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Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Nature
Study of Chilean quake shows potential for future earthquake
Near real-time analysis of the April 1 earthquake in Iquique, Chile, showed that the 8.2 event occurred in a gap on the fault unruptured since 1877 and that the April event was not what the scientists had expected, according to an international team of geologists.
National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey

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

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Science
Molecular engineers record an electron's quantum behavior
A team of researchers led by the University of Chicago has developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of an individual electron contained within a nanoscale defect in diamond. Their technique uses ultrafast pulses of laser light both to control the defect's entire quantum state and observe how that single electron state changes over time. The work appears in this week's online Science Express.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation

Contact: Steve Koppes
773-702-8366
University of Chicago

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting
Lionfish characteristics make them more 'terminator' than predator
New research on the predatory nature of red lionfish, the invasive species that is decimating native fish populations in parts of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, seems to indicate that lionfish are not just a predator, but more like the 'terminator' of movie fame. In behavior that is called 'alarming,' it appears that in some cases lionfish will continue to hunt until the last fish of a local population is dead.
National Science Foundation, Cape Eleuthera Institute of the Bahamas

Contact: Kurt Ingeman
ingemank@science.oregonstate.edu
541-908-0805
Oregon State University

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Cell
Inside the cell, an ocean of buffeting waves
Harvard-led researchers put forth a new model of the cytoplasm as a gel, not a liquid, and demonstrate that ATP-driven processes are indirectly responsible for transport within the cell. A measurement of the spectrum of forces exerted on the cytoplasm at any given time can provide a snapshot of the metabolic state of the cell.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Hannah's Hope Fund

Contact: Caroline Perry
cperry@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-1351
Harvard University

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Science
A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm
The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University.
National Science Foundation, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Contact: Caroline Perry
cperry@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-1351
Harvard University

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Cell
Scientists use lasers to control mouse brain switchboard
Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study may be a breakthrough in understanding how a critical part of the brain, called the thalamic reticular nucleus, influences consciousness.
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, NIH/National Institute of General Medicine, National Science Foundation, Mathematical Biosciences Institute

Contact: Christopher G. Thomas
thomaschr@ninds.nih.gov
301-496-5751
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Journal of Heredity
Fukushima's legacy
Scientists began gathering biological information only a few months after the disastrous 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima power plant in Japan. Results of these studies are now beginning to reveal serious biological effects of the Fukushima radiation on non-human organisms ranging from plants to butterflies to birds. A series of articles summarizing these studies has been published in the Journal of Heredity describing impacts ranging from population declines to genetic damage.
Takahashi Industrial and Economic Research Foundation, Samuel Freeman Charitable Trusts, United States National Science Foundation, Fulbright Program, National Geographic Society, CRDF, NATO, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Contact: Nancy Steinberg
nsteinberg@charter.net
541-961-3459
American Genetic Association

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Cell
Researchers identify a brain 'switchboard' important in attention and sleep
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a 'switchboard,' directing signals coming from the outside world or internal memories. Because human brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder typically show disturbances in that switchboard, the investigators say the work suggests new strategies in understanding and treating them.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, NARSAD Young Investigators Grant

Contact: Lorinda Klein
lorindaann.klein@nyumc.org
212-404-3533
NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine

Public Release: 14-Aug-2014
Science
Plants may use newly discovered language to communicate, Virginia Tech scientist discovers
A Virginia Tech scientist has discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one that allows them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with one another.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Nano Letters
Novel chip-based platform could simplify measurements of single molecules
Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a new approach for studying single molecules and nanoparticles by combining electrical and optical measurements on an integrated chip-based platform. In a paper published July 9 in Nano Letters, the researchers reported using the device to distinguish viruses from similarly sized nanoparticles with 100 percent fidelity.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Tim Stephens
stephens@ucsc.edu
831-459-2495
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
ACS Nano
New material could enhance fast and accurate DNA sequencing
Gene-based personalized medicine has many possibilities for diagnosis and targeted therapy, but one big bottleneck: the expensive and time-consuming DNA-sequencing process. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that nanopores in the material molybdenum disulfide could sequence DNA more accurately, quickly and inexpensively than anything yet available.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
IUPUI chemist to receive $600,000 early career development award from NSF
IUPUI's Haibo Ge, Ph.D. is the recipient of a an NSF award to fund research that may one day contribute to drug discoveries. Award also supports development of a new course bridging organic and medicinal chemistry.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-843-2276
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Scientific Reports
New test reveals purity of graphene
A new test using terahertz waves can check graphene for atmospheric and other contaminants that affect its electronic performance.
National Science Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan, Murata Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Native Northwest prairie plants being grown at 3 sites under future climate conditions
University of Oregon-led research in prairies of the Pacific Northwest could be a roadmap for the conservation of native plants facing stresses from projected climate changes and invasive species.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jim Barlow
jebarlow@uoregon.edu
541-346-3481
University of Oregon

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Energy landscapes for protein folding operate on evolutionary processes that take eons as well as folding that takes microseconds, according to new research at Rice University.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, D.R. Bullard-Welch Chair at Rice

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Cell Host & Microbe
New insights into the survival and transmission strategy of malaria parasites
Malaria parasites exploit the function of the epigenetic regulator HP1 to promote survival and transmission between human hosts, a new study shows. Using HP1 the parasite controls expression of surface antigens to escape immune responses in the infected victim. This prolongs survival of the parasite in the human blood stream and secures its transmission via mosquitoes. The study paves important avenues for new intervention strategies to prevent severe disease and malaria transmission.
Swiss National Science Foundation, Singaporean National Medical Research Council, OPO Foundation, Rudolf Geigy Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

Contact: Christian Heuss
christian.heuss@unibas.ch
41-612-848-683
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Public Release: 13-Aug-2014
Journal of Experimental Biology
Minke whales lunge 100 times/hour to feed under sea ice
Minke whales are one of the most common whales in Antartica, but also one of the most vulnerable. Little was known about how these small whales feed until Ari Friedlaender and colleagues attached tags to two animals that measured their movements showing that the whales do not need to be killed to study their feeding behaviour and that they perform over 100 lunges per hour under the sea ice.
National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, RAPID

Contact: Kathryn Knight
kathryn.knight@biologists.com
44-012-234-25525
The Company of Biologists

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
mBIO
Mouth bacteria can change its diet, supercomputers reveal
Mouth bacteria can change their metabolism in disease versus health. The Stampede and Lonestar supercomputers compared gene expression of 160,000 genes in healthy and diseased periodontal communities. Research paves way for biomarkers to predict illness from wide-ranging diseases such as periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn's disease. The Stampede supercomputer is funded by the National Science Foundation through award ACI-1134872.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos
faith@tacc.utexas.edu
512-663-7237
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
University of Oklahoma professor awarded NSF CAREER grant to create visualization tools
A University of Oklahoma professor is creating innovative new ways for people to interact with data in the digital humanities with a five-year, $496,124 National Science Foundation CAREER grant. The University of Oklahoma project will greatly expand the usefulness of data visualizations by providing a general way to create, edit, search and query data inside the visualizations themselves.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
ACS Catalysis
Copper foam turns carbon dioxide into useful chemicals
Scientists at Brown University's Center for Capture and Conversion of Carbon Dioxide have discovered that copper foam could provide a new way of converting excess carbon dioxide into useful industrial chemicals.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
Analyst
New analysis reveals tumor weaknesses
Epigenetic markers in cancer cells could improve patient treatment.
National Science Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NIH/National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, James H. Ferry Fund for Innovation

Contact: Andrew Carleen
acarleen@mit.edu
617-253-1682
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
Journal of Neuroscience
Dartmouth study demonstrates key brain region in contextual memories
Dartmouth researchers demonstrate in a new study that a previously understudied part of the brain, the retrosplenial cortex, is essential for forming the basis for contextual memories, which help you to recall events ranging from global disasters to where you parked your car.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Cramer
John.Cramer@Dartmouth.edu
603-646-9130
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 12-Aug-2014
Nature Communications
No excess baggage: Antarctic insect's genome, newly sequenced, is smallest to date
Scientists who sequenced the genome of the Antarctic midge suspect the genome's small size -- the smallest in insects described to date -- can probably be explained by the midge's adaptation to its extreme living environment.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: David Denlinger
denlinger.1@osu.edu
614-292-6425
Ohio State University

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
Technology
Focal blood-brain-barrier disruption with high-frequency pulsed electric fields
Novel method uses bursts of nanosecond duration electric pulses to open the blood-brain-barrier as a potential therapy for brain cancer and neurological disorders.
National Science Foundation, Golfers Against Cancer, Center for Biomolecular Imaging in the Wake Forest School of Medicine

Contact: Philly Lim
mllim@wspc.com
65-646-65775
World Scientific

Public Release: 11-Aug-2014
The Astrophysical Journal
Follow the radio waves to exomoons, UT Arlington physicists say
In a paper published by The Astrophysical Journal, researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington suggest following radio wave emissions to find exomoons.
National Science Foundation

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

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