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Public Release: 28-Jun-2016
Nature Communications
Building a better battery
An international team led by Texas A&M University chemist Sarbajit Banerjee is one step closer, thanks to new research published June 28 in the journal Nature Communications that has the potential to create more efficient batteries by shedding light on the cause of one of their biggest problems -- a 'traffic jam' of ions that slows down their charging and discharging process.
National Science Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Contact: Shana Hutchins
shutchins@science.tamu.edu
979-862-1237
Texas A&M University

Public Release: 28-Jun-2016
NYU Tandon to embed NYC teachers in industry so they can be engineering career advocates
Next year, a grant of $600,000 from the National Science Foundation will include funds to pay 30 middle and high school teachers for a six-week-long summer training program at the research laboratories of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and a participating industry sponsor. This program will add hands-on industry experience at major businesses, enabling the educators of the next generation of technology workers to teach engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship from a firsthand perspective.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kathleen Hamilton
kathleen.hamilton@nyu.edu
646-997-3792
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Public Release: 28-Jun-2016
Science Translational Medicine
New electric mesh device gives the heart an electromechanical hug
A research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Seoul National University has developed a new electric mesh device that can be wrapped around the heart to deliver electrical impulses and thereby improve cardiac function in experimental models of heart failure, a major public health concern and leading cause of mortality and disability.
Ministry of Science, Future Planning in Korea, National Science Foundation, Institute of Computer Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas, Austin

Contact: Jennifer Kritz
jkritz@bidmc.harvard.edu
617-667-7301
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Public Release: 28-Jun-2016
Video privacy software lets you select what others can see
Camera-equipped smartphones, laptops and other devices make it possible to share ideas and images with anyone, anywhere, often in real-time. But in our cameras-everywhere culture, the risks of accidentally leaking sensitive information are growing. Computer scientists at Duke University have developed software that helps prevent inadvertent disclosure of trade secrets and other restricted information within a camera's field of view by letting users specify what others can see.
Intel, Google, National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Contact: Robin Ann Smith
ras10@duke.edu
919-681-8057
Duke University

Public Release: 28-Jun-2016
Nature Communications
Animals 'inherit' their social network from their mothers, Penn study shows
In a newly published study in the journal Nature Communications, two biologists from the University of Pennsylvania have developed a mathematical model of the way social networks arise in animal populations.
University of Pennsylvania, National Science Foundation

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
kbaillie@upenn.edu
215-898-9194
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Astrophysical Journal
What happens when you steam a planet?
Numerical models show hot, rocky exoplanets can change their chemistry by vaporizing rock-forming elements in steam atmospheres that are then partially lost to space.
National Science Foundation Astronomy Program, NASA EPSCOR Program

Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
How the spleen filters blood
MIT engineers have devised a computer model of how slits in the spleen filter blood. The model shows that these slits determine the size, shape, and flexibility of red blood cells.
National Institutes of Health, Swiss Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
s_mcd@mit.edu
617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Computer model demonstrates how human spleen filters blood
Researchers, led by Carnegie Mellon University and MIT scientists, have created a new computer model that shows how tiny slits in the spleen prevent old, diseased or misshapen red blood cells from re-entering the bloodstream. Their model provides a new tool for studying the spleen's role in controlling diseases that affect the shape of red blood cells, such as malaria and sickle cell anemia, and can be used to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics.
National Institutes of Health, Swiss Platform for Advanced Scientific Computing, National Science Foundation, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, and US Department of Energy

Contact: Jocelyn Duffy
jhduffy@andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-9982
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
BMC Genomics
New software improves ability to catalog bacterial pathogens
Washington State University researchers have developed a new software tool that will improve scientists' ability to identify and understand bacterial strains and accelerate vaccine development.
Washington State University, National Science Foundation

Contact: Assefaw Gebremedhin
assefaw@eecs.wsu.edu
509-335-3952
Washington State University

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Journal of Insect Science
Ladykiller: Artificial sweetener proves deadly for female flies
In testing multiple artificial sweeteners, a Drexel University research team found that one was particularly deadly for female fruit flies -- and left males relatively untouched.
National Science Foundation, Eppley Foundation for Research

Contact: Frank Otto
fmo26@drexel.edu
215-571-4244
Drexel University

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Nature Biotechnology
Researchers devise tool to improve imaging of neuronal activity in the brain
In a partnership melding neuroscience and electrical engineering, researchers have developed a new technology that will allow neuroscientists to capture images of the brain almost 10 times larger than previously possible -- helping them better understand the behavior of neurons in the brain.
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Science
New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers
The era of quantum computers is one step closer as a result described of research described in the current issue of the journal Science. The research demonstrates a new way to pack a lot more quantum computing power into a much smaller space and with much greater control than ever before. The result is important for the development of quantum computers that can do computations that are impossible today for uses including cryptography and electronic data security.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Barbara K. Kennedy
science@psu.edu
814-863-4682
Penn State

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Genome Biology
A new tool for forecasting the behavior of the microbiome
A team of investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Massachusetts have developed a suite of computer algorithms that can accurately predict the behavior of the microbiome -- the vast collection of microbes living on and inside the human body.
Defense Advanced Projects Agency, Harvard Digestive Diseases Center, NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Science Foundation, and others

Contact: Haley Bridger
hbridger@partners.org
617-525-6383
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Serpentine plants survive harsh soils thanks to borrowed genes
Scientists from the John Innes Centre have analyzed the genomes of plants that grow in harsh, serpentine soils to find out how they survive . It appears that they have used two strategies: adapting to their environment through natural selection, as well as by borrowing useful variants from a related plant growing nearby.
European Research Council, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Science Foundation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Contact: Geraldine Platten
Geraldine.Platten@jic.ac.uk
01-603-450-238
John Innes Centre

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Scientific Reports
3-D printing produces cartilage from strands of bioink
Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3-D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints, according to a team of engineers.
National Science Foundation, Grow Iowa Value Funds, China Scholarship Fund

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

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Goldschmidt Conference, 2016
Controlled Colorado River flooding released stored greenhouse gases
The 2014 experimental controlled pulse of water to the Colorado River Delta has revealed an interesting twist on how large dry watercourses may respond to short-term flooding events: the release of stored greenhouse gases. This work is reported at the Goldschmidt conference in Yokohama, Japan.
National Science Foundation, Hydrological Sciences Program

Contact: Press Officer
press@goldschmidt.info
44-131-208-3008
Goldschmidt Conference

Public Release: 27-Jun-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers develop method to map cancer progression
A team of scientists has developed a computational method to map cancer progression, an advance that offers new insights into the factors that spur this affliction as well as new ways of selecting effective therapies.
National Science Foundation, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, European Regional Development Fund, Spanish Association Against Cancer Scientific Foundation, Catalan Government DURSI grant

Contact: James Devitt
james.devitt@nyu.edu
212-998-6808
New York University

Public Release: 24-Jun-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
Beach replenishment helps protect against storm erosion during El Niño
Sand added to three San Diego County beaches in 2012 has partially remained, surviving the large waves of the El Niņo winter of 2015-16. The analysis could guide future beach nourishment projects necessitated by climate change.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Monroe
scrippsnews@ucsd.edu
858-822-4487
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 24-Jun-2016
Optics Express
Researchers devise new tool to measure polarization of light
Researchers have developed a new tool for detecting and measuring the polarization of light based on a single spatial sampling of the light, rather than the multiple samples required by previous technologies. The new device makes use of the unique properties of organic polymers, rather than traditional silicon, for polarization detection and measurement.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 24-Jun-2016
Nature Communications
'Amazing protein diversity' is discovered in the maize plant
New research establishes the amazing diversity of maize -- specifically the variety of proteins that the plant's genes can generate. The finding has great import for agriculture., as maize is one of the world's top-three staple foods, along with rice and wheat accounting for two-thirds of world food consumption.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Peter Tarr
tarr@cshl.edu
516-367-5055
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 24-Jun-2016
Physical Review Letters
Scientists begin modeling universe with Einstein's full theory of general relativity
Research teams on both sides of the Atlantic have shown that precise modeling of the universe and its contents will change the detailed understanding of the evolution of the universe and the growth of structure in it. Both groups independently created software to solve the Einstein Field Equations, which describe the complicated interrelationships between the contents of the universe and the curvature of space and time, at billions of places and times over the history of the universe.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-534-7183
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 23-Jun-2016
Nature
Simulations foresee hordes of colliding black holes in LIGO's future
New calculations predict that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) will detect approximately 1,000 mergers of massive black holes annually once it achieves full sensitivity early next decade. The prediction, published online June 22 in the journal Nature, is based on computer simulations of more than a billion evolving binary stars. The simulations are based on state-of-the-art modeling of the physics involved, informed by the most recent astronomical and astrophysical observations.
National Science Centre Poland, National Science Foundation

Contact: Steve Koppes
skoppes@uchicago.edu
773-702-8366
University of Chicago

Public Release: 23-Jun-2016
Researchers put manganese's role in coastal waters under the microscope
Researcher George Luther from the University of Delaware recently received $870,000 from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences to continue investigating the important role that manganese plays in the biogeochemistry of ocean and coastal waters. The work, with Brad Tebo from Oregon Health and Science University, will compare field sites in the lower St. Lawrence Estuary, Delaware's Broadkill River and Chesapeake Bay.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Bothum
pbothum@udel.edu
302-831-1418
University of Delaware

Public Release: 23-Jun-2016
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Should I stay or should I go?
Researchers at the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center have been studying evacuation data and have published two new papers that may help to improve prediction models used by emergency planners, leading to more efficient evacuations and possibly saving lives.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Bothum
pbothum@udel.edu
302-831-1418
University of Delaware

Public Release: 23-Jun-2016
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2016)
How well do facial recognition algorithms cope with a million strangers?
University of Washington computer scientists and engineers have launched the 'MegaFace Challenge,' the world's first competition aimed at evaluating and improving the performance of face recognition algorithms at the million person scale.
National Science Foundation, Intel, Samsung, Google, University of Washington Animation Research Labs

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-430-2580
University of Washington

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