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20-Aug-2014
Breaking News
High school students discover stars at SMU research program
Two Dallas high school students discovered five stars as members of a Southern Methodist University summer physics research program, QuarkNet, which enabled them to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Their discoveries have been accepted into the American Association of Variable Star Observers International Variable Star Index. QuarkNet is a physics teacher development program funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, CERN, Fermilab

Contact: Nancy George
ngeorge@smu.edu
214-768-7674
Southern Methodist University

20-Aug-2014
Breaking News
PLOS ONE
How lizards regenerate their tails: researchers discover genetic 'recipe'
By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers from Arizona State University is one step closer to solving that mystery. The scientists have discovered the genetic 'recipe' for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.
National Institutes of Health, Arizona Biomedical Research Commission

Contact: Sandra Leander
sandra.leander@asu.edu
480-965-9865
Arizona State University

20-Aug-2014
Breaking News
Nature
Unusual discovery leads to fascinating tuberculosis theory
Grade school history lessons often have it that American Indians largely were wiped out by diseases such as whooping cough, chicken pox, influenza and tuberculosis brought to the New World by European explorers.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
703-292-8485
National Science Foundation

20-Aug-2014
Breaking News
Salt, pink diamonds and DNA: 5 surprising facts about crystals (video)
Many people think of crystals as little more than sparkly things behind glass cases in museums. But crystals are everywhere, from the dinner table to the human body. Because 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography, Reactions is celebrating with a video highlighting five surprising facts about crystals. The video is available at http://youtu.be/urq8SuPMZ_w.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society

19-Aug-2014
Breaking News
PLOS ONE
Philippine tarsier gets boost from Kansas research, and genetic proof of a new variety
The tarsier is the 'flagship' iconic species for promoting environmental stewardship and ecotourism in the Philippines, a nation suffering from large-scale destruction of natural habitat.
National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation

Contact: Brendan M. Lynch
blynch@ku.edu
785-864-8855
University of Kansas

18-Aug-2014
Feature Story
Students see world from station crew's point of view
The Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) program provides a unique educational opportunity, allowing students to photograph and analyze our planet from the perspective of the International Space Station.

Contact: Bill Hubscher
william.hubscher@nasa.gov
256-544-5496
NASA/Johnson Space Center

15-Aug-2014
Feature Story
Rosetta makes friends with a comet
After traveling for 10 long years, covering over half the length of the solar system and looping around the sun five times, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally arrived at it's destination: Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

14-Aug-2014
Feature Story
A swarm of a thousand robots
Inspired by swarming insects, like ants or bees, researchers have created a swarm of 1,024 small robots that can communicate with each other and organize themselves into shapes, like stars or letters of the alphabet, without any help from humans. Robotic swarms like this have normally been limited to just dozens or hundreds of robots. But, Michael Rubenstein and colleagues have set a new record with their tiny machines, called Kilobots.

Contact: Science Press Package
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

8-Aug-2014
Feature Story
Are we living in an island universe?
In this day and age, almost everyone has seen a photograph of a galaxy like this one, making it hard to believe that less than 100 years ago most of the world's top astronomers didn't believe they existed!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

7-Aug-2014
Feature Story
A real-life, origami-inspired transformer
Using flat materials and origami-inspired patterns, researchers have built a real-life transformer -- a self-folding robot that, once assembled, can crawl and turn. This advance is reported in the Aug. 8 issue of the journal Science. Such a self-folding machine has various potential applications, including delivery to tight spaces, like rooms in collapsed buildings, for search and rescue missions.

Contact: Science Press Package
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

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