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ZD Net - But soon our brains could face their biggest challenge: being connected to a computer through a brain-computer interface (BCI), something that could change how we view the world, our own bodies, and even the speed at which we can produce changes in the world.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - When the US government—in particular, the Pentagon—has an engineering challenge, this lab is one of the places it turns to. The Navy’s surface-to-air missile, the Tomahawk land-attack missile, and a satellite-based navigation system that preceded GPS all originated here.

American Libraries - The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project aims to make these questions easier to answer. REALM—a collaboration among organizations OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and science and technology development nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute—has been conducting research since April 22 on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials common to libraries, archives, and museums.

Columbus Monthly - Prompted by worries of a potential shortage, the Food and Drug Administration contracted Battelle in 2014 to study the decontamination and reuse of disposable N95s. The research organization investigated using vaporized hydrogen peroxide and found that its method—eventually known as the Critical Care Decontamination System, or CCDS—could clean masks up to 20 times without compromising filter efficiency or fit. Completed in 2016, the research was shelved for a time of need.

MSU Today - When Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute received emergency use authorization for its VHP process in March, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., tasked an effort that included the conversion of an animal housing area into a nine-room decontamination center now capable of cleansing tens of thousands of masks each week.

Intelligence Community News - Battelle announced on August 27 that it was awarded a $16.6 million task order contract under the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Assurance (MESA) IDIQ contract vehicle, where Battelle is a prime contractor.

ExecutiveGov - Battelle has announced that its company researchers have supported three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projects to analyze the timeline of how long COVID-19 lives on a variety of surfaces and what available disinfecting products are effective, the company announced on Wednesday.

NewsTalk - Restoring that ability to those who have lost it is a monumental task and one that this week's guest is at the forefront of Patrick Ganzer is Principal Research Scientist with Battelle.

Click 2 Houston - Equipment set up in part of Houston’s NRG Arena is helping to service N95 masks for healthcare workers to reuse. Battelle Memorial Institute’s Critical Care Decontamination System has been operating in Hall A since May 1, the organization said.

Inside Battelle - As infections and deaths from the pandemic continue to spike throughout the country, Battelle is serving more than large hospital systems with its free service. At the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Villa Guadalupe facility in Gallup, New Mexico, the pandemic situation was dire.

KITV - The company that sterilizes the masks is called Battelle, using new technology called Critical Care Decontamination System. It's a first in Hawaii, work is done 24/7 and the process starts online.

Deal Architect - In addition, they have been working on new forms of CV19 tests, more affordable ventilators, and even a sensor to detect CV19 in the air. He also describes work around vaccines, environmental models, "forever" chemicals and brain-machine interfaces to help paraplegics. They have also had a role in a number of consumer products like CD-ROMs, candy coatings and golf balls. He says he feels like he is back at Bell Labs in its heyday when they were patenting a new product a day.

Virginia tech - Christian Williams, a research chemist who is site lead at the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System in Blacksburg, spoke via Zoom to the class of high schoolers participating in Unite, a two-year grant awarded to Virginia Tech’s TRIO Programs.

KTSM - Ohio-based non-profit company Battelle, came to El Paso in May to use their disinfecting system for cleaning N95 masks and make them reusable for medical providers.

Massive Science - Researchers at Battelle Memorial Institute and the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University were able to use a brain-machine interface (BMI) to partially restore Burkhart’s ability to move his own hand.

ZD Net - Ohio-based R&D company Battelle is one of six groups to receive DARPA funding for a minimally invasive system that should eventually be able to gather and transmit information to soldiers' brains. "Imagine this: A soldier puts on a helmet and uses his or her thoughts alone to control multiple unmanned vehicles or a bomb disposal robot," as the company explained the project last year.

ZD Net - In the US, Battelle has created a BCI system that works by gathering 'residual touch' signals. Someone with a complete spinal cord injury may feel no sense of touch whatsoever below a certain level on their body, but often the faintest wisps of nerve fibre connecting the brain and the periphery still exist. They may not be strong enough to cause a person to feel a sensation of touch, but they can still provoke electrical activity in the brain. Battelle's system picks up the signals in the brain via an array in the motor cortex, decodes and amplifies them, and then passes on the sensory feedback to a separate area on the users' body which still has a working sense of touch.

GOVCON Wire - Battelle has donated $1 million to the Washington State STEM Education Foundation to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the Tri-Cities, the company announced Thursday.

Art Critique - During the end of June and throughout July, REALM Project researchers conducted studies on five more library standards: braille paper pages; glossy paper pages; magazine pages; children’s board books; and archival folders. Held at standard room temperatures with typical humidity conditions in order to mimic usual storage methods, the items were inoculated and placed in stacks or on shelves. After two days of quarantine, archival folders were free of SARS-CoV-2 and after four days, braille pages, glossy pages, and board books were also found to be free of SARS-CoV-2. However, even after four days of quarantine, magazine pages still showed trace amounts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

News Tribune - As the pandemic took hold this past spring and supplies of personal protective equipment including N95 respirator masks drew short, a Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System was deployed in April in Jefferson City to serve hospitals, health care providers and first responders from across Missouri.

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