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Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers quantify toxic ocean conditions during major extinction 93.9 million years ago
A research team led by UC Riverside biogeochemists reports that oxygen-free and hydrogen sulfide-rich waters extended across roughly five percent of the ocean 93.9 million years ago -- far more than the modern ocean's 0.1 percent but much less than previous estimates for this event. Across this event, a major biological extinction in the marine realm took place. The new work shows that only portions of the ocean need to contain sulfide to greatly impact biota.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Journal of Applied Geography
Researchers turn to technology to discover a novel way of mapping landscapes
Using computer technology to map patterns of land cover reveals types of landscapes and holds applications for numerous fields in research and planning.
National Science Foundation, Polish National Science Centre, UC Space Exploration Institute

Contact: Dawn Fuller
dawn.fuller@uc.edu
513-556-1823
University of Cincinnati

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Materials Science and Technology Conference
UC develops unique nano carrier to target drug delivery to cancer cells
University of Cincinnati researchers have developed a unique nanostructure that can, because of its dual-surface structure, serve as an improved "all-in-one tool" against cancer.
National Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Shanghai Nano-program

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

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Clemson, Dartmouth use $1.5M grant to develop mobile health technology
With a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Computer Systems Research program, researchers from Clemson University and Dartmouth College launched the Amulet project to develop computational jewelry to support mobile-health applications.
National Science Foundation's Computer Systems Research program

Contact: Kelly Caine
caine@clemson.edu
864-656-0631
Clemson University

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
PLOS ONE
Crying wolf: Who benefits and when?
A crisis at work can bring out the best in colleagues, often inspiring more cooperation and self-sacrifice. A study from Indiana University and the University of Guelph has found that the benefits are not shared equally, with higher-ranking group members having the most to gain by perceived threats to the group.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense

Contact: Tracy James
traljame@iu.edu
812-855-0084
Indiana University

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Making complex nanoparticles easily reproducible
A pair of Case Western Reserve University researchers have received a $424,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, to streamline manufacturing and assembly for two-sided nanoparticles. They aim to grow polymer trees on scaffolds made from plant viruses.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-368-4442
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Review of Policy Research
Public wants labels for food nanotech -- and they're willing to pay for it
New research finds that people in the United States want labels on food products that use nanotechnology -- whether the nanotechnology is in the food or is used in food packaging. The research also shows that many people are willing to pay more for the labeling.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Climate of the Past
El Niño is becoming more active
A new approach to analyzing geological and biological clues from the past to reconstruct El Niņo activity during the past 600 years resolves disagreements and reveals that El Niņo has become more active in recent decades. The work, published in Climate of the Past by scientists from the University of New South Wales and the University of Hawaii International Pacific Research Center, may also help yield more accurate El Niņo projections with further global warming.
Australian Research Council, National Science Foundation, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Contact: Gisela Speidel
gspeidel@hawaii.edu
808-956-9252
University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Breakthrough in study of aluminum should yield new technological advances
Researchers today announced a scientific advance that has eluded researchers for more than 100 years -- a platform to fully study and understand the aqueous chemistry of aluminum, one of the world's most important metals. It should open the door to significant advances in electronics and many other fields, ranging from manufacturing to construction, agriculture and drinking water treatment.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Douglas Keszler
douglas.keszler@oregonstate.edu
541-737-6736
Oregon State University

Public Release: 28-Oct-2013
Nature Communications
Traces of DNA exposed by twisted light
Structures that put a spin on light reveal tiny amounts of DNA with 50 times better sensitivity than the best current methods, a collaboration between the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University in China has shown.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Contact: Kate McAlpine
kmca@umich.edu
734-763-4386
University of Michigan

Public Release: 27-Oct-2013
Nature Geoscience
Scientists eye longer-term forecasts of US heat waves
Scientists have fingerprinted a distinctive atmospheric wave pattern high above the Northern Hemisphere that can foreshadow the emergence of summertime heat waves in the United States more than two weeks in advance. The new research, led by scientists at NCAR, could potentially enable forecasts of the likelihood of US heat waves 15-20 days out, giving society more time to prepare for these often-deadly events.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, NASA

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

Public Release: 25-Oct-2013
National Robotics Initiative grant to create smarter surgical robots
Providing surgical robots with a new kind of machine intelligence that significantly extends their capabilities and makes them much easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new grant announced as part of the National Robotics Initiative.
National Science Foundation

Contact: David Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 25-Oct-2013
Applied Physics Letters - Materials
ASU, Georgia Tech create breakthrough for solar cell efficiency
The ASU and Georgia Tech team's elimination of these two seemingly insurmountable defects (non-uniform composition and mismatched lattice alignment) ultimately means that LEDs and solar photovoltaic products can now be developed that have much higher, efficient performance.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Margaret Coulombe
margaret.coulombe@asu.edu
480-727-8934
Arizona State University

Public Release: 25-Oct-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
BUSM researchers identify molecule that could aid lung cancer detection, treatment
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have discovered a molecule that could help lead to the non-invasive detection of lung cancer as well as its treatment.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jenny Eriksen Leary
jenny.eriksen@bmc.org
617-638-6841
Boston University Medical Center

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
WUSTL researchers developing hospital patient early warning system
A team of Washington University in St. Louis engineers and physicians is combining areas of expertise to prevent hospitalized patients from deteriorating while in the hospital and from being readmitted soon after discharge.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Neil Schoenherr
nschoenherr@wustl.edu
314-935-5235
Washington University in St. Louis

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Aboriginal hunting practice increases animal populations
In Australia's Western Desert, Aboriginal hunters use a unique method that actually increases populations of the animals they hunt, according to a study co-authored by Stanford Woods Institute-affiliated researchers Rebecca and Doug Bird. The hunting method -- using fire to clear patches of land to improve the search for game -- also creates a mosaic of regrowth that enhances habitat.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Terry Nagel
tnagel@stanford.edu
650-498-0607
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Gold nanoparticles give an edge in recycling CO2
It's a 21st-century alchemist's dream: turning Earth's superabundance of carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas -- into fuel or useful industrial chemicals. Researchers from Brown University have shown gold nanoparticles can be tuned to selectively reduce CO2 into CO, an active carbon molecule that can be used to make alternative fuels and commodity chemicals. The key is maximizing the particles' long edges, which are the active sites for the reaction.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
GW School of Engineering and Applied Science receives grant to improve cloud computing reliability
The National Science Foundation has awarded a nearly $408,000 grant to three faculty members at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science to develop technologies that will allow cloud computing providers to tailor the availability and reliability of cloud computing services to meet the needs of various consumers.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kurtis Hiatt
kkhiatt@gwu.edu
202-994-1849
George Washington University

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
National Robotics Initiative Awards provide $7 million for Carnegie Mellon research projects
Robotic rotorcraft for inspecting bridges and other infrastructure, tools for minimally invasive surgery that guide surgeons by creating 3D maps of internal organs and assistive robots for blind travelers are among seven new Carnegie Mellon University research projects sponsored through the National Robotics Initiative.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Byron Spice
bspice@cs.cmu.edu
412-268-9068
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Physicists decode decision circuit of cancer metastasis
Researchers from Rice University's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics have deciphered the operating principles of a genetic circuit that allows cancer to metastasize. The study revealed that the decision circuit has three settings, an oddity that could open the door to cancer treatments that disrupt the circuit.
National Science Foundation, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Tauber Family Funds at Tel Aviv University

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

Public Release: 24-Oct-2013
Science
Increasing toxicity of algal blooms tied to nutrient enrichment and climate change
Nutrient enrichment and climate change are posing yet another concern of growing importance: an apparent increase in the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries around the world, which threatens aquatic organisms, ecosystem health and human drinking water safety.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Otten
ottent@onid.orst.edu
541-737-1796
Oregon State University

Public Release: 23-Oct-2013
Geophysical Research Letters
CU-Boulder study shows unprecedented warmth in Arctic
Average summer temperatures in the Eastern Canadian Arctic during the last 100 years are higher now than during any century in the past 44,000 years and perhaps as long ago as 120,000 years, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Gifford Miller
gmiller@colorado.edu
303-990-2071
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 23-Oct-2013
Computer scientist to mine electronic medical record data for better healthcare
A UT Arlington computer scientist is leading a new, National Science Foundation project to mine electronic medical records data to help physicians personalize patient treatment, predict health care needs and identify risks that can lead to readmission.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Herb Booth
hbooth@uta.edu
817-272-7075
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 23-Oct-2013
SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference
USC study: Google search serves users from 600 percent more locations than a year ago
Google search has dramatically increased the number of sites around the world from which it serves client queries.
National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, and others

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

Public Release: 23-Oct-2013
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Early-life exposure of frogs to herbicide increases mortality from fungal disease
A new study shows the herbicide atrazine increased mortality from chytridiomycosis, a disease causing worldwide amphibian declines.
US Department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation

Contact: Vickie Chachere
vchachere@usf.edu
813-974-6251
University of South Florida (USF Health)

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