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Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Genetics
Researchers generate whole-genome map of fruit fly genetic recombination
For the first time, researchers at the Stowers Institute have mapped where recombination occurs across the whole genome of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster after a single round of meiosis.
Stowers Institute for Medical Research, American Cancer Society, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Kim Bland
ksb@stowers.org
816-926-4015
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Astrophysical Journal Letters
VLA shows earliest stages of planet formation
VLA reveals details of the inner, thickest portion of a dusty disk surrounding a young star and provides new insight on the earliest stages of planet formation.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Science
Ancient Denisovan DNA excavated in modern Pacific Islanders
Archaic Denisovan and Neanderthal DNA that persists in modern Pacific islanders of Melanesia, far from the Siberian cave where Denisovan fossils have been found, is a source of information about early human history. Equally informative are genome regions where DNA from extinct, human-like species has vanished and been replaced with sequences unique to people. These large regions have genes for brain development, language and brain cell signalling. Retained archaic DNA in human genomes may confer infection-fighting advantages.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgeminschaft, Presidential Fund of the Max Planck Society

Contact: Leila Gray
leilag@uw.edu
206-685-0381
University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Nature Communications
Future brain therapies for Parkinson's possible with stem cell bioengineering innovation
Scientists at Rutgers and Stanford universities have created a new technology that could someday help treat Parkinson's disease and other devastating brain-related conditions that affect millions of people. The technology -- a major innovation -- involves converting adult tissue-derived stem cells into human neurons on 3-D 'scaffolds,' or tiny islands, of fibers, said Prabhas V. Moghe, a distinguished professor at Rutgers.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology

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

Public Release: 17-Mar-2016
Cell
For first time, scientists use CRISPR-Cas9 to target RNA in live cells
Scientists have long sought an efficient method for targeting RNA -- intermediary genetic material that carries the genetic code from the cell's nucleus to protein-making machinery -- in living cells. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have now achieved this by applying the popular DNA-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 to RNA. The study is published March 17, 2016 in Cell.
National Institutes of Health, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Research

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

Public Release: 16-Mar-2016
Nature
Viruses 'piggyback' on host microbes' success
It has generally been assumed that in a growing population of microbes, viruses also multiply and kill their hosts, keeping the microbial population in check. A recent study of virus-host dynamics near coral reefs led by SDSU virologists suggests that, under certain conditions, viruses can change their infection strategy. As potential host microbes become more numerous, some viruses forego rapid replication and opt instead to reside peaceably inside their host, thereby reducing their the viruses' numbers.
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, National Science Foundation, Brazilian National Research Council, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Contact: Michael Price
mprice@mail.sdsu.edu
619-594-0389
San Diego State University

Public Release: 16-Mar-2016
Ecological Engineering
Wetland enhancement in Midwest could help reduce catastrophic floods of the future
Restoration of wetlands in the Midwest could significantly reduce peak river flows during floods -- not only now, but also in the future if heavy rains continue to increase in intensity, as climate models predict. New financial models and flood management policies may be needed to actually accomplish this.
National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency

Contact: Meghna Babbar-Sebens
meghna@oregonstate.edu
541-737-8536
Oregon State University

Public Release: 16-Mar-2016
PLOS Current Outbreaks
Potential Zika virus risk estimated for 50 US cities
Key factors that can combine to produce a Zika virus outbreak are expected to be present in a number of US cities during peak summer months, new research shows.
National Institutes of Health, NASA, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
Physical Review Letters
Compressing turbulence to improve inertial confinement fusion experiments
Article describes possible new paradigm for inertial confinement fusion experiments.
DOE, National Nuclear Security Administration, Defense Threat Reducation Agency, National Science Foundation

Contact: John Greenwald
jgreenwa@pppl.gov
609-243-2672
DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
Integrative Zoology
Adolescent female pandas not the demure homebodies once thought
In the furry animal world, it's the boys approaching adulthood who tend to start to wander to seek their fortune. Which usually means a mate. Girls tend to stay closer to the home range. But giant pandas, once again, buck a mammal trend.
National Science Foundation, NASA

Contact: Sue Nichols
nichols@msu.edu
517-432-0206
Michigan State University

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
Journal of Political Economy
Study: How more R&D funding can hasten green revolution
In a newly published paper, MIT Prof. Daron Acemoglu and three colleagues present a uniquely detailed model of the dynamics of innovation in the energy industry. In so doing, they indicate how supporting clean energy R&D, not just a carbon tax, might be the best way to help clean energy technologies compete with traditional forms of energy.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
CHI 2016
Smartwatches can now track your finger in mid-air using sonar
A new sonar technology developed by University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers allows you to interact with mobile devices and smartwatch screens by writing or gesturing on any nearby surface -- a tabletop, a sheet of paper or even in mid-air.
National Science Foundation, Google

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

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Playing dumb and giving the cold shoulder: How stereotypes pervade the workplace
A Princeton University study shows that managers play down their competence to appear warmer to their subordinates while the subordinates hide their own warmth in an effort to appear more competent.
National Science Foundation

Contact: B. Rose Huber
brhuber@princeton.edu
609-258-0157
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
Marshall University faculty member receives prestigious NSF CAREER award
Dr. Nadja Spitzer of Marshall University's College of Science has been awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Spitzer, an assistant professor of biological sciences, earned the award for her work to study how exposure to silver nanoparticles could be affecting the brains of children and adults.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ginny Painter
ginny.painter@marshall.edu
304-696-4621
Marshall University Research Corporation

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
American Physical Society Conference
Nanostructures promise big impact on higher-speed, lower-power optical devices
In NSF-funded research, University of Cincinnati physicists are seeing big potential in small semiconductor nanowires for improved optical infrared sensor technologies.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 15-Mar-2016
Scientific Reports
Pregnant T. rex could aid in dino sex-typing
A pregnant Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed Montana 68 million years ago may be the key to discerning gender differences between theropod, or meat-eating dinosaur, species.
National Science Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
eLife
Pigeon foot feather genes identified
University of Utah scientists identified two genes that make some pigeon breeds develop feathered feet known as muffs, while others have scaled feet. The same or similar genes might explain scaled feet in chickens and other birds, and provide insight into how some dinosaurs got feathers before they evolved into birds.
National Science Foundation, Burroughs Wellsome Fund, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Lee J. Siegel
lee.siegel@utah.edu
801-244-5399
University of Utah

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
Advanced Materials
Scientists create painless patch of insulin-producing beta cells to control diabetes
For decades, researchers have tried to duplicate the function of beta cells, which don't work properly in patients with diabetes. Now, researchers have devised another option: a synthetic patch filled with natural beta cells that can secrete doses of insulin to control blood sugar levels on demand.
NC TraCS, American Diabetes Association, and National Science Foundation

Contact: Mark Derewicz
mark.derewicz@unch.unc.edu
919-923-0959
University of North Carolina Health Care

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
Scientific Reports
Researchers develop new lens for terahertz radiation
Brown University engineers have devised a way to focus terahertz radiation using an array of stacked metal plates, a technique which may prove useful for terahertz imaging or in next-generation data networks.
National Science Foundation, Keck Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
2015 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
New 'machine unlearning' technique wipes out unwanted data quickly and completely
Researchers from Lehigh University and Columbia University are pioneering a novel approach to making computer learning systems forget. Called 'machine unlearning,' the method is based on the fact that most learning systems can be converted into a form that can be updated incrementally without costly retraining from scratch. This makes it easier and faster for systems to 'unlearn' data -- important for thwarting and recovering from attacks and protecting privacy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lori Friedman
lof214@lehigh.edu
610-758-3224
Lehigh University

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
Optics Letters
Tunable windows for privacy, camouflage
Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a technique that can quickly change the opacity of a window, turning it cloudy, clear or somewhere in between with the flick of a switch.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Light illuminates the way for bio-bots
A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light -- and is following where the light shines. The bio-bots are powered by muscle cells that have been genetically engineered to respond to light, giving researchers control over the bots' motion, a key step toward their use in applications for health, sensing and the environment.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
No dramatic shifts in BMI for overweight girls a year after receiving fitness assessment
Teens being classified as overweight in school fitness reports does not appear to have any impact on short-term changes in body mass index, finds a new study by NYU, Syracuse, and Columbia.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Rachel Harrison
rachel.harrison@nyu.edu
212-998-6797
New York University

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Newly found species reveals how T. rex became king of dinosaurs
The remains of a new species of horse-sized dinosaur reveal how Tyrannosaurus rex became one of Earth's top predators, a study suggests.
European Commission, National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Russian Scientific Fund Project

Contact: Catriona Kelly
Catriona.Kelly@ed.ac.uk
44-131-651-4401
University of Edinburgh

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Carbon from land played a role during last deglaciation
As the Earth emerged from its last ice age several thousand years ago, atmospheric carbon dioxide increased and further warmed the planet. Scientists have long speculated that the primary source of this CO2 was from the deep ocean around Antarctica, though it has been difficult to prove. A study published this week confirmed that theory.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ed Brook
brook@geo.oregonstate.edu
541-737-8197
Oregon State University

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