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Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
NASA eyes Tropical Storm Fung-Wong move through Northwestern Pacific
Tropical Storm Fung-Wong continued to affect the Philippines while moving north through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared data on the storm's clouds that showed some high, strong thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rainfall over the northern and central regions of the country. The storm is now expected to affect three more countries over the next several days.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
NASA sees Tropical Storm playing polo with western Mexico
Tropical Storm Polo is riding along the coast of western Mexico like horses in the game of his namesake. NASA's Aqua satellite saw Polo about 300 miles south-southeast of Baja California on its track north.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
NASA, NOAA satellites show Odile's remnant romp through southern US
Former Hurricane Odile may be a bad memory for Baja California, but the remnants have moved over New Mexico and Texas where they are expected to bring rainfall there. NASA's TRMM satellite measured Odile's heavy rainfall rates on Sept. 18, and NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the clouds associated with the former storm continue to linger over the US Southwest on Sept. 19.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
NASA catches a weaker Edouard, headed toward Azores
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Atlantic Ocean and captured a picture of Tropical Storm Edouard as it continues to weaken.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
Reflected smartphone transmissions enable gesture control
University of Washington engineers have developed a new form of low-power wireless sensing technology that lets users 'train' their smartphones to recognize and respond to specific hand gestures near the phone.
University of Washington

Contact: Michelle Ma
University of Washington

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity
Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port.

Contact: Andrew Carleen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
Soft Robotics
Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs
A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials.

Contact: Paul Karoff
Harvard University

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics
Shrink-wrapping spacesuits
The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers improved mobility and reduced mass compared to modern gas-pressurized spacesuits.

Contact: Kimberly Allen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
2D Materials
Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers
An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer.

Contact: Michael Bishop
Institute of Physics

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers
Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states.
UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Contact: Sarah Collins
University of Cambridge

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
2014 Occupational Safety in Transport Conference
Don't cry wolf: Drivers fed up with slowing down at inactive roadwork sites
Drivers frustrated at slowing down at inactive roadwork sites are ignoring reduced speed limits, a QUT study has found.

Contact: Sandra Hutchinson
Queensland University of Technology

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Nature Materials
Penn research helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions
Researchers have found that some crystals have an easier time of making a solid-solid transition if they take it in two steps. Surprisingly, the first step of the process involves the parent phase producing droplets of liquid. The liquid droplets then evolve into the daughter phase.
US National Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Basic Research Program of China, NASA

Contact: Evan Lerner
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Nano Letters
Toward optical chips
In the next issue of the journal Nano Letters, researchers from MIT's departments of Physics and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will describe a new technique for building MoS2 light emitters tuned to different frequencies, an essential requirement for optoelectronic chips. Since thin films of material can also be patterned onto sheets of plastic, the same work could point toward thin, flexible, bright, color displays.

Contact: Kimberly Allen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Computers & Education
Video games could dramatically streamline educational research
A Washington State University professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom -- and it could include playing video games. Called 'computational modeling,' it involves a computer 'learning' student behavior and then 'thinking' as students would. Rich Lamb, who teaches science education at WSU's College of Education, said the process could revolutionize the way educational research is done.

Contact: Rich Lamb
Washington State University

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Journal of Power Sources
Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas
Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive and quick way to clean up waste from large farming operations and rural sewage treatment plants while reducing pollution.
National Science Foundation, US Office of Naval Research, Washington State University Agricultural Research Center

Contact: Haluk Beyenal
Washington State University

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Nature Communications
Sensing neuronal activity with light
For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action -- from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in an organism. To get this complete picture, neuroscientists are working to develop a range of new tools to study the brain. Researchers at Caltech have developed one such tool that provides a new way of mapping neural networks in a living organism.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders, Beckman Institute, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, US Army Research Office, Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation, Life Sciences Research Foundation

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Agricultural fires in the Ukraine
Numerous fires -- marked with red dots -- are burning in Eastern Europe, likely as a result of regional agricultural practices.

Contact: Lynn Jenner
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
NASA sees western edge of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong affecting Philippines
The NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite saw the western edge of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong over the central Philippines on Sept. 18. Fung-Wong developed on Sept. 17 as Tropical Depression 16W, and strengthened into a tropical storm by 5 p.m. EDT on Sept. 17.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
NASA marks Polo for a hurricane
Hurricane Polo still appears rounded in imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite, but forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect that to change.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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
New high-resolution satellite image analysis: 5 of 6 Syrian World Heritage sites 'exhibit significant damage'
In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now 'exhibit significant damage' and some structures have been 'reduced to rubble,' according to new high-resolution satellite image analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Contact: Ginger Pinholster
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
NASA sees Hurricane Edouard enter cooler waters
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite and Aqua satellite gathered data on Hurricane Edouard's rainfall, clouds and waning power is it continued moving northward in the Atlantic into cooler waters. On Sept. 18, NASA's Global Hawk #872 set out to investigate Edouard again as the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
World breakthrough: A new molecule allows for an increase in stem cell transplants
Investigators from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the Universite de Montreal have just published, in the prestigious magazine Science, the announcement of the discovery of a new molecule, the first of its kind, which allows for the multiplication of stem cells in a unit of cord blood.
Canada's Stem Cell Network, IRICor, Reseau de therapie cellulaire et tissulaire, Fonds de recherche du Quebec -- Sante, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Manon Pepin
University of Montreal

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Nature Communications
Scientists pioneer microscopy technique that yields fresh data on muscular dystrophy
New microscopy technique yields resolution an order of magnitude better than previously possible.
University of Southern California, USC Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications

Contact: Robert Perkins
University of Southern California

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Stem Cell Reports
NYU Langone scientists report reliable and highly efficient method for making stem cells
Scientists have found a way to boost dramatically the efficiency of the process for turning adult cells into so-called pluripotent stem cells by combining three well-known compounds, including vitamin C. Using the new technique in mice, the researchers increased the number of stem cells obtained from adult skin cells by more than 20-fold compared with the standard method.
Helen Kimmel Foundation, March of Dimes, NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Contact: Jim Mandler
NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine