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Public Release: 7-May-2015
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Biting back: Scientists aim to forecast West Nile outbreaks
New research led by NCAR and CDC has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict outbreaks.
National Science Foundation, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contact: David Hosansky
hosansky@ucar.edu
303-497-8611
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Public Release: 7-May-2015
Nano Letters
Plugging up leaky graphene
A new technique may enable faster, more durable water filters.
MIT/Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 7-May-2015
Journal of Marriage and Family
When the baby comes, working couples no longer share housework equally
When highly educated, dual-career couples have their first child, both spouses think the baby increases their workloads by equal amounts -- but a new study suggests that's not true.
National Science Foundation, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Contact: Claire Kamp Dush
Kamp-dush.1@osu.edu
614-247-2126
Ohio State University

Public Release: 7-May-2015
Science
Genetic changes to basic developmental processes evolve more frequently than thought
Newly evolved genes can rapidly assume control over fundamental functions during early embryonic development, report scientists from the University of Chicago. They identified a gene, found only in one specific group of midge flies, which determines head and tail patterning in developing embryos, similar to an unrelated, previously-known gene found in certain fruit fly families. The findings suggest that evolutionary changes to the genetics of fundamental biological processes occur more frequently than previously thought.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Jiang
kevin.jiang@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5227
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 7-May-2015
PLOS Biology
Light in sight: a step towards a potential therapy for acquired blindness
A promising new therapeutic approach for hereditary blindness based on a technology termed 'optogenetics' is to introduce light-sensing proteins into these surviving retinal cells, turning them into 'replacement photoreceptors' and thereby restoring vision. However, several factors limit the feasibility of a clinical optogenetic therapy using traditional light-sensitive proteins, as they require unnaturally high and potentially harmful light intensities and employ a foreign signaling mechanism within the target retinal cells.
Haag-Streit Holding, Swiss National Science Foundation, Commission for Technology and Innovation of Switzerland, Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship

Contact: PLOS Biology
biologypress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 7-May-2015
Neuron
As life slips by: Why eye movement doesn't blur the picture
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute have identified the molecular 'glue' that builds the brain connections that keep visual images clear and still, even as objects or your eyes move. Using mouse models, the researchers demonstrate that image stabilization depends upon two proteins, Contactin-4 and amyloid precursor protein, binding during embryonic development.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind, Pew Charitable Trusts

Contact: Heather Buschman
hbuschman@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 7-May-2015
Science
Penn team finds protein 'cement' that stabilizes the crossroad of chromosomes
A new study describes how the centromere is stabilized during replication. The structure and biology of the centromere is of considerable scientific interest because problems with it can lead to abnormalities in the chromosomes of daughter cells, which are the basis of such disorders as Down syndrome. As it turns out, the centromere is distinguished not only by its DNA sequence but also by a special type of nucleosome, which includes a protein called CENP-A.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH/National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, European Research Council

Contact: Karen Kreeger
karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5658
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Next generation science: Corleone Delaveris of Boston College
Corleone S. Delaveris, a senior chemistry major at Boston College, has been named a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will support his graduate studies in chemistry at Stanford University.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ed Hayward
ed.hayward@bc.edu
617-552-4826
Boston College

Public Release: 6-May-2015
PLOS ONE
Securing the supply of sea scallops for today and tomorrow
Good management has brought the $559 million United States sea scallop fishery back from the brink of collapse over the past 20 years. However, its current fishery management plan does not account for longer-term environmental change like ocean warming and acidification that may affect the fishery in the future. A group of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, and Ocean Conservancy hope to change that.
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science's Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, National Science Foundation via the Carnegie Mellon Climate Energy and Decision Making Center, NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Contact: WHOI Media Relations Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Advanced Science
Tiny silicone spheres come out of the mist
Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the University of Illinois. The researchers made silicone microspheres with a variety of properties for different applications, including colored, fluorescent and magnetic spheres.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Nature Geoscience
Explosive volcanoes fueled by water, say Oregon researchers
University of Oregon geologists have tapped water in surface rocks to show how magma forms deep underground and produces explosive volcanoes in the Cascade Range.
National Science Foundation, Carnegie Institution

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

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Project seeks climate clues deep in Indonesian lakebed
An international team of scientists has kicked off a project to sample the ancient sediments beneath Lake Towuti on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The sediment cores the project retrieves could help scientists reconstruct the climate history of a region that wields a weighty influence on climate conditions the world over.
International Continental Drilling Program, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 6-May-2015
BMC Systems Biology
From the depths of a microscopic world, spontaneous cooperation
A clever combination of two different types of computer simulations enabled a group of Illinois researchers to uncover an unexpectedly cooperative group dynamic: the spontaneous emergence of resource sharing among individuals in a community. Who were the members of this friendly, digitally represented collective? Escherichia coli, rod-shaped bacteria found in the digestive systems of humans and many other animals.
US Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Edelheit Foundation, Center for the Physics of Living Cells, National Science Foundation

Contact: Nicholas Vasi
nvasi@illinois.edu
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 6-May-2015
Journal of Experimental Biology
Extreme excavation: Fire ant style
Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, have investigated how fire ants excavate their impressive nests using complex 3-D CT-scanning and discovered that the pests are successful invaders because they are able to construct nests regardless of grain size, in addition to showing how the ants manipulate soil granules while removing spoil from their tunnels.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-May-2015
Cell
New form of DNA modification may carry inheritable information
Scientists at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and China have described the surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms, and algae.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-May-2015
Earthquake scientists go to Himalayas for seismic research
Steve Wesnousky, a geologist and professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been studying the Himalayan Frontal Thrust Fault since 1999. With a new NSF grant he is in Nepal and India studying the latest earthquake. He is accompanied by two graduate students from the University's Center for Neotectonics Studies.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Mike Wolterbeek
mwolterbeek@unr.edu
University of Nevada, Reno

Public Release: 5-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
How noise changes the way the brain gets information
In a study on mice, cells that relay information from the ear to the brain changed their behavior and structure in response to the noise level in the environment. Researchers think the adaptations could aid hearing in different conditions.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Dalai Lama Trust Fund

Contact: Charlotte Hsu
chsu22@buffalo.edu
716-645-4655
University at Buffalo

Public Release: 4-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New technique shows shale-drilling additives in drinking-water taps near leak
Substances commonly used for drilling or extracting Marcellus shale gas foamed from the drinking water taps of three Pennsylvania homes near a reported well-pad leak, according to new analysis from a team of scientists.
National Science Foundation, Restek Corporation, Leco Corporation

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

Public Release: 4-May-2015
Nature Climate Change
New climate projections paint bleak future for tropical coral reefs
As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks, reports a team of researchers led by Cornell University scientists, published today in Nature Climate Change.
NOAA Climate Program Office and National Science Foundation

Contact: Syl Kacapyr
vpk6@cornell.edu
607-255-7701
Cornell University

Public Release: 4-May-2015
2015 Adhesive and Sealant Council Annual Meeting
Puget Sound's clingfish could inspire better medical devices, whale tags
Researchers at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories are looking at how the biomechanics of clingfish could be helpful in designing devices and instruments to be used in surgery and even to tag and track whales in the ocean.
National Science Foundation, The Seaver Foundation

Contact: Michelle Ma
mcma@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 4-May-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
Pollen and clouds: April flowers bring May showers?
The main job of pollen is to help seed the next generation of trees and plants, but a new study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M shows that the grains might also seed clouds.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Nicole Casal Moore
ncmoore@umich.edu
734-647-7087
University of Michigan

Public Release: 4-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Virginia Tech researcher shines light on origin of bioluminescence
Bioluminescence at least in one millipede may have evolved as a way to survive in a hot, dry environment, not as a means to ward off predators, according to scientists publishing in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society

Contact: Amy Loeffler
amyll8@exchange.vt.edu
540-231-6975
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 4-May-2015
Nature Nanotechnology
Defects in atomically thin semiconductor emit single photons
Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that defects on an atomically thin semiconductor can produce light-emitting quantum dots. The quantum dots serve as a source of single photons and could be useful for the integration of quantum photonics with solid-state electronics -- a combination known as integrated photonics.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Leonor Sierra
lsierra@ur.rochester.edu
585-276-6264
University of Rochester

Public Release: 3-May-2015
Genes & Development
Study shows where damaged DNA goes for repair
New research sheds light on the process of DNA repair in the cell. Expanded repeats of the CAG/CTG trinucleotide in yeast shift to the periphery of the cell nucleus for repair. This shift is important for preventing repeat instability and genetic disease. Going out to the 'repair shop' at the nuclear periphery is a previously unrecognized yet important step to maintain repetitive DNA and to prevent damage to chromosomes.
National Institutes of Health, Tufts University, Swiss National Science Foundation, Human Frontiers Science Program

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

Public Release: 1-May-2015
Science
Beetlejuice! Secrets of beetle sprays unlocked at the Advanced Photon Source
Researchers using the Advanced Photon Source, a US Department of Energy user facility at Argonne National Laboratory, have gotten the first-ever look inside the living beetle as it sprays. The results are published today in Science.
US Army Research Laboratory, US Army Research Office/MIT Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies, National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy's Office of Science

Contact: Louise Lerner
Louise@anl.gov
630-252-5526
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

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