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Public Release: 11-May-2016
Molecular Psychiatry
PTSD linked to low levels of fat hormone
Researchers in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio report a biological mechanism that might explain why individuals coping with post-traumatic stress disorder are less able to extinguish the fear of past dangers.
National Institutes of Health, NARSAD, National Science Foundation

Contact: Will Sansom
sansom@uthscsa.edu
210-567-2579
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
You are what you eat: IU biologists map genetic pathways of nutrition-based species traits
Biologists at Indiana University have significantly advanced understanding of the genetic pathways that control the appearance of different physical traits in the same species depending on nutritional conditions experienced during development.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Fryling
kfryling@iu.edu
812-856-2988
Indiana University

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Nature
Chemists find 'huge shortcut' for organic synthesis using C-H bonds
Chemists have demonstrated the ability to selectively functionalize the unreactive carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds of an alkane without using a directing group, while also maintaining virtually full control of site selectivity and the three-dimensional shape of the molecules produced.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Carol Clark
carol.clark@emory.edu
404-727-0501
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Biomacromolecules
Study probes heart of synthetic heart valves
Rice University bioengineers are giving tissue engineers new tools to help develop synthetic replacement heart valves that mimic natural ones. New research from Rice finds that the natural polymer hyaluronan can serve as a tunable bioscaffold for growing spongiosa, the middle tissue layer in heart valve leaflets.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Studying global warming events from millions of years ago for insight into climate change
A team of scientists led by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington is examining global warming events that happened millions of years ago in order to gain new insights into present-day climate change.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Louisa Kellie
louisa.kellie@uta.edu
817-524-8926
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Nature
Researchers unveil new, detailed images of DNA transcription
An unprecedented molecular view of the critical early events in gene expression, a process essential for all life, has been provided by researchers at Georgia State University, the University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern University.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact: LaTina Emerson
lemerson1@gsu.edu
404-413-1354
Georgia State University

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Human Evolution
New research suggests climate change may have contributed to extinction of Neanderthals
A researcher at the University of Colorado Denver has found that Neanderthals in Europe showed signs of nutritional stress during periods of extreme cold, suggesting climate change may have contributed to their demise around 40,000 years ago.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Emily Williams
emily.r.williams@ucdenver.edu
303-550-5789
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Science Translational Medicine
Brain imaging links Alzheimer's decline to tau protein
Using a new imaging agent that binds to the Alzheimer's-linked tau protein and makes it visible in positron emission tomography scans, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that measures of tau are better markers of the cognitive decline characteristic of Alzheimer's than measures of amyloid beta seen in PET scans.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Judy Martin Finch
martinju@wustl.edu
314-286-0105
Washington University School of Medicine

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Journal of Paleontology
Fossil dog represents a new species, Penn paleontology grad student finds
A doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new species of fossil dog. The specimen, found in Maryland, would have roamed the coast of eastern North America approximately 12 million years ago, at a time when massive sharks like megalodon swam in the oceans.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
kbaillie@upenn.edu
215-898-9194
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 11-May-2016
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
In a connected world, privacy becomes a group effort
As the world grows more social and connects more online, privacy management is becoming more collaborative, according to Penn State researchers.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Swayne
mls29@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 11-May-2016
NSF grant to enable research computing infrastructure dedicated to science and engineering
A $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will enable FAU to install networking infrastructure to amplify its ability to conduct data-intensive science and engineering research. Referred to as a DMZ, the network isolates research traffic from other university network operations to achieve high performance. With a tenfold increase in capacity, the DMZ will span the Boca Raton, Jupiter, and Harbor Branch campuses, as well as Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Gisele Galoustian
ggaloust@fau.edu
561-297-2676
Florida Atlantic University

Public Release: 11-May-2016
Nature
Chicken coops, sewage treatment plants are hot spots of antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria most often are associated with hospitals and other health-care settings, but a new study indicates that chicken coops and sewage treatment plants also are hot spots of antibiotic resistance.
Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation, Children's Discovery Institute, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense

Contact: Diane Duke Williams
williamsdia@wustl.edu
314-286-0111
Washington University School of Medicine

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Physical Review X
New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing
Researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have integrated trapped electrons with superconducting quantum circuits.
National Science Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Steve Koppes
skoppes@uchicago.edu
773-702-8366
University of Chicago

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Silk stabilizes blood samples for months at high temperatures
Researchers at Tufts University have stabilized blood samples for long periods of time without refrigeration and at high temperatures by encapsulating them in air-dried silk protein. The technique, published online in PNAS, has broad applications for clinical care and research that rely on accurate analysis of blood and other biofluids.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Contact: Kim Thurler
kim.thurler@tufts.edu
617-627-3175
Tufts University

Public Release: 10-May-2016
mBio
Tuberculosis in mongoose driven by social behaviors
Mongoose use urine and anal gland secretions to communicate with other members of their species. However, in the mongoose, secretions from sick animals were found to be infected with the TB pathogen.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lynn Davis
davisl@vt.edu
540-231-6157
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 10-May-2016
ACS Synthetic Biology
Photosynthetic bacteria give biologists a cool new tool
Rice University bioengineers have converted a protein pathway found in freshwater photosynthetic bacteria into the first engineered transcriptional regulatory tool that is activated exclusively by UV-violet light. The tool could make the manufacture of drugs and other substances by engineered bacteria more efficient.
National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Welch Foundation

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

Public Release: 10-May-2016
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing
Big thinking in small pieces: Computer guides humans in crowdsourced research
Getting a bunch of people to collectively research and write a coherent report without any one person seeing the big picture may seem akin to a group of toddlers producing Hamlet by randomly pecking at typewriters. But Carnegie Mellon University researchers have shown it actually works pretty well -- if a computer guides the process. Their system, called the Knowledge Accelerator, uses a machine-learning program to sort and organize information uncovered by individuals focused on just a small segment of the larger project.
National Science Foundation, Google, Bosch

Contact: Byron Spice
bspice@cs.cmu.edu
412-268-9068
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Environmental Science & Technology Letters
Radioactive isotopes reveal age of oil and gas wastewater spills
A Duke study shows that radium isotopes in soils can be used to determine the age of oil and gas wastewater spills. Three new isotopic age-dating methods developed by the team could be useful for identifying the source of a spill where it's not certain if contamination stems from recent unconventional oil and gas drilling or from older, conventional oil and gas operations in the same watershed.
National Science Foundation, Park Foundation

Contact: Tim Lucas
tdlucas@duke.edu
919-613-8084
Duke University

Public Release: 10-May-2016
eLife
Hijacked cell division helped fuel rise of fungi
The more than 90,000 known species of fungi may owe their abilities to spread and even cause disease to an ancient virus that hijacked their cell division machinery, researchers report. Over a billion years ago, a viral protein invaded the fungal genome, generating a family of proteins that now play key roles in fungal growth. The research could point to new antifungals that inhibit cell division in fungi but not in their plant or animal hosts.
National Institutes of Health, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Contact: Robin Smith
ras10@duke.edu
919-681-8057
Duke University

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Journal of Applied Physics
Researchers integrate diamond/boron nitride crystalline layers for high-power devices
Materials researchers have developed a new technique to deposit diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride, integrating the two materials into a single crystalline structure.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 10-May-2016
American Economic Review
Young women in STEM fields earn up to one-third less than men
One year after they graduate, women with Ph.D.s in science and engineering fields earn 31 percent less than do men, according to a new study using previously unavailable data.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute on Aging, Sloan Foundation, Kauffman Foundation

Contact: Bruce Weinberg
Weinberg.27@osu.edu
614-292-5642
Ohio State University

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association
Common antacid linked to accelerated vascular aging
Chronic use of some drugs for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) speeds up the aging of blood vessels. This accelerated aging in humans could lead to increased cardiovascular disease, vascular dementia and renal failure.
National Institutes of Health, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Gale Smith
gsmith@houstonmethodist.org
281-627-0439
Houston Methodist

Public Release: 10-May-2016
Circulation Research
Heartburn drug damages blood vessel cells in lab finding
A commonly used heartburn medication caused blood vessel cells to age faster in laboratory testing. These findings could help explain recent reports linking long-term use of heartburn medication to several serious illnesses, including heart disease, kidney disease and dementia. Clinical studies still are necessary to determine if the drugs damage blood vessel cells within the body.
National Institutes of Health, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Akeem Ranmal
akeem.ranmal@heart.org
214-706-1755
American Heart Association

Public Release: 10-May-2016
American Institute of Mathematics Workshop on Higher Rank L-Functions
Exploring the mathematical universe
A team of more than 80 mathematicians from 12 countries has begun charting the terrain of rich, new mathematical worlds, and sharing their discoveries on the Web. The mathematical universe is filled with both familiar and exotic items, many of which are being made available for the first time. The project provides a new tool for several branches of mathematics, physics, and computer science.
American Institute of Mathematics, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Commission, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, National Science Foundation

Contact: David Farmer
farmer@aimath.org
570-238-3290
American Institute of Mathematics

Public Release: 9-May-2016
Science
New Oligocene primates from China highlight key evolutionary period
In a study published May 6 in Science, Dr. Ni Xijun, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology and his team reported the discovery of a diverse primate fauna from the early Oligocene of southern China. Asian and Afro-Arabian primate faunas responded differently to EOT climatic deterioration, indicating that the EOT functioned as a critical evolutionary filter constraining the subsequent course of primate evolution across the Old World.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Basic Research Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Science Foundation.

Contact: Ni Xijun
nixijun@ivpp.ac.cn
Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters

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