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Public Release: 29-Jul-2016
Nature Materials
Triple-therapy patch delivers local treatment, prevents recurrence in colon cancer model
Investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a hydrogel patch that can adhere to tumors in a preclinical model of colon cancer, delivering a local, combination treatment as the elastic gel breaks down over time.
National Institutes of Health, Koch Institute, NIH/National Cancer Institute, NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH/National Cancer Institute, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 29-Jul-2016
Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Inflammatory response to ceramic scaffolds promotes bone regeneration
Drexel University researchers have identified how inflammation, when precisely controlled, is crucial to bone repair.
Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Rebecca Cooper Medical Foundation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Lauren Ingeno
lingeno@drexel.edu
215-895-2614
Drexel University

Public Release: 29-Jul-2016
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Novel 'repair system' discovered in algae may yield new tools for biotechnology
The algae C. reinhardtii uses a novel system for releasing an interrupting sequence from a protein -- a technique that may be useful for protein purification.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Patricia Waldron
pjw85@cornell.edu
607-254-7476
Boyce Thompson Institute

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016
Science
Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law
Like a whirlpool, a new light-based communication tool carries data in a swift, circular motion. Described in a study published July 28, 2016, by the journal Science, the optics advancement could become a central component of next generation computers designed to handle society's growing demand for information sharing. It may also be a salve to those fretting over the predicted end of Moore's Law.
US Army Research Office, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016
OU physicists developing new systems for next generation solar cells
University of Oklahoma physicists are developing novel technologies with the potential to impact utility-scale energy generation, increase global energy capacity and reduce dependence on fossil fuels by producing a new generation of high efficiency solar cells. The OU team hopes to show that quantum-engineered systems can control thermal losses that restrict the performance of conventional solar cells and harness more of the sun's energy in practical 'hot' carrier solar cells.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jana Smith
jana.smith@ou.edu
405-325-1322
University of Oklahoma

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016
Nature Geoscience
Earth's mantle appears to have a driving role in plate tectonics
Deep down below us is a tug of war moving at less than the speed of growing fingernails. Keeping your balance is not a concern, but how the movement happens has been debated among geologists.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jim Barlow
jebarlow@uoregon.edu
541-346-3481
University of Oregon

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016
Communication Research
Websites with history can be just as conversational as chatting with a person
A website with search and interaction history can be just as engaging as chatting with an online human agent, or robot helper, according to Penn State researchers.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Swayne
mls29@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016
Current Biology
No dream: Electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory
For the first time, UNC School of Medicine scientists report using transcranial alternating current stimulation, or tACS, to target a specific kind of brain activity during sleep and strengthen memory in healthy people.
National Institutes of Health, UNC Department of Psychiatry, UNC School of Medicine, Swiss National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016
Nature Communications
New material could advance superconductivity
Scientists have looked for different ways to force hydrogen into a metallic state for decades. Metallic hydrogen is a holy grail for materials science because it could be used for superconductors, materials that have no resistance to the flow of electrons, increasing efficiency many times over. For the first time researchers, led by Carnegie's Viktor Struzhkin, have experimentally produced a new class of materials blending hydrogen with sodium that could alter the superconductivity landscape.
US Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments Center, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, DARPA, NSFC

Contact: Viktor Struzhkin
vstruzhkin@carnegiescience.edu
Carnegie Institution for Science

Public Release: 28-Jul-2016
Science
Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy

Contact: Bill Burton
burton@uic.edu
312-996-2269
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public Release: 27-Jul-2016
PLOS ONE
Forests, species on 4 continents threatened by palm oil expansion
As palm oil production expands from Southeast Asia into the Americas and Africa, vulnerable tropical forests and species on four continents face increased risk of loss, a Duke-led study finds. The largest areas of vulnerable forest are in Africa and South America. But because forests in all 20 countries studied contain high concentrations of different mammal and bird species at risk of extinction, conservation efforts need to incorporate localized solutions tailored to each region.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Lucas
tdlucas@duke.edu
919-613-8084
Duke University

Public Release: 27-Jul-2016
Neuropsychologia
The brain's super-sensitivity to curbs
Humans rely on boundaries like walls and curbs for navigation, and Johns Hopkins University researchers have pinpointed the areas of the brain most sensitive to even the tiniest borders.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Jill Rosen
jrosen@jhu.edu
443-997-9906
Johns Hopkins University

Public Release: 27-Jul-2016
Journal of Marriage and Family
Even thinking about marriage gets young people to straighten up
You don't have to get married to settle down and leave behind your wild ways -- you just have to expect to get married soon.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Claire Kamp Dush
Kamp-Dush.1@osu.edu
614-247-2126
Ohio State University

Public Release: 27-Jul-2016
Science Advances
Serendipitous observation may lead to more efficient solar cells and new gas sensors
While investigating perovskite crystals, University of Groningen scientists made an observation that could make perovskite solar cells more efficient. It could also lead to new sensors for oxygen and water vapor. The results were published online by the journal Science Advances on July 27.
European Research Council, Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter, National Science Foundation

Contact: Rene Fransen
r.fransen@rug.nl
University of Groningen

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
American Naturalist
Male frogs have sex on land to keep competitors away
Researchers have assumed that natural selection drove frogs to take the evolutionary step to reproduce on land as a way for parents to avoid aquatic predators who feed on the eggs and tadpoles. A new study by a team including Cornell University frog biologists shows for the first time that some frogs hide eggs on land to reduce competition from other males who also want to fertilize those eggs.
National Science Foundation, São Paulo Research Foundation, University of California

Contact: Melissa Osgood
mmo59@cornell.edu
607-255-2059
Cornell University

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
APL Materials
More power to you
Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don't need cumbersome power supplies.
Air Force Young Investigator Research Program, NSF/Materials Research Science, University of Utah

Contact: Vince Horiuchi
vincent.horiuchi@utah.edu
801-585-7499
University of Utah

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
Exploring one of the largest salt flats in the world
A recent research report about one of the largest lithium brine and salt deposits in the world in Chile's Atacama Desert by geoscientists from UMass Amherst is the first to show that water and solutes flowing into the basin originate from a much larger than expected portion of the Andean Plateau. The massive evaporite deposit, 1,200 meters thick, appears to be draining an area far larger than a map-based or topographic watershed would suggest, says lead hydrologist David Boutt.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Janet Lathrop
jlathrop@umass.edu
413-545-0444
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Energy & Environmental Science
Biological wizardry ferments carbon monoxide into biofuel
Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide -- a common industrial waste gas.
National Science Foundation, German Research Foundation, Yossie Hollanderm, Foundation des Fondateurs

Contact: Melissa Osgood
mmo59@cornell.edu
607-255-2059
Cornell University

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Count seals in Antarctica from the comfort of your couch
Scientists are asking the public to look through thousands of satellite images of Antarctica to assist in the first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals. This count will help scientists better protect and conserve the pristine Ross Sea and wildlife in the area.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Biomaterials
Penn team uses nanoparticles to break up plaque and prevent cavities
The bacteria that live in dental plaque and contribute to tooth decay often resist traditional antimicrobial treatment, as they can 'hide' within a sticky biofilm matrix, a glue-like polymer scaffold. A new strategy conceived by University of Pennsylvania researchers took a more sophisticated approach.
International Association for Dental Research/GlaxoSmithKline Innovation in Oral Health Award, National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
MSU to use $3.6 million NSF grant to unveil plants' gates and signaling secrets
Michigan State University has landed a $3.6 million National Science Foundation grant to learn more about how plants' molecular gates close and alert defenses for battling diseases.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Layne Cameron
layne.cameron@cabs.msu.edu
517-353-8819
Michigan State University

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
NSF grant funds research on evolution of social cooperation
Awarded a $696,634 National Science Foundation grant to study the evolution of cheating behaviors, University of Houston researchers will study amoebae to determine how organisms can work together as a community, even when only some individuals stand to benefit from this cooperation. The team will collect samples from more than 100 locations throughout the eastern US and look at their genetic makeup to understand how Dicty adapts to the presence of cheaters.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lisa Merkl
lkmerkl@uh.edu
713-743-8192
University of Houston

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Using virtual reality to help teenagers with autism learn how to drive
An interdisciplinary team of engineers and psychologists have developed a virtual reality driving simulator designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder learn to drive, a key skill in allowing them to live independent and productive lives.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: David F. Salisbury
david.salisbury@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-6803
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Wireless@Virginia Tech to receive $2.5 million to advance new technologies
The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $2.5 million in research funding to Wireless@Virginia Tech, aligning with the recently announced White House initiative on advanced wireless research in efforts to provide faster wireless networks.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lindsey Haugh
jangus@vt.edu
540-231-2476
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 26-Jul-2016
Risk Analysis
How to sound the alarm
A group of risk experts is proposing a new framework and research agenda that they believe will support the most effective public warnings when a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety. Effective warnings are a growing need as expanding global populations confront a wide range of hazards.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Paul Gabrielsen
paul.gabrielsen@utah.edu
801-505-8253
University of Utah

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