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Public Release: 6-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Changes in conservation planning can benefit vulnerable mammals
New research from Colorado State University underscores the viewing of global conservation priority areas through three lenses: taxonomy, traits and evolutionary history.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Anne Manning
anne.manning@colostate.edu
970-491-7099
Colorado State University

Public Release: 6-Jul-2017
Astronomical Journal
A cosmic barbecue: Researchers spot 60 new 'hot Jupiter' candidates
Yale researchers have identified 60 potential new 'hot Jupiters' -- highly irradiated worlds that glow like coals on a barbecue grill and are found orbiting only 1% of Sun-like stars.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Contact: Jim Shelton
james.shelton@yale.edu
203-432-3881
Yale University

Public Release: 6-Jul-2017
Journal of Computational Chemistry
Kinky biology
How and why proteins fold is a problem that has implications for protein design and therapeutics. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch are exploring protein folding in bacteriophage DNA and other systems using advanced computing resources at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Recent studies suggest the introduction of 'kinks' into configurations of DNA packaged within spherical confinement lowers energies and pressures and allows for compression. Results appeared in the Journal of Computational Chemistry.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Robert A. Welsh Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
aarondubrow@tacc.utexas.edu
512-471-8217
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 6-Jul-2017
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
A computer that reads body language
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have enabled a computer to understand the body poses and movements of multiple people from video in real time -- including, for the first time, the pose of each individual's fingers.
National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research

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

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
Physiology & Behavior
Early-life pain may lead to obesity risk, especially in females, study finds
Inflammatory pain at birth changes how the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with memory and eating behavior, works later in life, and this pain also causes adult rats to eat more frequently and in larger amounts, according to a study by Georgia State University and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Contact: LaTina Emerson
lemerson1@gsu.edu
404-413-1353
Georgia State University

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
Deep Sea Research I
Krill hotspot fuels incredible biodiversity in Antarctic region
A perfect combination of tides and wind is responsible for a hotspot of Antarctic krill along the western Antarctic Peninsula.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kim Bernard
kbernard@coas.oregonstate.edu
541-737-9337
Oregon State University

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Tech
First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power
UW engineers have designed the first battery-free cellphone that can send and receive calls using only a few microwatts of power, which it harvests from ambient radio signals or light. It's a major step forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones.
National Science Foundation, Google Faculty Research Awards

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Biofuels like the ethanol in US gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month on the cover of the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Todd B. Bates
tbates@ucm.rutgers.edu
848-932-0550
Rutgers University

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Investigating folding stability and dynamics of proteins
Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois recently used Fast Relaxation Imaging (FReI) to investigate the folding stability and dynamics of proteins within polyacrylamide hydrogels.
National Science Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Contact: Maeve Reilly
mjreilly@illinois.edu
217-244-7316
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Greener molecular intermediates may aid drug design
Rice University scientists simplify their method to make molecular precursors for biologically active compounds, making it more environmentally friendly in the process. The new technique could be a boon to researchers who synthesize new drugs and other fine chemicals.
Rice University, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Robert A. Welch Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
Science Advances
Reconciling predictions of climate change
Harvard researchers have resolved a major conflict in estimates of how much the Earth will warm in response to a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere -- finding that the lower range of estimates offered by historical observations does not take into account long-term patterns of warming. The research finds a range of 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius, even up to 6 degrees, may also be possible due to a doubling of CO2.
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: 5-Jul-2017
Science
International team develops new way to produce pure hydrogen efficiently
An international team of researchers, including Lehigh University's Christopher J. Kiely, have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). Their discovery is described in a paper published recently in Science.
Natural Science Foundation of China, Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, DOE/Office of Science, DOE/Office of Basic Energy Sciences, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
Scientific Reports
Recreating interstellar ions with lasers
Trihydrogen, or H3+, has been called the molecule that made the universe, where it plays a greater role in astrochemistry than any other molecule. While H3+ is astronomically abundant, no scientist understood the mechanisms that form it from organic molecules.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Layne Cameron
layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
'Smart' transformers could make reliable smart grid a reality
A new study using complex computational models finds that smart solid-state transformers could be used to make a stable, reliable 'smart grid' -- allowing the power distribution system to route renewable energy from homes and businesses into the power grid.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
The Plant Cell
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
Researchers at the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, are reporting the first whole-genome sequence of a mutant population of Kitaake, a model variety of rice. Their high-density, high-resolution catalog of mutations facilitates the discovery of novel genes and functional elements that control diverse biological pathways.
US Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Sarah Yang
scyang@lbl.gov
510-486-4575
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017
Neuron
Neuroscientists call for more comprehensive view of how brain forms memories
Neuroscientists from the University of Chicago argue that research on how memories form in the brain should consider activity of groups of brain cells working together, not just the connections between them.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Matt Wood
matthew.wood@uchospitals.edu
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
Nature Nanotechnology
Molecular electronics scientists shatter 'impossible' record
Researchers have far surpassed a theoretical limit on the rectification rate in the field of molecular electronics -- an accomplishment that was thought to be impossible.
Singapore Ministry of Education, Science Foundation Ireland, National Science Foundation

Contact: Mark Schlueb
mark.schlueb@ucf.edu
407-823-0221
University of Central Florida

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
UTA's Kyle O'Connell receives prestigious NSF doctoral dissertation grant
Kyle O'Connell, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in biology, was selected to receive funds from the National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants program, which typically awards funding to between 100 and 200 projects nationwide each year. O'Connell's faculty advisor is Matt Fujita, assistant professor of biology.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Louisa Kellie
louisa.kellie@uta.edu
817-524-8926
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Extinction event that wiped out dinosaurs cleared way for frogs
The mass extinction that obliterated three-fourths of life on Earth, including non-avian dinosaurs, set the stage for the swift rise of frogs, a new study shows.
National Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Youth Talent Support Program, National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars of China

Contact: Natalie van Hoose
nvanhoose@flmnh.ufl.edu
352-273-1922
Florida Museum of Natural History

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
National Astronomy Meeting 2017
Astrophysical Journal Letters
'Little Cub' gives astronomers rare chance to see galaxy demise
A primitive galaxy that could provide clues about the early universe has been spotted by astronomers as it begins to be consumed by a gigantic neighboring galaxy.
WM Keck Foundation, Google, Royal Society, NASA, Science and Technology Facilities Council, National Science Foundation

Contact: Leighton Kitson
leighton.kitson@dur.ac.uk
44-191-334-6074
Durham University

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Dinosaurs' loss was frogs' gain: The upside of a mass extinction
Based on earlier studies, biologists believed that the vast majority of today's frogs originated in a blossoming of new species 100 million years ago. New and more complete genetic data pinpoints this radiation much earlier: 66 million years ago at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, precisely when much of life on Earth was wiped out by a comet or asteroid. Frogs took advantage of flourishing angiosperms to escape to the treetops into many more ecological niches.
National Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Contact: Robert Sanders
rlsanders@berkeley.edu
510-643-6998
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Utah is home to earliest use of a wild potato in North America
Researchers have discovered potato starch residues in the crevices of a 10,900-year-old stone tool in Escalante, Utah -- the earliest evidence of wild potato use in North America. This is the first archaeological study to identify Solanum jamesii, a wild species native to the southwestern United States, as an important part of ancient human diets. The long history could mean that the species was transported, cultivated or even domesticated.
National Science Foundation, Vice President for Research Funding Incentive Seed Grant Program

Contact: Lisa Potter
lisa.potter@utah.edu
949-533-7899
University of Utah

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Frogs illustrate the creative destruction of mass extinctions
Using the largest set of frog genetic data ever evaluated for evolutionary relationships, researchers discover not one but three explosions of new frog species, all concentrated in the aftermath of the mass die-off of most dinosaurs and many other species about 66 million years ago.
National Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Youth Talent Support Program, National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars of China

Contact: Marc Airhart
mairhart@austin.utexas.edu
512-232-1066
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 3-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
What's in a name? Big Data reveals distinctive patterns in higher education systems
Using lists of names collected from publicly available websites, two University of Chicago researchers have revealed distinctive patterns in higher education systems, ranging from ethnic representation, to gender imbalance in the sciences, to nepotism in Italian universities.
National Science Foundation, Human Frontier Science Program

Contact: John Easton
john.easton@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5225
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 2-Jul-2017
Science Bulletin
Physicists demonstrate topological superconductivity on palladium dibismuthides
By combining state-of-the-art molecular beam epitaxy technique and cryogenic scanning tunneling microscopy, topological superconductivity and possible Majorana zero modes have been demonstrated on epitaxial β-Bi2Pd films.
National Science Foundation, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Education of China, the National Thousand-Young-Talents Program and the Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program

Contact: Can-Li Song
clsong07@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn
Science China Press

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