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Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Journal of Neural Engineering
Penn-engineered neural networks show hope for axonal repair with minimal disruption to brain tissue
Lab-grown neural networks have the ability to replace lost axonal tracks in the brains of patients with severe head injuries, strokes or neurodegenerative diseases and can be safely delivered with minimal disruption to brain tissue, according to new research from Penn Medicine's department of Neurosurgical Research. Their work is published in the Journal of Neural Engineering.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs

Contact: Lee-Ann Donegan
leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5660
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Neuroscience
Like air traffic, information flows through neuron 'hubs' in the brain, finds IU study
A new study from Indiana University, reported today in the journal Neuroscience, shows that 70 percent of all information within cortical regions in the brain passes through only 20 percent of these regions' neurons.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan

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

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Nano Letters
Switchable material could enable new memory chips
MIT researchers have found that small voltage can flip thin film between two crystal states -- one metallic, one semiconducting.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
s_mcd@mit.edu
617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Soft Robotics
'Squishy' robot fingers aid deep sea exploration
Researchers have designed the first application of soft robotics for the non-destructive sampling of fauna from the ocean floor Their recent expedition in the Red Sea successfully demonstrated the new technology, which could enhance researchers' ability to collect samples from largely unexplored habitats thousands of feet beneath the ocean surface, areas that scientists believe are biodiversity hotspots teeming with unknown life. The soft grippers also could be useful in underwater archaeology.
National Geographic Innovation Challenge Grant, National Science Foundation

Contact: Paul Karoff
karoff@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-0450
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
Nature Nanotechnology
Bismuth-based nanoribbons show 'topological' transport, potential for new technologies
Researchers have created nanoribbons of an emerging class of materials called topological insulators and used a magnetic field to control their semiconductor properties, a step toward harnessing the technology to study exotic physics and building new spintronic devices or quantum computers.
DARPA, National Science Foundation

Contact: emil venere
venere@purdue.edu
765-494-4709
Purdue University

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
Journal of Vision
Can you trust your gut on a crowd's mood?
There is good news for frequent public speakers. New research shows that individuals have the ability to quickly and accurately identify a crowd's general emotion as focused or distracted, suggesting that we can trust our first impression of a crowd's mood. The paper, 'Mixed emotions: Sensitivity to facial variance in a crowd of faces,' was recently published in the Journal of Vision.
National Science Foundation Grant

Contact: Katrina Norfleet
knorfleet@arvo.org
240-221-2924
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
$4 million NSF grant to help map changes in blood flow when specific neurons fire
Technologies once used to make corrections to space telescopes, along with new lasers, will help answer a fundamental question, according to Prakash Kara, Ph.D., a researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina: 'Is there a universal microcircuit that is repeated everywhere in the brain with regard to how neurons communicate with blood vessels?'
National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Contact: Dawn Brazell
brazell@musc.edu
843-792-3622
Medical University of South Carolina

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
Ecology Letters
New framework sheds light on how, not if, climate change affects cold-blooded animals
Cold-blooded animals like lizards, insects and fish have a preferred body temperature range at which they hunt, eat, move quickly and reproduce. Fear that a warming climate will constrict this temperature range underlies recent studies that warn of the detrimental effects of climate change on the activity and survival of cold-blooded animals. While not contradicting these warnings, a new paper published in the latest issue of Ecology Letters offers a revised framework that may better answer how activity is affected by temperature.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Melody Kroll
krollmm@missouri.edu
573-884-4144
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
The reproductive and survival benefits of mothers and grandmothers in elephants
Only a few mammals and some birds are as long-lived as humans, and many of these species share interesting characteristics in how they age. A new paper in Springer's journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology explores lifetime reproductive patterns in African elephants. Led by Phyllis Lee of the University of Stirling in the UK, the study analyzed data from 834 female elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
African Wildlife Foundation, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Carnegie, International Fund for Animal Welfare, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Downing College, Stirling University

Contact: Katrin Petermann
katrin.petermann2@springer.com
0049-622-148-78414
Springer

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
PeerJ
First study of arthropods in US homes finds huge biodiversity
The first study to evaluate the biodiversity of arthropods in US homes finds that humans share their houses with any of more than 500 different kinds of arthropods -- at least on a short-term basis. Arthropods are invertebrate animals with exoskeletons, segmented bodies and jointed limbs, such as insects, spiders, mites and centipedes.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 18-Jan-2016
Nature Nanotechnology
Scientists demonstrate basics of nucleic acid computing inside cells
Using strands of nucleic acid, scientists have demonstrated basic computing operations inside a living mammalian cell. The research could lead to an artificial sensing system that could control a cell's behavior in response to such stimuli as the presence of toxins or the development of cancer.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 18-Jan-2016
Nature Energy
Cheaper solar cells with 20.2 percent efficiency
EPFL scientists have developed a solar-panel material that can cut down on photovoltaic costs while achieving competitive power-conversion efficiency of 20.2 percent.
European Union Seventh Framework Programme (MESO; ENERGY; NANOMATCELL), Swiss National Science Foundation, Nanotera

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

Public Release: 18-Jan-2016
Nature Plants
Researchers uncover core set of genes for plant-fungal symbiosis
Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute identified a group of genes necessary for plants to form beneficial relationships with nutrient-bearing soil fungi. They compared the genomes of plants that form these symbiotic relationships to those that don't. A better understanding of the genetic basis of the symbiosis may one day yield better crop plants that require less fertilizer input.
National Science Foundation, Triad Foundation

Contact: Patricia Waldron
pjw85@cornell.edu
607-254-7476
Boyce Thompson Institute

Public Release: 18-Jan-2016
Nature Materials
Light-activated nanoparticles prove effective against antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'
In the ever-escalating evolutionary battle with drug-resistant bacteria, humans may soon have a leg up thanks to adaptive, light-activated nanotherapy developed by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.
W.M. Keck Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Prashant Nagpal
prashant.nagpal@colorado.edu
303-735-6732
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 15-Jan-2016
Science Advances
Sociable chimps harbor richer gut microbiomes
Spending time in close contact with others often means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit beneficial microbes, finds a multi-institutional study of gut microbiomes in chimpanzees.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Steve Franklin
sefranklin@mail.utexas.edu
512-232-3692
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 15-Jan-2016
Science Advances
Gregarious chimps harbor richer gut microbiomes
Spending time in close contact with others means risking catching germs and getting sick. But being sociable may also help transmit 'good' microbes, finds a new study. Researchers monitored changes in the gut microbiomes and social behavior of chimpanzees over eight years in Tanzania. The number of bacterial species in a chimp's GI tract increased when the chimps were more gregarious. The results help scientists understand the factors that maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Nature Nanotechnology
New particle can track chemo
Tracking the path of chemotherapy drugs in real time and at a cellular level could revolutionize cancer care and help doctors sort out why two patients might respond differently to the same treatment. Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way to light up a common cancer drug so they can see where the chemo goes and how long it takes to get there.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Mingjun Zhang
Zhang.4882@osu.edu
614-292-3181
Ohio State University

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Risk Analysis
Study of altruism during the Ebola outbreak suggests good intentions are in the details
A study of risk communication as it relates to altruistic behavior has found that portraying an event as a distant risk, despite highlighting its importance and potential progression, fails to prompt altruistic behavior intention among the US public.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Bert Gambini
gambini@buffalo.edu
716-645-5334
University at Buffalo

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
PLOS ONE
Oh, snap! What snapping shrimp sound patterns may tell us about reef ecosystems
The tiny snapping shrimp's noisy habits could play a big role in reef ecology.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tracey Peake
tracey_peake@ncsu.edu
919-515-6142
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Nature Materials
Flexible film may lead to phone-sized cancer detector
A thin, stretchable film that coils light waves like a Slinky could one day lead to more precise, less expensive monitoring for cancer survivors.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense

Contact: Gabe Cherry
gcherry@umich.edu
737-763-2937
University of Michigan

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Work on the mystery of the glass transition receives NSF CAREER grant
Why can some materials act like solids without crystallizing? This question - the central issue in the study of the 'glass transition' -- is one of the longest standing and most technologically important problems in materials science and soft matter physics. Dr. David S. Simmons, an assistant professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study this problem.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lisa Craig
lmc91@uakron.edu
330-972-7429
University of Akron

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Current Biology
IU study shows first evidence for independent working memory systems in animals
A new study from Indiana University is the first to confirm that animals possess multiple 'working memory' systems, or the ability to remember more information across two categories versus a single category.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, NIH/National Institute on Aging, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Cell
Trio of autism-linked molecules orchestrate neuron connections
Duke University researchers reveal how three proteins work in concert to wire up a specific area of the developing brain that is responsible for processing visual information. The findings, published in Cell, may also lend insight into brain disorders including autism, depression and addiction.
National Institutes of Health, Swiss National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation, Brumley Neonatal Perinatal Research Institute, and others

Contact: Karl Bates
karl.bates@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Science
What is 10 miles across, but powers an explosion brighter than the Milky Way?
Astronomers have spotted what may be the brightest supernova ever seen -- and discovered a mysterious object at its center.
National Science Foundation, Center for Cosmology and Astro Particle Physics at The Ohio State University, Mt. Cuba Astronomical Foundation, Robert Martin Ayers Sciences Fund, and others

Contact: Pam Frost Gorder
Gorder.1@osu.edu
614-292-9475
Ohio State University

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
Neuron
Remembering to the future: Researchers shed new light on how our memories guide attention
A team of researchers has discovered that differences in the types of memories we have influence the nature of our future encounters. Their findings show how distinct parts of the brain, underlying different kinds of memories, also influence our attention in new situations.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

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