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Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Science Advances
Researchers find glass eels use internal compass to find their way home
Scientists are closer to unraveling the long-standing mystery of how tiny glass eel larvae, which begin their lives as hatchlings in the Sargasso Sea, know when and where to 'hop off' the Gulf Stream toward European coastlines to live out their adult lives in coastal estuaries.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Udel
dudel@rsmas.miami.edu
305-421-4704
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Biophysical Journal
Rattling DNA hustles transcribers to targets
'DNA is a bully.' That's how researcher Jeffrey Skolnick sums up the dominant power of DNA motion among the forces acting upon transcription factors as they move through DNA's winding thickets to their target sites. He and Edmond Chow have programmed a very large, unique simulation that tests and corroborates the hypothesis.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ben Brumfield
ben.brumfield@comm.gatech.edu
404-660-1408
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
OSU researcher part of $14 million NSF program for improved genomic tools
Coral researcher Virginia Weis of Oregon State University is one of eight researchers selected for a new $14 million National Science Foundation program aimed at helping scientists better understand the relationship between gene function and the physical and functional characteristics of organisms.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Virginia Weis
weisv@oregonstate.edu
541-737-4359
Oregon State University

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Genome Biology and Evolution
Promiscuous salamander found to use genes from 3 partners equally
A study shows that a unique all-female lineage of salamander equally balances genes from the males of three other salamander species. The findings highlight the bizarre ways some animals reproduce in order to preserve their species. The results were published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution.
National Science Foundation, University of Iowa Graduate College, Evelyn Hart Watson Undergraduate Research Fellowship, National Center for Science Education, Ohio State University

Contact: Richard Lewis
richard-c-lewis@uiowa.edu
319-384-0012
University of Iowa

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Scientific Reports
New computing system takes its cues from human brain
A team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Notre Dame has created a new computing system that aims to tackle one of computing's hardest problems in a fraction of the time.
National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Office of Naval Research

Contact: Josh Brown
josh.brown@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-0500
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
UH geochemist searches for answers on the sea floor
The sea floor may look barren, but Qi Fu, an experimental geochemist at the University of Houston, says there are places where it is teeming with life. Fu has received a five-year, $516,575 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to pursue the study of how organic compounds are formed in hydrothermal environments on the sea floor.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeannie Kever
jekever@uh.edu
713-743-0778
University of Houston

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Nature Communications
Uncovering the biology of a painful and disfiguring pediatric disease
The study reveals a major physiological function for the CMG2 gene and demonstrates its interaction with collagen VI. This interaction explains how major Hyaline Fibromatosis Syndrome symptoms arise when mutation of the CMG2 gene disrupts the ability of the CMG2 protein to control the levels of collagen VI, which then over-accumulates and produces the painful and disfiguring symptoms of the disease.
Swiss National Science Foundation, Gelu Foundation, Francis and Marie-France Minkoff Foundation, Solis Foundation

Contact: F. Gisou van der Goot
gisou.vandergoot@epfl.ch
41-216-931-482
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Nature
Detailed new genome for maize shows the plant has deep resources for continued adaptation
A much more detailed reference genome for maize is published in Nature today. The sequence of DNA letters in the plant's 10 chromosomes reveals how how incredibly flexible it is, a characteristic that directly follows from the way its genome is organized. This flexibility not only helps explain why maize has been so successful since its adaptation by agriculturalists thousands of years ago, but also bodes well for its ability to grow in new places as the earth's climate changes.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture

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

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Scientific Reports
Microbes give meerkat gangs their signature scents
Body odor. To some it's an embarrassing nuisance. But to meerkats, it's a calling card. Meerkats produce a pungent 'paste' that they use to mark their turf. With one whiff they can tell if a scent belongs to a relative, a rival or a potential mate. But the chemical signals in this stinky graffiti don't come from the meerkats themselves; they're made by odor-producing bacteria that thrive in the meerkats' gooey secretions, researchers find.
Fyssen Foundation, French National Research Agency, National Science Foundation, Duke University, European Research Council, Swiss National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses
Tropical peatlands have been disappearing fast due to clear-cutting and drainage projects. Now, new research from MIT shows peatlands face another threat, as climate change alters rainfall patterns, potentially destroying much of what remains and turning these carbon sinks into net carbon sources.
National Research Foundation Singapore through the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, Environmental Solutions Initiative at MIT, National Science Foundation

Contact: Ms. Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste
kjeanbap@mit.edu
617-253-1682
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 11-Jun-2017
Journal of Ecology
Lianas stifle tree fruit and seed production in tropical forests
Vines compete intensely with trees. Their numbers are on the rise in many tropical forests around the world. A new study at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama shows that lianas prevent canopy trees from producing fruit, with potentially far-reaching consequences for rainforest animals.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Beth King
kingb@si.edu
202-633-4700 x28216
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Public Release: 9-Jun-2017
Science
New way to weigh a white dwarf: Use Hubble Space Telescope
For the first time, astronomers have used a novel method to determine the mass of a type of star known as a 'white dwarf' -- the shrunken corpse of a dead star that used to be like our sun. The achievement, made with the Hubble Space Telescope, is described as a wonderful confirmation of theoretical predictions, and a beautiful reprise of the Einstein solar eclipse observations of a century ago.
NASA, National Science Foundation, Qatar National Research Fund

Contact: Barbara K. Kennedy
bkk1@psu.edu
814-863-4682
Penn State

Public Release: 9-Jun-2017
Regeneration
Space-traveling flatworms help scientists enhance understanding of regenerative health
Flatworms that spent five weeks aboard the International Space Station are helping researchers led by Tufts University scientists to study how an absence of normal gravity and geomagnetic fields can have anatomical, behavioral, and bacteriological consequences, according to a paper to be published June 13 in Regeneration. The research has implications for human and animal space travelers and for regenerative and bioengineering science.
Allen Discovery Center/The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation, and National Science Foundation

Contact: Patrick Collins
patrick.collins@tufts.edu
617-627-4173
Tufts University

Public Release: 8-Jun-2017
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Balance, gait negatively impacted after chemotherapy treatment
A single chemotherapy treatment can result in a significant negative impact on walking gait and balance, putting patients at an increasing risk for falls, according to a new study involving breast cancer patients conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James).
NIH/National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Contact: Amanda Harper
amanda.harper2@osumc.edu
614-685-5420
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Public Release: 8-Jun-2017
Royal Society Proceedings B
Lost ecosystem found buried in mud of southern California coastal waters
Paleontologists investigating the sea bed off California have discovered a lost ecosystem that for thousands of years had nurtured communities of scallops and shelled marine organisms called brachiopods. They had died off by the early 20th century, replaced by the mud-dwellling burrowing clams that inhabit this seabed today. Paleontologists Adam Tomašových of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and Susan Kidwell of the University of Chicago examine the lost ecosystem in a new study.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Slovak Grant Agency

Contact: Mark Peters
petersm@uchicago.edu
773-702-8356
University of Chicago

Public Release: 8-Jun-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Human brain tunes into visual rhythms in sign language
In a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Chicago scholars use sign language to understand whether neural entrainment is specialized for spoken language.
William Orr Dingwall Neurolinguistics Fellowship, University of Chicago Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language, National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, McDonnell Scholar Award

Contact: Mark Peters
petersm@uchicago.edu
773-702-8356
University of Chicago

Public Release: 8-Jun-2017
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Research targets PFOA threat to drinking water
A highly toxic water pollutant, known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), last year caused a number of US communities to close their drinking water supplies. PFOA contamination also is a pervasive problem worldwide. A Northwestern University-led research team now reports an inexpensive and renewable material that rapidly removes PFOA from water. The novel treatment effectively eliminates the micropollutant to below 10 parts per trillion, far below US Environmental Protection Agency and all state health advisory limits.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 8-Jun-2017
PLOS ONE
Male sexual behavior linked to elevated male sex hormone receptors in muscles of sex-changing fish
Sex-changing fish exhibit differences in androgen receptor (AR) expression in muscles that are highly sensitive to androgens (male sex hormones) and essential for male courtship behavior, according to a Georgia State University study.
National Science Foundation, Georgia Research Alliance

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

Public Release: 8-Jun-2017
UTSA to develop artificial neural network to detect computer system faults
Abdullah Muzahid, an assistant professor of computer science at UTSA, has received a $450,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award to develop a hardware-based artificial intelligence system that can detect costly software bugs, system faults and security attacks in computer systems.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jesus Chavez
jesus.chavez@utsa.edu
210-458-7904
University of Texas at San Antonio

Public Release: 7-Jun-2017
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Monkey see, monkey do, depending on age, experience and efficiency
Wild capuchin monkeys readily learn skills from each other -- but that social learning is driven home by the payoff of learning a useful new skill.
National Science Foundation, Max Planck Institute, American Society of Primatologists, ARCS Foundation

Contact: Andy Fell
ahfell@ucdavis.edu
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 7-Jun-2017
PLOS ONE
Biology professor uses microphones to track pollinating bees in new study
Webster University Biology Professor Nicole Miller-Struttman led a team of researchers that used microphones and iPad Minis to accurately track pollinating bees in three Colorado fields. A computer algorithm also detected when the bees were pollinating.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Patrick Giblin
patrickgiblin61@webster.edu
314-246-7174
Webster University

Public Release: 7-Jun-2017
Public Library of Science
Bee buzzes could help determine how to save their decreasing population
Widespread and effective monitoring of bees could lead to better management of populations; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led by the University of Missouri has developed an inexpensive acoustic listening system using data from small microphones in the field to monitor bees in flight. The study, published today in PLOS ONE, shows how farmers could use the technology to monitor pollination and increase food production.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Sossamon
sossamonj@missouri.edu
573-882-3346
University of Missouri-Columbia

Public Release: 7-Jun-2017
Advanced Materials
New technique enables 3-D printing with paste of silicone particles in water
Using the principles behind the formation of sandcastles from wet sand, North Carolina State University researchers have achieved 3-D printing of flexible and porous silicone rubber structures through a new technique that combines water with solid and liquid forms of silicone into a pasty ink that can be fed through a 3-D printer. The finding could have biomedical applications and uses in soft robotics.
National Science Foundation, Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Programmable Soft Matter

Contact: Orlin Velev
odvelev@ncsu.edu
919-513-4318
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 7-Jun-2017
Environmental Research Letters
Rising sea levels will boost moderate floods in some areas, severe floods in others
A new study by researchers at Princeton and Rutgers universities finds that sea-level rise over the next 50 to 100 years will lead to moderate coastal flooding in regions already prone to floods, but to more severe flooding in regions where such floods are currently rare.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Catherine Zandonella
czandone@princeton.edu
609-258-0541
Princeton University

Public Release: 7-Jun-2017
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Climate change misconceptions common among teachers, study finds
A new study by Mizzou education researchers shows that many secondary school science teachers possess climate change misconceptions similar to average Americans.
National Science Foundation Coastal Areas Climate Change Education Partnership Award Grant

Contact: Nathan Hurst
hurstn@missouri.edu
573-882-6217
University of Missouri-Columbia

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