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Public Release: 9-Feb-2014
Nature Methods
Optogenetic toolkit goes multicolor
MIT researchers have found new light-sensitive proteins that allow scientists to study how multiple sets of neurons interact with each other.
National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, National Science Foundation, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Human Frontiers Science Program, and others

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

Public Release: 7-Feb-2014
Physics Review Letters
New application of physics tools used in biology
A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist and his colleagues have found a new application for the tools and mathematics typically used in physics to help solve problems in biology.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Anne Stark
stark8@llnl.gov
925-422-9799
DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Public Release: 7-Feb-2014
Video by UC Riverside lab receives honorable mention in international competition
A video produced by a UC Riverside lab has received an honorable mention in the highly acclaimed International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge given by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science. The video, titled "Visualizing Leaf Cells from Within," received honorable mention in a three-way tie. The competition was conducted in 2013. The winning entries are included in five categories: photography, illustration, informational poster and graphics, games and apps, and video.
National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Substance in photosynthesis was at work in ancient, methane-producing microbes
An international team of researchers led by scientists at Virginia Tech and the University of California, Berkeley has discovered that a process that turns on photosynthesis in plants likely developed on Earth in ancient microbes 2.5 billion years ago, long before oxygen became available. The research offers new perspective on evolutionary biology, microbiology, and the production of natural gas, and may shed light on climate change, agriculture, and human health.
National Science Foundation, NASA, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Zeke Barlow
zekebarlow@vt.edu
540-231-5417
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Science
New insight into an emerging genome-editing tool
A collaboration led by Berkeley Lab's Jennifer Doudna and Eva Nogales has produced the first detailed look at the 3D structure of the Cas9 enzyme and how it partners with guide RNA to interact with target DNA. The results should enhance Cas9's value and versatility as a genome-editing tool.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Science Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Contact: Lynn Yarris
lcyarris@lbl.gov
510-486-5375
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Cell Reports
Global regulator of mRNA editing found
An international team of researchers, led by scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Indiana University, have identified a protein that broadly regulates how genetic information transcribed from DNA to messenger RNA is processed and ultimately translated into the myriad of proteins necessary for life.
Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Scott LaFee
slafee@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Nature Communications
Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization
By tying quantum bits into voting blocks, scientists can create significant protection against decoherence.
Army Research Office, Lockheed Martin Corporation, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Cell Reports
A key facilitator of mRNA editing uncovered by IU researchers
Molecular biologists from Indiana University are part of a team that has identified a protein that regulates the information present in a large number of messenger ribonucleic acid molecules that are important for carrying genetic information from DNA to protein synthesis.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Sloan Foundation, Showalter Foundation, Indiana University School of Medicine

Contact: Steve Chaplin
stjchap@iu.edu
812-856-1896
Indiana University

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Analytical Chemistry
Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease
Bioengineers at Rice University have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact in developing countries.
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Current Biology
Research on pigeon color reveals mutation hotspot
University of Texas at Arlington researchers worked in parallel with researchers at the University of Utah to examine three genes that control multiple color phenotypes, or appearances, in pigeons. The UT Arlington team found two independent deletions of regulatory sequences near the Sox10 gene produce "recessive red" pigmentation. These mutations happened at different points in evolution, and researchers believe it is no coincidence they hit the same spot.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Contact: Traci Peterson
tpeterso@uta.edu
817-521-5494
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced
Dramatic video that shows how our Sun's heat energy is driving Earth's climate and weather is among the first place winners of the annual 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the journal Science and the US National Science Foundation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Natasha D. Pinol
npinol@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Public Release: 6-Feb-2014
Current Biology
Birds of a different color
Scientists at the University of Utah identified mutations in three key genes that determine feather color in domestic rock pigeons. The same genes control pigmentation of human skin, and mutations in them can be responsible for melanoma and albinism.
National Science Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, National Institutes of Health, Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Tom C. Mathews Jr. Familial Melanoma Research Clinic Endowment

Contact: Lee J. Siegel
lee.siegel@utah.edu
801-244-5399
University of Utah

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Heavy metal in the early cosmos
Using the Stampede, Lonestar and Ranger supercomputers, University of Texas researchers simulated the formation of the Universe from the Big Bang through the first few hundred million years of its existence. The researchers found that more realistic models of supernova blasts help explain the range of metalicity found in different galaxies. The results of the simulations will assist in guiding the James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos
faith@tacc.utexas.edu
512-232-5771
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Paper offers insights into network that plays crucial role in cell function and disease
A new research paper from the labs of University of Notre Dame researchers Holly Goodson and Mark Alber helps resolve an ongoing debate about the assembly of a subcellular network that plays a critical role in cell function and disease.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Mark Alber
malber@nd.edu
574-631-8371
University of Notre Dame

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
Advanced Materials
Graphene 'sandwich' improves images of biomolecules
By sandwiching a biological molecule between sheets of graphene, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have obtained atomic-level images of the molecule in its natural watery environment.
Michigan Technological University, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeanne Galatzer-Levy
jgala@uic.edu
312-996-1583
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
Applied Physics Letters
Vanadium dioxide research opens door to new, multifunctional spintronic smart sensors
New research findings open the door to smarter sensors by integrating vanadium dioxide onto a silicon chip and using lasers to make the material magnetic. The advance paves the way for multifunctional spintronic smart sensors for use in military applications and next-generation spintronic devices.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
Nature
Quarks in the looking glass
A recent experiment carried out at DOE's Jefferson Lab has determined how much of the mirror-symmetry breaking in the electron-quark interaction originates from quarks' spin preference in the weak interaction five times more precisely than a previous measurement. The result has also set new limits, in a way complementary to high-energy colliders such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, for the energies that researchers would need to access physics beyond the Standard Model.
Department of Energy Office of Science, National Science Foundation Division of Physics, Jeffress Memorial Trust

Contact: Kandice Carter
kcarter@jlab.org
757-269-7263
DOE/Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Public Release: 5-Feb-2014
Nature
Ballistic transport in graphene suggests new type of electronic device
Using electrons more like photons could provide the foundation for a new type of electronic device that would capitalize on the ability of graphene to carry electrons with almost no resistance even at room temperature -- a property known as ballistic transport.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Advanced Materials
It's the water
An ingenious new technique will allow scientists to view and analyze intact proteins and other biomolecules using electron microscopy.
Michigan Technological University, National Science Foundation

Contact: Marcia Goodrich
mlgoodri@mtu.edu
906-487-2343
Michigan Technological University

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
PLOS ONE
Presence of humans and urban landscapes increase illness in songbirds, researchers find
Humans living in densely populated urban areas have a profound impact not only on their physical environment, but also on the health and fitness of native wildlife. For the first time, scientists have found a direct link between the degree of urbanization and the prevalence and severity of two distinct parasites in wild house finches. Loss of natural habitat may be a driving force behind increases in avian parasite infections.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Current Biology
Fruit flies -- fermented-fruit connoisseurs -- are relentless party crashers
That fruit fly appearing moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used a poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search and arrive in time for happy hour.
National Science Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Hertz Foundation, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Contact: Sandra Hines
shines@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Nature Communications
Off-the-shelf materials lead to self-healing polymers
Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products. A slight tweak in chemistry to elastic materials made of polyurea, one of the most widely used classes of polymers in consumer goods, yields materials that bond back together on a molecular level without the need for other chemicals or adhesives.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Researchers build 3-D structures to test breast cancer treatments
Clemson University researchers are developing a new, integrative means of studying the complex behavior of cancer cells in breast tissue that may one day change the way doctors treat the disease.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Karen Burg
kburg@clemson.edu
864-656-6462
Clemson University

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Research: It's more than just the science
In a newly published paper, a team of researchers from institutions across the country, including Michigan State University, outline not only why it's important to pursue science collaboratively, but how to create and maintain science teams to get better research results.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Oswald
Tom.oswald@cabs.msu.edu
517-432-0920
Michigan State University

Public Release: 4-Feb-2014
PLOS ONE
Sucker-footed fossils broaden the bat map
Today, Madagascar sucker-footed bats live nowhere outside their island home, but new research shows that hasn't always been the case. The discovery of the jawbones of two extinct relatives in northern Egypt suggests the unusual creatures, which evolved sticky footpads to roost on slick surfaces, are primitive members of a group of bats that evolved in Africa and ultimately went on to flourish in South America.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Erin Weeks
erin.weeks@duke.edu
919-681-8057
Duke University

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