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Public Release: 17-Feb-2016
FAU scientist receives NSF grant to develop robotic boats with a 'mind of their own'
The notion of robotic boats that can move, think and make decisions on their own to help human supervisors may be closer than you think. A researcher at FAU has received a $469,822 grant from the NSF to advance technology on risk-informed decision making that will enable unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to team up with humans to work on a wide variety of civilian marine missions.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Gisele Galoustian
Florida Atlantic University

Public Release: 17-Feb-2016
Journal of Experimental Biology
Bizarre snail that swims like a flying insect
Sea butterflies are microscopic snails that swim in Arctic waters using wing-like structures that protrude from the shell opening, but now scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, have discovered that they probably have more in common with insects than other molluscs. Instead of using a paddling technique to swim, the minute snails beat their wings in a figure-of-eight wing beat pattern, just like flying insects.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kathryn Knight
The Company of Biologists

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
TAxI shuttles protein cargo into spinal cord
The peptide TAxi is an effective vehichle for shuttling functional proteins, such as active enzymes, into the spinal cord after a muscle injection. The peptide and its cargo travel up the fibers on motor neurons to bypass the spinal cord/blood barrier. TAxI holds promise for carrying biologic therapeutics into this hard to reach location for treating disorders like motor neuron disease and other degenerative nerve conditions
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Leila Gray
University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Nature Geoscience
Breaking the strongest link triggered Big Baja Earthquake
An earthquake involving a system of small faults can be more damaging than a single event.
National Council of Science and Technology, National Science Foundation, Southern California Earthquake Center

Contact: Mike Oskin
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Physical Review Letters
Gravitational wave detection validates Einstein & early work of UMD physicists
An international team of scientists that includes UMD physicists has opened an unprecedented new window on the universe with the first observation of ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves. The finding confirms Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves, and it is built, in part, on more than 50 years of work by UMD physicists.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lee Tune
University of Maryland

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Journal of Materials Chemistry A
UTA researchers devise more efficient materials for solar fuel cells
University of Texas at Arlington chemists have developed new high-performing materials for cells that harness sunlight to split carbon dioxide and water into usable fuels like methanol and hydrogen gas. These 'green fuels' can be used to power cars, home appliances or even to store energy in batteries.
Hungarian Academy of Science 'Momentum' Excellence Program, National Science Foundation

Contact: Louisa Kellie
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Scientific Reports
Nocturnal migrating songbirds drift with crosswinds and compensate near coastal areas
Using novel, recently developed techniques for analysis of Doppler polarimetric weather surveillance radar data, a University of Oklahoma team examined impediments (crosswinds and oceans) of nocturnally migrating songbirds in Eastern North America. Migrants in flight drifted sideways on crosswinds, but most strongly compensated for drift near the Atlantic coast. Coastal migrants' tendency to compensate for wind drift increased through the night, while no strong differences were observed at inlands sites. This behavior suggests birds adapt in flight and compensate for wind drift near coastal areas.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jana Smith
University of Oklahoma

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Impact of climate change on parasite infections depends on host immunity
New research demonstrates how climate change and an individual's immune reaction can affect the dynamics of parasite infections. The study's results could lead to new strategies for the treatment and prevention of infections from soil-transmitted parasites in humans, livestock, and wildlife. A video is available at
National Science Foundation

Contact: Barbara K. Kennedy
Penn State

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Combating the sinister side of crowdsourcing
Computer science researchers at Utah State University have secured a major grant for an ongoing study on crowdsource manipulation. This growing and lucrative corner of the Internet impacts everything from e-commerce sites to social media and threatens to undermine even basic online trustworthiness.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kyumin Lee
Utah State University

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
Disease, warming oceans rock lobster and sea star populations
Two new Cornell University studies show how diverse marine organisms are susceptible to diseases made worse by warming oceans. The first study warns that warm sea temperatures in 2015 may increase the levels of epizootic shell disease in American lobster in the northern Gulf of Maine in 2016. The second provides the first evidence linking warmer ocean temperatures with a West Coast epidemic of sea star wasting disease that has infected more than 20 species and devastated populations since 2013.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Melissa Osgood
Cornell University

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Scientific Reports
Advance could aid development of nanoscale biosensors
A technique called plasmonic interferometry has the potential to enable compact, ultra-sensitive biosensors for a variety of applications. A fundamental advance made by Brown University engineers could help make such devices more practical.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Stacey
Brown University

Public Release: 16-Feb-2016
Journal of Molecular Biology
Journal to publish paper by video-gamers based on Stanford online RNA game
A scientific paper written by video-gamers has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, perhaps the first time since the days of Benjamin Franklin that work led by non-credentialed 'citizen scientists' will appear in such a format.
W.M. Keck Medical Research Foundation, Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Bruce Goldman
Stanford University Medical Center

Public Release: 15-Feb-2016
Journal of The Royal Society Interface
Penn engineers use network science to predict how ligaments fail
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science are using network science to gain new insights into 'subfailure' ligament injuries, which can lead to pain and dysfunction despite the lack of obvious physical evidence.
National Institutes of Health, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Evan Lerner
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 15-Feb-2016
The science of jet noise
Daniel Bodony, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is looking into the science surrounding the aeroacoustics of jet engines and researching how to make them quieter.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Faith Singer
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 15-Feb-2016
An international group synthesizes georgeite for first time
An international group of researchers has synthesized an extremely rare mineral and used it as a catalyst precursor to improve two reactions that are of great importance to the chemical industry. The results have been published today in an article in Nature.
UK Technology Strategy Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK Catalysis Hub, DOE/Argonne National Laboratory, NSF/Major Research Instrumentation Program

Contact: Lori Friedman
Lehigh University

Public Release: 15-Feb-2016
Nano Letters
Light used to measure the 'big stretch' in spider silk proteins
While working to improve a tool that measures the pushes and pulls sensed by proteins in living cells, biophysicists at Johns Hopkins say they've discovered one reason spiders' silk is so elastic: Pieces of the silk's protein threads act like supersprings, stretching to five times their initial length. The investigators say the tool will shed light on many biological events, including the shifting forces between cells during cancer metastasis.
National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Centers, NIh/National Institute of General Medical Sciences , NIh/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, American Heart Association

Contact: Catherine Gara
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Public Release: 14-Feb-2016
2016 AAAS Annual Meeting
What values are important to scientists?
While many people are marking today scrutinizing the virtues of their Valentines, Michigan State University revealed a first-of-its-kind study on the virtues and values of scientists. The study, presented at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., surveyed nearly 500 astronomers, biologists, chemists, physicists and earth scientists to identify the core traits of exemplary scientists.
John Templeton Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Layne Cameron
Michigan State University

Public Release: 12-Feb-2016
Science Advances
A new form of frozen water?
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln-led research team has predicted a new molecular form of ice with a record-low density. If the ice can be synthesized, it would become the 18th known crystalline form of water and the first discovered in the US since before World War II.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Xiao Cheng Zeng, UNL chemistry professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Public Release: 12-Feb-2016
Cell Stem Cell
Stem cell gene therapy could be key to treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Scientists at UCLA have developed a new approach that could eventually be used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The stem cell gene therapy could be applicable for 60 percent of people with Duchenne, which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys in the US and is the most common fatal childhood genetic disease.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Rose Hills Foundation Research Award, California Institute for Regene

Contact: Mirabai Vogt-James
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences

Public Release: 12-Feb-2016
Marine Ecology Progress Series
Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals
As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it's important to understand belugas' baseline behavior, argue the authors of a new paper.
NSF/Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program on Ocean Change

Contact: Michelle Ma
University of Washington

Public Release: 12-Feb-2016
Current Biology
Ants were socializing -- and sparring -- nearly 100 million years ago, Rutgers study finds
Like people, ants have often fought over food and territory. But ants began fighting long before humans: at least 99 million years ago, according to Phillip Barden, a fossil insect expert who works in the Insect and Evolution Lab of Jessica L. Ware, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark.
National Science Foundation, American Museum of Natural History, Richard Gilder Graduate School, University of Kansas

Contact: Todd B. Bates
Rutgers University

Public Release: 12-Feb-2016
UW scientists create ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technologies
University of Washington scientists have successfully combined two different ultrathin semiconductors -- each just one layer of atoms thick and roughly 100,000 times thinner than a human hair -- to make a new two-dimensional heterostructure with potential uses in clean energy and optically-active electronics.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, University of Washington Clean Energy Institute

Contact: James Urton
University of Washington

Public Release: 12-Feb-2016
PLOS Biology
On Darwin's birthday, IU study sheds new light on plant evolution
A study reported today in the journal PLOS Biology employs genome-wide sequencing to the reveal highly specific details about the evolutionary mechanisms that drove genetic divergence in 13 species of wild tomatoes that share a recent common ancestor. The in-depth genetic analysis was led by Leonie C. Moyle, professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin D. Fryling
Indiana University

Public Release: 12-Feb-2016
Scientific Reports
New CU study confirms giant flightless bird wandered the Arctic 50 million years ago
New research by the University of Colorado Boulder and the Chinese Academy of Sciences confirms there really was a giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse's wandering about in the winter twilight of the high Arctic some 53 million years ago.
National Science Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Natural Science Foundation

Contact: Jaelyn Eberle
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 11-Feb-2016
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16)
UMD-led team first to solve well-known game theory scenario
A team of computer scientists from the University of Maryland, Stanford University and Microsoft Research is the first to solve a game theory scenario that has vexed researchers for nearly a century. The game, known as 'Colonel Blotto,' has been used to analyze the potential outcomes of elections and other similar two-party conflicts since its invention in 1921. Until now, however, the game has been of limited use because it lacked a definitive solution.
National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Google

Contact: Matthew Wright
University of Maryland

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