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Public Release: 5-May-2016
PeerJ
IU data scientists launch free tools to analyze online trends, memes
The power to explore social media trends, memes and viral bursts -- from the pop cultural to the political -- with the same algorithmic sophistication as top experts in the field is now available to journalists, researchers and members of the public from a free, user-friendly online software suite released today by scientists at Indiana University. The Web-based tools, called the Observatory on Social Media, or 'OSoMe' (pronounced 'awesome').
National Science Foundation, J.S. McDonnell Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation281

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

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Science
Split-second imaging reveals molecular changes involved in vision
A team of UWM physicists image a never-before-seen molecular reaction as a light-sensitive protein responds to light. The work, using an X-ray laser, is unmasking how proteins carry out the chemistry necessary for life.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Marius Schmidt
m-schmidt@uwm.edu
414-229-4338
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Come to think of it or not: Study shows how memories can be intentionally forgotten
Context plays a big role in our memories, both good and bad. Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' on the car radio, for example, may remind you of your first love -- or your first speeding ticket. But a Dartmouth- and Princeton-led brain scanning study shows that people can intentionally forget past experiences by changing how they think about the context of those memories.
John Templeton Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Nature Communications
Pond scum and the gene pool: A critical gene in green algae responsible for multicellularity
Brad Olson, assistant professor in the Division of Biology; Erik Hanschen, doctoral student at the University of Arizona; Hisayoshi Nozaki, University of Tokyo; and an international team of researchers found a single gene is responsible for the evolution of multicellular organisms and may be a possible origin of cancer.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center

Contact: Brad Olson
bjsco@k-state.edu
785-532-6149
Kansas State University

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Deep male voices not so much sexy as intimidating
Male voices are not deeply pitched in order to attract female mates, but instead serve to intimidate the competition, according to a team of researchers studying a wide variety of primates including humans.
NIH/National Institutes of Mental Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-May-2016
ACS Photonics
Molybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorption
Using a layer of molybdenum disulfide less than 1 nanometer thick, Rice University researchers in Isabell Thomann's lab have designed a system that can absorb more than 35 percent of incident light in the 400- to 700-nanometer wavelength range.
National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Genetics
First gene linked to temperature sex switch
The sex of many reptile species is set by temperature. New research reported in the journal GENETICS identifies the first gene associated with temperature-dependent sex determination in any reptile. Variation at this gene in snapping turtles contributes to geographic differences in the way sex ratio is influenced by temperature. Understanding the genetics of sex determination could help predict how reptiles will evolve in response to climate change.
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Science Foundation

Contact: Cristy Gelling
cgelling@thegsajournals.org
412-478-3537
Genetics Society of America

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Science
Significant portion of postdoc researchers eye non-academic careers, study shows
A new study from a Georgia Tech-Cornell University team shows that the research faculty path isn't the only reason students pursue a postdoc.
National Science Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Astrophysical Journal Letters
Measuring a black hole 660 million times as massive as our sun
It's about 660 million times as massive as our sun, and a cloud of gas circles it at about 1.1 million mph. This supermassive black hole sits at the center of a galaxy dubbed NGC 1332, which is 73 million light years from Earth. And an international team of scientists that includes Rutgers associate professor Andrew J. Baker has measured its mass with unprecedented accuracy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Todd B. Bates
tbates@ucm.rutgers.edu
848-932-0550
Rutgers University

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Science
Scientists watch bacterial sensor respond to light in real time
Researchers have made a giant leap forward in taking snapshots of ultrafast reactions in a bacterial light sensor. Using the world's most powerful X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, they were able to see atomic motions as fast as 100 quadrillionths of a second -- 1,000 times faster than ever before.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Helmholtz Association, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Academy of Finland, European Union

Contact: Andrew Gordon
agordon@slac.stanford.edu
650-926-2282
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Public Release: 5-May-2016
PLOS ONE
Sea star juveniles abundant, but recovery is anything but guaranteed
An unprecedented number of juvenile sea stars have been observed off the Oregon coast over the past several months -- just two years after one of the most severe marine ecosystem epidemics in recorded history nearly wiped the population out.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation, National Science Foundation, Kingfisher Foundation, Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation

Contact: Bruce Menge
mengeb@oregonstate.edu
541-737-5358
Oregon State University

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Science
'Slow' NZ seabed quake sheds light on tsunami-earthquake mechanism
Seismologists recorded a slow slip event in a shallow area of plate boundary at the Hikurangi margin off the northeast shore of New Zealand, showing for the first time that such slippage can occur near troughs. This implies that subduction plates may be accumulating much more stress and strain than previously believed -- before they bounce back to set off tsunami earthquakes.
National Science Foundation, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan Ministry of Education, Research, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute

Contact: Anna Ikarashi
comms@mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp
075-753-5728
Kyoto University

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Science
World's shallowest slow-motion earthquakes detected offshore of New Zealand
Research published in the May 6 edition of Science indicates that slow-motion earthquakes or 'slow-slip events' can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that also moves in large, tsunami-generating earthquakes. The finding has important implications for assessing tsunami hazards. The discovery was made by conducting the first-ever detailed investigation of centimeter-level seafloor movement at an offshore subduction zone.
National Science Foundation, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science

Contact: Monica Kortsha
mkortsha@jsg.utexas.edu
512-471-2241
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 5-May-2016
Science
Extreme rainfall doesn't always mean extreme erosion, Penn study finds
Research by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that, though extreme precipitation events can greatly increase the amount of water traveling through a river, large storms only move about 50 percent more sediment than a typical rainfall. The overall contribution of these intense rainfalls to erosion, therefore, is smaller than might be expected.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Scientific Reports
Engineers create a better way to boil water -- with industrial, electronics applications
Engineers at Oregon State University have found a new way to induce and control boiling bubble formation, that may allow everything from industrial-sized boilers to advanced electronics to work better and last longer.
Oregon State University/Venture Development Fund, National Science Foundation

Contact: Chih-hung Chang
changch@che.orst.edu
541-737-8548
Oregon State University

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Science Advances
Study finds ice isn't being lost from Greenland's interior
Scientists studying data from the top of the Greenland ice sheet have discovered that during winter in the center of the world's largest island, temperature inversions and other low-level atmospheric phenomena effectively isolate the ice surface from the atmosphere -- recycling water vapor and halting the loss or gain of ice.
National Science Foundation, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program, Danish Council for Independent Research

Contact: Bill Burton
burton@uic.edu
312-996-2269
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Nature Materials
Made better through science: Calcite tuned to be mollusk-tough
Cornell researchers, together with a team from the University of Leeds, have jointly led an expansive, years-long international collaboration that has resulted in a paper detailing the ability to control and increase resistance to deformation in pure calcite through the introduction of amino acids.
National Science Foundation, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Contact: Daryl Lovell
dal296@cornell.edu
607-592-3925
Cornell University

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Similarities in species diversity and range in both terrestrial birds and marine bivalves
An unusual new study led by researchers from the University of Chicago shows that while terrestrial birds and marine bivalves -- animals such as scallops, mussels, cockles, and oysters -- share a common pattern of species richness across latitudes, they arrive there quite differently.
NASA, National Science Foundation, Slovak VEGA Agency

Contact: Matt Wood
matthew.wood@uchospitals.edu
773-702-5894
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Nature
Humans have faster metabolism than closely related primates, enabling larger brains
Loyola University Chicago researchers are among the co-authors of a groundbreaking study that found humans have a higher metabolism rate than closely related primates, which enabled humans to evolve larger brains. The findings may point toward strategies for combating obesity.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, University of Arizona, Hunter College

Contact: Jim Ritter
jritter@lumc.edu
708-216-2445
Loyola University Health System

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Climatic Change
How to talk about climate change so people will act
What can you do about climate change? The better question might be: What can we? UC San Diego study suggests that framing the issue collectively is significantly more effective than emphasis on personal responsibility.
National Science Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund

Contact: Inga Kiderra
ikiderra@ucsd.edu
858-822-0661
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 4-May-2016
Nature
JILA extends laser 'combing' method to identify large, complex molecules
JILA physicists have extended the capability of their powerful laser 'combing' technique to identify the structures of large, complex molecules of the sort found in explosives, pharmaceuticals, fuels and the gases around stars.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NIH/National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation

Contact: Laura Ost
laura.ost@nist.gov
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Public Release: 3-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
ASU scientists discover how one microorganism erodes coral reefs
Researchers from Arizona State University have discovered how a particular type of cyanobacteria, a photosynthetic microbe, is able to bore into and live within solid carbonates, the main mineral that makes up coral skeletons and seashells -- hastening their erosion and causing trouble for shellfish farmers.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 3-May-2016
UM researcher lands CAREER grant to improve mass spectrometry
Mass spectrometry is a technique used to identify the chemical makeup of a given sample, and University of Montana researcher Robert Smith just earned funding that may improve the process.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Smith
robert2.smith@umontana.edu
406-243-2833
The University of Montana

Public Release: 3-May-2016
Molecular Ecology
'Eve' and descendants shape global sperm whale population structure
Although sperm whales have not been driven to the brink of extinction as have some other whales, a new study has found a remarkable lack of diversity in the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA within the species.
Mamie Markham Award, Lylian Brucefield Reynolds Award, International Fulbright Science & Technology, US Department of Defense, National Science Foundation

Contact: Scott Baker
scott.baker@oregonstate.edu
541-867-0255
Oregon State University

Public Release: 3-May-2016
UTSA professor receives grant to create more versatile legged robots
Pranav Bhounsule, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has received a $160,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his top-tier research on bipedal robots. Bhounsule, head of UTSA's Robotics and Motion Laboratory, plans to create algorithms that enable legged robots to balance themselves while handling difficult terrain, an asset most robots currently lack.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joanna Carver
mallratbitsy@gmail.com
210-612-4211
University of Texas at San Antonio

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