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Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Modeling tool IDs genes that control stress response in plants
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from North Carolina State University and University of California, Davis has developed a modeling algorithm that is able to identify genes associated with specific biological functions in plants. The modeling tool will help plant biologists target individual genes that control how plants respond to drought, high temperatures or other environmental stressors.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
PLOS Biology
The brain perceives motion the same way through both vision and touch
The brain uses similar computations to calculate the direction and speed of objects in motion whether they are perceived visually or through the sense of touch. The notion that the brain uses shared calculations to interpret information from fundamentally different physical inputs has important implications for both basic and applied neuroscience, and suggests a powerful organizing principle for sensory perception.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Wood
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Journal of Neuroscience
Scientists control rats' senses of familiarity, novelty
Brown University brain scientists didn't just study how recognition of familiarity and novelty arise in the mammalian brain, they actually took control, inducing rats to behave as if images they'd seen before were new, and images they had never seen were old.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Contact: David Orenstein
Brown University

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Competing mice reveal genetic defects
In recent years, University of Utah biologists showed that when wild-type mice compete in seminatural 'mouse barns' for food, territory and mates, they can suffer health problems not revealed by conventional toxicity tests. This test previously found mouse reproduction and survival was harmed by inbreeding, certain medicines and fructose. Now, the sensitive toxicity test detected impaired reproduction in mice caused by genetic mutations that had seemed harmless when studied by developmental techniques.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Lee J. Siegel
University of Utah

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Nature Communications
Researchers create first entropy-stabilized complex oxide alloys
Materials researchers have created the first entropy-stabilized alloy that incorporates oxides -- and demonstrated conclusively that the crystalline structure of the material can be determined by disorder at the atomic scale rather than chemical bonding.
US Army Research Office, National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
NSF supports Caltech-led global project to study cosmic flashes
An international project led by Caltech astrophysicist Mansi M. Kasliwal has been selected to receive $4.5 million over five years by the NSF through its Partnership for International Research and Education program. The project aims to improve our understanding of cosmic transients--extremely bright flashes of light that suddenly appear in the night sky, shining like new stars, a million to a billion times brighter than the sun, and then quickly fade away.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers discover key link in understanding billion-dollar pests in agriculture
Invisible to the naked eye, plant-parasitic nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture, causing billions in crop losses every year. Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Bonn have found the first genetic evidence linking one method these animals use to attack plants; they proved that nematodes use a specialized hormone to help them feed. This research could allow plant scientists to develop plants with enhanced resistance to these devastating agricultural pests.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Sossamon
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Molecular 'kiss of death' flags pathogens
Disease-causing microorganisms hide in protective bubbles on the cell surface called vacuoles, making it difficult for the immune system to recognize and destroy them without causing harm to the rest of the cell. A Duke team has found that the body marks pathogen-containing vacuoles for destruction with a molecule called ubiquitin, commonly known as the 'kiss of death.' The finding could lead to new therapeutics that boost the immune system's response to pathogens.
American Heart Association Predoctoral Award, National Science Foundation Predoctoral award, Medical Research Council Studentship, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Development Award, Medical Research Council Grant

Contact: Karl Bates
Duke University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
UMD, partners receive $4.5 million to study cosmic flashes
A Caltech-led project that includes UMD astronomers has been selected to receive $4.5 million over five years by the National Science Foundation. The project aims to improve our understanding of cosmic transients by formally establishing a network of telescopes at longitudes throughout North America, Asia and Europe to extend the hours of nighttime observing. At UMD, undergraduates in two new courses will analyze data collected by the telescopes to obtain scientifically useful results.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Abby Robinson
University of Maryland

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Ecology Letters
Study shows insect diversity decreases in gardens with non-native plants
Research shows that non-native plants reduce the diversity of insect populations in gardens, even where the non-native plants are closely related to the native plants.
National Science Foundation, National Research Initiative

Contact: Peter Bothum
University of Delaware

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
How sign language users learn intonation
A spoken language is more than just words and sounds. Speakers use changes in pitch and rhythm, known as prosody, to provide emphasis, show emotion, and otherwise add meaning to what they say. In a study appearing today in the September 2015 issue of Language, three linguists look at intonation (a key part of prosody) in ASL and find that native ASL signers learn intonation in much the same way that users of spoken languages do.
National Science Foundation, University of Chicago Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language

Contact: Brice Russ
Linguistic Society of America

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Annals of Biomedical Engineering
New tech automatically 'tunes' powered prosthetics while walking
When amputees receive powered prosthetic legs, the power of the prosthetic limbs needs to be tuned by a prosthetics expert so that a patient can move normally -- but the prosthetic often needs repeated re-tuning. Biomedical engineering researchers have developed software that allows powered prosthetics to tune themselves automatically, making the devices more functionally useful and lowering the costs associated with powered prosthetic use.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Animal Biotelemetry
Novel tag developed for squid, jellyfish
Invertebrates, such as squid and jellyfish, play a crucial role in the marine food web and are also vital commercial fisheries. Despite their importance, little is known about their natural behaviors or how their environment influences those behaviors or physiology.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Life Institute and the Innovative Technology Program, Hopkins Marine Station/Marine Life Observatory, NSF/Ocean Acidification Program

Contact: WHOI Media Relations Office
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
NYC risks future flooding during hurricanes
Whether or not a coastal city floods during a hurricane depends on the storm, tide and sea level, and now a team of climate scientists show that the risk of New York City flooding has increased dramatically during the industrial era as a result of human-caused climate change.
National Science Foundation, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Penn State

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Flood risk on rise for New York City and New Jersey coast, study finds
For the first time, climate researchers compared both sea-level rise rates and storm surge heights in prehistoric and modern eras and found that the combined increases of each have raised the likelihood of a devastating 500-year flood occurring as often as every 25 years.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation

Contact: Ken Branson
Rutgers University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
ASU study finds weather extremes harmful to grasslands
Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways -- creating 'winners and losers' among plant species that humans depend upon for food.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sandra Leander
Arizona State University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Nature Geoscience
Ocean circulation rethink solves climate conundrum
Researchers from the University of Exeter believe they have solved one of the biggest puzzles in climate science. The new study, published in Nature Geoscience, explains the synchrony observed during glacial periods when low temperatures in the Southern Ocean correspond with low levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Royal Society Wolfson Foundation, National Science Foundation, and others

Contact: Jo Bowler
University of Exeter

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
How do highly social wildlife species survive disease?
Researchers will determine how sociality and infectious disease interact and influence group and population level survival in social wildlife species.
NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Program

Contact: Lynn Davis
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Doctoral math students' career options multiply with training program
Beginning this fall, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas is offering new opportunities for doctoral students in mathematics and statistics to prepare them for a wide range of career paths. The project, Team Training Mathematical Scientists through Industrial Collaborations, is funded by a three-year, nearly $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Amanda Siegfried
University of Texas at Dallas

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Scientists to explore whether the loss of CO2 caused Earth to cool 3 million years ago
Scientists at the University of Rochester expect to learn more about the role of CO2 in climate change through a study of reverse global warming -- by researching the first ice sheets formed in the Northern Hemisphere.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Iglinski
University of Rochester

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Scientific Reports
Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus
A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where rapid, accurate detection of Ebola infections is needed to control outbreaks.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Stephens
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Science Advances
Extreme Pacific sea level events to double in future
Many tropical Pacific island nations are struggling to adapt to gradual sea level rise stemming from warming oceans and melting ice caps. Now they may also see much more frequent extreme sea level swings. The culprit is a projected behavioral change of the El Niņo phenomenon and its characteristic Pacific wind response, according to recent computer modeling experiments and tide-gauge analysis by scientists at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and CSIRO in Australia.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Scientists win $6.4 million to probe smell navigation
A team of scientists, including a UC Berkeley pioneer in odor mapping, has received a $6.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to dig deeper into how humans and animals navigate by using their sense of smell and converting odors into spatial information.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Yasmin Anwar
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Bumblebees' adaptation to climate change could lead to rise in declining bee population
Rising temperatures in alpine habitats worldwide have resulted in declines in flowering among indigenous plants and contributed to dramatic declines in populations of several bumblebee species prevalent in those regions. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri in a study published in Science, have found that two bumblebee species have responded to this decline in flowering due to warming temperatures by evolving shorter tongues. Results suggest that some bumblebee species may be able to adapt to environmental challenges.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Sossamon
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
American Political Science Review
'No Child Left Behind' leaves some voters behind
Assigning schools failing grades increases affluent voter turnout in local elections, a Duke researcher finds.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Karen Kemp
Duke University

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