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Public Release: 27-May-2015
Environmental Microbiology
Pinpointing natural cancer drug's true origins brings sustainable production a step closer
For decades, scientists have known that ET-743, a compound extracted from a marine invertebrate called a mangrove tunicate, can kill cancer cells. The drug has been approved for use in patients in Europe and is in clinical trials in the US.
International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups, Fogarty International Center, National Science Foundation, DOE/Joint Genome Institute

Contact: Ian Demsky
idemsky@umich.edu
734-647-9837
University of Michigan

Public Release: 27-May-2015
Nature
New human ancestor species from Ethiopia lived alongside Lucy's species
A new relative joins 'Lucy' on the human family tree. An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, has discovered a 3.3 to 3.5 million-year-old new human ancestor species. Upper and lower jaw fossils recovered from the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar region of Ethiopia have been assigned to the new species Australopithecus deyiremeda. This hominin lived alongside the famous 'Lucy's' species, Australopithecus afarensis.
National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Geographic Society, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Contact: Glenda Bogar
gbogar@cmnh.org
216-231-2071
Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Public Release: 27-May-2015
Nature
Invisible helpers of the sea: Marine bacteria boost growth of tiny ocean algae
A common diatom grows faster in the presence of bacteria that release a growth hormone known to benefit plants on land.
National Science Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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

Public Release: 26-May-2015
Motivation and Emotion
Friendships start better with a smile
If you want to strike up a new relationship, simply smile. It works because people are much more attuned to positive emotions when forming new bonds than they are to negative ones. Don't try to fake it, however, because people can recognize a sincere smile a mile away. This is according to a study that sheds light on how relationships are formed and maintained. The findings are published in Springer's journal Motivation and Emotion.
National Science Foundation, Graduate Opportunity Fellowship at UCBerkeley, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Joan Robinson
joan.robinson@springer.com
49-622-148-78130
Springer

Public Release: 26-May-2015
WIREs Water
Blueprint for a thirsty world from Down Under
The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions around the world, according to findings by UC Irvine and Australian researchers.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Janet Wilson
janethw@uci.edu
949-824-3969
University of California - Irvine

Public Release: 26-May-2015
Nature Climate Change
Climate change debate fueled by 'echo chambers,' new study finds
A new study demonstrates the highly contentious debate on climate change is fueled in part by how information flows throughout policy networks. Researchers found that 'echo chambers' -- social network structures where individuals with the same viewpoint share information with each other -- may help explain why, despite a well-documented scientific consensus on the causes of global changes in climate, half of US senators voted earlier this year against an amendment affirming that climate change is human-induced.
National Science Foundation, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Contact: Melissa Andreychek
mandreychek@sesync.org
410-919-4990
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Public Release: 25-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Like Sleeping Beauty, some research lies dormant for decades, IU study finds
A new study from the Indiana University Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing's Center for Complex Networks and Systems explores 'sleeping beauties,' research papers that remain dormant for years and then suddenly explode with great impact upon the scientific community.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Fryling
kfryling@iu.edu
812-856-2988
Indiana University

Public Release: 25-May-2015
Nature Nanotechnology
One step closer to a single-molecule device
Columbia Engineering professor Latha Venkataraman has designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, she has developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs. Venkataraman's group is the first to develop a single-molecule diode that may have real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Packard Foundation

Contact: Holly Evarts
holly.evarts@columbia.edu
347-453-7408
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Public Release: 25-May-2015
Nature Genetics
Team pinpoints genes that make plant stem cells, revealing origin of beefsteak tomatoes
A team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has identified a set of genes that control stem cell production in tomato. Mutations in these genes explain the origin of mammoth beefsteak tomatoes. More important, the research suggests how breeders can optimize fruit size in potentially any fruit-bearing crop.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Life Sciences Research Foundation, Energy Biosciences Institute, DuPont Pioneer, National Science Foundation, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Contact: Peter Tarr
tarr@cshl.edu
516-367-8455
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 22-May-2015
Applications in Plant Sciences
How to get high-quality RNA from chemically complex plants
RNA extraction is a notoriously tricky and sensitive lab procedure, but new protocols out of the University of Florida are quicker, more effective, and more reliable than previous methods. The protocols are featured in bench-ready form with detailed notes and a troubleshooting guide in Applications in Plant Sciences. The protocols, which combine TRIzol, the TURBO DNA-free kit, and sarkosyl, were tested extensively on a diverse selection of woody, aromatic, and aquatic plants.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Beth Parada
apps@botany.org
Botanical Society of America

Public Release: 22-May-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits
Jessica Oster and her colleagues have shown that the analysis of a stalagmite from a cave in north east India can detect the link between El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian monsoon.
National Science Foundation, Cave Research Foundation, Geological Society of America, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: David Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 22-May-2015
Ames Laboratory intern awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Former Ames Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship student William Robin Lindemann has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Lindemann is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in materials science and engineering.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi
breehan@ameslab.gov
515-294-9750
DOE/Ames Laboratory

Public Release: 22-May-2015
Nonfriction literature
Friction and wear costs the US at least $500 billion every year. The National Science Foundation is supporting joint Lehigh-DuPont research into tribology through the GOALI Program, Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jordan Reese
jor310@lehigh.edu
610-758-6656
Lehigh University

Public Release: 22-May-2015
SIGGRAPH 2015 Los Angeles
New computational technique advances color 3D printing process
Columbia Engineering professor Changxi Zheng has developed a technique that enables hydrographic printing, a widely used industrial method for transferring color inks on a thin film to the surface of 3D objects, to color these surfaces with the most precise alignment ever attained. His new computational method, which simulates the printing process and predicts color film distortion during hydrographic immersion, generates a colored film that guarantees exact alignment of the surface textures to the object.
National Science Foundation, Intel

Contact: Holly Evarts
holly.evarts@columbia.edu
347-453-7408
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Public Release: 22-May-2015
Nature Communications
This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects
It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement -- called a metamaterial hyperlens -- doesn't climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects.
US Army Research Office, National Science Foundation

Contact: Cory Nealon
cmnealon@buffalo.edu
716-645-4614
University at Buffalo

Public Release: 21-May-2015
International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Robot masters new skills through trial and error
UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, US Army Research Laboratory, National Science Foundation

Contact: Sarah Yang
scyang@berkeley.edu
510-643-7741
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Penn researchers show that mental 'map' and 'compass' are two separate systems
In a new study in mice, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that mental 'map' and 'compass' systems work independently. A cue that unambiguously provided both types of information allowed the mice to determine their location but not the direction they were facing.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Evan Lerner
elerner@upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Animal Behaviour
Lowly 'new girl' chimps form stronger female bonds
Low-ranking 'new girl' chimpanzees seek out other gal pals with similar status, finds a new study. The results are based on 38 years' worth of daily records for 53 adult females in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, where Jane Goodall first started studying chimpanzees in the 1960s. The researchers are still working out whether the low-ranking pairs are true buddies, friends of convenience, or merely acquaintances.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Jane Goodall Institute

Contact: Robin Ann Smith
ras10@duke.edu
919-681-8057
Duke University

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Advanced Materials
Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heated
Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if they just dissolved away, or broke down to their molecular components so that the material could be recycled? University of Illinois researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward greatly reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also developed a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation

Contact: Liz Ahlberg
eahlberg@illinois.edu
217-244-1073
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Symbiosis turns messy in 13-year cicadas
Bacteria that live in the guts of cicadas have split into many separate but interdependent species in a strange evolutionary phenomenon that leaves them reliant on a bloated genome, a new paper by CIFAR Associate Fellow John McCutcheon's lab (University of Montana) has found.
National Institutes of Health, M. J. Murdoch Charitable Trust, National Science Foundation

Contact: Lindsay Jolivet
lindsay.jolivet@cifar.ca
416-971-4876
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Public Release: 21-May-2015
Science
Partly human yeast show a common ancestor's lasting legacy
Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker's yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on nearly unchanged in them both, say biologists at The University of Texas at Austin. The team created thriving strains of genetically engineered yeast using human genes and found that certain groups of genes are surprisingly stable over evolutionary time.
Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, National Institutes of Health, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation

Contact: Marc Airhart
mairhart@austin.utexas.edu
512-232-1066
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 20-May-2015
National designation for USF to turn research into commercial products, launch start-ups
The University of South Florida has been named an I-Corps Site by the National Science Foundation, becoming the second site in Florida and one of only three dozen institutions around the country to earn the prestigious designation. USF will receive nearly $300,000 to build, train, and mentor teams of USF faculty and students to become successful entrepreneurs and commercialize their ideas over the next three years.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Judy Lowry
jhlowry@usf.edu
813-974-3181
University of South Florida (USF Innovation)

Public Release: 20-May-2015
American Journal of Botany
Study reveals how eastern US forests came to be
Spring visitors to Great Smoky Mountains or the Blue Ridge Parkway will see ridges and valleys covered in flowering mountain laurels, rhododendrons, tulip poplars, dogwoods, black locusts and silverbell trees. A new study of nearly all the trees and shrubs in the southern Appalachians suggests that roughly half of the species can trace their relatives to thousands of miles away in Asia. Most of the rest likely arose within North America, the researchers say.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robin Ann Smith
ras10@duke.edu
919-681-8057
Duke University

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Researchers help video gamers play in the cloud without guzzling gigabytes
Gamers might one day be able to enjoy the same graphics-intensive fast-action video games they play on their gaming consoles or personal computers from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets without guzzling gigabytes, thanks to a new tool developed by researchers at Duke University and Microsoft Research. Named 'Kahawai' after the Hawaiian word for stream, the tool delivers graphics and gameplay on par with conventional cloud-gaming, while using one sixth of the bandwidth.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robin Ann Smith
ras10@duke.edu
919-681-8057
Duke University

Public Release: 20-May-2015
Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night
From June 1 through July 15, NCAR researchers and their colleagues from across North America will fan out each evening across the Great Plains to study the mysterious phenomenon of nighttime thunderstorms.
National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, US Department of Energy

Contact: David Hosansky
hosansky@ucar.edu
303-497-8611
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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