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Public Release: 3-Mar-2017
Science Advances
Novel 3-D manufacturing leads to highly complex, bio-like materials
Washington State University researchers have developed a unique, 3-D manufacturing method that for the first time rapidly creates and precisely controls a material's architecture from the nanoscale to centimeters -- with results that closely mimic the intricate architecture of natural materials like wood and bone.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Rahul Panat
rahul.panat@wsu.edu
Washington State University

Public Release: 2-Mar-2017
Environmental Science & Technology
Brake dust may cause more problems than blackened wheel covers
Metals from brakes and other automotive systems are emitted into the air as fine particles, lingering over busy roadways. Now, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have shown how that cloud of tiny metal particles could wreak havoc on respiratory health.
National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency

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

Public Release: 2-Mar-2017
Biomaterials
Nanoengineers 3-D print biomimetic blood vessel networks
Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have 3-D printed a lifelike, functional blood vessel network that could pave the way toward artificial organs and regenerative therapies. The new research addresses one of the biggest challenges in tissue engineering: creating lifelike tissues and organs with functioning vasculature -- networks of blood vessels that can transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials -- and do so safely when implanted inside the body.
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 2-Mar-2017
Science
Taking earth's inner temperature
A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle--the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer -- may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published March 3 in the journal Science, could change how scientists think about many issues in Earth science including how ocean basins form.
National Science Foundation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Deep Ocean Exploration Institute

Contact: WHOI Media Office
media@whoi.edu
505-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 2-Mar-2017
Chemical Physical Letters
New path suggested for nuclear fusion
Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile offer a glimpse into a possible new path toward the production of energy through nuclear fusion.
National Science Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 2-Mar-2017
$2.35 million grant enables better prediction of infectious disease outbreaks
Researchers at Penn State have received $2.35 million from the National Science Foundation to study disease transmission among animals with a goal of better predicting outbreaks of infectious diseases within humans.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 2-Mar-2017
Science
JILA team discovers many new twists in protein folding
Biophysicists at JILA have measured protein folding in more detail than ever before, revealing behavior that is surprisingly more complex than previously known. The results suggest that, until now, much about protein behavior has been hidden to science -- happening on faster timescales and with finer changes in structure than conventional methods could detect.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Contact: Laura Ost
laura.ost@nist.gov
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Neurophotonics
New optical nanosensor improves brain mapping accuracy, opens way for more applications
A paper published in the current edition of the journal Neurophotonics describes a new nanosensor design that enables more accurate mapping of the brain and shows the way forward for future sensors and a broader range of applications. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Amy Nelson
amy@spie.org
360-685-5478
SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Concurrent heat waves, air pollution exacerbate negative health effects of each
The combination of prolonged hot spells with poor air quality greatly compounds the negative effects of each and can pose a major risk to human health, according to new research from the University of California, Irvine.
NASA, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Brian Bell
bpbell@uci.edu
949-824-8249
University of California - Irvine

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Understanding and predicting snow behavior
Engineers from the University of Luxembourg are developing a computer model that can help solving typical snow-related engineering problems. The model could, for example, be used to anticipate avalanches, to determine the load on buildings caused by snow or calculate the traction of vehicles on snow-covered surfaces by predicting the behavior of snow.
Fond National de la Recherche Luxembourg, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Thomas Klein
thomas.klein@uni.lu
352-466-644-5148
University of Luxembourg

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Game theory could improve cyberwarfare strategy
Whether a nation should retaliate against a cyber attack is a complicated decision, and a new framework guided by game theory could help policymakers determine the best strategy.
National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Santa Fe Institute

Contact: Nicole Casal Moore
ncmoore@umich.edu
734-647-7087
University of Michigan

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
14th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation
Singing posters and talking shirts: UW engineers turn objects into FM stations
A new technique pioneered by University of Washington engineers enables 'singing' posters and 'smart' clothing to send audio or data directly to your car's radio or your smartphone by piggybacking on ambient FM radio signals.
National Science Foundation, Google Faculty Research Awards

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
UW security researchers show Google's anti-internet troll AI platform is easily deceived
University of Washington researchers have shown that Google's new machine learning-based system to identify toxic comments in online discussion forums can be bypassed by simply misspelling or adding unnecessary punctuation to abusive words, such as 'idiot' or 'moron.'
National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office.

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Yale-led team puts dark matter on the map
A Yale-led team has produced one of the highest-resolution maps of dark matter ever created, offering a detailed case for the existence of cold dark matter -- sluggish particles that comprise the bulk of matter in the universe.
National Science Foundation, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Space Telescope Institute HST Frontier Fields initiative

Contact: Jim Shelton
james.shelton@yale.edu
203-432-3881
Yale University

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
Portable nanofiber device offers precise, point-and-shoot capability
Harvard researchers have developed a lightweight, portable nanofiber fabrication device that could one day be used to dress wounds on a battlefield or dress shoppers in customizable fabrics.
National Science Foundation, Harvard University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Contact: Leah Burrows
lburrows@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-1351
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Three Pitt chemical engineering faculty receive NSF CAREER awards totaling $1.5 million
For the first time at Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, three junior faculty in one department received NSF CAREER awards. Each award includes an educational component for K-12 STEM.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Paul Kovach
pkovach@pitt.edu
412-624-0265
University of Pittsburgh

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Science Translational Medicine
Groundbreaking technology successfully rewarms large-scale tissues preserved at low temperatures
A research team, led by the University of Minnesota, has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. The discovery is a major step forward in saving millions of human lives by increasing the availability of organs and tissues for transplantation through the establishment of tissue and organ banks.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Minnesota Futures Grant, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Carl and Janet Kuhrmeyer Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Contact: Rhonda Zurn
rzurn@umn.edu
612-626-7959
University of Minnesota

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Queen's-led experiment makes substantial leap forward in quest for dark matter
New research by the PICO Collaboration, co-led by Queen's University physicist Anthony Noble, represents a significant improvement on previous detection constraints, and a substantial step forward in the search for dark matter.
DOE/Office of Science, National Science Foundation, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, Kavli Foundation, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Contact: Chris Armes
chris.armes@queensu.ca
613-533-6000 x77513
Queen's University

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Science Advances
Ninety percent of predatory fish gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to overfishing
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that up to 90 percent of predatory fish are gone from Caribbean coral reefs, straining the ocean ecosystem and coastal economy. The good news? They identified reefs, known as supersites, which can support large numbers of predator fishes that if reintroduced, can help restore the environmental and economic setback inflicted by overfishing.
Royster Society Fellowship, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation

Contact: Thania Benios
thania_benios@unc.edu
919-962-8596
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public Release: 1-Mar-2017
Science Advances
War less likely between nations that are 'friends of friends'
Even nations can have friends of friends, a new study has found. Results suggest these indirect relationships have a surprisingly strong ability to prevent major conflicts, and that international military alliances may matter more than we typically expect.
National Science Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Contact: Skyler Cranmer
Cranmer.12@osu.edu
614-292-4529
Ohio State University

Public Release: 28-Feb-2017
Nature Communications
Chiral metamaterial produces record optical shift under incremental power modulation
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have demonstrated an optical metamaterial whose chiroptical properties in the nonlinear regime produce a significant spectral shift with power levels in the milliwatt range.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory

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

Public Release: 28-Feb-2017
Biophysical Journal
A better way to measure the stiffness of cancer cells
Biomedical engineers at Duke have discovered a way to detect signs of cancer on a cell-by-cell basis using two lasers and a camera. An increase in cell stiffness is an indicator of cancerous tissue, but current technology cannot gauge cells individually. In a study appearing online Feb. 28 in the Biophysical Journal, researchers describe a technique for assessing an individual cell's stiffness using patterns that appear within its internal structure.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ken Kingery
ken.kingery@duke.edu
919-660-8414
Duke University

Public Release: 28-Feb-2017
PLOS ONE
WSU looks for practices to thwart antimicrobial resistance
Washington State University scientists are addressing growing global concern about the spread of antimicrobial resistance in Africa. Their work identifying practices that lead to bacterial transmission could help save African lives and prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria to the US and other parts of the globe.
National Science Foundation, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease Program

Contact: Robert Quinlan
rquinlan@wsu.edu
509-335-5400
Washington State University

Public Release: 28-Feb-2017
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Mollusk graveyards are time machines to oceans' pristine past
A University of Florida study shows that mollusk fossils provide a reliable measure of human-driven changes in marine ecosystems and shifts in ocean biodiversity across time and space.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Michal Kowalewski
kowalewski@flmnh.ufl.edu
352-273-1944
University of Florida

Public Release: 28-Feb-2017
Physics Review Letters
Lead dressed like gold
Princeton researchers have taken a different approach to alchemists' ancient goal to transmute elements by making one material behave that another. Using computational methods, they demonstrate that any two systems can be made to look alike, even if just for the flash of a laser pulse.
National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Army Research Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program

Contact: Tien Nguyen
tienn@princeton.edu
609-258-6523
Princeton University

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