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Public Release: 6-Mar-2014
Developmental Science
Are you smarter than a 5-year-old? Preschoolers can do algebra
Most preschoolers and kindergarteners, or children between four and six, can do basic algebra naturally using their Approximate Number System.
National Science Foundation, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Contact: Latarsha Gatlin
lgatlin1@jhu.edu
443-997-9909
Johns Hopkins University

Public Release: 6-Mar-2014
NeuroImage
IUPUI researchers use computers to 'see' neurons to better understand brain function
A study from the Department of Computer and Information Science at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis reveals new information about the motor circuits of the brain that may one day help those developing therapies to treat conditions such as stroke, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury or Alzheimer's disease.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-843-2276
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science

Public Release: 6-Mar-2014
Robotic prosthesis turns drummer into a 3-armed cyborg
Georgia Tech has created a robotic drumming prosthesis with motors that power two drumsticks. The first stick is controlled both physically by the musicians' arms and electronically using electromyography muscle sensors. The other stick 'listens' to the music being played and improvises. The robot that can be attached to amputees, allowing its technology to be embedded into humans.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jason Maderer
maderer@gatech.edu
404-385-2966
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Astrophysical Journal
A small step toward discovering habitable earths
For the first time, University of Arizona astronomers have used the same imaging technology found in a digital camera to take a picture of a planet far from our solar system with an Earth-based telescope. The accomplishment is a small step toward the technology astronomers will need in order to characterize planets suitable for harboring life.
National Science Foundation, NASA

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

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
First-ever 3-D image created of the structure beneath Sierra Negra volcano
The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, with more than 50 eruptions in the last 200 years. Yet until recently, scientists knew far more about the history of finches, tortoises, and iguanas than of the volcanoes on which these unusual fauna had evolved. Now research out of the University of Rochester is providing a better picture of the subterranean plumbing system that feeds the Galapagos volcanoes.
National Science Foundation, Charles Darwin Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Nature Communications
Darwin: It's not all sexual (selection)
Scientists have long considered bird song to be an exclusively male trait, resulting from sexual selection. Now an international team of researchers says that's not the whole story. In Nature Communications, they write that 71 percent of songbirds in their extensive global survey had female song, and trait mapping revealed a common ancestor of modern songbirds also had female song. This research opens the door to explore alternative processes in the evolution of bird song.
National Science Foundation, Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council

Contact: Dinah Winnick
dwinnick@umbc.edu
410-455-8117
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Nature Physics
Seeking quantum-ness: D-Wave chip passes rigorous tests
D-Wave quantum processor passes tests indicating that it uses special laws of quantum mechanics to operate.
Swiss National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Scientific Reports
Pigment or bacteria? Researchers re-examine the idea of 'color' in fossil feathers
Paleontologists studying fossilized feathers have proposed that the shapes of certain microscopic structures inside the feathers can tell us the color of ancient birds. But new research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that it is not yet possible to tell if these structures -- thought to be melanosomes -- are what they seem, or if they are merely the remnants of ancient bacteria.
National Science Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Limnology and Oceanography: Methods
New technique allows frequent water quality monitoring for suite of pollutants
Researchers have developed a new technique that uses existing technology to allow researchers and natural resource managers to collect significantly more information on water quality to better inform policy decisions.
National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency

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

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
New fins evolve repeatedly in teleost fishes
Present in more than 6,000 living species of fish, the adipose fin, which lies between the dorsal fin and tail, has no clear function and is thought to be vestigial. However, a new study analyzing their origins finds that these fins arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species -- a striking example of convergent evolution. In addition, adipose fins appear to have repeatedly and independently evolved a skeleton, offering a glimpse the evolution of vertebrate appendages.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Jiang
kevin.jiang@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5227
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Nature
A single gene, doublesex, controls wing mimicry in butterflies
A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists from the University of Chicago, March 5 in Nature. Surprisingly, the gene described, doublesex, is already well-known for its critical role in sexual differentiation in insects.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Jiang
kevin.jiang@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5227
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 5-Mar-2014
Neuron
Brain circuits multitask to detect, discriminate the outside world
A new study found that neural circuits in the brain rapidly multitask between detecting and discriminating sensory input, such as car headlights in the distance. That's different from how electronic circuits work, where one circuit performs a very specific task. The brain, the study found, is wired in way that allows a single pathway to perform multiple tasks.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 4-Mar-2014
Cell Metabolism
Cholesterol study suggests new diagnostic, treatment approach for prostate cancer
Researchers have discovered a link between prostate cancer aggressiveness and the accumulation of a compound produced when cholesterol is metabolized in cells, findings that could bring new diagnostic and treatment methods. Findings also suggest that a class of drugs previously developed to treat atherosclerosis might be repurposed for treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense

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

Public Release: 4-Mar-2014
ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy
New technique targets C code to spot, contain malware attacks
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new tool to detect and contain malware that attempts root exploits in Android devices. The tool improves on previous techniques by targeting code written in the C programming language -- which is often used to create root exploit malware, whereas the bulk of Android applications are written in Java.
National Security Agency, Army Research Office, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 4-Mar-2014
Acta Astronautica
Bright pulses of light could make space veggies more nutritious, says CU-Boulder study
Exposing leafy vegetables grown during spaceflight to a few bright pulses of light daily could increase the amount of eye-protecting nutrients produced by the plants, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Barbara Demmig-Adams
Barbara.Demmig-Adams@colorado.edu
303-492-5541
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 4-Mar-2014
Clemson receives $5.3M from NSF to broaden cyberinfrastructure education, outreach
The National Science Foundation has awarded Clemson University a $5.3 million grant to enable a national network of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators to broaden the impact of advanced computing resources at campuses across the country.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Dustin Atkins
datkin2@clemson.edu
864-656-5949
Clemson University

Public Release: 4-Mar-2014
New research seeks beneficial qualities of viruses
The National Science Foundation awarded a five-year, $2-million grant to Rachel Whitaker, a microbiologist at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, and an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team to explore the idea of viruses and their hosts coevolving together in the lab in the model system of hot springs at Yellowstone National Park.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Nicholas Vasi
nvasi@illinois.edu
Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 4-Mar-2014
2014 American Physical Society March Meeting
How 19th century physics could change the future of nanotechnology
University of Cincinnati physics researchers have developed a new way of using an old technique that could help build better nanotechnology.
UC's semiconductor nanowire research is partially funded by the National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 4-Mar-2014
2014 American Physical Society March Meeting
Physics in 3-D? That's nothing. Try 0-D
Zero-dimensional quantum dots identified by University of Cincinnati researchers could someday have a big effect on a variety of technologies, such as solar energy, lasers and medical diagnostics.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 3-Mar-2014
2014 American Physical Society March Meeting
UC research tests range of electrical frequencies that help heal chronic wounds
Hard-to-heal wounds, like diabetic ulcers, fester because of insufficient blood supply at the wound site. However, the application of an electrical stimulus can promote the growth of blood vessels, and new UC research examines the best stimulus parameters -- such as frequency and magnitude -- for successful therapy.
National Science Foundation, University of Cincinnati

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

Public Release: 3-Mar-2014
Plant Physiology
Team models photosynthesis and finds room for improvement
Teaching crop plants to concentrate carbon dioxide in their leaves could increase photosynthetic efficiency by 60 percent and yields by as much as 40 percent, researchers report in a new study. The team used a computer model to simulate how adding genes from algae known as cyanobacteria might influence photosynthetic efficiency in plants.
National Science Foundation, Gates Foundation

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

Public Release: 3-Mar-2014
2014 American Physical Society March Meeting
UC research tests which nano system works best in killing cancer cells
New UC research to be presented this week tested four iron-oxide nanoparticle systems to see which, when heated, would likely work best as a tool for targeting cancer cells.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

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

Public Release: 3-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
'Fore!' heads up, wide use of more flexible metallic glass coming your way
Tweaking the shearing characteristics of materials such as glass has important applications well beyond the sporting worldof glass-faced golf clubs, it's a matter of broader impact, aiding such fields as space science, electrical transformers, cell phone cases, and yes, golf clubs, because their mechanical and magnetic properties are highly adjustable.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Nancy Ambrosiano
nwa@lanl.gov
505-667-0471
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory

Public Release: 3-Mar-2014
Marine Biology
Distinctive flashing patterns might facilitate fish mating
Scientists have shown for the first time that deep-sea fishes that use bioluminescence for communication are diversifying into different species faster than other glowing fishes that use light for camouflage. The new research indicates that bioluminescence -- a phenomenon in which animals generate visible light through a chemical reaction -- could promote communication and mating in the open ocean, an environment with few barriers to reproduction. The study was recently published in the journal Marine Biology.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kendra Snyder
ksnyder@amnh.org
212-496-3419
American Museum of Natural History

Public Release: 3-Mar-2014
Scientific Reports
Transparent, color solar cells fuse energy, beauty
Colorful, see-through solar cells invented at the University of Michigan could one day be used to make stained-glass windows, decorations and even shades that turn the sun's energy into electricity.
National Science Foundation

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

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