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Public Release: 8-Dec-2015
Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth
The geography of Antarctica's underside
Scientists were able to deploy ruggidized seismometers that could withstand intense cold in Antarctica only recently. A line of seismometers strung across the West Antarctic Rift Valley and the Marie Byrd Land have given geologists their first good look at the mantle beneath the ice and rocks, revealing areas of hot rock that might affect the behavior of the overlying ice sheet.
POLENET, NSF

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

Public Release: 8-Dec-2015
Nano Research
Researchers develop nanoscale probes for ssDNA sustainability under UV radiation
A team of researchers from Lehigh University, the University of Central Florida and the National Institute of Standards and Technology set out to understand the stability of DNA as a carrier of genetic information against potential damage by UV radiation. They have reported their findings in a paper recently accepted for publication in Nano Research.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 8-Dec-2015
eLife
Researchers resolve structure of a key component of bacterial decision-making
For bacteria that swim, determining whether to stay the course or head in a new direction is vital to survival. A new study offers atomic-level details of the molecular machinery that allows swimming bacteria to sense their environment and change direction when needed.
NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Yates
diya@illinois.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 8-Dec-2015
Nature Physics
Scientists explain origin of heavy elements in the Universe
In a letter published in the prestigious journal Nature Physics, a team of scientists suggests a solution to the Galactic radioactive plutonium puzzle. They point to the rare mergers of binary neutron stars as the source of radioactive plutonium-244 in nature.
ISF I-Core Center for Excellence in Astrophysics, CNSF-ISF, ISA Grant

Contact: Dov Smith
dovs@savion.huji.ac.il
972-258-82844
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Annals of the Entomological Society of America
A new genus of plant bug, plus 4 new species from Australia
A new genus of plant bug and four new species have been discovered in Australia. The newly discovered insects, which belong to the family Miridae and the subfamily Phylinae, are described in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Richard Levine
rlevine@entsoc.org
301-731-4535
Entomological Society of America

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
ACS Nano
Seeing viruses in a new light
If researchers can understand how viruses assemble, they may be able to design drugs that prevent viruses from forming in the first place. Unfortunately, how exactly viruses self-assemble has long remained a mystery because it happens very quickly and at such small length-scales. Now, there is a system to track nanometer-sized viruses at sub-millisecond time scales. The method is the first step towards tracking individual proteins and genomic molecules at high speeds as they assemble to create a virus.
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: 7-Dec-2015
Nature Climate Change
Climate change governs a crop pest, even when populations are far-flung
Research appearing today in Nature Climate Change shows how large-scale climatic changes drive a coordinated rise and fall of numbers of aphids across Great Britain, even when individual aphid populations in that nation are separated by great distance.
UK Natural Environment Research Council, National Science Foundation, University of Kansas

Contact: Brendan M. Lynch
brendan@ku.edu
785-864-8855
University of Kansas

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Nature Climate Change
Including plant acclimation to temperature change improves climate models
Including plants' acclimation to changes in temperature could significantly improve the accuracy of climate models, a Purdue University study shows.
National Science Foundation, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Contact: Natalie van Hoose
nvanhoos@purdue.edu
765-496-2050
Purdue University

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Nano Letters
Nanotube letters spell progress
Rice University researchers test the stiffness of individual nanotube junctions and find different characteristics based upon their 'letter' forms. Materials built with particular letters may be useful as building blocks in the construction of macroscale structures.
DOD/Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Sperm crane their neck to turn right
Spermatozoa need to crane their necks to turn right to counteract a left-turning drive caused by the rotation of their tails, new research has found. Led by Dr. Vasily Kantsler of the University of Warwick's Department of Physics, the researchers discovered that all sperm tails (flagella) rotate in a counter-clockwise motion as they beat to enable them to move through and against the motion of a fluid.
Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Frew
a.t.frew@warwick.ac.uk
44-024-767-75910
University of Warwick

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Advanced Materials
Stretchy hydrogel 'Band-Aid' senses, lights up, delivers medicine
MIT engineers have designed what may be the Band-Aid of the future: a sticky, stretchy, gel-like material that can incorporate temperature sensors, LED lights, and other electronics, as well as tiny, drug-delivering reservoirs and channels. The 'smart wound dressing' releases medicine in response to changes in skin temperature and can be designed to light up if, say, medicine is running low.
Office of Naval Research, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, and National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Nature
Atomically flat tunnel transistor overcomes fundamental power challenge of electronics
Engineering researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Rice University have demonstrated a new transistor that switches at only 0.1 volts and reduces power dissipation by over 90 percent compared to state-of-the-art silicon transistors (MOSFETs).
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Basic Research Initiative, National Science Foundation

Contact: Kaustav Banerjee
kaustav@ece.ucsb.edu
805-893-3337
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 7-Dec-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Gut bacteria important factor in cockroach gathering
North Carolina State University research shows that bacteria in the gut of German cockroaches play a major role in how the cockroaches gather together, or aggregate. The findings could lead to more efficient roach baits and traps.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Science Foundation, NC State's Blanton J. Whitmire Endowment

Contact: Coby Schal
coby@ncsu.edu
919-515-1821
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 4-Dec-2015
Science Advances
Nanoscale drawbridges open path to color displays
A new method for building 'drawbridges' between metal nanoparticles could open new paths for electronics makers who wish to build full-color displays from opto-electric components. The research by plasmonics experts at Rice University is described in a new study this week in Science Advances.
National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation, American Chemical Society, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Rice University's Smalley-Curl Institute

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

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Journal of American Chemical Society
A more efficient way of converting ethanol to a better alternative fuel
A research team at the University of Rochester has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts.
NSF/Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis

Contact: Peter Iglinski
peter.iglinski@rochester.edu
585-273-4726
University of Rochester

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Nature Communications
Penn researchers make thinnest plates that can be picked up by hand
Despite being thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper and hundreds of times thinner than household cling wrap or aluminum foil, newly developed corrugated plates of aluminum oxide spring back to their original shape after being bent and twisted.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
American Geophysical Union conference
Higher levels of Fukushima cesium detected offshore
Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of contaminated sites off the US West Coast, along with the highest detection level to date, from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San Francisco. The level of cesium in the sample is 50 percent higher than other samples collected, but is still more than 500 times lower than US government safety limits.
National Science Foundation, crowd funding

Contact: WHOI Media Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Water International
It takes a village -- and much more -- to quench megacity water demands
scientists at Michigan State University propose a novel way to begin understanding what happens to the globe when large cities -- think Beijing, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo -- reach far to get the water they need.
National Science Foundation, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program

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

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
EPJ D
Minutest absolute magnetic field measurement
Every measurement is potentially prone to systematic error. The more sensitive the measurement method, the more important it is to make sure it is also accurate. This is key for example in measuring magnetic fields in physics experiments. Now, an international team of physicists has developed an extremely high-precision method for the determination of magnetic fields. The findings by Hans-Christian Koch from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and colleagues are published in EPJ D.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Sabine Lehr
sabine.lehr@springer.com
0049-622-148-78336
Springer

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Science
Event Horizon Telescope reveals magnetic fields at Milky Way's central black hole
For the first time, astronomers have detected magnetic fields just outside the event horizon of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
National Science Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Contact: Christine Pulliam
cpulliam@cfa.harvard.edu
617-495-7463
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Science
VLA yields new insights on solar flares
Observations with the upgraded VLA radio telescope provide strong support for a proposed mechanism by which solar flares accelerate particles to nearly the speed of light.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Lab on a Chip
A cheap, disposable device for diagnosing disease
The development of a reusable microfluidic device for sorting and manipulating cells and other micro/nano meter scale objects will make biomedical diagnosis of diseases cheaper and more convenient in regions where medical facilities are sparse or cost is prohibitive. Researchers at Penn State have recently filed a patent to develop such a device.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Topics in Cognitive Science
Climate-change foes winning public opinion war
As world leaders meet this week and next at a historic climate change summit in Paris, a new study by Michigan State University environmental scientists suggests opponents of climate change appear to be winning the war of words.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21)
Global food system faces multiple threats from climate change
A new international report warns that climate change will likely have far-reaching impacts on food security worldwide, especially for the poor and those in tropical regions. The report, issued today at the Paris climate talks, finds that warmer temperatures and altered precipitation patterns can affect food production, transportation, and safety.
US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Environmental Science & Technology
Carbon capture analyst: 'Coal should stay in the ground'
Serious flaws have been found in a decade's worth of studies about the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize the climate.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Nicole Casal Moore
ncmoore@umich.edu
734-647-7087
University of Michigan

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