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Sleeping beauty wakes up from a deep-space slumber
Five-hundred million miles away, as it hurtles through space in the darkest reaches of our solar system, an alarm clock goes off. It wakes a small spacecraft from its two-and-a-half-year slumber. This little spacecraft is called Rosetta.

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

Nothing sees color like the mantis shrimp
Most mammals have two types of photoreceptors -- cells that convert light into electrical signals -- in their eyes. Humans and many other primates have three. Some birds and reptiles have four. Certain butterflies can even have six. But a crustacean, known as the mantis shrimp, which lives among colorful coral reefs, has 12 different types of photoreceptors in their eyes -- and researchers haven't understood why until now.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Hundreds of Mars rover models to buzz around UH campus Jan. 25
Nearly 200 Mars rover models created by elementary and middle school students will arrive at the University of Houston Saturday, Jan. 25, at the 12th annual Mars Rover Model Celebration and Competition. The event hosts hundreds of contestants dressed up in their finest Martian and rocket scientist gear and is free for the public to attend. The contest offers hands-on projects that provide very true-to-life results, encouraging children to take learning beyond the textbook.

Contact: Lisa Merkl
University of Houston

No speed limit for soil in New Zealand's mountains
Scientists working in the mountains of New Zealand report very fast rates of soil weathering, a new study in the Jan. 17 issue of the journal Science reports, contradicting previous studies that suggest mountainous soil weathering has a speed limit -- a rate at which it cannot go any faster.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Strengthening female participation in STEM activities
High school subjects that connect the curriculum to the real world are those that best engage female students, a Carnegie Mellon University study shows. With coursework in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) often lacking relevance to students' lives, it is unsurprising that females represent a meager 24 percent of the STEM workforce, according to a factsheet from the Executive Office of the President.

Contact: Frank Kunkle
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

NJIT hosts regional science olympiad on Jan. 16
Hundreds of students representing 20 middle schools and 16 high schools from throughout Northern New Jersey will assemble at NJIT on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to compete in the New Jersey Science Olympiad Regional Tournament. Teams will participate in events designed to make science, technology and math more enticing, relevant and exciting.

Contact: Tanya Klein
New Jersey Institute of Technology

21st century science education thrives aboard the Space Station
Twenty-three new Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) research studies departed for the ISS with the Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus launch on Jan. 9. Many SSEP accomplishments were presented at their annual 2013 conference.

Contact: Laura Niles
NASA/Johnson Space Center

The importance of large carnivores
In the classic film, "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy and her frightened companions begin chanting, "Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my!" And, to be sure, carnivores like those have scared people (and other animals) for centuries. But, in a review article in Science this week, William Ripple and colleagues highlight some of the benefits that these top carnivores bestow on ecosystems around the world -- and they say that the time to conserve these meat-eating species is now.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Working up the nerve to mate
A new study in fish reports that a female's more likely to mate with a male she's seen than one she's not because certain nerve cells fire when she sees him again. The finding is reported in the Jan. 3 issue of the journal Science.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Cosmic conditions suitable for the noble class
Everything on Earth, in fact, everything in the entire universe that you can touch or see, or feel, or smell can be broken down into just 98 naturally-occurring materials that are called "elements." A new study of the well-known object, the Crab nebula, has uncovered something very surprising -- a rare combination of elements called argon hydride.

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

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