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Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Persuasive power: Members of Congress can sway the public
Members of the US Congress really do have the power to persuade their constituents in several different ways, according to a first-of-its kind national study.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Michael Neblo
Neblo.1@osu.edu
Ohio State University

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Nature
Consistency is the key to success in bread baking and biology
Whether you're baking bread or building an organism, the key to success is consistently adding ingredients in the correct order and in the right amounts, according to a new genetic study by University of Michigan researchers.
March of Dimes, Alfred P. Sloan Research Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, University of Michigan

Contact: Jim Erickson
ericksn@umich.edu
734-647-1842
University of Michigan

Public Release: 14-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New research finds oceanic microbes behave in a synchrony across ocean basins
Researchers from the University of Hawai'i - Manoa and colleagues found that microbial communities in different regions of the Pacific Ocean displayed strikingly similar daily rhythms in their metabolism despite inhabiting extremely different habitats -- the nutrient-rich waters off California and the nutrient-poor waters north of Hawai'i. Furthermore, in each location, the dominant photoautotrophs appear to initiate a cascade effect wherein the other major groups of microbes perform their metabolic activities in a coordinated and predictable way.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation, NASA, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
mworkman@hawaii.edu
808-956-3151
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public Release: 13-Mar-2015
Science
Penn and ExxonMobil address long-standing mysteries behind anti-wear motor oil additive
Motor oil contains chemical additives that extend how long engines can run without failure, but, despite decades of ubiquity, how such additives actually work to prevent this damage have remained a mystery. Now, engineers from the University of Pennsylvania and ExxonMobil have teamed up to answer this question.
National Science Foundation, Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship for Career Development, ExxonMobil/Corporate Strategic Research Laboratory

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

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Building a genomic GPS
A new 'app' for finding and mapping chromosomal loci using multicolored versions of CRISPR/Cas9, one of the hottest tools in biomedical research today, has been developed by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jim Fessenden
james.fessenden@umassmed.edu
508-856-2000
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
Limnology & Oceanography
Naturally acidic waters of Puget Sound surround UW's Friday Harbor Labs
Two years of measurements in Puget Sound show that these waters naturally tend to be more acidic, with 13 to 22 percent of the unusual acidity due to human-driven climate change.
Education Foundation, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
NIH awards UC biologist $1.9 million for genetic research
An additional award of over $500,000 from the National Science Foundation will explore why animals lose traits over time, and how that might apply to loss of skin pigmentation in humans.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Dawn Fuller
dawn.fuller@uc.edu
513-556-1823
University of Cincinnati

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
Computer scientist and social choice expert Lirong Xia receives NSF CAREER Award
Xia will use the five-year $524,989 grant to investigate computational mechanisms that improve individual contributions to collective decision making processes -- such as news rankings -- including crowd-sourcing in the presence of online 'noise answers.'
National Science Foundation, Division of Information & Intelligent Systems

Contact: Mary Martialay
martim12@rpi.edu
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
Biology Letters
Social status has impact on overall health of mammals
High social status has its privileges -- when it comes to aging -- even in wild animals. In a first-of-its-kind study involving a wild species, Michigan State University researchers have shown that social and ecological factors affect animal health. The results, published in the current issue of Biology Letters, focused on spotted hyenas in Kenya.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Layne Cameron
layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
Nature Communications
A 'warhead' molecule to hunt down deadly bacteria
Boston College chemist Jianmin Gao and researchers in his lab report they achieved selective modification of two common lipids, producing a new bio-chemical method to label deadly bacteria and potentially target them with antibiotics with reduced harm to healthy cells, according to a new report in Nature Communications.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Studies, National Science Foundation

Contact: Ed Hayward
ed.hayward@bc.edu
617-552-4826
Boston College

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015
Science
Major chemistry advances reported in Science by REVOLUTION Medicines founder
REVOLUTION Medicines Inc. today announced the publication of new research by the company's scientific founder Martin D. Burke, M.D., Ph.D., professor of chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Early Career Scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The paper in the journal Science demonstrates the automation and robust application of a unified 'building blocks' approach for synthesizing multiple classes of complex natural chemicals that could be valuable backbones for new medicines.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Contact: Katie Engleman
katie@purecommunicationsinc.com
910-509-3977
Pure Communications Inc.

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Nature Communications
Discovery demystifies origin of life phenomenon
Biomolecules, if large enough (several nanometers) and with an electrical charge, will seek their own type with which to form large assemblies. This 'self-recognition' of left-handed and right-handed molecule pairs is featured in the March 10, 2015, issue of Nature Communications.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Denise Henry
henryd@uakron.edu
330-972-6477
University of Akron

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
PLOS Pathogens
Understanding plants' immune systems could lead to better tomatoes, roses, rice
Spring is just around the corner and for millions of Americans, that means planting a garden with plenty of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes. Now, a University of Missouri research team has uncovered new regulations of defense pathways for plants. This discovery could lead to helping those home-grown tomatoes fight off certain bacteria better and has implications for pear trees, roses, soybeans and rice.
National Science Foundation, University of Missouri

Contact: Christian Basi
BasiC@missouri.edu
573-882-4430
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers develop 'visual Turing test'
Computers are able to recognize objects in in photographs and other images, but how well can they 'understand' the relationships or implied activities between objects? Researchers have devised a 'visual Turing test' to evaluate how well computers perform at that task.
Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research ProjectsAgency, National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Stacey
kevin_stacey@brown.edu
401-863-3766
Brown University

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Epidemics
Urging HPV vaccine for boys could protect more people at same price
Whether vaccinating US boys against HPV in addition to girls is worth the cost has been hotly debated. But with HPV-related cancers in men on the rise, and coverage in girls stagnating below the levels needed to ensure that most people are protected, research suggests that devoting a portion of HPV funding to boys -- rather than merely attempting to improve female coverage -- may protect more people for the same price.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Duke University

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

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
Nature Plants
Study yields insights into how plant cells grow
A study by Purdue University plant scientists and University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers advances our understanding of how plants control their shape and development at the cellular level.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Natalie van Hoose
nvanhoos@purdue.edu
765-496-2050
Purdue University

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems
Build your own Siri: An open-source digital assistant
An open-source computing system you command with your voice like Apple's Siri is designed to spark a new generation of 'intelligent personal assistants' for wearables and other devices. It could also lead to much-needed advancements in the data center infrastructure to support them.
Google, ARM, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation

Contact: Nicole Casal Moore
ncmoore@umich.edu
734-647-7087
University of Michigan

Public Release: 11-Mar-2015
PLOS ONE
Iron-oxidizing bacteria found along Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Bacteria that live on iron were found for the first time at three well-known vent sites along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. These bacteria likely play an important role in deep-ocean iron cycling, and are dominant members of communities near and adjacent to sulfur-rich hydrothermal vents prevalent along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This group of iron-oxidizing bacteria, Zetaproteobacteria, appears to be restricted to environments where iron is plentiful, suggesting they are highly evolved to utilize iron for energy.
National Science Foundation, NASA

Contact: Darlene Trew Crist
dtcrist@bigelow.org
207-315-2567 x103
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Service Science
New model of cybercrime factors in perishability of stolen data: INFORMS journal study
A new model examining cybercrimes adds an important way of examining the perishable value of stolen data so policy makers can plan against future hacks like the recent Anthem data breach, according to a study in the Articles in Advance section of Service Science, a journal published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. INFORMS is the leading professional association for professionals in advanced analytics.
Advanced Cyber Security Center, National Science Foundation

Contact: Barry List
barry.list@informs.org
443-757-3560
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Astrophysical Journal
Mysterious phenomena in a gigantic galaxy-cluster collision
Using new capabilities of the Very Large Array, astronomers have made a fascinating image revealing details of the interactions between a pair of galaxy clusters.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Dave Finley
dfinley@nrao.edu
575-835-7302
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Chaos
Predicting the extent of flash flooding
Devastating floodwaters such as those experienced during Iowa's Flood of 2008 are notoriously difficult to predict. So a team of University of Iowa mathematicians and hydrologists collaborating with the Iowa Flood Center set out to gain a better understanding of flood genesis and the factors impacting it. They were able to do this by zeroing in on the impacts of certain rainfall patterns at the smallest unit of a river basin: the hillslope scale.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
240-535-4954
American Institute of Physics

Public Release: 10-Mar-2015
Journal of Neuroscience
Bioelectricity plays key role in brain development and repair
Embryonic cells communicate, even across long distances, using bioelectrical signals, and they use this information to know where to form a brain and how big that brain should be. These signals are more than an on/off switch; rather they function like software that enables a computer to carry out complex activities. Manipulating these signals can repair genetic defects and induce development of healthy brain tissue where it would not ordinarily grow.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation

Contact: Kim Thurler
kim.thurler@tufts.edu
617-627-3175
Tufts University

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
Nature Communications
Penn researchers show how rivers creep and flow to shape landscapes over time
Most models predict that rivers only transport sediment during conditions of high flow and, moreover, that only particles on the surface of the river bed move due to the force of the flowing water above. But using a custom laboratory apparatus, a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that, even when a river is calm, sediment on and beneath the river bed slowly creeps forward.
US Army Research Office, National Science Foundation

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
kbaillie@upenn.edu
215-898-9194
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
Current Biology
UCI study of fruit fly 'brain in a jar' reveals mechanics of jet lag
Long the stuff of science fiction, the disembodied 'brain in a jar' is providing science fact for UC Irvine researchers, who by studying the whole brains of fruit flies are discovering the inner mechanisms of jet lag.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Vasich
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-824-6455
University of California - Irvine

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
Patented process builds better semiconductors, improves electronic devices
Jim Edgar, Kansas State University distinguished professor of chemical engineering, has received a patent for his process that can build better semiconductors and improve electronic devices.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jim Edgar
edgarjh@k-state.edu
785-532-5584
Kansas State University

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