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NASA finds Tropical Depression Bailu forms east of Philippines

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured an image of newly developed Tropical Depression Bailu, east of the Philippines.

Switching electron properties on and off individually

( Vienna University of Technology) Electrons have different properties - and they all can be used to create order in solid objects. This order determines the properties of the material.Experiments at the TU Vienna show: It is possible to influence different characteristics of the electrons separately from each other. Closely interwoven quantum phenomena can thus be understood individually.

Indiana launches first-of-its-kind 5G Zone to accelerate innovation and technologies

( Purdue University) As one of only two metro areas in the U.S. selected for the launch of both AT&T and Verizon 5G broadband networks, Indiana's capital city is uniquely positioned to be at the center of global advancements and growth in 5G.

Super-powered immune cells

( University of South Australia) Ground-breaking immune therapy promises to deliver vital evidence in the fight against cancer as researchers from the Centre for Cancer Biology open a new clinical trial using genetically engineered immune cells to treat solid cancers.

Artificial muscles bloom, dance, and wave

( The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) Researchers from KAIST have developed an ultrathin, artificial muscle for soft robotics. The advancement, recently reported in the journal Science Robotics, was demonstrated with a robotic blooming flower brooch, dancing robotic butterflies and fluttering tree leaves on a kinetic art piece.

Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes

( Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) CSHL neuroscientist Anthony Zador shows how evolution and animal brains can be a rich source of inspiration for machine learning, especially to help AI tackle some enormously difficult problems, like doing the dishes.

Noninvasive modeling technology aims to better assess risk of heart attack

( University of Texas at Austin) The NSF awards $550,000 to UT Austin Engineering for new project to develop a noninvasive, computational modeling technology for assessing the likelihood of a heart attack caused by plaque in the arteries -- the primary cause of heart attack in the US today.

Scientists propose network of imaging centers to drive innovation in biological research

( Marine Biological Laboratory) Last fall, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) convened a National Science Foundation workshop to identify the bottlenecks that stymie innovation in microscopy and imaging, and recommend approaches for transforming how imaging technologies are developed and deployed. The conclusions of the 79 workshop participants are summarized in a Commentary in the August issue of Nature Methods.

UH engineer offers proposals to improve nation's electric grid

( University of Houston) Balancing electricity supply and demand is challenging, and the prospect of blackouts carries a substantial economic risk. An engineer with the University of Houston is working on solutions. Xingpeng Li, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, submitted two winning proposals to the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge.

The challenge: Make and purify a medical isotope that must be used the same day

( University of Alabama at Birmingham) A Department of Energy grant will be used to solve a production roadblock for the medically useful radioactive isotopes scandium 43 and scandium 47. Those elements, if available, could visualize and destroy solid tumors. But with a half-life of 3.9 hours, scandium 43 must be made, purified and then used in a PET scan in a single day. That speed is not yet achievable.

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