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Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Environmental Health Perspectives
New dataset provides county-level exposure numbers for tropical cyclones, human health
The new open source data set can be used for epidemiological research on tropical cyclones.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA Applied Sciences Program/Public Health Program Grant

Contact: Mary Guiden
mary.guiden@colostate.edu
206-854-3786
Colorado State University

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Advanced Materials
An artificial cell on a chip
Researchers at the University of Basel have developed a precisely controllable system for mimicking biochemical reaction cascades in cells. Using microfluidic technology, they produce miniature polymeric reaction containers equipped with the desired properties. This 'cell on a chip' is useful not only for studying processes in cells, but also for the development of new synthetic pathways for chemical applications or for biological active substances in medicine.
Swiss Nanoscience Institute, Swiss National Science Foundation, National Centre of Competence in Research-Molecular Systems Engineering (NCCR MSE), University of Basel

Contact: Dr. Wolfgang Meier
wolfgang.meier@unibas.ch
41-612-073-802
Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Black hole 'family portrait' is most detailed to date
An international research collaboration including Northwestern University astronomers has produced the most detailed family portrait of black holes to date, offering new clues as to how black holes form. An intense analysis of the most recent gravitational-wave data available led to the rich portrait as well as multiple tests of Einstein's theory of general relativity. (The theory passed each test.) The observations could be a key piece in solving the many mysteries of exactly how binary stars interact.
U.S. National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
52nd Division of Planetary Science (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) 2020 meeting
Astronomers discover activity on distant planetary object
A team of astronomers, led by doctoral student Colin Chandler in Northern Arizona University's Astronomy and Planetary Science PhD program, earlier this year announced their discovery of activity emanating from Centaur 2014 OG392, a planetary object first found in 2014. They published their findings in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. As a result of the team's discovery, the Centaur has recently been reclassified as a comet, and will be known as 'C/2014 OG392 (PANSTARRS).'
National Science Foundation

Contact: Colin Orion Chandler
orion@nau.edu
415-310-4202
Northern Arizona University

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Environmental Microbiology
Coral researchers find link between bacterial genus and disease susceptibility
Corals that appear healthy are more prone to getting sick when they're home to too many parasitic bacteria, new research at Oregon State University shows.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Rebecca Vega Thurber
Rebecca.Vega-Thurber@oregonstate.edu
541-737-1851
Oregon State University

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Nature
Topology gets magnetic: The new wave of topological magnetic materials
The electronic structure of nonmagnetic crystals can be classified by complete theories of band topology, reminiscent of a 'topological periodic table.' However, such a classification for magnetic materials has so far been elusive, and hence very few magnetic topological materials have been discovered to date. In a new study published in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers has performed the first high-throughput search for magnetic topological materials, finding over 100 new magnetic topological insulators and semimetals.
Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Simons Investigator, Packard Foundation, Schmidt Fund for Innovative Research, BSF Israel US foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Government of the Basque Country

Contact: Dr. Yuanfeng Xu
yuanfeng.xu@mpi-halle.mpg.de
Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Science Robotics
Multi-drone system autonomously surveys penguin colonies
A new multi-drone imaging system was put to the test in Antarctica. The task? Documenting a colony of roughly 1 million Adélie penguins.
This work was funded by the National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Cell Host & Microbe
Genetic analysis system yields new insights into bacterial pneumonia
A team of infectious disease researchers has developed a new method to identify virulence genes in Streptococcus pneumoniae, the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia. Using this technique in a mouse model of pneumonia, they were able to gain new insights into the progression of the disease and its interaction with the flu virus.
Swiss National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Tim Stephens
stephens@ucsc.edu
831-459-4352
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 27-Oct-2020
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Astronomers are bulging with data
For the first time, over 250 million stars in our galaxy's bulge have been surveyed in near-ultraviolet, optical, and near-infrared light, opening the door for astronomers to reexamine key questions about the Milky Way's formation and history. Using ultraviolet data, and with 450,000 individual images, the team was able to measure the chemical composition of tens of thousands of stars spanning a large area of the bulge. The vast dataset can be explored in spectacular detail in this image.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 27-Oct-2020
Cell Systems
Model could improve design of vaccines, immunotherapies
Researchers have discovered a general property for understanding how immune cell receptors sense and respond to microbial signals, which could lead to more effective vaccines for both existing and novel viruses.
American Cancer Society, University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Elliot and Ruth Sigal MRA Young Investigator Award, Bauer Fellows Program

Contact: Cynthia Medina
cmedina13@uchicago.edu
University of Chicago

Public Release: 27-Oct-2020
Journal of Animal Ecology
Study: Most migratory birds rely on a greening world
A new study from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology confirms that most birds -- but not all -- synchronize their migratory movements with seasonal changes in vegetation greenness. This is the first study of its kind to cover the Western Hemisphere during the year-long life cycle of North American migratory birds that feed on vegetation, seeds, nectar, insects, or meat.
Wolf Creek Charitable Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Pat Leonard
pel27@cornell.edu
607-254-2137
Cornell University

Public Release: 27-Oct-2020
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Empathy may be in the eye of the beholder
Do we always want people to show empathy? Not so, said researchers from the University of California, Davis. A recently published paper suggests that although empathy is often portrayed as a virtue, people who express empathy are not necessarily viewed favorably.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Karen Nikos-Rose
kmnikos@ucdavis.edu
530-219-5472
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 27-Oct-2020
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices
New possibilities for future developments in electronic and optical devices have been unlocked by recent advancements in two-dimensional (2D) materials, according to Penn State researchers.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy Office of Science, US Army Research Office

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-5689
Penn State

Public Release: 27-Oct-2020
Nature Chemical Biology
Researchers discover proton regulator of essential cancer microRNA
These findings, published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, unveil that a 'hidden' layer of regulation by which the intrinsic dynamic ensemble of miRNA processing intermediates can direct the outcome of important biological processes in response to environmental and cellular stimuli in the absence of protein factors. If these processes go awry, then disease could result. Understanding the roles of miRNAs in disease is a needed step in finding new routes to better therapeutics.
National Science Foundation, UNC School of Medicine.

Contact: Mark Derewicz
mark.derewicz@unchealth.unc.edu
984-974-1915
University of North Carolina Health Care

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
mSystems
Gut bacteria associated with animal-based diet may mitigate risk of cardiovascular disease
Researchers have found that a type of common gut bacteria sometimes associated with inflammation, abscesses, bowel disease and cancer has a major silver lining: It seems to help prevent cardiovascular disease.
National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation

Contact: Veronika Kivenson
kivensov@oregonstate.edu
Oregon State University

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Cold vibrations: Researchers to study the movement of thawing Arctic permafrost
With rising temperatures in the Arctic, communities in Alaska's North Slope Borough are seeing the ground beneath their feet melt away.
National Science Foundation

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-5689
Penn State

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Wildlife flock to backyards for food from people
A new study helps explain why some animals are sometimes more often found in suburban areas than wild ones.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Laura Oleniacz
ljolenia@ncsu.edu
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Geophysical Research Letters
UM researcher proposes sea-level rise global observing system
University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researcher Shane Elipot proposes a new approach to monitoring global sea-level rise. Using the existing NOAA Global Drifter Program array of roughly 1,200 buoys that drift freely with ocean currents, Elipot suggests adding additional instruments to record their height, or the "level of the sea" they ride on, to collect long-term data on the average sea levels across the world's oceans.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
National Science Foundation establishes a partnership to advance throughput computing
Recognizing the University of Wisconsin-Madison's leadership role in research computing, the National Science Foundation announced this month that the Madison campus will be home to a five-year, $22.5 million initiative to advance high-throughput computing.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Miron Livny
miron@cs.wisc.edu
608-316-4336
Morgridge Institute for Research

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Cancer Research
New technology tracks role of macrophages in cancer spread
A Morgridge imaging study of macrophages -- immune cells that are important to human health, but paradoxically can help some cancers grow and spread -- is offering better ways to understand these cells and target them with immunotherapies.
NIH/National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer

Contact: Melissa Skala
mskala@morgridge.org
608-316-4108
Morgridge Institute for Research

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Advanced Materials
Odds are good for unique 2D compound
Rice University engineers make 2D materials for valleytronics, a platform for information processing and storage that relies on the manipulation of electrons' positions in energetic 'valleys.'
Peter M. and Ruth L. Nicholas Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nanotechnology, Welch Foundation, National Science Foundation, Texas A&M University President's Excellence Fund X-Grants and T3 Program

Contact: Jeff Falk
jfalk@rice.edu
713-348-6775
Rice University

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Journal of Structural Engineering
Bridges with limb-inspired architecture can withstand earthquakes, cut repair costs
Structural damage to any of the nation's ailing bridges can come with a hefty price of billions of dollars in repairs. New bridge designs promise more damage-resistant structures and, consequently, lower restoration costs. But if these designs haven't been implemented in the real world, predicting how they can be damaged and what repair strategies should be implemented remain unresolved.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Amy Halbert
ahalbert@tamu.edu
Texas A&M University

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Advanced Materials
UCF researcher is working to extend battery life in smartphones, electric cars
A University of Central Florida researcher is working to make portable devices and electric vehicles stay charged longer by extending the life of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries powering them. He is doing this by making the batteries more efficient, with some of his latest work focusing on keeping the anode from falling apart over time. The new technique is detailed in the journal Advanced Materials.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert H Wells
robert.wells@ucf.edu
University of Central Florida

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Modern computational tools may open a new era for fossil pollen research
By integrating machine-learning technology with high-resolution imaging, scientists are improving the taxonomic resolution of fossil pollen identifications and greatly enhancing the use of pollen data in ecological and evolutionary research.
National Science Foundation grants NSF-DBI-Advances in Bioinformatics and NSF-IIS-Information and Intelligent Systems

Contact: Leila Nilipour
nilipourl@si.edu
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Public Release: 26-Oct-2020
Science
COVID-19 containment shaped by strength, duration of natural, vaccine-induced immunity
New research suggests that the impact of natural and vaccine-induced immunity will be key factors in shaping the future trajectory of the global coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19. In particular, a vaccine capable of eliciting a strong immune response could substantially reduce the future burden of infection, according to a study recently published in the journal Science.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Life Sciences Research Foundation, Cooperative Institute for Modelling the Earth System (CIMES) at Princeton University, James S. McDonnell Foundation, C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute

Contact: Frederique Mazerolle
frederique.mazerolle@mcgill.ca
514-617-8615
McGill University

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