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Public Release: 19-May-2016
Physical Review C
Photon collisions: Photonic billiards might be the newest game!
When one snooker ball hits another, both spring away from each other in an elastic manner. In the case of two photons a similar process -- the elastic collision -- has never been observed. Physicists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences have shown, however, that such a process does not only occur, but even could soon be registered in heavy ion collisions at the LHC accelerator.
Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Innovation and Transfer of Natural Sciences and Engineering Knowledge in Rzeszów, Polish National Science Centre

Contact: Antoni Szczurek
antoni.szczurek@ifj.edu.pl
48-126-628-212
The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
Will more snow over Antarctica offset rising seas? Don't count on it
Heavier snow over Antarctica was supposed to be one of the few brakes on sea-level rise in a warming world. But that prediction is not reliable, says a new study of Antarctic snowfall over the past 31,000 years.
National Science Foundation, NASA

Contact: Hannah Hickey
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Science
Using static electricity, RoboBees can land and stick to surfaces
Harvard roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots, nicknamed the RoboBees, can now perch during flight to save energy - like bats, birds or butterflies.
National Science Foundation, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Swiss Study Foundation

Contact: Leah Burrows
lburrows@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-1351
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Public Release: 19-May-2016
Science
Scientists create 'rewritable magnetic charge ice'
Scientists have developed a new material, called 'rewritable magnetic charge ice,' that permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields and could pave the way for new computing technologies.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Parisi
tparisi@niu.edu
815-753-3635
Northern Illinois University

Public Release: 18-May-2016
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
SEISE tool uses semantic gaps to detect website promotional attacks
By detecting semantic inconsistencies in content, researchers have developed a new technique for identifying promotional infections of websites operated by government and educational organizations.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 18-May-2016
American Anthropologist
Burial sites show how Nubians, Egyptians integrated communities thousands of years ago
New bioarchaeological evidence shows that Nubians and Egyptians integrated into a community, and even married, in ancient Sudan, according to new research from a Purdue University anthropologist.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration

Contact: Amy Patterson Neubert
apatterson@purdue.edu
765-494-9723
Purdue University

Public Release: 18-May-2016
Scientific Reports
Scientists discover the evolutionary link between protein structure and function
A new University of Illinois study demonstrates the evolution of protein structure and function over 3.8 billion years. Snippets of genetic code, consistent across organisms and time, direct proteins to create 'loops,' or active sites that give proteins their function. The link between structure and function in proteins can be thought of as a network. Demonstrating evolution in this small-scale network may help others understand how other networks, such as the internet, change over time.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Lauren Quinn
ldquinn@illinois.edu
217-300-2435
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Public Release: 18-May-2016
Geological Society of America Bulletin
New study finds major earthquake threat from the Riasi fault in the Himalayas
New geologic mapping in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir between Pakistan and India suggests that the region is ripe for a major earthquake that could endanger the lives of as many as a million people.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Yann Gavillot
ygavillot@gmail.com
541-908-1414
Oregon State University

Public Release: 18-May-2016
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Robots get creative to cut through clutter
Clutter is a special challenge for robots, but new Carnegie Mellon University software is helping robots cope, whether they're beating a path across the moon or grabbing a milk jug from the back of the refrigerator. The software not only helped a robot deal efficiently with clutter, it surprisingly revealed the robot's creativity in solving problems.
NASA, National Science Foundation, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, Office of Naval Research

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

Public Release: 18-May-2016
Nature
How viruses infect bacteria: A tale of a tail
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. Using state-of-the-art tools, EPFL scientists have described a million-atom 'tail' that bacteriophages use to breach bacterial surfaces. The breakthrough has major implications for science and medicine, as bacteriophages are widely used in research.
EPFL, University of Basel, NCCR TransCure, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Nik Papageorgiou
n.papageorgiou@epfl.ch
41-216-932-105
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 17-May-2016
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Dynamic DNA polymers can be reversed using biocompatible techniques
DNA-based straight and branched polymers or nanomaterials that can be created and dissolved using biocompatible methods are now possible thanks to the work of Penn State biomedical engineers.
Integrated National Science Foundation Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education, NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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

Public Release: 17-May-2016
Physical Review Letters
UW team first to measure microscale granular crystal dynamics
University of Washington mechanical engineers have for the first time analyzed interactions between microscale granular crystals -- a first step in creating novel materials that could be used for impact mitigation, signal processing, disease diagnosis, or even making more controllable solid rocket propellants.
National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office, University of Washington Royalty Research Foundation

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 17-May-2016
Estuarine, coastal and shelf science
Oregon's Coos Bay historically has avoided serious hypoxic conditions
A study of the 15-mile length of Coos Bay, from the ocean to the city of the same name, finds the bay is free of toxic levels of reduced oxygen that often affect other Oregon locations in the summer months.
Oregon Sea Grant, National Science Foundation, Oregon Legislature

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

Public Release: 17-May-2016
eLife
Long-term memory has back-up plan, researchers find
A team of scientists has identified the existence of a back-up plan for memory storage, which comes into play when the molecular mechanism of primary long-term memory storage fails.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH/National Institute on Aging, National Science Foundation

Contact: James Devitt
james.devitt@nyu.edu
212-998-6808
New York University

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Maize genome 'dark matter' discovery a boon for breeders
In a landmark finding, Cornell University and Florida State University researchers report they have identified 1 to 2 percent of the maize genome that turns genes on and off, so they may now focus their attention on these areas for more efficient plant breeding.
National Science Foundation, USDA

Contact: Melissa Osgood
mmo59@cornell.edu
607-255-2059
Cornell University

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Nature Geoscience
Rice-led study offers new answer to why Earth's atmosphere became oxygenated
Earth scientists from Rice University, Yale University and the University of Tokyo are offering a new answer to the long-standing question of how our planet acquired its oxygenated atmosphere.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Theorists smooth the way to modeling quantum friction
Theoretical chemists at Princeton University have pioneered a strategy for modeling quantum friction, or how a particle's environment drags on it, a vexing problem that has frustrated scientists for more than a century.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Tien Nguyen
tienn@princeton.edu
609-258-6523
Princeton University

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems Conference
Animal training techniques teach robots new tricks
Researchers at Washington State University are using ideas from animal training to help non-expert users teach robots how to do desired tasks.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matthew E. Taylor
taylorm@eecs.wsu.edu
509-335-6427
Washington State University

Public Release: 16-May-2016
World's richest source of oceanographic data now operational at Rutgers
The data center for the pioneering Ocean Observatories Initiative, which collects and shares data from more than 800 sophisticated instruments and a transmission network across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is now operating at Rutgers University.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ed Tate
edward.tate@rutgers.edu
848-445-3153
Rutgers University

Public Release: 16-May-2016
American Chemical Society CERM 2016 47th Central Regional Meeting
UC geologists identify sources of methane, greenhouse gas, in Ohio, Colorado and Texas
Methane comes from various sources, like landfills, bacterial processes in water, cattle and fracking. In testing methane sources at three national sites, University of Cincinnati geologists found no evidence fracking affected methane concentrations in groundwater in Ohio. At sites in Colorado and Texas, methane sources were founded to be mixed, divided between fracking, cattle and/or landfills.
National Science Foundation, Deer Creek Foundation, David and Sara Weston Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Contact: M.B. Reilly
reillymb@ucmail.uc.edu
513-556-1824
University of Cincinnati

Public Release: 16-May-2016
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Robot's in-hand eye maps surroundings, determines hand's location
Before a robot arm can reach into a tight space or pick up a delicate object, the robot needs to know precisely where its hand is. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have shown that a camera attached to the robot's hand can rapidly create a 3-D model of its environment and also locate the hand within that 3-D world.
Toyota USA, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Nature Geoscience
Polluted dust can impact ocean life thousands of miles away, study says
As climatologists closely monitor the impact of human activity on the world's oceans, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found yet another worrying trend impacting the health of the Pacific Ocean.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 16-May-2016
Nature Genetics
New stem cell pathway indicates route to much higher yields in maize, staple crops
Biologists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have made an important discovery that helps explain how plants regulate the proliferation of their stem cells. The discovery has near-term implications for increasing the yield of maize and many other staple crops, perhaps by as much as 50 percent.
NSF/Plant Genome Research Program, Dupont Pioneer, Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Swedish Research Council, Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea

Contact: Peter Tarr
tarr@cshl.edu
516-367-5055
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 13-May-2016
Advanced Materials
Under Pressure: New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible
A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at a fraction of the size and cost of current technology. 'By putting the process under high pressure, our new technique could make it less expensive and easier to create the large, flexible semiconductors that are used in flat-panel monitors and solar cells,' said research leader John Badding at Penn State University.
National Science Foundation, Penn State Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Contact: Barbara K. Kennedy
science@psu.edu
814-863-4682
Penn State

Public Release: 13-May-2016
2D Materials
This 'nanocavity' may improve ultrathin solar panels, video cameras and more
Recently, engineers placed a single layer of MoS2 molecules on top of a photonic structure called an optical nanocavity made of aluminum oxide and aluminum. The results are promising. The MoS2 nanocavity can increase the amount of light that ultrathin semiconducting materials absorb. In turn, this could help industry to continue manufacturing more powerful, efficient and flexible electronic devices.
National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Contact: Cory Nealon
cmnealon@buffalo.edu
716-645-4614
University at Buffalo

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