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Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Advanced Functional Materials
Bacterial biofilms, begone
A new material, described in Advanced Functional Materials, could form the basis for a new kind of antibacterial surface that prevents infections and reduces our reliance on antibiotics.
State of Colorado Advanced Industry Grant, National Science Foundation

Contact: Anne Manning
anne.manning@colostate.edu
970-491-7099
Colorado State University

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Scientific Reports
Successful prediction of multi-year US droughts and wildfire risk
A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. A new model proves capable of much longer-term forecasts of mega-drought and active wildfire seasons than those currently available to people in agriculture, water management and forestry.
University of Southern California Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications, National Center for Atmospheric Research's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Science Foundation

Contact: Yoshimitsu Chikamoto
yoshi.chikamoto@usu.edu
435-797-0832
Utah State University

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Rusting fool's gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon
Oxidation of pyrite shows glaciers contribute to the Earth's carbon cycle feedback.
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, National Science Foundation

Contact: Ian Chaffee
ichaffee@usc.edu
213-810-8554
University of Southern California

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Advanced Materials
Energy storage solution combines polymers and nanosheets
A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers, according to a team of Penn State scientists. This polymer-based, ultrathin material can be produced using techniques already used in industry.
Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Advanced Optical Materials
Beware doping athletes! This sensor may be your downfall
A new light-trapping sensor, developed by a University at Buffalo-led team of engineers and described in an Advanced Optical Materials study, makes infrared absorption more sensitive, inexpensive and versatile. It may improve scientists' ability use to sleuth out performance-enhancing drugs in blood samples, tiny particles of explosives in the air and more.
National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation of China, Chinese Scholarship Council

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

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Scientific Reports
Into a competitive world, guppies are born not just bigger, but more mature
When Brown University scientists took a deeper look into a classic example of parenting strategy in nature, they found that what really matters may be more than what meets the eye.
National Science Foundation, Bushnell Research and Education Fund

Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Environmental Science & Technology Letters
Materials emitted by water pipe-repair method may pose health risks
New research is calling for immediate safeguards and the study of a widely used method for repairing sewer-, storm-water and drinking-water pipes to understand the potential health and environmental concerns for workers and the public.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Emil Venere
venere@purdue.edu
765-494-4709
Purdue University

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Advanced Materials
Rice University chemists make laser-induced graphene from wood
Rice University scientists have made a form of graphene that can be cut with a table saw. They turned pine into laser-induced graphene and used it to make proof-of-concept electrodes for water splitting and supercapacitors.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment

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

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Nature Cell Biology
Cell senescence is regulated by innate DNA sensing
EPFL scientists have made new insights into the control of cell senescence, which is intimately linked to the development of cancer and aging.
Swiss National Science Foundation, Gebert-Rüf Stiftung, European Molecular Biology Organization

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

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Journal of Clinical Investigation
A closer look at osteoporosis medication's mechanisms may improve outcomes
Osteoporosis is the primary cause of bone fractures in the elderly, reflecting an imbalance between osteoclasts, bone-degrading cells, and osteoblasts, bone-building cells. Teriparatide is the only FDA-approved treatment for osteoporosis that increases osteoblast activity and lifespan. This week in the JCI, Henry Kronenberg and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital report that teriperatide treatment also stimulates the formation of new osteoblasts. However, their findings also show that unexpected adverse effects can develop after treatment stops.
National Institutes of Health, Swiss National Science Foundation, Pfizer Aspire Young Investigator Grant

Contact: Elyse Dankoski
press_releases@the-jci.org
JCI Journals

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Psychological Science
Heavier Asian Americans seen as 'more American,' study says
A University of Washington-led study has found that for Asian Americans, those who appear heavier not only are perceived to be more 'American,' but also may be subject to less prejudice directed at foreigners than Asian Americans who are thin.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Western Washington University Faculty Research Grant, SPSSI Grants-in-Aid program

Contact: Kim Eckart
keckart@uw.edu
206-616-5847
University of Washington

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Study finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, human autism
Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues -- the presence of an intruder or of a queen larva, for example -- share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely associated with autism spectrum disorders in humans are regulated differently in unresponsive honey bees than in their more responsive nest mates, the study found.
Simons Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Yates
diya@illinois.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Study highlights underlying mechanisms of fractures associated with osteoporosis drug
There is no disputing that the use of bisphosphonates -- with brand names such as Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast -- is proven to combat bone loss and fragility fractures in millions of osteoporosis patients for whom a fracture could be debilitating, even life-threatening.
National Science Foundation, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Contact: Syl Kacapyr
vpk6@cornell.edu
607-255-3981
Cornell University

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Nature Climate Change
Two degrees of warming already baked in
Even if humans could instantly turn off all our emissions of greenhouse gases, the Earth would continue to heat up about two more degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century, according to a sophisticated new analysis.
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Pincus
robert.pincus@colorado.edu
303-497-6310
University of Colorado at Boulder

Public Release: 31-Jul-2017
Astrophysical Journal
Quasars may answer how starburst galaxies were extinguished
University of Iowa astronomers have located quasars inside four dusty starburst galaxies. The observations suggest quasars may starve this type of galaxy of energy needed to form stars. Results published in the Astrophysical Journal.
National Science Foundation, NASA, University of Iowa

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

Public Release: 28-Jul-2017
Stampede2 storms out of the corral in support of US scientists
Stampede2 is the newest strategic resource for the US academic community, enabling thousands of researchers to answer questions that cannot be addressed through theory or experimentation alone and that require high-performance computing power. Currently the 12th most powerful supercomputer in the world, Stampede2 is fastest at any university in the US. When fully deployed later this summer, it will have a peak performance of 18 petaflops, or 18 quadrillion mathematical operations per second.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
Science
Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing
A study by MIT researchers shows that collections of ultracold molecules can retain the information stored in them for hundreds of times longer than previously achieved in these materials. These clusters might thus serve as 'qubits,' the basic building blocks of quantum computers.
National Science Foundation, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, US Army Research Office, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
Insect Systematics and Evolution
DNA links male, female butterfly thought to be distinct species
Researchers recently discovered what was thought to be a distinct species of butterfly is actually the female of a species known to science for more than a century.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society

Contact: Natalie van Hoose
nvanhoose@flmnh.ufl.edu
352-273-1922
Florida Museum of Natural History

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
Researchers seek to improve solar cell technology using new materials and nanowires
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are expanding solar cell technology using nanowires to capture more of the sun's energy and transform it into usable electricity. Parsian Mohseni, assistant professor of microsystems engineering, was recently awarded nearly $300,000 for an Early Concepts Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) from the National Science Foundation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Michelle Cometa
macuns@rit.edu
585-475-4954
Rochester Institute of Technology

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
'Dark ecology project' will use past weather radar data to trace bird migrations
Every spring and fall, billions of birds migrate across the United States, largely unseen under the cover of darkness. Now a team of researchers led by computer scientist Daniel Sheldon at the University of Massachusetts Amherst plan to develop new analytic methods with data collected over the past 20 years -- more than 200 million archived radar scans from the national weather radar network -- to provide powerful new tools for tracking migration.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Daniel Sheldon
sheldon@cs.umass.edu
413-545-4843
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
UTA professor receives grant to develop device to fight osteoporosis
A faculty member at the University of Texas Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation has received a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to design a revolutionary device that could stimulate bone growth and ultimately be used as a weapon against osteoporosis.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lekan Oguntoyinbo
olalekan.oguntoyinbo@uta.edu
313-719-0464
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
Science
New method promises easier nanoscale manufacturing
Scientists at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to precisely pattern nanomaterials that could open a new path to the next generation of everyday electronic devices.
US Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, II-VI Foundation

Contact: Louise Lerner
louise@uchicago.edu
7-737-034-8366
University of Chicago

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
Scientific Reports
WSU physicists turn a crystal into an electrical circuit
Washington State University physicists have found a way to write an electrical circuit into a crystal, opening up the possibility of transparent, three-dimensional electronics that, like an Etch A Sketch, can be erased and reconfigured.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Eric Sorensen
eric.sorensen@wsu.edu
509-335-4846
Washington State University

Public Release: 27-Jul-2017
Science
Sticky when wet: Strong adhesive for wound healing
A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University has created a super-strong 'tough adhesive' that is non-toxic and binds to biological tissues with a strength comparable to the body's own resilient cartilage, even when they're wet. Inspired by the glue produced by a slug, the double-layered hydrogel material demonstrates both high adhesion strength and strain dissipation, making it useful in a variety of medical applications.
National Institutes of Health, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, National Science Foundation, MRSEC at Harvard University, Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, Science Foundation Ireland, Tsinghua University

Contact: Lindsay Brownell
lindsay.brownell@wyss.harvard.edu
617-432-8266
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Public Release: 26-Jul-2017
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Shedding light deeper into the human brain
The inner workings of the human brain have always been a subject of great interest. Unfortunately, it is fairly difficult to view brain structures or intricate tissues due to the fact that the skull is not transparent by design. The reality is that light scattering is the major obstacle for deep penetration into tissue.
National Science Foundation, Robert A. Welch Foundation, Office of Naval Research, US Department of Defense

Contact: Aubrey Bloom
Abloom@tamu.edu
830-377-8566
Texas A&M University

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