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22-Sep-2014
Feature Story
Cosmic crashes get galaxies in a spin
For many years astronomers have believed that when two similar-sized spiral galaxies collide, they will mash together a type of galaxy called an elliptical galaxy. But, if this is correct, how are there still so many spiral galaxies in the universe. Just last week they finally found the answer!

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

22-Sep-2014
Feature Story
Is Pluto a planet? The votes are in
What is a planet? For generations of kids the answer was easy. A big ball of rock or gas that orbited our sun, and there were nine of them in our solar system. But then astronomers started finding more Pluto-sized objects orbiting beyond Neptune. Then they found Jupiter-sized objects circling distant stars, first by the handful and then by the hundreds. Suddenly the answer wasn't so easy. Were all these newfound things planets?

Contact: Christine Pulliam
cpulliam@cfa.harvard.edu
617-495-7463
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

22-Sep-2014
Breaking News
Why do leaves change color in the fall? (video)
It's the first day of autumn, and the telltale signs are here: crisp weather, pumpkin spice lattes and, most importantly, the leaves are changing colors. Ever wonder why some leaves turn red, others yellow and some just turn brown? We'll tell you all about the chemistry behind this seasonal spectacle in the latest Reactions episode. Learn all about it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0nWmTeQPfo.

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

19-Sep-2014
Breaking News
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
New hadrosaur noses into spotlight
Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs -- a newly discovered hadrosaur with a truly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists from North Carolina State University and Brigham Young University, lived in what is now Utah approximately 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.

Contact: Mick Kulikowski
mick_kulikowski@ncsu.edu
919-515-8387
North Carolina State University

18-Sep-2014
Feature Story
Blue oak trees unlock the secrets of California's current
Wind off the coast of California drives cool, nutrient-rich waters from the depths of the Pacific Ocean up to replace warm surface water in a process called coastal upwelling. Now, a new study shows that this upwelling off California's coast has become more variable over the past 60 years than almost any other time during the last 600 years.

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

18-Sep-2014
Feature Story
NASA Space Radiation School is totally radical
For many students, the idea of summer school is anything but inspiring. Students of the 2014 NASA Space Radiation Summer School might disagree. The students, experts in their respective fields of study, were recently immersed in three weeks of intense education, collaboration and perhaps most importantly, inspiration.

Contact: Laurie Abadie
laurie.j.abadie@nasa.gov
281-483-1985
NASA/Johnson Space Center

18-Sep-2014
Breaking News
Public Health Nutrition
Kids eat better if their parents went to college
Children of college-educated parents eat more vegetables and drink less sugar, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. But it's still not enough, the study goes on to say, as all kids are falling short when it comes to eating healthier at school. The research suggests a parent's educational attainment, an indicator of socioeconomic status, may inform a child's diet.

Contact: Corey Allen
corey.allen@ubc.ca
604-822-2644
University of British Columbia

15-Sep-2014
Breaking News
iPhone chemistry: Elements of a smartphone
We've got all the details about Apple's latest iPhone and the lines are probably forming somewhere for the Sept. 19 launch. But what do you really know about the guts of the iPhone 6, or any smartphone for that matter? Reactions teamed up once again with the Compound Interest blog to find the chemical elements lurking inside a smartphone.

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

12-Sep-2014
Feature Story
The universe's lost lithium
Recent studies of star clusters beyond our galaxy have provided new insight into the mystery of the universe's lost lithium -- a chemical created just minutes after the birth of the universe in the Big Bang.

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

10-Sep-2014
Breaking News
14th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research
Video game teaches kids how to code
Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have successfully funded on Kickstarter a new and improved version of CodeSpells, a first-person player game they developed that teaches players how to code.

Contact: Ioana Patringenaru
ipatrin@ucsd.edu
858-822-0899
University of California - San Diego

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