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Public Release: 10-Nov-2020
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Scientists have discovered an ancient lake bed deep beneath the Greenland ice
Scientists have detected what they say are the sediments of a huge ancient lake bed sealed more than a mile under the ice of northwest Greenland--the first-ever discovery of such a sub-glacial feature anywhere in the world.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Krajick
kkrajick@ei.columbia.edu
917-361-7766
Earth Institute at Columbia University

Public Release: 10-Nov-2020
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Stanford researchers develop DNA approach to forecast ecosystem changes
The rapid, low-cost technique is the first to analyze DNA left behind in animals' feces to map out complex networks of species interactions in a terrestrial system. It could help redefine conservation as we know it, identify otherwise hard-to-find species and guide a global effort to rewild vast areas. WATCH VIDEO: https://bit.ly/2IjVfSa
Stanford's Philippe S. Cohen Graduate Fellowship Fund, Stanford's JRBP Mellon Grant, Swiss National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact: Rob Jordan
rjordan@stanford.edu
415-760-8058
Stanford University

Public Release: 9-Nov-2020
Science Advances
Blue whirl flame structure revealed with supercomputers
Main structure and flow structure of 'blue whirl' flame revealed through supercomputer simulations. Flame simulations entailed four million CPU hours distributed over the Deepthought2 system from the University of Maryland; the Thunder system from the Air Force Research Laboratory; and Stampede2 of TACC allocated through NSF-funded XSEDE. Further research on blue whirls might help scientists develop ways to burn fuels more cleanly.
National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Army Research Laboratory

Contact: Jorge Salazar
jorge@tacc.utexas.edu
512-471-3980
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 9-Nov-2020
NPG Asia Materials
Implantable sensor could measure bodily functions -- and then safely biodegrade
Sensors that monitor a patient's condition during and after medical procedures can be expensive, uncomfortable and even dangerous. Now, an international team of researchers has designed a highly sensitive flexible gas sensor that can be implanted in the body -- and, after it's no longer needed, safely biodegrade into materials that are absorbed by the body.
Korea University, KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology Program, National Research Foundation of Korea and the Technology I-novation Program, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, National Science Foundation.

Contact: Matthew Swayne
mls29@psu.edu
Penn State

Public Release: 9-Nov-2020
Astrophysical Journal Letters
Maunakea telescopes confirm first brown dwarf discovered by radio observations
A collaboration between the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) radio telescope in Europe, the Gemini North telescope, and the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF), both on Maunakea in Hawai'i, has led to the first direct discovery of a cold brown dwarf from its radio wavelength emission. Along with paving the way for future brown dwarf discoveries, this result is an important step towards applying radio astronomy to the exciting field of exoplanets.
National Science Foundation, NRC-Canada, ANID-Chile, MCTIC-Brazil, MINCyT-Argentina, KASI-Republic of Korea

Contact: Amanda Kocz
amanda.kocz@noirlab.edu
626-524-5884
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)

Public Release: 9-Nov-2020
Nature Neuroscience
Researchers isolate and decode brain signal patterns for specific behaviors
A standing challenge has been isolating patterns in brain signals that relate to a specific behavior, such as finger movements. Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that resolved this challenge by uncovering neural patterns missed by other methods. This could both enable new neuroscience discoveries and enhance future brain-machine interfaces.
Army Research Office, Department of Defense, UK MOD and the UK Engineering and Physical Research Council under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program, the National Science Foundation

Contact: Amy Liberson
amyblume@usc.edu
917-710-1897
University of Southern California

Public Release: 9-Nov-2020
Nature Communications
How ancient dust from the sea floor helps to explain climate history
Iron-containing dust can fuel ocean productivity. Researchers now show that dust travelled a long way in the South Pacific Region during the last Ice Age. Based on analyses of sediment cores they identified the area that is now north-west Argentina as primary source of dust. The results help explain glacial cooling and climate history.
National Science Foundation, Max Planck Society, Helmholtz Association

Contact: Dr. Torben Struve
torben.struve@uni-oldenburg.de
49-044-179-83359
University of Oldenburg

Public Release: 9-Nov-2020
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2021
New tool detects unsafe security practices in Android apps
Computer scientists at Columbia Engineering have shown for the first time that it is possible to analyze how thousands of Android apps use cryptography without needing to have the apps' actual codes. The team's new tool, CRYLOGGER, can tell when an Android app uses cryptography incorrectly--it detects the so-called 'cryptographic misuses' in Android apps. When given a list of rules that should be followed for secure cryptography, CRYLOGGER detects violations of these rules.
National Science Foundation, Bloomberg, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Contact: Holly Evarts
he2181@columbia.edu
347-453-7408
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Public Release: 9-Nov-2020
Nature Materials
Wound-healing biomaterials activate immune system for stronger skin
Researchers at Duke University and the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a biomaterial that significantly reduces scar formation after a wound, leading to more effective skin healing. This new material, which quickly degrades once the wound has closed, activates an adaptive immune response that can trigger regenerative wound healing, leaving behind stronger and healthier healed skin.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, LEO Foundation

Contact: Michaela Kane
michaela.kane@duke.edu
919-660-5155
Duke University

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
The Auk: Ornithological Advances
Migration and molt affect how birds change their colors
Before their big journey, many birds molt their bright feathers, replacing them with a more subdued palette. Watching this molt led scientists to wonder how feather color changes relate to the migrations many birds undertake twice each year.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Allison Mills
awmills@mtu.edu
906-487-2343
Michigan Technological University

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
Geophysical Research Letters
Study projects more rainfall in Florida during flooding season
A new study by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science projects an increase in Florida's late summertime rainfall with rising Atlantic Ocean temperatures.
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Contact: Diana Udel
dudel@rsmas.miami.edu
786-256-4446
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
Science Advances
Rivers melt Arctic ice, warming air and ocean
A new study shows that increased heat from Arctic rivers is melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and warming the atmosphere.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Heather McFarland
hrmcfarland@alaska.edu
907-474-6286
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
Applied Physics Reviews
Optimizing the design of new materials
A new approach developed by Professors James Rondinelli and Wei Chen combines statistical inference, optimization theory, and computational materials physics to design new materials without large amounts of existing data.
National Science Foundation, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Contact: Amanda Morris
amandamo@northwestern.edu
847-467-6790
Northwestern University

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
New telescope at Green Bank Observatory will improve localization of Fast Radio Bursts
Thanks to a $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant, a new telescope is slated to be built at the Green Bank Observatory to pinpoint the locations of FRBs in far off galaxies, enabling the ability to finally discover the nature of these enigmatic objects.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Paige Nesbit
Paige.Nesbit@mail.wvu.edu
304-293-4135
West Virginia University

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
Physical Review Letter
Final dance of unequal black hole partners
Lousto and James Healy (both of Rochester Institute of Technology) used the Frontera supercomputer to model for the first time a black hole merger of two black holes with very different sizes (128:1). The research required seven months of constant computation. The results, published in Physical Review Letters, predicts the gravitational waves such a merger would produce, as well as characteristics of the resulting merged black hole.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
aarondubrow@tacc.utexas.edu
512-820-5785
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences
A new candidate material for quantum spin liquids
Using a unique material, EPFL scientists have been able to design and study an unusual state of matter, the Quantum Spin Liquid. The work has significant implications for future technologies, from quantum computing to superconductivity and spintronics.
Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Nik Papageorgiou
n.papageorgiou@epfl.ch
41-216-932-105
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 6-Nov-2020
Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology
Indian fossils support new hypothesis for origin of hoofed mammals
New research published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes a fossil family that illuminates the origin of perissodactyls - the group of mammals that includes horses, rhinos, and tapirs. It provides insights on the controversial question of where these hoofed animals evolved, concluding that they arose in or near present day India.
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, National Geographic Society, the Leakey Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Department of Science and Technology Go

Contact: Simon Wesson
simon.wesson@tandf.co.uk
07-817-299-937
Taylor & Francis Group

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
UTEP leads collaborative abiotic CO2 project through $1.18 million NSF grant
The University of Texas at El Paso received a $1.18 million grant from the National Science Foundation to work with researchers at Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Center at El Paso to learn more about greenhouse gas abiotic carbon dioxide dynamics in dryland systems through the study of irrigated pecan orchards throughout the El Paso region.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Victor H. Arreola
varreola1@utep.edu
915-747-6437
University of Texas at El Paso

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
Global Change Biology
Soil carbon changes in transition areas suggest conservation for Amazon, scientists say
Conservation efforts on the edges of the Amazon forest, especially in light of recent deforestation by human disturbance, could help the region weather the storm of climate change, researchers say. That assessment, led by researchers at the University of Oregon, comes from an analysis of vegetation changes and carbon isotope signatures in the soil at 83 sites.
National Science Foundation, Brazil's National Council for Scientific and Technological Development

Contact: Jim Barlow
jebarlow@uoregon.edu
541-346-3481
University of Oregon

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
Astrophysical Journal Letters
New research on imposter stars may improve astronomical data
Quick flashes of light reflecting from satellites and debris in Earth's orbit are extremely common, according to new findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that may improve the accuracy of astronomical data. For the first time, astronomers report the flashes, which are often mistaken for stars, occur more than 1,000 times an hour across the sky.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Shantell M. Kirkendoll
smkirken@email.unc.edu
919-445-8555
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics
Boosting treatments for metastatic melanoma
University of Cincinnati clinician-scientist Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, says that new findings from her and Daniel Pomeranz Krummel's, PhD, team might have identified a treatment-boosting drug to enhance effectiveness of therapies for metastatic cancer and make them less toxic, giving patients a fighting chance at survival and improved quality of life.
NIH-NINDS, Thomas E. & Pamela M. Mischell Family Foundation, UC College of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute Melanoma Philanthropic Funds, NSF Division of Chemistry, Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery, American Cancer Society

Contact: Katie Pence
katie.pence@uc.edu
513-504-1514
University of Cincinnati

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
Cretaceous Research
The first duckbill dinosaur fossil from Africa hints at how dinosaurs once crossed oceans
The first fossils of a duckbilled dinosaur have been discovered in Africa, suggesting dinosaurs crossed hundreds of kilometres of open water to get there.
United States National Science Foundation, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, European Regional Development Fund, the Basque Government, University of the Basque Country

Contact: Vicky Just
v.j.just@bath.ac.uk
44-796-634-1357
University of Bath

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
Science
Earliest example of a rapid-fire tongue found in 'weird and wonderful' extinct amphibians
Fossils of bizarre, armored amphibians known as albanerpetontids provide the oldest evidence of a slingshot-style tongue, a new Science study shows.
National Science Foundation, Sam Houston State University, Royal Society, Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, CERCA Programme/Generalitat de Catalunya, Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Academy of Sciences

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

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
Science
Global-scale animal ecology reveals behavioral changes in response to climate change
An international team including University of Maryland biologists developed a data archive of animal movement studies from across the global Arctic and sub-Arctic and conducted three case studies that revealed surprising patterns and associations between climate change and the behavior of golden eagles, bears, caribou, moose and wolves. This work, which appears in the November 6, 2020, issue of the journal Science demonstrates both the feasibility and importance of global-scale animal ecology.
NASA, NSF

Contact: Kimbra Cutlip
kcutlip@umd.edu
301-405-9463
University of Maryland

Public Release: 5-Nov-2020
Current Biology
When new males take over, these female primates hurry up and mature
Most mammals--including humans and other primates--reach sexual maturity early or late depending on lots of different factors, such as how much food there is to eat. Now, researchers studying close primate relatives of baboons known as geladas have shown for the first time that females of this species suddenly hurry up and mature when a new male enters the picture. Their findings are reported in the journal Current Biology on November 5th.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Carly Britton
press@cell.com
617-417-7053
Cell Press

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