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Public Release: 21-Apr-2015
Physical Review Letters
New tabletop detector 'sees' single electrons
MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 20-Apr-2015
Nature Communications
Iowa State, Ames Lab scientists describe protein pumps that allow bacteria to resist drugs
Research teams led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have described the structure of two closely related protein pumps that allow bacteria to resist certain medications. The findings have just been published by Nature Communications and as the April 7 cover paper in Cell Reports.
National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy/Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Iowa State University

Contact: Edward Yu
ewyu@iastate.edu
515-294-4955
Iowa State University

Public Release: 17-Apr-2015
Advanced Materials
Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeanne Galatzer-Levy
jgala@uic.edu
312-996-1583
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public Release: 16-Apr-2015
Experimental Botany
Study finds that maize roots have evolved to be more nitrogen efficient
Selective breeding of maize over the last century to create hybrids with desirable shoot characteristics and increased yield may have contributed indirectly to the evolution of root systems that are more efficient in acquiring nutrients, such as nitrogen, from the soil, according to researchers.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 15-Apr-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Discovery of new plant switch could boost crops, biofuel production
A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis -- the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Layne Cameron
layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University

Public Release: 8-Apr-2015
Proceedings 14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
California's solar incentive program has had only modest impact on adoption rates
According to a new analysis, California's aggressive incentive program for installing rooftop solar-electric systems has not been as effective as generally believed.
US Department of Energy

Contact: David Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 7-Apr-2015
Nature Communications
Tunneling across a tiny gap
Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps, and has shown that heat flow at sub-nanometer distances occurs not via radiation or conduction, but through 'phonon tunneling.'
US Department of Energy

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 6-Apr-2015
Nature Climate Change
Climate change, plant roots may accelerate carbon loss from soils
Soil, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than anyone thought. In a study published in Nature Climate Change, researchers showed that chemicals emitted by plant roots act on carbon that is bonded to minerals in the soil, breaking the bonds and exposing previously protected carbon to decomposition by microbes.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Markus Kleber
markus.kleber@oregonstate.edu
541-737-5718
Oregon State University

Public Release: 6-Apr-2015
Nature
Aluminum battery from Stanford offers safe alternative to conventional batteries
Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology could replace many lithium-ion and alkaline batteries in wide use today.
US Department of Energy, Taiwan Industrial Technology Research Institute, Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, Taiwan Ministry of Education

Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
650-723-9296
Stanford University

Public Release: 6-Apr-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Study of vehicle emissons will aid urban sustainability efforts
Boston University researchers have created DARTE (Database of Road Transportation Emissions), a new nationwide data inventory that can help to provide this crucial information.
NASA, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Kira Jastive
kjastive@bu.edu
617-358-1240
Boston University

Public Release: 3-Apr-2015
PLOS Pathogens
Rice can borrow stronger immunity from other plant species, study shows
Rice, one of the world's main staple foods, can boost its built-in immunity against invading disease-causing microbes when immune receptor genes are transferred via genetic engineering from a totally different plant group, this new study shows.
European Molecular Biology Organization, Human Frontier Science Program Organization of France, Gatsby Charitable Foundation in London, US Department of Energy, and National Institutes of Health

Contact: Patricia Bailey
pjbailey@ucdavis.edu
530-756-7127
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 2-Apr-2015
Journal of Material Chemistry C
Optics, nanotechnology combined to create low-cost sensor for gases
Engineers have combined innovative optical technology with nanocomposite thin-films to create a new type of sensor that is inexpensive, fast, highly sensitive and able to detect and analyze a wide range of gases. It may find applications in everything from environmental monitoring to airport security or testing blood alcohol levels -- and is particularly suited to detecting carbon dioxide.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Alan Wang
wang@eecs.oregonstate.edu
541-737-4247
Oregon State University

Public Release: 2-Apr-2015
Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Pick a color, any color
A small team of chemists, having learned the secrets of light absorption from chlorophylls a and b, can now tune molecules to absorb anywhere in the solar spectrum. They are using this facility to synthesize pigments that fill gaps in the sunlight absorbed by native pigments and to push deeper into the infrared than any native pigment.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis

Public Release: 1-Apr-2015
Journal of Materials Chemistry A
Drop the bounce test: A common battery test often bounces off target
The battery bounce test, popularized in online videos, has led to the common conclusion that a high bounce means a dead battery. But researchers at Princeton University have found that bouncing is not actually an effective way to check a battery's charge.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Contact: Steven Schultz
sschultz@princeton.edu
609-751-4480
Princeton University, Engineering School

Public Release: 30-Mar-2015
Geology
UNH geologist identifies new source of methane for gas hydrates in Arctic
Researchers have identified a new source of methane for gas hydrates -- ice-like substances found in sediment that trap methane within the crystal structure of frozen water -- in the Arctic Ocean. The findings, published online now in the May 2015 journal Geology, point to a previously undiscovered, stable reservoir for methane that is 'locked' away from the atmosphere, where it could impact global climate change.
Research Council of Norway, US Department of Energy

Contact: Beth Potier
beth.potier@unh.edu
603-862-1566
University of New Hampshire

Public Release: 30-Mar-2015
Nature Geoscience
Glimpses of the future: Drought damage leads to widespread forest death
The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A team of scientists developed a new modeling tool to explain how and where trembling aspen forests died as a result of this drought, based on damage to the individual trees' ability to transport water. Their results suggest that more widespread die-offs of aspen forests triggered by climate change are likely by the 2050s.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, NOAA, Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, National Taiwan University, and Carnegie Institution for Science

Contact: William Anderegg
970-739-4954
Carnegie Institution

Public Release: 26-Mar-2015
Science
New study shows bacteria can use magnetic particles to create a 'natural battery'
New research shows bacteria can use tiny magnetic particles to effectively create a 'natural battery.' According to work published in journal Science on March 27, the bacteria can load electrons onto and discharge electrons from microscopic particles of magnetite. This discovery holds out the potential of using this mechanism to help clean up environmental pollution, and other bioengineering applications.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Science Focus Area, Subsurface Biogeochemical Research program, US Department of Energy Office of Biology

Contact: Press Officer
tom@parkhill.it
39-349-238-8191
European Association of Geochemistry

Public Release: 24-Mar-2015
Applied Physics Letters
Can perovskites and silicon team up to boost industrial solar cell efficiencies?
A collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University may be poised to shake things up in the solar energy world. By exploring ways to create solar cells using low-cost manufacturing methods, the team has developed a novel prototype device that combines perovskite with traditional silicon solar cells into a two-terminal 'tandem' device.
US Department of Energy, Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
240-535-4954
American Institute of Physics

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Nature
UW scientists build a nanolaser using a single atomic sheet
University of Washington scientists have built a new nanometer-sized laser using a semiconductor that's only three atoms thick. It could help open the door to next-generation computing that uses light, rather than electrons, to transfer information.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Clean Energy Institute, Office of Naval Research, US Department of Energy, European Commission

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
WIREs Water
Global water use may outstrip supply by mid-century
Population growth could cause demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current use levels continue. But it wouldn't be the first time this has happened, a Duke study finds. Using a mathematical model to analyze historic data, the researchers identified a regularly recurring pattern of time periods when demand for water outstripped supply, and shortages were resolved by technological advancements. The model projects a similar period of innovation could occur in coming decades.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Energy

Contact: Tim Lucas
tdlucas@duke.edu
919-613-8084
Duke University

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Nature Chemistry
Catching and releasing tiny molecules
Employing an ingenious microfluidic design that combines chemical and mechanical properties, a team of Harvard scientists has demonstrated a new way of detecting and extracting biomolecules from fluid mixtures. The approach requires fewer steps, uses less energy, and achieves better performance than several techniques currently in use and could lead to better technologies for medical diagnostics and chemical purification.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Paul Karoff
karoff@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-0450
Harvard University

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Discovery could yield more efficient portable electronics, solar cells
A team of chemists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has set the stage for more efficient and sturdier portable electronic devices and possibly a new generation of solar cells based on organic materials.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Mark Ediger
ediger@chem.wisc.edu
608-262-7273
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public Release: 23-Mar-2015
Nature Chemistry
Catch-release-repeat: Study reveals novel technique for handling molecules
In research appearing in the current issue of the journal Nature Chemistry, Ximin He, Ph.D., and her colleagues describe a method capable of mimicking Nature's ability to sort, capture, transport and release molecules. The technique sets the stage for continuous and efficient manipulation of a broad range of molecules of relevance to human and environmental health.
US Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science Division, Biomolecular Materials Program

Contact: Joseph Caspermeyer
Joseph.Caspermeyer@asu.edu
Arizona State University

Public Release: 19-Mar-2015
Energy & Environmental Science
Rutgers University chemistry research holds great promise for advancing sustainable energy
Researchers have developed a compound, Ni5P4 (nickel-5 phosphide-4), that has the potential to replace platinum in two types of electrochemical cells: electrolyzers that make hydrogen by splitting water through hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) powered by electrical energy, and fuel cells that make electricity from combining hydrogen and oxygen.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable EnergyNATCO Pharma Ltd., Rutgers University

Contact: Fred Feiner
fred@yankeepr.com
908-425-4878
Yankee Public Relations

Public Release: 18-Mar-2015
Journal of Physical Chemistry
Buckyballs become bucky-bombs
Scientists have built nanoscale explosives out of buckyballs that could one day be used to eliminate cancer cells without damaging surrounding tissue.
São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, US Department of Energy, Russian Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Perkins
perkinsr@usc.edu
213-740-9226
University of Southern California

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