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Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
OU developing advanced radar for rapid updates and improved severe weather warnings
A team of engineers and meteorologists from the Advanced Radar Research Center located in the Radar Innovations Laboratory on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus will develop faster, more advanced imaging radar with a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The C-band, mobile, polarimetric, imaging radar will provide simultaneous snapshots of a storm with unprecedented resolution and flexibility. The faster, more advanced imaging radar will lead to a better understanding of storms and provide improved severe weather warnings.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jana Smith
jana.smith@ou.edu
405-325-1322
University of Oklahoma

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Intensity of desert storms may affect ocean phytoplankton
Scientists at MIT, Columbia University, and Florida State University have determined that once iron is deposited in the ocean, it has a very short residence time, spending only six months in surface waters before sinking into the deep ocean. This high turnover of iron signals that large seasonal changes in desert dust may have dramatic effects on surface phytoplankton that depend on iron.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Science
A new technique to make drugs more soluble
Researchers from Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a new system that can produce stable, amorphous nanoparticles in large quantities that dissolve quickly. The system is so effective that it can produce amorphous nanoparticles from a wide range of materials, including for the first time, inorganic materials with a high propensity towards crystallization, such as table salt.
National Science Foundation, BASF SE

Contact: Leah Burrows
lburrows@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-1351
Harvard University

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Nature Communications
CWRU researchers efficiently charge a lithium-ion battery with solar cell
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency -- the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-534-7183
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Psychological Science
Political polarization on Twitter depends on the issue
Twitter offers a public platform for people to post and share all sorts of content, from the serious to the ridiculous. While people tend to share political information with those who have similar ideological preferences, new research from NYU's Social Media and Political Participation Lab demonstrates that Twitter is more than just an 'echo chamber.'
National Science Foundation, New York University Global Institute for Advanced Study, Dean Thomas Carew's Research Investment Fund at New York University

Contact: Anna Mikulak
amikulak@psychologicalscience.org
202-293-9300
Association for Psychological Science

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Physical Review Letters
Evidence suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model
A team of physicists working at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has found new hints of particles -- leptons, to be more precise -- being treated in strange ways not predicted by the Standard Model. The discovery, scheduled for publication in the Sept. 4, 2015 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, could prove to be a significant lead in the search for non-standard phenomena.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Geology
Historic 2013 Colorado Front Range storm accomplished up to 1,000 years of erosion
The historic September 2013 storm that triggered widespread flooding across Colorado's Front Range eroded the equivalent of hundreds, or even as much as 1,000 years worth of accumulated sediment from the foothills west of Boulder, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Suzanne Anderson
suzanne.anderson@colorado.edu
303-492-7071
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015
Science
Modified bacteria become a multicellular circuit
Rice University scientists create a biological circuit by programming bacteria to alter gene expression in an entire population.
National Institutes of Health, Robert A. Welch Foundation, Hamill Foundation, National Science Foundation, China Scholarship Council

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

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015
NSF awards $12 million to establish urban water sustainability research network
A consortium of 14 US academic institutions received a $12 million award from the National Science Foundation to address challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and around the world. University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers David Letson and Kenny Broad are among the network's principal investigators.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Udel
dudel@rsmas.miami.edu
305-421-4704
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015
Science Translational Medicine
Stiffer breast tissue in obese women promotes tumors
Women who are obese have a higher risk and a worse prognosis for breast cancer, but the reasons why remain unclear. A Cornell study published this month in Science Translational Medicine explains how obesity changes the consistency of breast tissue in ways that are similar to tumors, thereby promoting disease.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Weill Cornell Medical College/Botwinick-Wolfensohn Foundation

Contact: Melissa Osgood
mmo59@cornell.edu
607-255-2059
Cornell University

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015
Nature
Scientists discover mechanism behind 'strange' earthquakes
Scientists have discovered the mechanism that generates earthquakes that occur away from tectonic plate boundaries.
National Science Foundation, Southern California Earthquake Center

Contact: Robert Perkins
perkinsr@usc.edu
213-740-9226
University of Southern California

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Lab experiments question popular measure of ancient ocean temperatures
The membranes of sediment-entombed archaea are an increasingly popular way to determine ocean surface temperatures back to the age of the dinosaurs. But new results show that changing oxygen can affect the reading by as much as 21 degrees C.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Hannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Home sweet microbe: Dust in your house can predict geographic region, gender of occupants
The humble dust collecting in the average American household harbors a teeming menagerie of bacteria and fungi, and as researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University have discovered, it may be able to predict not only the geographic region of a given home, but the gender ratio of the occupants and the presence of a pet as well.
National Science Foundation, A.P. Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Program, Personal Genomes Project

Contact: Noah Fierer
noah.fierer@colorado.edu
303-492-5615
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 26-Aug-2015
Advanced Materials
These microscopic fish are 3-D-printed to do more than swim
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego used an innovative 3-D printing technology they developed to manufacture multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots -- called microfish -- that swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled. These proof-of-concept synthetic microfish will inspire a new generation of 'smart' microrobots that have diverse capabilities such as detoxification, sensing and directed drug delivery, researchers said.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency-Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Liezel Labios
llabios@ucsd.edu
858-246-1124
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 25-Aug-2015
Plant Journal
Sequencing of barley genome achieves new milestone
Barley, a widely grown cereal grain commonly used to make beer and other alcoholic beverages, possesses a large and highly repetitive genome that is difficult to fully sequence. Now a team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside has reached a new milestone in its work, begun in 2000, on sequencing the barley genome. The researchers have sequenced large portions of the genome that together contain nearly two-thirds of all barley genes.
US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 25-Aug-2015
Rare nautilus sighted for the first time in 3 decades
In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn't seen in over three decades. The University of Washington professor had seen what he considers one of the world's rarest animals, a remote encounter that may become even more infrequent if illegal fishing practices continue.
National Geographic Society, Tiffany & Co. Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: James Urton
jurton@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 25-Aug-2015
Nova Southeastern University researcher and collaborators receive $1.1 million grant
Researchers are finding the hybrid corals are more resilient than their parents, and they are studying why and if this can help aid in coral reef restoration and preservation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joe Donzelli
jdonzelli@nova.edu
954-262-2159
Nova Southeastern University

Public Release: 25-Aug-2015
Nature Communications
Biophysicists take small step in quest for 'robot scientist'
Biophysicists have taken another small step forward in the quest for an automated method to infer models describing a system's dynamics -- a so-called robot scientist.
James S. McDonnell Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program, National Science Foundation

Contact: Carol Clark
carol.clark@emory.edu
404-727-0501
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 25-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Foes can become friends on the coral reef
On the coral reef, knowing who's your friend and who's your enemy can sometimes be a little complicated. Take seaweed, for instance. Normally it's the enemy of coral, secreting toxic chemicals, blocking the sunlight, and damaging coral with its rough surfaces. But when hordes of hungry crown-of-thorns sea stars invade the reef, everything changes, reports a study published Aug. 25 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015
NIMBioS receives NSF grant to assess student learning in mathematics
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis has been awarded a two-year, $299,990 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new tool to assess whether using real-world biology examples in college-level mathematics courses enhances student understanding of quantitative concepts.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Catherine Crawley
ccrawley@nimbios.org
865-974-9350
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015
UI and WSU to help communities prepare for, recover from wildfires
More than 6,000 fires have burned more than a million acres in the Northwest so far in 2015, with experts predicting continuing severe wildfires in coming years. To help Northwest communities prepare for the future, University of Idaho and Washington State University researchers are studying ways to increase communities' ability to withstand and recover from wildfires with the support of a new $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tara Roberts
troberts@uidaho.edu
208-885-7097
Washington State University

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015
New NSF award will expand scope and impact of ASU water research
In the grips of long-term drought, the Colorado River Basin and the cities that rely on its water face unprecedented challenges with a warming climate and large-scale land use change. They are developing new water resource policies for a future of increasing uncertainty. Now, water managers of cities of the CRB will be able to take greater advantage of ASU's Decision Center for a Desert City thanks to a $4.5 million National Science Foundation award.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Skip Derra
skip.derra@asu.edu
480-965-4823
Arizona State University

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015
Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering
Researchers tackle issues surrounding security tools for software developers
For software programmers, security tools are analytic software that can scan or run their code to expose vulnerabilities long before the software goes to market. But these tools can have shortcomings, and programmers don't always use them. New research from National Science Foundation-funded computer science researcher Emerson Murphy-Hill and his colleagues tackles three different aspects of the issue.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
matt_shipman@ncsu.edu
919-515-6386
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015
NSF grant enables University of Akron polymer scientist to engineer noses, jaws and ears
Imagine an infantry solder with a gunshot wound that shattered his jaw, or a person born with a birth defect such as a missing nose. The absent bone is replaced by new bone, which grows on a polymer scaffold custom-designed via 3-D printing according to a patient's own MRI and CT scanned images. Applied under the skin by a reconstructive surgeon, the polymer scaffold breaks down into normal body metabolites when the new bone sets.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lisa Craig
lmc91@uakron.edu
330-972-7429
University of Akron

Public Release: 24-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
UMD-led study identifies the off switch for biofilm formation
When disease-causing bacteria establish a biofilm on hospital equipment, it can be impossible to sterilize the devices, raising infection rates and necessitating expensive replacements. Now, a University of Maryland-led team has found an enzyme that shuts down the signals bacteria use to form a biofilm. The findings, reported in the Aug. 24, 2015 Early Online Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could one day help make biofilm-related complications a distant memory.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Science Foundation

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

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