. When the satellite passed over the potential tropical depression early on Oct. 18, it was consolidating. Less than 12 hours later, it became a tropical storm.

NASA-NOAA satellite finds Tropical Storm Neoguri consolidating

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri that showed it had become more organized over the previous 24 hours.

It's electric: WVU breaks new ground in developing transportable, carbon-neutral energy source

( West Virginia University) John Hu, Statler chair professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, alongside Debangsu Bhattacharyya, professor of chemical engineering, have created a liquid form of electricity that can be transported from coast to coast using existing infrastructure.

NASA-NOAA satellite observes development of Tropical Storm Octave

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided infrared data that showed the development of Tropical Storm Octave in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

George Mason University team receives NSF grant to study Arctic industrialization effects

( George Mason University) George Mason University's Elise Miller-Hooks and her team of scientists will be taking a closer look at what that will mean for the region's infrastructure and governance thanks to a $3 million National Science Foundation grant for a project called 'An Expanding Global Maritime Network, Its Arctic Impacts and Reverberations.'

New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards accelerate neuroscience discoveries

( NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) Scientists have been developing astounding new tools for exploring neural circuits that underlie brain function throughout the 5 five years of the National Institutes of Health's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative. Now, the NIH has announced its continued support for these projects by funding over 180 new BRAIN Initiative awards, bringing the total 2019 budget for the program to more than $424 million.

Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award 2019 goes to Serena Nik-Zainal

( University of Bern) The Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award for 2019, endowed with €900,000 and originally referred to as the 'Nobel Prize for Cancer Research', is going to Prof. Serena Nik-Zainal of the University of Cambridge. Thanks to her research, mutations in cancerous tumors can be analyzed using new bioinformatic methods, which makes new targeted therapy approaches possible. The prize is being awarded today at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Deep learning method that transforms shapes to be presented at SIGGRAPH Asia

( Association for Computing Machinery) Called LOGAN, the deep neural network, i.e., a machine of sorts, can learn to transform the shapes of two different objects, for example, a chair and a table, in a natural way, without seeing any paired transforms between the shapes. The team of researchers behind LOGAN, from Simon Fraser University, Shenzhen University, and Tel Aviv University, are set to present their work at ACM SIGGRAPH Asia held Nov. 17 to 20 in Brisbane, Australia.

Lifestyle is a threat to gut bacteria: Ötzi proves it

( Università di Trento) The evolution of dietary and hygienic habits in Western countries is associated with a decrease in the bacteria that help in digestion. These very bacteria were also found in the Iceman, who lived 5300 years ago, and are still present in non-Westernized populations in various parts of the world. The depletion of the microbiome may be associated with the increased prevalence, in Western countries, of complex conditions like allergies, autoimmune and gastrointestinal diseases, obesity.

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