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Public Release: 17-Aug-2015
Neuroimage: Clinical
Carnegie Mellon BrainHub scientists visualize critical part of basal ganglia pathways
Certain diseases, like Parkinson's and Huntingdon's disease, are associated with damage to the pathways between the brain's basal ganglia regions. For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University BrainHub scientists have used a non-invasive brain-imaging tool to detect the pathways that connect the parts of the basal ganglia.
NSF/BIG DATA Grant,e Army Research Laboratory, and CNUP

Contact: Shilo Rea
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 17-Aug-2015
Nature Geoscience
1,800 years of global ocean cooling halted by global warming
Prior to the advent of human-caused global warming in the 19th century, the surface layer of Earth's oceans had undergone 1,800 years of a steady cooling trend, according to a new study in the Aug. 17, 2015 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. The results also indicate that the coolest temperatures occurred during the Little Ice Age -- a period that spanned the 16th through 18th centuries and was known for cooler average temperatures over land.
National Science Foundation, NOAA, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Matthew Wright
University of Maryland

Public Release: 17-Aug-2015
Nature Geoscience
Frequent volcanic eruptions likely cause of long-term ocean cooling
An international team of researchers found an 1800 year-long cooling trend in the surface layer of the Earth's oceans, and that volcanic eruptions were the likely cause of the cooling from 801 to 1800 AD. The coolest temperatures were during the Little Ice Age -- that was before man-made global warming erased the cooling trend in the 1800s.
National Science Foundation, NOAA, Swiss National Science Foundation via the PAGES Project

Contact: Dr Helen McGregor
Past Global Changes IPO

Public Release: 17-Aug-2015
Nature Methods
Stanford engineers develop a wireless, implantable device to stimulate nerves in mice
A blue glowing device the size of a peppercorn can activate neurons of the brain, spinal cord or limbs in mice and is powered wirelessly using the mouse's own body to transfer energy. Developed by a Stanford Bio-X team, the device is the first to deliver optogenetic nerve stimulation in a fully implantable format.
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Science Foundation, Stanford Bio-X NeuroVentures, Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program, Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

Contact: Amy Adams
Stanford University

Public Release: 14-Aug-2015
Functional Ecology
Look at me! Forest-dwelling anoles 'glow' to attract attention
See and be seen. In the elaborate game of seeking and attracting a mate, male anole lizards have a special trick -- they grab attention by perching on a tree limb, bobbing their heads up and down, and extending a colorful throat fan, called a dewlap. The dramatic 'glowing' effect, according to a new study published in Functional Ecology, increases the efficacy of the male lizard's visual signal, making them stand out better to females.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Melody Kroll
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 14-Aug-2015
Brown University to lead $4-million solar cell research grant
Solar cells made from perovskites have great potential for high efficiency and low cost, but more research is necessary to scale them up to mass production. A new federal grant will support that effort and other perovskite improvements at Brown University, Rhode Island College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Stacey
Brown University

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Reading comprehension focus of NSF grant
Understanding how different levels of readers comprehend science texts is the focus of a nearly $1 million grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State psychology and education researchers by the National Science Foundation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Victoria M. Indivero
Penn State

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Software can automatically critique composition of digital photographs
Everyone may be a critic, but now Penn State researchers are paving a way for machines to get in on the act. However, the researchers add that their photo-analysis algorithm is designed to offer constructive feedback, not to replace photographers. Wang and colleagues recently received a patent for the system.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Swayne
Penn State

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
University of Missouri neurobiologists awarded NSF 'Early Concept' grant
Troy Zars, Mirela Milescu, and Lorin Milescu, faculty members of the Division of Biological Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at the University of Missouri, have been awarded an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research from the National Science Foundation to expand the use of a temperature-activated protein switches in neurons. The new technology could lead to a better understanding of brain disorders in humans.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Melody Kroll
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Rice, Penn State open center for 2-D coatings
The National Science Foundation has funded a new center at Rice University and Pennsylvania State University to collaborate with industry on the development of novel, multifunctional two-dimensional coatings.
National Science Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Rice, UTHealth win $1.02M grant from NSF to study how brain processes language
The National Science Foundation has funded a Rice University and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School effort to understand how the brain processes language and help people who lose the ability to communicate.
National Science Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Astronomers discover 'young Jupiter' exoplanet
An international team of scientists that includes Travis Barman and Katie Morzinski from the University of Arizona has discovered a new exoplanet using the latest planet-hunting tool, the Gemini Planet Imager. This new planet, a gas giant, has much in common with our familiar Jupiter but is billions of years younger, offering a rare glimpse at what giant planets look like just after they formed.
National Science Foundation, National Research Council, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Australian Research Council, Ministério da Ciência Tecnologia e Inovação, Ministeri

Contact: Bjorn Carey
University of Arizona

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Cell Reports
Corrected protein structure reveals drug targets for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases
Protein Kinase C is a family of enzymes that controls the activity of other proteins in a cell by attaching chemical tags. That simple act helps determine cell survival or death. When it goes awry, a number of diseases may result. In a study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reveal a more accurate structure of PKC, providing new targets for fine-tuning the enzyme's activity as needed to improve human health.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Heather Buschman
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Current Environmental Health Reports
Toxic blue-green algae pose increasing threat to nation's drinking, recreational water
Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are a poorly monitored and underappreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States, and may increasingly pose a global health threat.
US Geological Survey, National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Otten
Oregon State University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Newly discovered brain network recognizes what's new, what's familiar
New research from Washington University in St. Louis has identified a novel learning and memory brain network that processes incoming information based on whether it's something we've experienced previously or is deemed to be altogether new and unknown, helping us recognize, for instance, whether the face before us is that of a familiar friend or a complete stranger.
NSF/Graduate Research Fellowship, Dart NeuroScience LLC, and Washington University in St Louis/McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience

Contact: Gerry Everding
Washington University in St. Louis

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
GSA pleased to be a founding member of Plant Science Research Network
The Genetics Society of America is pleased to be a founding member of the Plant Science Research Network, which was launched this week. This effort, supported by a Research Coordination Network award from the National Science Foundation, will seek to unite the plant science community and to harness its collective vision and broad expertise to support agricultural sustainability and the growth of the bioeconomy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Adam Fagen
Genetics Society of America

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Greenland ice sheet's winds driving tundra soil erosion, Dartmouth study finds
Strong winds blowing off the Greenland Ice Sheet are eroding soil and vegetation in the surrounding tundra, making it less productive for caribou and other grazing animals, carbon storage and nutrient cycling, a Dartmouth College study finds.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Cramer
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Scientific Reports
Rice University bioengineers advance computing technique for health care and more
Rice University scientists have developed a big data technique that could have an impact on health care and more.
National Science Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Into-Grad Fellowship

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
CMU BrainHub engineers receive NSF grant to study neuron variability and motor learning
When we move, we rarely move in the exact same way twice. The National Science Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon engineers Steven Chase and Byron Yu, and their long-time collaborator, University of Pittsburgh engineer Aaron Batista, an $869,000 grant to conduct basic research that will establish how variability in movement is encoded in the brain and how this variability contributes to learning and performance.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jocelyn Duffy
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
How lipids are flipped
A team of researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bern has succeeded in determining the structure of a lipid flippase at high resolution, which has provided insight into how this membrane protein transports lipids by flipping.
Sinergia Project Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Kaspar Locher
ETH Zurich

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Better estimates of worldwide mercury pollution
An international team led by MIT researchers has conducted a new analysis that provides more accurate estimates of sources of mercury emissions around the world.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Abby Abazorius
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Decoding the genome of an alien
OIST researchers and collaborators have sequenced and analyzed an octopus genome, making it the first cephalopod to be decoded.
Molecular Genetics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Kaoru Natori
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Octopus genome reveals cephalopod secrets
Researchers from UC Berkeley, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and University of Chicago sequenced and annotated the first cephalopod genome, the California two-spot octopus. They found widespread rearrangements of genes and a dramatic expansion of a family of genes involved in neuronal development that was once thought to be unique to vertebrates. Study of this and other cephalopod genomes will help reveal the genetic basis for these creatures' unusual behavior and physiology.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution
Computer scientists have found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Marc Airhart
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Octopus genome sequenced
The first whole genome analysis of an octopus reveals unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. The findings are published in Nature on Aug. 12, 2015.
National Science Foundation, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, the Molecular Genetics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Contact: Kevin Jiang
University of Chicago Medical Center

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