Latest News Releases 11 October
For their significant contributions to chemistry, UC Santa Barbara faculty members Phillip Christopher and Mahdi Abu-Omar have been nationally recognized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Awards Program.
A unique “domesticated” form of English rewilding is now emerging, which is distinct from activities in other parts of the world where there are lower levels of human intervention, a new study argues.
- Environmental Values
Researchers report they have directly observed a prototypical version of a class of molecules central to environmental and combustion chemistry. This new knowledge is important to climate change models and the design of more efficient combustion engines.
Two of the commonly used coronavirus vaccines provide protection against multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, including the highly infectious Delta variant, a new Yale study has found. The findings, published Oct. 11 in the journal Nature, also show at those infected with the virus prior to vaccination exhibit a more robust immune response to all variants than those who were uninfected and fully vaccinated.
SWOG Cancer Research Network and its charitable arm, The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research, have jointly developed a website for SWOG Clinical Trials Partnerships (SWOG CTP) as a public resource for current and potential partners to learn about SWOG CTP's structure and staff, how it conducts research, its latest news, and how to get involved.
For decades, mining companies unearthed uranium in the American Southwest. Today, the remnants of those mines pepper the landscape, especially in the Navajo Nation, in northeast Arizona. Mine tailings and dust still circulate through the ecological system, spreading radioactive particles on soils, waterways, and homes.
- GSA Connects 2021
Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign used machine learning to perform accelerated simulations of the physico-chemical properties of molten salt FLiNaK. Their framework can help characterize and screen other molten salts and determine which are ideal to use in an advanced nuclear reactor.
- The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
- DOE/US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Researchers at the University of Crete and Toyota Motor Europe improved the hydrogen storage profile of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as potential materials for use in hydrogen-powered cars and provided a “proof of concept” for the application of machine learning (ML) in MOF design. They recently published their findings in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
- International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Students and researchers from HSE University and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics have examined the widely known ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ game using methods from statistical physics. They used the mean-field concept, a common tool for studying the physics of many-particle systems, to describe human decision-making processes. Researchers suggest that this model may be helpful for understanding systems with many participants. The results of the study are published in the September issue of the Physics Review Research journal.
A new study delves into the evolutionary history of pregnancy, identifying hundreds of genes that evolved to be turned on or off in the uterus of humans during the early part of pregnancy, in contrast to a range of other animals.
Vania Jordanova, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Science and Applications group, was named fellow by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Jordanova is among 59 new fellows this year who will be honored at the AGU Fall Meeting. Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1 percent of its members to join this prestigious group of individuals.