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Public Release: 21-Feb-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Penn/Wistar study finds 'sweet spot' where tissue stiffness drives cancer's spread
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wistar Institute have now found that physical forces exerted between cancer cells and the ECM are enough to drive a shape change necessary for metastasis. Those forces converge on an optimal stiffness that allows cancer cells to spread.
NIH/National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 21-Feb-2017
Nature Communications
Penn engineers overcome a hurdle in growing a revolutionary optical metamaterial
Engineers in UPenn's School of Engineering and Applied Science produced an elusive diamond crystal structure that could revolutionize photonics. This put them on the path to achieving a material that is the 'holy grail of directed particle self-assembly.' Such materials could be used to make lenses, cameras and microscopes with better performance, or possibly even 'invisibility cloaks,' solid objects that would redirect all light rays around a central compartment, rendering objects there invisible.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ali Sundermier
alisun@upenn.edu
215-898-8562
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 21-Feb-2017
Water Resources Research
Colorado River flows will keep shrinking as climate warms
Warming in the 21st century reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet, about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, according to new research. Climate change models project increasing temperatures, but future precipitation projections have more uncertainty. The new report, the first to quantify the different effects of temperature and precipitation on recent Colorado River flow, shows as temperature keep increasing, Colorado River flows will keep declining.
Colorado Water Institute, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Geological Survey

Contact: Mari N. Jensen
mnjensen@email.arizona.edu
520-626-9635
University of Arizona

Public Release: 21-Feb-2017
Nature Communications
Radiocarbon dating and DNA show ancient Puebloan leadership in the maternal line
Discovering who was a leader, or even if leaders existed, from the ruins of archaeological sites is difficult, but now a team of archaeologists and biological anthropologists, using a powerful combination of radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, have shown that a matrilineal dynasty likely ruled Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico for more than 300 years.
National Science Foundation, University of Virginia, Penn State

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

Public Release: 20-Feb-2017
Nature Communications
Experiments call origin of Earth's iron into question
New research from The University of Texas at Austin reveals that the Earth's unique iron composition isn't linked to the formation of the planet's core, calling into question a prevailing theory about the events that shaped our planet during its earliest years.
National Science Foundation, Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research, NASA, French National Research Agency, Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences

Contact: Anton Caputo
anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu
512-232-9623
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 20-Feb-2017
Nature Neuroscience
Cedars-Sinai investigators identify human brain processes critical to short-term memory
Cedars-Sinai neuroscientists have uncovered processes involved in how the human brain creates and maintains short-term memories. This study is the first clear demonstration of precisely how human brain cells work to create and recall short-term memories.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Contact: Anasia Obioha
anasia.obioha@cshs.org
310-423-7798
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Public Release: 20-Feb-2017
Nature Communications
Switched-on DNA
DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices. Much like flipping your light switch at home -- only on a scale 1,000 times smaller than a human hair -- an ASU-led team has now developed the first controllable DNA switch to regulate the flow of electricity within a single, atomic-sized molecule.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joe Caspermeyer
joseph.caspermeyer@asu.edu
Arizona State University

Public Release: 20-Feb-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A new computer model explores how proteins are controlled 'at a distance'
EPFL scientists have created a new computer model that can help better design of allosteric drugs, which control proteins 'at a distance.'
National Science Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation

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

Public Release: 18-Feb-2017
Scientific Reports
Study shows China's severe weather patterns changing drastically since 1960
In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960.
Chinese National Science Foundation, National Basic Research Program of China, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 18-Feb-2017
Nature Genetics
Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change
A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the environment.
Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Cornell University, National Science Foundation

Contact: Melissa Osgood
mmo59@cornell.edu
607-255-2059
Cornell University

Public Release: 18-Feb-2017
2017 AAAS Annual Meeting
How to build a bio-bot: Researchers share design and development of biological machines
Creating tiny muscle-powered robots that can walk or swim by themselves -- or better yet, when prompted -- is more complicated than it looks. Rashid Bashir and Taher Saif of the University of Illinois will speak on the design and development of walking and swimming bio-bots at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Liz Ahlberg Touchstone
eahlberg@illinois.edu
217-244-1073
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 18-Feb-2017
2017 AAAS Annual Meeting
Three-way dance between herbivores, plants and microbes unveiled
What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to a Penn State entomologist.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 17-Feb-2017
Scientific Reports
Researchers use big-brother tech to spy on bumblebees
RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony.
University of Arizona Graduate & Professional Student Council, University of Arizona Center for Insect Science, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 17-Feb-2017
National Science Review
It's more than just climate change
Accurately modeling climate change and interactive human factors -- including inequality, consumption, and population -- is essential for the effective science-based policies and measures needed to benefit and sustain current and future generations. A recent study presents extensive evidence of the need for a new paradigm of modeling that fully incorporates the feedbacks between Earth systems and human systems.
University of Maryland Council on the Environment, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, National Science Foundation, The Institute of Global Environment and Society, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Office of Naval Research

Contact: Lee Tune
ltune@umd.edu
301-405-4679
University of Maryland

Public Release: 17-Feb-2017
2017 AAAS Annual Meeting
Adaptable model recommends response strategies for Zika, other pandemics
A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the dynamics of disease transmission across different environments and social settings, and provides critical information about how to mitigate infection, monitor risk and trace disease during a pandemic.
National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contact: John Toon
jtoon@gatech.edu
404-894-6986
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 17-Feb-2017
Nature Communications
Designing new materials from 'small' data
A Northwestern and Los Alamos team developed a novel workflow combining machine learning and density functional theory calculations to create design guidelines for new materials that exhibit useful electronic properties, such as ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Megan Fellman
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

Public Release: 17-Feb-2017
Nature Communications
'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics.
Office of Naval Research Multidisciplinary Research Initiative, National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Access Networks, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Cymer Corporation

Contact: Liezel Labios
llabios@ucsd.edu
858-246-1124
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 17-Feb-2017
Nature Ecology & Evolution
One-of-a-kind? Or not. USU geneticist studies formation of new species
Using stick insects of the Timema genus, a multi-institution research team combined field experiments with genomics, including sequencing of more than 1,000 genomes, to study speciation.
National Science Foundation, Utah State University

Contact: Zach Gompert
zach.gompert@usu.edu
435-797-9463
Utah State University

Public Release: 17-Feb-2017
2017 AAAS Annual Meeting
Science Advances
Contact tracing, with indoor spraying, can curb dengue outbreak
This novel approach for the surveillance and control of dengue fever -- spread by the same mosquito species that infects people with the Zika virus -- was between 86 and 96 percent effective during one outbreak.
National Science Foundation, Emory Global Health Institute, Marcus Foundation, National Health and Medical Research Council

Contact: Carol Clark
carol.clark@emory.edu
404-727-0501
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Glowing mice suggest new gene therapy technique
A collaboration between chemists and gene therapy experts produced a new way of inserting the code for modified proteins into the cells of mice. If successful in humans, the technique could be useful for vaccines or cancer therapies.
Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Chambers Family Foundation for Excellence in Pediatric Research, Child Health Research Institute

Contact: Taylor Kubota
tkubota@stanford.edu
650-724-7707
Stanford University

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017
RIT selected to receive National Science Foundation I-Corps grant
Rochester Institute of Technology is among eight National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) sites across the country selected to each receive $30,000 grants to increase participation and promote inclusion of underrepresented populations in the National Innovation Network.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Vienna McGrain
vnccom@rit.edu
585-475-4952
Rochester Institute of Technology

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017
Is your big data messy? We're making an app for that
Vizier, software under development by a University at Buffalo-led research team, aims to proactively catch big data errors. The project, backed by a $2.7 million National Science Foundation grant, launched in January. Like Excel, Vizier will allow users to explore, clean, curate and visualize data in meaningful ways, as well as spot errors and offer solutions. But unlike spreadsheet software, Vizier is intended for much larger datasets; i.e., millions or billions of data points.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cory Nealon
cmnealon@buffalo.edu
716-645-4614
University at Buffalo

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) flagship conference International Conference
Real-time MRI analysis powered by supercomputers
Researchers from the Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center and Philips Healthcare have developed a new, automated platform capable of returning in-depth analyses of MRI scans in a matter of minutes, rather than hours or days. The system has the potential to minimize patient callbacks, save millions annually, and advance precision medicine.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

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

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane and captures CO2
When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available.
National Science Foundation, Department of Defense

Contact: John Toon
jtoon@gatech.edu
404-894-6986
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 16-Feb-2017
2017 AAAS Annual Meeting
Iowa State engineer addresses need for scientists, engineers to engage the public
An Iowa State University engineer says scientists and engineers need to communicate the impacts of their work to the public and need to find ways to advance societal goals such as developing a stronger workforce in technical fields. The engineer will present his ideas during a seminar at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sriram Sundararajan
srirams@iastate.edu
515-294-1050
Iowa State University

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