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Public Release: 24-Jul-2015
Science Advances
Rice disease-resistance discovery closes the loop for scientific integrity
UC Davis researchers here identify a protein in a crop-attacking bacterial disease, showing how the presence of the protein alerts the plant that a microbial invasion is in progress and allows the plant to launch a defensive immune response. The discovery is especially important because it corrects an earlier error, which in 2013 led this laboratory to publicly retract two important research releases.
National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy, European Molecular Biology Association, Human Frontiers Science Program, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in India, Welch Foundation, Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International

Contact: Patricia Bailey
pjbailey@ucdavis.edu
530-752-9843
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 23-Jul-2015
Science
Penn researchers discover new chiral property of silicon, with photonic applications
By encoding information in photons via their spin, 'photonic' computers could be orders of magnitude faster and efficient than their current-day counterparts. Likewise, encoding information in the spin of electrons, rather than just their quantity, could make 'spintronic' computers with similar advantages. University of Pennsylvania engineers and physicists have now discovered a property of silicon that combines aspects of all of these desirable qualities.
US Army Research Office, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Evan Lerner
elerner@upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 22-Jul-2015
Nano Letters
Smarter window materials can control light and energy
Chemical engineering professor Delia Milliron and her team have engineered two new advancements in electrochromic materials -- a highly selective cool mode and a warm mode -- not thought possible several years ago. The researchers are one step closer to delivering smart windows with a new level of energy efficiency.
US Department of Energy, Welch Foundation, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program

Contact: Sandra Zaragoza
Zaragoza@utexas.edu
512-471-2129
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 20-Jul-2015
Nature Communications
Study: Property of non-stick pans improves solar cell efficiency
Study published July 20 in Nature Communications shows that a 'non-wetting' surface, like those to create non-stick cookware, improves solar cell efficiency.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jinsong Huang
jhuang2@unl.edu
402-472-2640
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Public Release: 17-Jul-2015
Science Advances
Marine plankton brighten clouds over Southern Ocean
Summertime plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean play a significant role in generating brighter clouds overhead.
NASA, US Department of Energy, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Contact: Hannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 16-Jul-2015
Nano Letters
Trapped light orbits within an intriguing material
Hexagonal boron nitride bends electromagnetic energy in unusual and potentially useful ways. Physicists recently found that nanoscale granules of the material can store light. Now they have shown that the trapped light, polariton rays, propagate along paths at fixed angles with respect to the atomic structure of the material and at certain 'magic' frequencies form simple closed orbits. The insight could guide the development of applications such as nanoresonators, hyperlenses or infrared photon sources.
University of California Office of the President, US Department of Energy, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, European Research Council

Contact: Susan Brown
sdbrown@ucsd.edu
858-246-0161
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 16-Jul-2015
Cell
Futuristic brain probe allows for wireless control of neurons
A study showed that scientists can wirelessly determine the path a mouse walks with a press of a button. Researchers created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows neuroscientists to inject drugs and shine lights on neurons deep inside the brains of mice. The revolutionary device is described online in the journal Cell. Its development was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health.
National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy, Department of Defense National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship

Contact: Christopher G. Thomas
nindspressteam@ninds.nih.gov
301-496-5751
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Public Release: 16-Jul-2015
Science
Weyl points: Wanted for 86 years
Weyl points, the 3-D analogues of the structures that make graphene exceptional, were theoretically predicted in 1929. Today, an international team of Physicists from MIT and Zhejiang University, found them in photonic crystals, opening a new dimension in photonics.
US Army Research Office, US Department of Energy Division of Materials Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Solid State Thermal Energy Conversion Energy Frontier Research Center

Contact: Dr. Ling Lu
linglu@mit.edu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Public Release: 16-Jul-2015
Cell
Device delivers drugs to brain via remote control
Tiny, implantable devices are capable of delivering light or drugs to specific areas of the brain, potentially improving drug delivery to targeted regions of the brain and reducing side effects. Eventually, the devices may be used to treat pain, depression, epilepsy and other neurological disorders in people.
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Common Fund of the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy

Contact: Jim Dryden
jdryden@wustl.edu
314-286-0110
Washington University School of Medicine

Public Release: 15-Jul-2015
ACS Central Science
Molecular fuel cell catalysts hold promise for efficient energy storage
In the quest for better, less expensive ways to store and use energy, platinum and other precious metals play an important role. They serve as catalysts to propel the most efficient fuel cells, but they are costly and rare. Now, a metal-free alternative catalyst for fuel cells may be at hand.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Shannon Stahl
stahl@chem.wisc.edu
608-265-6288
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public Release: 14-Jul-2015
Nature Communications
Nonmagnetic elements form unique magnet
How can two metals that are not magnetic combine to make a magnet? Scientists at Rice University have found one answer in their creation of the first known itinerant antiferromagnet from nonmagnetic constituents.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, Welch Foundation, US Department of Energy, Florida State University, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Friends of Todai Inc. Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 13-Jul-2015
Illinois receives $1.8 million to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding
A new grant from the Department of Energy to researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and multiple partner institutions, including the University of Illinois, will fund the development of a system to automate the measurement of plants using cameras and other sensors mounted on drones, tractors, and robots, and analysis of the resulting large data sets to facilitate the development of high-yielding strains of sorghum, a key bioenergy crop.
US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Contact: Tricia Barker
tlbarker@illinois.edu
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 7-Jul-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Bats do it, dolphins do it -- now humans can do it, too
Bats have been using sonar to navigate and communicate for ages, and now humans can do the same, thanks to lightweight and efficient ultrasound microphones and loudspeakers developed by UC Berkeley physicists. The devices owe their flat frequency response to graphene, which makes a stiff and responsive diaphragm far superior to those in today's ultrasound receivers and transmitters. Biologists can even slap one on a bat to record its nightly ultrasonic conversations.
US Department of Energy, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Sanders
rlsanders@berkeley.edu
510-643-6998
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 1-Jul-2015
Nature Communications
Effective conversion of methane by a new copper zeolite
A new bio-inspired zeolite catalyst, developed by an international team with researchers from Technische Universität München, Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Amsterdam, might pave the way to small scale 'gas-to-liquid' technologies converting natural gas to fuels and starting materials for the chemical industry. Investigating the mechanism of the selective oxidation of methane to methanol they identified a trinuclear copper-oxo-cluster as the active center inside the zeolite micropores.
US Department of Energy, EU NEXT-GTL

Contact: Dr. Andreas Battenberg
battenberg@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0510
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Public Release: 30-Jun-2015
Physical Review D
New model of cosmic stickiness favors 'Big Rip' demise of universe
Vanderbilt University mathematician Marcelo Disconzi, working with physicists Robert Scherrer and Tom Kephart, has come up with a new approach to calculate cosmic viscosity and the formulation favors the 'Big Rip' scenario for the end of the universe.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 30-Jun-2015
Advanced Science
Carnegie Mellon chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels
Carnegie Mellon University chemists have developed two novel methods to characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels -- materials that hold great promise for developing 'smart' responsive materials that can be used for catalysts, chemical detectors, tissue engineering scaffolds and absorbents for carbon capture.
US Department of Energy's Office of Science

Contact: Jocelyn Duffy
jhduffy@andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-2900
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 25-Jun-2015
Acta Crystallographica Section D
The silent partner in macromolecular crystals
On average, the mother liquor or solvent and its constituents occupy about 50 percent of a macromolecular crystal. Ordered as well as disordered solvent components need to be accurately accounted for in modelling and refinement, often with considerable complexity.
Marie Curie People Action Grant, National Institutes of Health, Phoenix Industrial Consortium, US Department of Energy

Contact: Dr. Jonathan Agbenyega
ja@iucr.org
44-124-434-2878
International Union of Crystallography

Public Release: 24-Jun-2015
University of Illinois awarded $3.1 million to develop all-terrain rovers for high-throughput field phenotyping
The University of Illinois announced that is has been awarded a two-year, $3.1 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The U. of I. will be the lead institution on the Mobile Energy-crop Phenotyping Platform, working in partnership with researchers from Cornell University and Signetron Inc.
US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Contact: Haley Ahlers
ahlers@illinois.edu
217-265-5447
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 22-Jun-2015
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Researchers successfully target 'Achilles' heel' of MERS virus
Researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. The team identified molecules that inhibit an enzyme essential to MERS virus replication, and also discovered a characteristic of the enzyme that is very different from other coronaviruses.
National Institutes of Health, Walther Cancer Foundation, US Department of Energy, Purdue Center for Cancer Research, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Technology TriCorridor, Eli Lilly Company

Contact: Elizabeth K. Gardner
ekgardner@purdue.edu
765-494-2081
Purdue University

Public Release: 22-Jun-2015
Nature Materials
The secrets of secretion
Living tissues rely on their ability to package, transport and secrete liquid, where and when it's needed. Nature's secretion system is responsive, self-regulatory and intrinsically linked with its surroundings. Synthetic systems haven't been able to replicate that complexity -- until now. A new system developed at Harvard spontaneously releases only enough fluid to replace what is lost on the surface.
US Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences Office, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Contact: Leah Burrows
lburrows@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-1351
Harvard University

Public Release: 22-Jun-2015
Applied Physics Letters
Discovery paves way for new kinds of superconducting electronics
Physicists at UC San Diego have developed a new way to control the transport of electrical currents through high-temperature superconductors -- materials discovered nearly 30 years ago that lose all resistance to electricity at commercially attainable low temperatures.
US Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Contact: Kim McDonald
kmcdonald@ucsd.edu
858-534-7572
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 18-Jun-2015
Angewandte Chemie
Penn research simplifies recycling of rare-earth magnets
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now pioneered a process that could enable the efficient recycling of two rare-earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium. These elements comprise the small, powerful magnets that are found in many high-tech devices. In contrast to the massive and energy-intensive industrial process currently used to separate rare earths, the Penn team's method works nearly instantaneously at room temperature and uses standard laboratory equipment.
US Department of Energy's Office of Science, Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Contact: Evan Lerner
elerner@upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 18-Jun-2015
Science
X-ray imaging reveals secrets in battery materials
In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not. The insights, published in the June 19 issue of the journal Science, could help battery developers design rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that operate at higher voltages.
US Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy Office of Science

Contact: Liezel Labios
llabios@ucsd.edu
858-246-1124
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 17-Jun-2015
Nature Communications
A new way to image surfaces on the nanoscale
A multi-institutional team of scientists, including a Northwestern University professor of materials science and engineering, has taken an important step in understanding where atoms are located on the surfaces of rough materials, information that could be very useful in diverse commercial applications, such as developing green energy and understanding how materials rust. The team has developed a new imaging technique that uses atomic resolution secondary electron images in a quantitative way to determine the arrangement of atoms on the surface.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science, Material Science and Engineering Division

Contact: Megan Fellman
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

Public Release: 16-Jun-2015
Advanced Materials
Designer electronics out of the printer
They are thin, lightweight, flexible and can be produced cost- and energy-efficiently: printed microelectronic components made of synthetics. Flexible displays and touch screens, glowing films, RFID tags and solar cells represent a future market. In the context of an international cooperation project, physicists at the Technische Universität München have now observed the creation of razor thin polymer electrodes during the printing process and successfully improved the electrical properties of the printed films.
EuroTech Universities, International Graduate School of Science and Engineering, German Research Foundation, Elite Network of Bavaria, Center for NanoScience, US Department of Energy

Contact: Dr. Andreas Battenberg
battenberg@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0510
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

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