Science & Tech

Researchers create unique DNA biosensor for early stage disease detection

Posted by on April 7, 2020

Disease detection at an early stage is one of the biggest challenges biochemists and materials scientists are trying to meet by combining their expertise at Missouri S&T. The researchers used nanotechnology in biomedical diagnostics – a process called nanodiagnostics – to create a new, ultrasensitive DNA biosensor. The new sensor could potentially detect DNA-based biomarkers for early diagnosis of cancer and genetic disorders, as well as monitor patient responses to therapies.

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Researchers at Missouri S&T use social media to study COVID-19

Posted by on April 6, 2020

As COVID-19 sweeps across the U.S. and the world, people have taken to social media with concerns, questions and opinions. Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are analyzing tens of millions of posts on Twitter in real time to show how attitudes toward the disease have changed. The researchers are designing machine learning and natural language processing techniques for the study. They say the project is distinctive in that it measures topics of concern, subjectivity, social distancing and public sentiment rather than predicting the spread of infection.

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Researchers developing coronavirus detection system to screen travelers

Posted by on March 16, 2020

Researchers at Missouri S&T are developing an airborne-biohazard system that could help screeners spot air travelers with lung diseases due to coronavirus and other viruses. Professors in electrical and computer engineering are using machine learning to build a robust system to alert authorities to airborne biohazards as travelers pass through TSA security checkpoints.

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More broadband research needed for Missouri’s rural areas, says Missouri S&T expert

Posted by on March 9, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will invest $176 million over 10 years to connect Missourians in rural areas to high-speed internet. But with more than 1 million residents who need access, systems expert Dr. Casey Canfield says bridging the digital divide will also take an investment in broadband research. “Analytical research can help decision-makers make […]

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A heart and soul for research

Posted by on February 24, 2020

Nuran Ercal could easily be called the backbone of biochemistry at Missouri S&T. Named the Richard K. Vitek/Foundation for Chemical Research Endowed Chair in Biochemistry in 2009, Ercal combines academic expertise from analytical and environmental chemistry, biological sciences, and chemical and biological engineering to make significant and collaborative contributions to science.

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Missouri S&T researchers create organ tissue with bioactive glass, stem cells and 3D printer

Posted by on February 20, 2020

An interdisciplinary team of Missouri S&T researchers is creating organ tissue samples using bioactive glass, stem cells and a 3D printer. The project could advance pharmaceutical testing and lead to a better understanding of how diseases affect human cells.

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Missouri S&T researchers develop faster, cleaner, less expensive chemical reaction process

Posted by on February 6, 2020

A process developed by researchers at Missouri S&T could lead to cleaner, less expensive and more efficient production of pharmaceuticals, biomass fuels and other products that are made through chemical reactions. The research project is the first time the combined reaction-separation process has been performed without the use of metals or solvents. The research was published and highlighted with cover art in the journal Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Missouri S&T student receives NASA fellowship

Posted by on February 4, 2020

Andrew Hinkle, a Ph.D. student in aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, is part of a select group of graduate students across the U.S. to receive a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). Through the award, Hinkle plans to help advance the agency’s understanding of how particle flows such as Martian dust storms could affect spacecraft landings.

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LIGO-Virgo network catches another neutron star collision

Posted by on January 11, 2020

A new study confirms that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) near Livingston, Louisiana observed a neutron star collision on April 25, 2019. The observation is only the second time researchers detected such an event in gravitational waves.

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High-voltage research sparks new Missouri S&T lab

Posted by on December 18, 2019

Research at Missouri S&T could lead to electric cars that can charge in minutes or cost reductions for light-rail transportation in cities where mass transit is vital.

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