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Public Release: 2-Jun-2014
BMC Plant Biology
Blunting rice disease
A naturally occurring microbe in soil that inhibits the rice blast fungus has been identified by a team of researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of California at Davis.
NSF/Plant Genome Research Project

Contact: Donna O'Brien
dobrien@udel.edu
302-831-1418
University of Delaware

Public Release: 2-Jun-2014
Personality and Individual Differences
What finding out a child's sex before birth says about a mother
An expectant mother who chooses to find out her child's sex before birth may be giving subtle clues about her views on proper gender roles, new research suggests.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Contact: Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan
Schoppe-sullivan.1@osu.edu
Ohio State University

Public Release: 2-Jun-2014
Cell Biology Education—Life Sciences Education
ASU researcher leads national effort to transform undergraduate biology education
In an effort to both capture the diversity of biology and condense what is taught, an Arizona State University researcher is leading a grassroots effort to improve biology education throughout the United States. Sara Brownell and colleagues from UW have developed a detailed core concept template called BioCore Guide. The guide is provides an updated blueprint for educators to help them clarify the learning outcomes for undergraduate students majoring in general biology.
University of Washington, National Science Foundation

Contact: Sandra Leander
sandra.leander@asu.edu
480-965-9865
Arizona State University

Public Release: 2-Jun-2014
BioScience
Rolling old river is indeed changing
A team of ecologists has documented and summarized far-reaching changes in the Hudson since 1987, most as a result of human activity. Invasive species, pollution reductions, increased flow, and higher temperatures are among the most pronounced causes, but other changes are mysterious. Rivers must be understood over a decadal timescale, the researchers argue.
Hudson River Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jennifer Williams
jwilliams@aibs.org
American Institute of Biological Sciences

Public Release: 2-Jun-2014
Language
New analysis contradicts findings published in Science
New research published in the June 2014 issue of Language presents evidence that the methods employed by the authors of articles published in prestigious international science journals are not supported by a more rigorous linguistic analysis. The Language article, 'A statistical comparison of written language and non-linguistic symbol systems,' was authored by Richard Sproat, a research scientist at Google, based on work he previously did at the Oregon Health & Science University.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Alyson Reed
areed@lsadc.org
202-835-1714
Linguistic Society of America

Public Release: 1-Jun-2014
Nature Medicine
'Quadrapeutics' works in preclinical study of hard-to-treat tumors
A Rice University-led study in this week's Nature Medicine reports the first preclinical tests for a novel anti-cancer technology called 'quadrapeutics' that converts current clinical treatments to instantaneously detect and kill only cancer cells. Quadrapeutics combines clinically available drugs, colloidal gold, pulsed lasers and radiation in a novel and safe micro-treatment that improved standard therapy by 17-fold against aggressive, drug-resistant tumors.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Simmons Family Foundation

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

Public Release: 30-May-2014
Journal of Applied Polymer Science
New method of wormlike motion lets gels wiggle through water
A prestigious journal published a UC undergraduate's research on hydrogels -- a special substance that can be equipped to detect bacteria, carry cargo and deliver medicine.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Robinette
tom.robinette@uc.edu
513-556-1825
University of Cincinnati

Public Release: 29-May-2014
Biomaterials
Engineering a better way to rebuild bone inside the body
A new technology under development at the Georgia Institute of Technology could one day provide more efficient delivery of the bone regenerating growth factors with greater accuracy and at a lower cost.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Brett Israel
brett.israel@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-1933
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 29-May-2014
An ecological risk research agenda for synthetic biology
Environmental scientists and synthetic biologists have for the first time developed a set of key research areas to study the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Lovell
aaron.lovell@wilsoncenter.org
202-691-4320
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars/Science and Technology Innovation Program

Public Release: 29-May-2014
Science
When eradicating invasive species threatens endangered species recovery
Efforts to eradicate invasive species increasingly occur side by side with programs focused on recovery of endangered ones. But what should resource managers do when the eradication of an invasive species threatens an endangered species? In a new study, UC Davis scientists examine that conundrum now taking place in the San Francisco Bay.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Alan Hastings
amhastings@ucdavis.edu
530-752-8116
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 28-May-2014
Physics of Fluids
A cure for dry eye could be a blink away
Kara Maki, assistant professor in Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Mathematical Sciences, contributed to a recent National Science Foundation study seeking to understand the basic motion of tear film traversing the eye. 'Tear Film Dynamic with Evaporation, Wetting and Time Dependent Flux boundary Condition on an Eye-shaped Domain,' published in the journal Physics of Fluids on May 6, is an extension of Maki's doctoral research.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Susan Gawlowicz
smguns@rit.edu
585-475-5061
Rochester Institute of Technology

Public Release: 28-May-2014
New Journal of Physics
Chapman University research article wins 'Best of 2013' award
The global scientific society Institute of Physics recently announced that their editors selected a research article by a team from Chapman University's Institute for Quantum Studies 'for inclusion in the exclusive 'Highlights of 2013' collection.' The paper, titled, 'The classical limit of quantum optics: not what it seems at first sight,' was originally published in the New Journal of Physics last year.
Binational Science Foundation, Israel Science Foundation

Contact: Sheri Ledbetter
sledbett@chapman.edu
714-289-3143
Chapman University

Public Release: 28-May-2014
NSF grant funds UCSC chemists developing alternatives to phthalate plasticizers
Rebecca Braslau, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz, has received a $480,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support her research to develop a safe and affordable alternative to phthalate plasticizers.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Stephens
stephens@ucsc.edu
831-459-2495
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 28-May-2014
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Crow or raven? New birdsnap app can help!
Columbia Engineering computer scientists have taken bird-watching to a new level. Using computer vision and machine learning techniques, they have developed Birdsnap, a new iPhone app that is an electronic field guide featuring 500 of the most common North American bird species. The free app, which enables users to identify bird species through uploaded photos, accompanies a visually beautiful, comprehensive website that includes some 50,000 images.
National Science Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Office of Naval Research

Contact: Holly Evarts
holly.evarts@columbia.edu
347-453-7408
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Public Release: 28-May-2014
Nature
New study finds Antarctic Ice Sheet unstable at end of last ice age
A new study has found that the Antarctic Ice Sheet began melting about 5,000 years earlier than previously thought coming out of the last ice age -- and that shrinkage of the vast ice sheet accelerated during eight distinct episodes, causing rapid sea level rise.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Clark
clarkp@geo.oregonstate.edu
541-740-5237
Oregon State University

Public Release: 28-May-2014
PLoS ONE
Meek male and fighting female scorpions
Threatened female bark scorpions sting quicker than males, likely to compensate for reduced ability to flee the threat.
National Science Foundation, Sam Houston State University

Contact: Kayla Graham
onepress@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 27-May-2014
American Journal of Botany
What can plants reveal about gene flow? That it's an important evolutionary force
How much gene flow is there between plant populations? How important is gene flow for maintaining a species' identity and diversity, and what are the implications of these processes for evolution, conservation of endangered species, invasiveness, or unintentional gene flow from domesticated crops to wild relatives?
National Science Foundation Opus Grant

Contact: Richard Hund
rhund@botany.org
314-577-9557
American Journal of Botany

Public Release: 27-May-2014
Ecology
Vines choke a forest's ability to capture carbon, Smithsonian scientists report
As tropical forests take over abandoned agricultural land, scientists expect these new forests to mop up industrial quantities of atmospheric carbon. New research by Smithsonian scientists shows increasingly abundant vines could hamper carbon uptake and may even cause tropical forests to lose carbon.
National Science Foundation, Garden Club of Allegheny County, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Contact: Sean Mattson
mattsons@si.edu
633-4700 x28290
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Public Release: 27-May-2014
Rice researcher rebooting 'deep brain stimulation'
Deep brain stimulators, devices that zap Parkinson's disease tremors by sending electrical current deep into nerve centers near the brain stem, may sound cutting-edge, but Rice University's Caleb Kemere wants to give them a high-tech overhaul.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 27-May-2014
IDC2014
Google Glass adaptation opens the universe to deaf students
A group of deaf university students and their professor developed a system to display video narrating planetarium shows onto glasses worn by deaf students.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joe Hadfield
joe_hadfield@byu.edu
801-422-9206
Brigham Young University

Public Release: 27-May-2014
eLife
New University of Colorado study illuminates how cancer-killing gene may actually work
Scientists armed with a supercomputer and a vast trove of newly collected data on the body's most potent "tumor suppressor" gene have created the best map yet of how the gene works, an accomplishment that could lead to new techniques for fighting cancers, which are adept at disabling the gene in order to thrive.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Garth Sundem
garth.sundem@ucdenver.edu
University of Colorado Denver

Public Release: 27-May-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Prehistoric birds lacked in diversity
Birds come in astounding variety -- from hummingbirds to emus -- and behave in myriad ways: they soar the skies, swim the waters, and forage the forests. But this wasn't always the case, according to research by scientists at the University of Chicago and the Field Museum.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 26-May-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Relaxation helps pack DNA into a virus
DNA packs more easily into the tight confines of a virus when given a chance to relax.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Science

Contact: Doug Smith
des@ucsd.edu
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 25-May-2014
Nature Geoscience
Buried fossil soils found to be awash in carbon
Soils that formed on the Earth's surface thousands of years ago and that are now deeply buried features of vanished landscapes have been found to be rich in carbon, adding a new dimension to our planet's carbon cycle.
National Science Foundation, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Contact: Erika Marin-Spiotta
marinspiotta@wisc.edu
608-262-1855
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public Release: 25-May-2014
Nature Nanotechnology
DNA nanotechnology places enzyme catalysis within an arm's length
Using molecules of DNA like an architectural scaffold, Arizona State University scientists, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan, have developed a 3-D artificial enzyme cascade that mimics an important biochemical pathway that could prove important for future biomedical and energy applications.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joe Caspermeyer
joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu
480-258-8972
Arizona State University

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