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Public Release: 25-Feb-2015
Physics Review Letters
UCLA physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe
Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of particles, or matter, and not antiparticles, or antimatter. That asymmetry, which favors matter to a very small degree, has puzzled scientists for many years. UCLA physicists offer a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.
US Department of Energy, World Premier International Research Center Initiative, National Science Foundation

Contact: Stuart Wolpert
swolpert@support.ucla.edu
310-206-0511
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 25-Feb-2015
Angewandte Chemie
In quest for better lithium-air batteries, chemists boost carbon's stability
Chemists Dunwei Wang, of Boston College, and Wei Fan, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, report nano-coatings increased the stability of a unique form of carbon, yielding performance gains focused on next generation lithium-air batteries.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Ed Hayward
ed.hayward@bc.edu
617-552-4826
Boston College

Public Release: 24-Feb-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
Massive amounts of Saharan dust fertilize the Amazon rainforest
Every year, millions of tons of nutrient-rich Saharan dust cross the Atlantic Ocean, bringing vital phosphorus and other fertilizers to depleted Amazon soils. For the first time, scientists have an accurate estimate of how much phosphorus makes this trans-Atlantic journey.
NASA, US Department of Energy

Contact: Matthew Wright
mewright@umd.edu
301-405-9267
University of Maryland

Public Release: 19-Feb-2015
Science
Evolution may hold the key to more designer cancer drugs like Gleevec
Dorothee Kern, a professor of biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, unraveled the journey of two closely related cancer-causing proteins -- one susceptible to the drug Gleevec and one not -- over one billion years of evolution. She and her team pinpointed the exact evolutionary shifts that caused Gleevec to bind well with one and poorly with the other. This new approach may have a major impact on the development of rational drugs to fight cancer.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Catalysis Science Program, US Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Leah Burrows
lburrows@brandeis.edu
781-736-4027
Brandeis University

Public Release: 19-Feb-2015
Journal of American Chemical Society
Beyond silicon: New semiconductor moves spintronics toward reality
A new semiconductor compound is bringing fresh momentum to the field of spintronics, an emerging breed of computing device that may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

Contact: Gabe Cherry
gcherry@umich.edu
734-647-7085
University of Michigan

Public Release: 18-Feb-2015
Infection and Immunity
Medtech meets cleantech: Malaria vaccine candidate produced from algae
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine used algae as a mini-factory to produce a malaria parasite protein. The algae-produced protein, paired with an immune-boosting cocktail suitable for use in humans, generated antibodies in mice that nearly eliminated mosquito infection by the malaria parasite. The method, published Feb. 17 by Infection and Immunity, is the newest attempt to develop a vaccine that prevents transmission of the malaria parasite from host to mosquito.
National Institutes of Health, US Public Health Service, US Department of Energy, San Diego Foundation, California Energy Commission, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Heather Buschman
hbuschman@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 13-Feb-2015
Physical Review B
How iron feels the heat
Researchers have known that the arrangement of the atoms in a piece of iron changes several times before melting -- but the details of just how and why this property contributes to the metal's thermodynamic stability remained a mystery. Recent work at Caltech provides evidence for how iron's magnetism plays a role in this curious property--an understanding that could help researchers develop better and stronger steel.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
debwms@caltech.edu
626-395-3227
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 10-Feb-2015
Geoengineering report: Scientists urge more research on climate intervention
Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, while necessary, may not happen soon enough to stave off climate catastrophe. So, in addition, the world may need to resort to so-called geoengineering approaches that aim to deliberately control the planet's climate.
National Academy of Sciences, NASA, NOAA, US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 5-Feb-2015
Nature Communications
High efficiency concentrating solar cells move to the rooftop
Ultra-high efficiency solar cells similar to those used in space may now be possible on your rooftop thanks to a new microscale solar concentration technology developed by an international team of researchers.
US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 5-Feb-2015
Nature Communications
Preventing greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere
A novel class of materials that enable a safer, cheaper, and more energy-efficient process for removing greenhouse gas from power plant emissions has been developed by a multi-institution team of researchers. The approach could be an important advance in carbon capture and sequestration.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Caroline Perry
cperry@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-1351
Harvard University

Public Release: 4-Feb-2015
Journal of American Chemical Society
New catalyst uses light to convert nitrogen to ammonia
Northwestern University scientists are the first to develop a catalyst that can perform a remarkable feat found only in nature: take nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia under natural conditions. No high temperatures or pressure required. Driven by light, the new method offers promise for a more environmentally friendly fertilizer. Ammonia is the critical component in fertilizer.
US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

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

Public Release: 2-Feb-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
IU biologists partner bacterium with nitrogen gas to produce more, cleaner bioethanol
Indiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers. The discovery could save the industry millions of dollars and make cellulosic ethanol -- made from wood, grasses and inedible parts of plants -- more competitive with corn ethanol and gasoline.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, US Department of Energy, IU/College of Arts and Sciences

Contact: Steve Chaplin
stjchap@iu.edu
812-856-1896
Indiana University

Public Release: 2-Feb-2015
Advanced Functional Materials
Winding borders may enhance graphene
Theoretical physicists at Rice University show precise control of grain boundaries in graphene may give it predictable mechanical and semiconducting properties.
US Department of Energy, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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

Public Release: 30-Jan-2015
Nature Communications
New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability
By manipulating the ordered arrangement of atoms in layered complex oxide materials, Northwestern University's James Rondinelli has found a way to control their electronic band gaps, which determines the electrical behavior of the material and how it interacts with light.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 30-Jan-2015
UT Arlington awarded DOE grant to develop sensors for real-time evaluation of boilers
A University of Texas at Arlington engineering professor is developing a distributed wireless antenna sensor system to monitor conditions of coal-fired boilers that will lead to making the units safer, more efficient and eventually producing better designed units.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Herb Booth
hbooth@uta.edu
817-272-7075
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 23-Jan-2015
Physical Review Letters
Researchers make magnetic graphene
Graphene has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping it with magnetic impurities, but this tends to disrupt graphene's electronic properties. Now a team of UC Riverside physicists has found a way to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene's electronic properties. They have accomplished this by bringing a graphene sheet very close to a magnetic insulator -- an electrical insulator with magnetic properties.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 23-Jan-2015
Nano Letters
Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism
Northwestern University researchers find that silver nanowires can withstand strong cyclic loads, which is a key attribute needed for flexible electronics.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 23-Jan-2015
Energy & Environmental Science
Calculating the future of solar-fuel refineries
A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a new tool to help engineers better gauge the overall yield, efficiency and costs associated with scaling solar-fuel production processes up into large-scale refineries.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Scott Gordon
gordon@engr.wisc.edu
608-265-8592
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public Release: 21-Jan-2015
ACS Nano
Self-powered intelligent keyboard could provide a new layer of security
By analyzing such parameters as the force applied by key presses and the time interval between them, a new self-powered non-mechanical intelligent keyboard could provide a stronger layer of security for computer users.
US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

Contact: John Toon
jtoon@gatech.edu
404-894-6986
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 21-Jan-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society A
Sequestration on shaky ground
A study finds a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide.
US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 21-Jan-2015
Nature
Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms
Scientists have genetically recoded a strain of E. coli to depend on a synthetic amino acid so the bacteria can't survive outside the lab. The E. coli were also made resistant to two viruses.
US Department of Energy

Contact: David Cameron
david_cameron@hms.harvard.edu
617-432-0441
Harvard Medical School

Public Release: 15-Jan-2015
Energy & Environmental Science
Perovskites provide big boost to silicon solar cells, Stanford study finds
Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell, according to a new study led by Stanford University scientists.
US Department of Energy, Stanford University

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

Public Release: 15-Jan-2015
Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, 3-5 April, 2014
Training the next generation of power engineers
We need a new generation of power engineers to build and operate a smart grid that incorporates renewable energy sources, advances in control systems, communications, signal processing and cybersecurity. In a research paper presented at the Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Professors Tomislav Bujanovic and Prasanta Ghosh detail the hands-on experiments electrical engineering students are conducting as part of their undergraduate coursework at Syracuse University's College of Engineering & Computer Science.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Matt Wheeler
mrwheele@syr.edu
315-443-4777
Syracuse University

Public Release: 8-Jan-2015
Science
3-D 'pop-up' silicon structures: Transforming planar materials into 3-D microarchitectures
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have invented simple routes to complex classes of 3-D micro/nanostructures in high performance materials, with relevance to electronics, photovoltaics, batteries, biomedical devices, and other microsystems technologies.
US Department of Energy Office of Science

Contact: John A. Rogers
jrogers@illinois.edu
217-244-4979
University of Illinois College of Engineering

Public Release: 8-Jan-2015
American Astronomical Society 225th Meeting
'Assassin' targets supernovae in our neighborhood of the universe
While many astronomical collaborations use powerful telescopes to target individual objects in the distant universe, a new project at The Ohio State University is doing something radically different: using small telescopes to study a growing portion of the nearby universe all at once. Since it officially launched in May 2014, the project has detected 89 bright supernovae and counting -- more than all other professional astronomical surveys combined.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Pam Frost Gorder
Gorder.1@osu.edu
614-292-9475
Ohio State University

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