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Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
19th ACM conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
The Twittersphere does listen to the voice of reason -- sometimes
In the maelstrom of information, opinion and conjecture that is Twitter, the voice of truth and reason does occasionally prevail. According to new University of Washington research, tweets from 'official accounts' can slow the spread of rumors on Twitter and correct misinformation that's taken on a life of its own.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
Nature Communications
How crispy is your bonbon?
A theory and simple fabrication technique derived by MIT engineers may help chocolate artisans create uniformly smooth shells and precisely tailor their thickness.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
s_mcd@mit.edu
617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems
Hardware, software tools created to debug intermittently powered energy-harvesting devices
Researchers at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a system for finding computer bugs in small devices that scavenge their energy from their environment and are subject to intermittent power failures.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jennifer Liu
jennifer.c.liu@disney.com
Disney Research

Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
Bioengineer's gut biome sensors earn NSF backing
Rice synthetic biologist Jeffrey Tabor wins a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to engineer bacteria to detect early stage inflammation in the digestive tract.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 4-Apr-2016
Nature Chemistry
World's smallest diode, developed by U. of Georgia and Ben-Gurion U.
Dr. Dubi and his student, Elinor Zerah-Harush, constructed a theoretical model of the DNA molecule inside the electric circuit to better understand the results of the experiment. 'The model allowed us to identify the source of the diode-like feature, which originates from breaking spatial symmetry inside the DNA molecule after coralyne is inserted.'
National Science Foundation

Contact: Andrew Lavin
andrewlavin@alavin.com
516-353-2505
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Public Release: 2-Apr-2016
ENDO 2016
Engineered ovary implant restores fertility in mice
Northwestern University scientists created a prosthetic ovary using a 3-D printer -- an implant that allowed mice that had their ovaries surgically removed to bear live young. The results will be presented Saturday, April 2, at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, ENDO 2016, in Boston.
National Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jenni Gingery
jgingery@endocrine.org
202-971-3655
The Endocrine Society

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Polymer researcher receives NSF grant for multifunctional tough hydrogels
Dr. Jie Zheng, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at The University of Akron, has recently been awarded his fourth grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). With this continuing grant of $121,979, Zheng will have received a total of $343,616 to design a new class of tough double-network hydrogels, which can be used for a wide range of biomedical and industrial applications including wastewater treatment, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and the food industry.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology
NYU Tandon researcher synthesizes hybrid molecule that delivers a blow to malignant cells
A new molecule developed at NYU Tandon School of Engineering shows promise for treating breast cancer. The protein/polymer-gold nanoparticle composite, besides being easy to synthesize, can load up with drugs, carry them to malignant cells, and unload them where they can do the most damage with the least amount of harm to the patient. It was developed by Jin Kim Montclare, an associate professor in Tandon's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
National Science Foundation, Shiffrin Meyer Breast Cancer Discovery Fund, NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Contact: Karl Greenberg
karl.greenberg@nyu.edu
646-519-1996
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Genes & Development
Seeing cell to cell differences for first time explains symptoms of rare genetic disorders
Every cell in the body has two genomes, one from the mother and one from the father. Until now, researchers have lacked the tools to examine -- in a single cell -the exact readout from each genome to make RNA. Using a new technology that allows researchers to do just that, an interdisciplinary team examined a rare disease in which these two genomes are expressed differently throughout the body, even sometimes in the same organ.
National Institutes of Health, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, St. Baldrick's Foundation, Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, National Science Foundation

Contact: Karen Kreeger
karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5658
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
The Society of Behavioral Medicine's 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
Monetary incentives for healthy behavior can pay off, says CU-Boulder study
Monetary rewards for healthy behavior can pay off both in the pocketbook and in positive psychological factors like internal motivation, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study.
NSF, University of Colorado

Contact: Casey Gardiner
casey.gardiner@colorado.edu
303-492-9549
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
ENDO 2016
Engineered ovary implant restores fertility in mice
Northwestern University scientists created a prosthetic ovary using a 3-D printer -- an implant that allowed mice that had their ovaries surgically removed to bear live young. The results will be presented Saturday, April 2, at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, ENDO 2016, in Boston.
National Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Contact: Jenni Glenn Gingery
jgingery@endocrine.org
202-971-3655
The Endocrine Society

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Science Advances
Ancient Southwest marked by repeated periods of boom and bust
The heavily studied yet largely unexplained disappearance of ancestral Pueblo people from southwest Colorado is not all that unique, say Washington State University scientists. Writing in the journal Science Advances, they say the region saw three other cultural transitions over the preceding five centuries. The researchers also document recurring narratives in which the Pueblo people agreed on canons of ritual, behavior and belief that quickly dissolved as climate change hurt crops and precipitated social turmoil and violence.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kyle Bocinsky
bocinsky@wsu.edu
770-362-6659
Washington State University

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Science Advances
Rise of the ridiculously resilient ridge: California drought patterns becoming more common
Atmospheric patterns resembling those that appeared during the latter half of California's ongoing multi-year drought are becoming more common.
National Science Foundation, Switzer Foundation, ARCS Foundation, US Department of Energy, G.J. Lieberman Fellowship from Stanford University

Contact: Ker Than
kerthan@stanford.edu
650-723-9820
Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
American Journal of Botany
New tumbleweed species rapidly expanding range
Two invasive species of tumbleweed have hybridized to create a new species of tumbleweed that University of California, Riverside researchers found has dramatically expanded its geographic range in California in just a decade.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sean Nealon
sean.nealon@ucr.edu
951-827-1287
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
Nature Communications
Kansas State University engineer builds paperlike battery electrode with glass-ceramic
A Kansas State University mechanical engineer has developed a paperlike battery electrode that may improve tools for space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Gurpreet Singh
gurpreet@k-state.edu
785-532-7085
Kansas State University

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
Annals of the Entomological Society of America
New genus of treehopper named after Selena Quintanilla, the queen of Tejano music
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new treehopper genus that is found in Texas and northern Mexico, which they have named Selenacentrus after the singer Selena Quintanilla, who was known as the 'Queen of Tejano Music'.
National Science Foundation, C. H. Dietrich

Contact: Richard Levine
rlevine@entsoc.org
301-731-4535
Entomological Society of America

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
Mile-high Mars mounds built by wind and climate change
New research has found that wind carved massive mounds of more than a mile high on Mars over billions of years. Their location helps pin down when water on the Red Planet dried up during a global climate change event. The research was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, on March 31.
NASA, National Science Foundation, The University of Texas at Dallas

Contact: Monica Kortsha
mkortsha@jsg.utexas.edu
512-471-2241
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
Nature Communications
Researchers reproduce mechanism of slow earthquakes
Up until now catching lightning in a bottle has been easier than reproducing a range of earthquakes in the laboratory, according to a team of seismologists who can now duplicate the range of fault slip modes found during earthquakes, quiet periods and slow earthquakes.
National Science Foundation

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
Molecular Cell
New tools allow rapid ID of CRISPR-Cas system PAMs
CRISPR-Cas systems are widely heralded as a new generation of genetic tools. But development of these tools requires researchers to identify the protospacer-adjacent motifs that unlock each system's functionality. A new set of techniques expedites PAM identification -- and early testing finds that many CRISPR-Cas systems actually have multiple PAMs of varying strength.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
Tracking 'marine heatwaves' since 1950 -- and how the 'blob' stacks up
A tally of Northern Hemisphere marine heatwaves since 1950 shows that prolonged warm periods have recurred regularly in the past, but are being pushed into new territory by climate change.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
APS Physical Review Letters
Second quantum revolution a reality with chip-based atomic physics
A University of Oklahoma-led team of physicists believes chip-based atomic physics holds promise to make the second quantum revolution -- the engineering of quantum matter with arbitrary precision -- a reality. With recent technological advances in fabrication and trapping, hybrid quantum systems are emerging as ideal platforms for a diverse range of studies in quantum control, quantum simulation and computing.
Army Research Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Computers and Education
Seventh-graders learn astrophysics through mixed-reality computer simulation
Researchers at the University of Illinois hope to inspire greater numbers of young people to become astronomers -- or at least to embrace learning science -- with a new computer simulation that engages children's bodies as well as their minds in learning about how objects move in space.
National Science Foundation Advancing Informal Science Learning

Contact: Sharita Forrest
slforres@illinois.edu
217-244-1072
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Journal of Experimental Biology
Starvation as babies makes bees stronger as adults
Arizona State University researchers have discovered that short-term starvation as larvae (baby bees) actually makes honey bees more resilient to nutritional deprivation as adults. This is the first time that an anticipatory mechanism, called 'predictive adaptive response,' has been found in social organisms.
Research Council of Norway, PEW Charitable Trust, National Science Foundation

Contact: Sandra Leander
sandra.leander@asu.edu
480-965-9865
Arizona State University

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Nature
Sea-level rise from Antarctic ice sheet could double
An ice sheet model that includes previously underappreciated processes indicates that sea level may rise almost 50 feet by 2500 due to Antarctic ice sheet melting if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to researchers from Penn State and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
National Science Foundation

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Journal of Experimental Biology
Mystery of broadbills' wing song revealed
Broadbills make an unusual klaxon-like call during territorial flights, but it was not clear how the birds produced the sound until a team of scientists from Yale University and the University of Cyprus filmed the birds in the wild in Africa. They discovered that the remarkable sound is caused by the sixth and seventh primary feathers on the wing vibrating when the wing tip reaches speeds of 16m/s during each down wingbeat.
National Science Foundation, Marie Curie International Reintegration

Contact: Kathryn Knight
kathryn.knight@biologists.com
44-012-236-32871
The Company of Biologists

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