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Public Release: 18-Jul-2014
It's go time for LUX-Zeplin dark matter experiment
From the physics labs at Yale University to the bottom of a played-out gold mine in South Dakota, a new generation of dark matter experiments is ready to commence. The US Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Science Foundation recently gave the go-ahead to Large Underground Xenon-Zeplin, a key experiment in the hunt for dark matter, the invisible substance that may make up much of the universe.
US Department of Energy Office of Science, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jim Shelton
james.shelton@yale.edu
203-361-8332
Yale University

Public Release: 11-Jul-2014
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
NMR under pressure: Reproducing deep-Earth chemistry
A new pressure cell invented by UC Davis researchers makes it possible to simulate chemical reactions deep in the Earth's crust. The device could allow insights into deep-Earth chemistry and carbon cycling, 'fracking' and nuclear waste disposal.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Andy Fell
ahfell@ucdavis.edu
530-752-4533
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 10-Jul-2014
Nature Communications
University of Illinois study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices
A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing.
Army Research Office, US Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences

Contact: David G. Cahill
d-cahill@illinois.edu
217-333-6753
University of Illinois College of Engineering

Public Release: 7-Jul-2014
Nature Physics
Penn researchers: Consider the 'anticrystal'
Physicists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials: the anticrystal, a theoretical solid that is completely disordered.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 6-Jul-2014
Nature
Discovery provides insights on how plants respond to elevated CO2 levels
Biologists at UC San Diego have solved a long-standing mystery concerning the way plants reduce the numbers of their breathing pores in response to rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 3-Jul-2014
Nature Communications
With 'ribbons' of graphene, width matters
A novel method for producing ultra-narrow ribbons of graphene and then tuning the material's electrical properties holds promise for use in nano-devices.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Lian Li
lianli@uwm.edu
414-229-5108
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Public Release: 1-Jul-2014
Carnegie awarded $10 million for innovative energy research
The Department of Energy has awarded Carnegie $10 million over four years for basic research that could lead to the discovery of new energy materials through its program to support Energy Frontier Research Centers. The Carnegie center, Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments, will be headquartered at Carnegie's Geophysical Laboratory and directed by Russell J. Hemley.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Russell Hemley
rhemley@carnegiescience.edu
Carnegie Institution

Public Release: 27-Jun-2014
Scientists study effects of warming on tropical rainforests
Three early-career women scientists spearhead a first-ever study of the effects of warming on tropical rainforests.
US Department of Energy, US Forest Service

Contact: Molly Cavaleri
macavale@mtu.edu
906-487-2843
Michigan Technological University

Public Release: 25-Jun-2014
Chinese Science Bulletin
Resolving apparent inconsistencies in optimality principles for flow processes in geosystems
In a recent article published in the Chinese Science Bulletin, Hui-Hai Liu, a scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the University of California, proposed a new thermodynamic hypothesis.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Hui-Hai Liu
hhliu@lbl.gov
Science China Press

Public Release: 24-Jun-2014
Nature Communications
Metal particles in solids aren't as fixed as they seem, new memristor study shows
In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and 'resistive random access memory,' or RRAM -- cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions -- researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Nicole Casal Moore
ncmoore@umich.edu
734-647-7087
University of Michigan

Public Release: 22-Jun-2014
Nature
Protons power protein portal to push zinc out of cells
Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University report they have deciphered the inner workings of a protein called YiiP that prevents the lethal buildup of zinc inside bacteria. They say understanding YiiP's movements will help in the design of drugs aimed at modifying the behavior of ZnT proteins, eight human proteins that are similar to YiiP, which play important roles in hormone secretion and in signaling between neurons.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, US Department of Energy

Contact: Shawna Williams
shawna@jhmi.edu
410-955-8236
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Public Release: 22-Jun-2014
Nature
Family of proteins plays key role in cellular pump dynamics
Case Western Reserve University scientists have discovered how a family of proteins -- cation diffusion facilitators -- regulates an important cellular cycle where a cell's energy generated is converted to necessary cellular functions. The finding has the potential to inform future research aimed at identifying ways to ensure the process works as designed and, if successful, could lead to significant breakthroughs in the treatment of Parkinson's, chronic liver disease and heart disease.
National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy

Contact: Jeannette Spalding
jeannette.spalding@case.edu
216-368-3004
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 21-Jun-2014
PARC wins renewed funding for photosynthetic research
The Department of Energy has awarded the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center $14.4 million for continuing research on natural and bio-inspired systems for harvesting the sun's energy. The center, which is hosted by Washington University in St. Louis, was one of 32 projects selected for funding from among more than 200 proposals and one of only 22 to receive second-round funding.
US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 18-Jun-2014
Nature
Familiar yet strange: Water's 'split personality' revealed by computer model
Using computer models, Princeton University researchers found that as water freezes it takes on a sort of split personality wherein, at very cold temperatures and above a certain pressure, it may spontaneously split into two liquid forms. Finding this dual nature could lead to a better understanding of how water behaves in high-altitude clouds, which could improve the predictive ability of current weather and climate models.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Catherine Zandonella
czandone@princeton.edu
609-258-0541
Princeton University

Public Release: 17-Jun-2014
Acta Crystallographica Section D
Crowdsourcing the phase problem
Compared with humans, computers have the capacity to solve problems at much greater speed. There are many problems, however, where computational speed alone is insufficient to find a correct or optimal solution.
US Department of Energy's Office of Science

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

Public Release: 16-Jun-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
How does a tree know it's time to grow again?
Molecular geneticists from Michigan Technological University led a team that identified a gene that tells a poplar tree when winter ends and it's time to start growing again.
US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Victor Busov
vbusov@mtu.edu
906-487-1728
Michigan Technological University

Public Release: 9-Jun-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Protein could put antibiotic-resistant bugs in handcuffs
A team from Duke and the University of Sydney has solved the structure of a key protein that drives DNA copying in the plasmids that make staphylococcus bacteria antibiotic resistant. Knowing how this protein works may now help researchers devise new ways to stop the plasmids from spreading antibiotic resistance in staph by preventing the plasmids from copying themselves.
National Institutes of Health, US Department of Energy, Medical Research Council of Australia

Contact: Karl Leif Bates
karl.bates@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University

Public Release: 2-Jun-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A new look at old forests
As forests age, their ability to grow decreases, because energy production (photosynthesis) and energy consumption (respiration) decrease with age, a new study by Marine Biological Laboratory scientists and colleagues has determined. Since most US forests are maturing from regeneration that began about 100 years ago when extensive clear-cutting occurred, the study suggests the future growth of US forests will decline.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Kenney
dkenney@mbl.edu
508-289-7139
Marine Biological Laboratory

Public Release: 2-Jun-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New UGA research engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
The promise of affordable transportation fuels from biomass -- a sustainable, carbon neutral route to American energy independence -- has been left perpetually on hold by the economics of the conversion process. Research from the University of Georgia has overcome this hurdle allowing the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel. The study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, documents the direct conversion of biomass to biofuel without pre-treatment, using the engineered bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Janet Westpheling
janwest@uga.edu
706-542-1436
University of Georgia

Public Release: 1-Jun-2014
Nature Physics
International collaboration replicates amplification of cosmic magnetic fields
Astrophysicists have established that cosmic turbulence could have amplified magnetic fields to the strengths observed in interstellar space.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Steve Koppes
skoppes@uchicago.edu
773-702-8366
University of Chicago

Public Release: 1-Jun-2014
Nature Physics
Pitt team first to detect exciton in metal
University of Pittsburgh researchers have become the first to detect a fundamental particle of light-matter interaction in metals, the exciton. The team will publish its work online June 1 in Nature Physics.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Joseph Miksch
jmiksch@pitt.edu
412-624-4356
University of Pittsburgh

Public Release: 29-May-2014
Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Drop in global malnutrition depends on ag productivity, climate change
Global malnutrition could fall 84 percent by the year 2050 as incomes in developing countries grow -- but only if agricultural productivity continues to improve and climate change does not severely damage agriculture, Purdue University researchers say.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Natalie van Hoose
nvanhoos@purdue.edu
765-496-2050
Purdue University

Public Release: 23-May-2014
G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Untangling whole genomes of individual species from a microbial mix
A new approach to studying microbes in the wild will allow scientists to sequence the genomes of individual species from complex mixtures. It marks a big advance for understanding the enormous diversity of microbial communities -- including the human microbiome. The work is described in an article published May 22 in Early Online form in the journal G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, published by the Genetics Society of America.
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute, National Science Foundation, US Department Of Energy

Contact: Raeka Aiyar
press@genetics-gsa.org
202-412-1120
Genetics Society of America

Public Release: 22-May-2014
Nature Communications
NIST chip produces and detects specialized gas for biomedical analysis
A chip-scale device that both produces and detects a specialized gas used in biomedical analysis and medical imaging has been built and demonstrated at NIST. The new microfluidic chip produces magnetized xenon gas and then detects even the faintest magnetic signals from the gas. Magnetized xenon can be used as a marker for detecting biomolecules in liquids. Conventional systems for producing and using this gas can be as big as a car.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Laura Ost
laura.ost@nist.gov
303-497-4880
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Public Release: 19-May-2014
Nano Letters
Liberating devices from their power cords
A new type of supercapacitor that can hold a charge when it takes a lickin' has been developed by engineers at Vanderbilt University. It is the first 'multi-functional' energy storage device that can operate while subject to realistic static and dynamic loads -- advancing the day when everything from cell phones to electric vehicles will no longer need separate batteries.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

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

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