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Public Release: 19-Nov-2013
Icarus
Asteroids' close encounters with Mars
MIT scientists find that Mars, not Earth, shakes up some near-Earth asteroids.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 19-Nov-2013
Chemistry of Materials
New technique controls dimensions of gold nanorods while manufacturing on a large scale
North Carolina State University researchers have a developed a technique for efficiently producing nanoscale gold rods in large quantities while simultaneously controlling the dimensions of the nanorods and their optical properties. The optical properties of gold nanorods make them desirable for use in biomedical applications ranging from imaging technologies to cancer treatment.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 19-Nov-2013
Psychological Science
Liberals aren't like the rest, or so they think
Liberals tend to underestimate the amount of actual agreement among those who share their ideology, while conservatives tend to overestimate intra-group agreement, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Anna Mikulak
amikulak@psychologicalscience.org
202-293-9300
Association for Psychological Science

Public Release: 18-Nov-2013
London Mathematical Society - EPSRC Durham Symposia
A vexing math problem finds an elegant solution
A famous math problem that has vexed mathematicians for decades has met an elegant solution by Cornell University researchers. Graduate student Yash Lodha, working with Justin Moore, professor of mathematics, has described a geometric solution for the von Neumann-Day problem, first described by mathematician John von Neumann in 1929.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 18-Nov-2013
ACS Nano
Penn produces graphene nanoribbons with nanopores for fast DNA sequencing
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made an advance towards realizing a new gene sequencing technique based on threading DNA through a tiny hole in a layer of graphene. Earlier versions of the technique only made use of graphene's unbeatable thinness, but the Penn team's research shows how the material's unique electrical properties may be employed to make faster and more sensitive sequencing devices.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Evan Lerner
elerner@upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 18-Nov-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Promiscuous mouse moms bear sexier sons
University of Utah biologists found that when mother mice compete socially for mates in a promiscuous environment, their sons play hard and die young: They attract more females by making more urinary pheromones, but smelling sexier shortens their lives.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Lee J. Siegel
lee.siegel@utah.edu
801-581-8993
University of Utah

Public Release: 17-Nov-2013
2013 American Heart Association Scientific Session
'Virtual reality hands' may help stroke survivors recover hand function
Scientists used brain-computer interface technology to help stroke survivors use their minds to power "virtual reality hands" to help regain the use of their arms and hands. The technology offers hope of recovery to stroke survivors and others who have lost mobility and control of their arms and hands.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Bridgette McNeill
bridgette.mcneill@heart.org
214-706-1135
American Heart Association

Public Release: 17-Nov-2013
Nature Geoscience
Volcano discovered smoldering under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica
A temporary seismic array in Marie Byrd Land in West Antarctica recorded two bursts of activity in 2010 and 2011. Careful analysis of the events shows they originate from a subglacial volcano at the leading end of a volcanic mountain chain. The volcano is unlikely to erupt through the kilometer of ice that covers it but it will melt enough ice to change the way the ice in its vicinity flows.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis

Public Release: 15-Nov-2013
NASA-led firefly mission to study lightning
In mid-November, a football-sized mission called Firefly, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, will launch into space to study lightning and these gamma ray flashes from above.
NASA, National Science Foundation

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 15-Nov-2013
American Journal of Sociology
How teens choose their friends
A national study led by a Michigan State University scholar finds that the courses students take in high school have powerful effects on the friendships they make.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Andy Henion
henion@msu.edu
517-355-3294
Michigan State University

Public Release: 15-Nov-2013
Nature Communications
New hologram technology created with tiny nanoantennas
Researchers have created tiny holograms using a "metasurface" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light, representing a potential new technology for advanced sensors, high-resolution displays and information processing.
US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army research Office, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Science
No peak in sight for evolving bacteria
There's no peak in sight -- fitness peak, that is -- for the bacteria in Richard Lenski's Michigan State University lab. Lenski, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has been running his evolutionary bacteria experiment for 25 years, generating more than 50,000 generations. In a paper published in the current issue of Science, Michael Wiser, lead author and MSU graduate student in Lenski's lab, compares it to hiking.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Layne Cameron
Layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
SDSU launches InforMath collaborative
San Diego State University's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education kicked off a new initiative funded by a four-year, $726,733 National Science Foundation-funded initiative with the Balboa Park Learning Institute last week. The InforMath Collaborative brings together university researchers with staff from the Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and Natural History Museum to design and implement new programs that connect visitors with mathematics in creative ways.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kim Richards
kim@kdrpr.com
619-708-4430
San Diego State University

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Geophysical Research Letters
Scientists nearing forecasts of long-lived wildfires
Scientists have developed a new computer modeling technique that offers the promise, for the first time, of producing continually updated daylong predictions of wildfire growth throughout the lifetime of long-lived blazes. The technique, developed by a research team led by NCAR, combines detailed computer simulations with newly available satellite observations.
NASA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Psychological Science
Your brain 'sees' things even when you don't
The brain processes visual input to the level of understanding its meaning even if we never consciously perceive that input, according to new research published in Psychological Science.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Anna Mikulak
amikulak@psychologicalscience.org
202-293-9300
Association for Psychological Science

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Astronomical Journal
Surprising image provides new tool for studying galaxy
A new, detailed radio image showed that what astronomers thought was one galaxy actually is two, superimposed on the sky. The alignment allows using the farther one as an unexpected tool for studying the foreground galaxy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Dave Finley
dfinley@nrao.edu
575-835-7302
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
New statistical tools being developed for mining cancer data
Researchers at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas at Austin are working together to create new statistical tools that can find clues about cancer that are hidden like needles in enormous haystacks of raw data.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jade Boyd
jadeboyd@rice.edu
713-348-6778
Rice University

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
New approach advances wireless power transfer for electric vehicles
Engineering researchers have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver -- moving engineers closer to their goal of creating highway "stations" that can recharge electric vehicles wirelessly as the vehicles drive by.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Journal of Climate
Amazon rainforest more able to withstand drought than previously thought
New research suggests that the Amazon rainforest may be more able to cope with dry conditions than previously predicted. Researchers at the University of Exeter and Colorado State University used a computer model to demonstrate that, providing forest conservation measures are in place, the Amazon rainforest may be more able to withstand periods of drought than has been estimated by other climate models.
National Science Foundation, Natural Environment Research Council

Contact: Jo Bowler
j.bowler@exeter.ac.uk
44-013-927-22062
University of Exeter

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Physical Review Letters
Accidental discovery dramatically improves electrical conductivity
Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matthew McCluskey
mattmcc@wsu.edu
509-335-5356
Washington State University

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Cell Reports
Anthrax bacteria play hide and seek
An anthrax infection can be fatal even when the infectious agent is no longer detected. Research carried out at EPFL reveals the way its lethal factor manages to turn invisible to the immune system.
Swiss National Science Foundation, National Centre of Competence in Research

Contact: Emmanuel Barraud
emmanuel.barraud@epfl.ch
41-796-283-642
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 14-Nov-2013
Science
Stanford scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel
Stanford University scientists have created a silicon-based water splitter that is both low-cost and corrosion-free. The novel device -- a silicon semiconductor coated in an ultrathin layer of nickel -- could help pave the way for large-scale production of clean hydrogen fuel from sunlight.
Precourt Institute for Energy, Global Climate and Energy Project, National Science Foundation

Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
650-723-9296
Stanford University

Public Release: 13-Nov-2013
Psychological Science
Study: Your brain sees things you don't
A study by University of Arizona doctoral student Jay Sanguinetti indicates that our brains perceive objects in everyday life of which we may never be aware. The finding challenges currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual information.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Daniel Stolte
stolte@email.arizona.edu
520-626-4402
University of Arizona

Public Release: 13-Nov-2013
UT Arlington professor will use NSF funds to reveal reactions' inner workings
The National Science Foundation has awarded $450,000 to a UT Arlington chemistry professor studying the way that metals such as gold, silver, mercury and zinc bind with organic compounds for chemical reactions. Dias' work will explore the interaction between six metals found in the right section of the Periodic Table of Elements' d-block and what are called pi-acid ligands, which include familiar organic compounds like carbon monoxide, ethylene, acetylene and the related olefins and alkynes.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Traci Peterson
tpeterso@uta.edu
817-272-9208
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 13-Nov-2013
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Fossil of new big cat species discovered; oldest ever found
Scientists have discovered the oldest big cat fossil ever found -- which fills in a significant gap in the fossil record.
National Basic Research Program of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Perkins
perkinsr@usc.edu
213-740-9226
University of Southern California

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