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Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
New Dartmouth smartphone app reveals users' mental health, performance, behavior
Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals college students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows your state of mind -- even if you don't -- and how that affects you. The StudentLife app, which compares students' happiness, stress, depression and loneliness to their academic performance, also may be used in the general population -- for example, to monitor mental health, trigger intervention and improve productivity in workplace employees.

Contact: John Cramer
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
PLOS Computational Biology
Pupil size shows reliability of decisions
The precision with which people make decisions can be predicted by measuring pupil size before they are presented with any information about the decision, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology this week.

Contact: Peter Murphy

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
World population to keep growing this century, hit 11 billion by 2100
The chance that world population in 2100 will be between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion people is 80 percent, according to the first such United Nations forecast to incorporate modern statistical tools.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Hannah Hickey
University of Washington

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Advances in Water Resources
Nile River monitoring influences northeast Africa's future
Curtin University research that monitors the volume of water in the Nile River Basin will help to level the playing field for more than 200 million northeast Africans who rely on the river's water supply.

Contact: Vicki Brett
Curtin University

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Math model designed to replace invasive kidney biopsy for lupus patients
Mathematics might be able to reduce the need for invasive biopsies in patients suffering kidney damage related to the autoimmune disease lupus.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Contact: Avner Friedman
Ohio State University

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Ebola outbreak 'out of all proportion' and severity cannot be predicted
A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick. Dr. Thomas House, of the University's Warwick Mathematics Institute, developed a model that incorporated data from past outbreaks that successfully replicated their eventual scale.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Contact: Tom Frew
University of Warwick

Public Release: 15-Sep-2014
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Run, cheetah, run
A new algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 15-Sep-2014
Nature Physics
The science behind swimming
Using simple hydrodynamics, a team of researchers led by Mahadevan was able to show that a handful of principles govern how virtually every animal -- from the tiniest fish to birds to gigantic whales propel themselves though the water.

Contact: Peter Reuell
Harvard University

Public Release: 14-Sep-2014
Nature: New drug blocks gene driving cancer growth
When active, the protein called Ral can drive tumor growth and metastasis in several human cancers including pancreatic, prostate, lung, colon and bladder. Unfortunately, drugs that block its activity are not available. A study published today in the journal Nature uses a novel approach to target the activation of these Ral proteins.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Garth Sundem
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 13-Sep-2014
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Decoding 'sweet codes' that determine protein fates
The research group lead by Professor Koichi Kato of the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences developed a methodology for quantitatively describing the dynamic behaviors of complicated sugar chains in solution at atomic resolution by combining a sophisticated NMR spectroscopic approach with an ingenious molecular dynamics simulation technique. This study has just been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (published online on Sept.4, 2014).

Contact: Koichi Kato
National Institutes of Natural Sciences

Public Release: 12-Sep-2014
Unemployment for doctoral scientists and engineers below national average in 2013
A new National Science Foundation report says the 2013 unemployment rate for individuals with research doctoral degrees in science, engineering and health fields was one-third the rate for the general population aged 25 and older -- 2.1 percent versus 6.3 percent.

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 12-Sep-2014
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Getting hot and wet in Vermont
A fundamental challenge of climate change forecasting is how to bridge the gap between global-scale models and local impacts. A new study -- the first-of-its kind for the Lake Champlain region -- bridges this gap and forecasts that northern Vermont and southern Quebec by 2100 will get eight degrees Fahrenheit hotter; Burlington, Vt., will experience 10 more days in July above 90; and ski resorts will see 50 percent less snowfall.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joshua Brown
University of Vermont

Public Release: 12-Sep-2014
Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics
Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxy
MIT researchers find new math explains dynamics of fluid systems that mimic many peculiarities of quantum mechanics.

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 11-Sep-2014
Ebola paper demonstrates disease transmission rate
Transmission rates for each single case of Ebola consistently showed at least one new case of the disease being transmitted. Country-specific analysis of transmission rates in Liberia and Sierra Leone showed on average between one and two new cases for every existing case.

Contact: Julie Newberg
Arizona State University

Public Release: 10-Sep-2014
Journal of Field Robotics
Where to grab space debris
An algorithm was tested aboard the International Space Station analyzes the rotation of objects in space.
NASA, Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency

Contact: Abby Abazorius
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 9-Sep-2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory updates cetane data used for development of energy efficient fuels and engines
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels and compatible engines. Researchers, as well as members of the engine, vehicle, and fuel industries, rely on these numbers to target compounds for development of new fuels capable of greater energy efficiency, cleaner emissions, and maximum performance in diesel engines.
US Department of Energy

Contact: David Glickson
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Public Release: 9-Sep-2014
International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications
An evolutionary approach to epidemics
An evolutionary analysis of public health data during a major disease outbreak, such as bird flu, E. coli contamination of food or the current Ebola outbreak could help the emergency services plan their response and contain the disease more effectively. Details are reported in the International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications.

Contact: Albert Ang
Inderscience Publishers

Public Release: 9-Sep-2014
Physical Review Letters
Squeezed quantum communication
New prospects for secure data traffic: Flashes of light in particularly sensitive quantum states can be transmitted through the atmosphere.

Contact: Dr. Christoph Marquardt

Public Release: 4-Sep-2014
Marketing Science
INFORMS study: Customer experience matters more when economy is doing better, not worse
Customer experience matters more when the economy is doing well than when it is doing poorly, according to a new study in the Articles in Advance section of Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Contact: Barry List
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

Public Release: 4-Sep-2014
European Physical Journal B
Nano-pea pod model widens electronics applications
Periodic chain-like nanostructures are widely used in nanoelectronics. Typically, chain elements include the likes of quantum rings, quantum dots, or quantum graphs. Such a structure enables electrons to move along the chain, in theory, indefinitely. Now, a new study, published in EPJ B, identifies ways of disturbing the periodicity of a model nanostructure to obtain the desired discrete energy spectrum with localized electrons.

Contact: Laura Zimmermann

Public Release: 4-Sep-2014
Nature Biotechnology
Most accurate measures of gene expression
RNA-sequencing data analysis method BitSeq developed by Academy Research Fellow Antti Honkela's, Univeristy of Helsinki, research group and University of Manchester researchers has been found to be the most accurate gene transcript expression estimation method in a large international assessment. The method is based on probabilistic modelling which can capture the uncertainty related to the measurements.

Contact: Antti Honkela
University of Helsinki

Public Release: 3-Sep-2014
Black History Bulletin
Students report greater learning gains in traditional science courses
Students taking traditional, in-class science courses reported higher perceived learning gains than students enrolled in online distance education science courses. Notably, African-American students taking traditional science courses self-reported greater affective and psychomotor learning gains than students taking online science courses.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lamont Flowers
Clemson University

Public Release: 3-Sep-2014
AIBS analysis of peer review offers insights into research productivity
In a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, investigators with the American Institute of Biological Sciences report findings from an analysis of the research output from a series of biomedical research grants funded after undergoing a scientific peer review process. The results, reported in 'The Validation of Peer Review Through Research Impact Measures and the Implications for Funding Strategies,' offer insights for future research on peer review and potential models for increasing research productivity.
American Institute of Biological Sciences

Contact: Robert Gropp
202-628-1500 x250
American Institute of Biological Sciences

Public Release: 3-Sep-2014
ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
Changing temperature powers sensors in hard-to-reach places
University of Washington researchers have taken inspiration from a centuries-old clock design and created a power harvester that uses natural fluctuations in temperature and pressure as its power source.

Contact: Michelle Ma
University of Washington

Public Release: 3-Sep-2014
Biodiversity in the balance
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, brings together evolutionary theory and ecology to explore one of the big questions in ecology: How is biodiversity developed and maintained?

Contact: Katherine Leitzell
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis