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Public Release: 13-Aug-2020
Science Advances
UMD researchers identify structure of blue whirls
'Blue whirls' -- small, spinning blue flames that produce almost no soot when they burn -- have attracted great interest since their discovery in 2016, in part because they represent a potential new avenue for low-emission combustion. Now, a team of researchers has identified how these intriguing whirls are structured.
National Science Foundation, Army Research Office

Contact: Robert Herschbach
rherschb@umd.edu
410-245-8959
University of Maryland

Public Release: 13-Aug-2020
Science
How a protein stops cells from attacking their own DNA
Scientists at EPFL have demonstrated the mechanism that allows cells to fight off viral DNA without triggering an immune response against their own genetic material.
SNSF, Gebert Rüf Foundation, NCCR Chemical Biology, ERC, EMBO

Contact: Emmanuel Barraud
emmanuel.barraud@epfl.ch
41-216-932-190
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 13-Aug-2020
Science
Systemic racism has consequences for all life in cities
Social inequalities, specifically racism and classism, are impacting the biodiversity, evolutionary shifts and ecological health of plants and animals in our cities. That's the main finding of a review paper published Aug. 13 in Science led by the University of Washington, with co-authors at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Michigan.
University of Washington, University of California, Berkeley, David H. Smith Fellows program, National Science Foundation

Contact: Michelle Ma
mcma@uw.edu
206-616-0281
University of Washington

Public Release: 12-Aug-2020
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Sea-level rise could make rivers more likely to jump course
A new study shows that sea level rise will cause rivers to change course more frequently.
National Science Foundation, Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech

Contact: Robert Perkins
rperkins@caltech.edu
626-658-1053
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Aug-2020
Nature Energy
Researchers make green chemistry advance with new catalyst for reduction of carbon dioxide
Researchers have made a key advance in the green chemistry pursuit of converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into reusable forms of carbon via electrochemical reduction.
National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Oregon State University, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Joint Laboratory for Photonic-Thermal-Electrical Energy

Contact: Zhenxing Feng
zhenxing.feng@oregonstate.edu
541-737-0508
Oregon State University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2020
Scientist to resurrect water fleas from U.S. nuclear fallout zone
A researcher of The University of Texas at Arlington could soon uncover the evolutionary effects of nuclear testing by resurrecting decades-old crustaceans.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Dana Jennings
dana.jennings@uta.edu
682-667-3825
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 12-Aug-2020
Neuropsychopharmacology
The (neuro)science of getting and staying motivated
Neuroscientists at EPFL and the University of Edinburgh have discovered that the degree of motivation and the stamina to keep it up depends on the ratio between the neurotransmitters glutamine and glutamate in the nucleus accumbens of the brain.
Swiss National Science Foundation (NCCR Synapsy), EPFL

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

Public Release: 12-Aug-2020
Science of the Total Environment
A quick, cost-effective method to track the spread of COVID-19
A group of researchers have demonstrated that, from seven methods commonly used to test for viruses in untreated wastewater, an adsorption-extraction technique can most efficiently detect SARS-CoV-2. This gives us another tool to detect the presence and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CSIRO Land and Water Australia, US National Science Foundation, Japan Science and Technology Agency

Contact: Sohail Keegan Pinto
skpinto@jimu.hokudai.ac.jp
Hokkaido University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2020
Nature
Flipping a metabolic switch to slow tumor growth
The enzyme serine palmitoyl-transferase can be used as a metabolically responsive "switch" that decreases tumor growth, according to a new study by a team of San Diego scientists, who published their findings Aug. 12 in the journal Nature. By restricting the dietary amino acids serine and glycine, or pharmacologically targeting the serine synthesis enzyme phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase, the team induced tumor cells to produce a toxic lipid that slows cancer progression in mice.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Helmsley Center for Genomic Medicine, Ferring Foundation

Contact: Ioana Patringenaru
ipatrin@eng.ucsd.edu
858-822-0899
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 12-Aug-2020
Soft Matter
Molecular additives enhance mechanical properties of organic solar cell material
Ganesh Balasubramanian, P.C. Rossin assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics at Lehigh University, and his graduate student Joydeep Munshi demonstrated that adding small molecules to a semiconducting polymer blend enhances the performance and stability of material used in organic solar cells. The study is described in an article, 'Elasto-morphology of P3HT:PCBM bulk heterojunction organic solar cells' featured on the back cover of Soft Matter.
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Contact: Lori Friedman
lof214@lehigh.edu
323-377-4312
Lehigh University

Public Release: 11-Aug-2020
Chem
Bouncing, sticking, exploding viruses: Understanding the surface chemistry of SARS-CoV-2
Better understanding of the surface chemistry of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is needed to reduce transmission and accelerate vaccine design.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kelley Christensen
kelleyc@mtu.edu
906-231-9168
Michigan Technological University

Public Release: 11-Aug-2020
Applied Nano Materials
Nanocrystals from recycled wood waste make carbon-fiber composites tougher
In a new study, Texas A&M University researchers have used a natural plant product, called cellulose nanocrystals, to pin and coat carbon nanotubes uniformly onto the carbon-fiber composites. The researchers said their prescribed method is quicker than conventional methods and also allows the designing of carbon-fiber composites from the nanoscale.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 11-Aug-2020
Climate Dynamics
Climate change projected to increase seasonal East African rainfall
According to research led by The University of Texas at Austin, seasonal rainfall is expected to rise significantly in East Africa over the next few decades in response to increased greenhouse gases. The study, published in Climate Dynamics, used high-resolution simulations to find that the amount of precipitation during the rainy season known as the 'short rains' could double by the end of the century, continuing a trend that has been observed in recent years.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Anton Caputo
anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu
210-602-2085
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 11-Aug-2020
NYC shoppers 4 times more likely to frequent stores adhering to social distance guidelines
New York City residents are four times more likely to choose a store where shoppers respect 6 feet of distancing than one where no one is social distancing, according to a Cornell University experiment using 3D simulation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lindsey Hadlock
lmh267@cornell.edu
607-269-6911
Cornell University

Public Release: 11-Aug-2020
Nature Communications
Investigating a thermal challenge for MOFs
New research led by an interdisciplinary team across six universities examines heat transfer in MOFs and the role it plays when MOFs are used for storing fuel. The findings were recently published in Nature Communications.
National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Egypt Mission Foundation

Contact: Maggie Pavlick
maggiepavlick@pitt.edu
412-383-0449
University of Pittsburgh

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
JAMA Pediatrics
Youth's risks from first-time opioid prescriptions may not be as high as once thought
Young adults and adolescents who are prescribed opioids for the first time may be at a slightly greater risk of developing a substance-related problem later in life, according to a new study co-authored by Indiana University researchers. However, the risk may not be as high as previously thought.
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Swedish Research Council, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Contact: April Toler
artoler@iu.edu
618-319-0515
Indiana University

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
Advanced Functional Materials
Electronic components join forces to take up 10 times less space on computer chips
Electronic filters are essential to the inner workings of our phones and other wireless devices. They eliminate or enhance specific input signals to achieve the desired output signals. They are essential, but take up space on the chips that researchers are on a constant quest to make smaller. A new study demonstrates the successful integration of the individual elements that make up electronic filters onto a single component, significantly reducing the amount of space taken up by the device.
National Science Foundation, Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute, China

Contact: Lois Yoksoulian
leyok@illinois.edu
217-244-2788
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
Nature Communications
How boundaries become bridges in evolution
The mechanisms that make organisms locally fit and those responsible for change are distinct and occur sequentially in evolution.
National Science Foundation, Lucille Packard Fellowship

Contact: Mikayla Mace
mikaylamace@email.arizona.edu
520-621-1878
University of Arizona

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
Understanding matter at atom-crushing densities
UC Davis will be part of a new Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures focusing on understanding the physics and astrophysical implications of matter under pressures so high that the structure of individual atoms is disrupted. The CMAP will be funded with $12.96 million from the NSF and hosted at the University of Rochester in collaboration with researchers at UC Davis; MIT; Princeton; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Buffalo; and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
NSF

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

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
NSF renews Rice biological physics center
The Rice University-based Center for Theoretical Biological Physics has won a five-year extension from the National Science Foundation to pursue its investigation of mysteries at the intersection of biology and physics.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
Nature Ecology and Evolution
Evolutionary assimilation of foreign DNA in a new host
Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego used genetic engineering and laboratory evolution to test the functionality of DNA placed into a new species and study how it can mutate to become functional if given sufficient evolutionary time.
Novo Nordisk Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Contact: Katherine Connor
khconnor@eng.ucsd.edu
858-534-8374
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
Nature Climate Change
Personal connections key to climate adaptation
Connections with friends and family are key to helping communities adapt to the devastating impact of climate change on their homes and livelihoods. The research found people are more empowered to deal with the impact of encroaching sea-levels and dwindling fish stocks when they see others doing the same.
Australian Research Council, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, US National Science Foundation, WorldFish.

Contact: Melissa Lyne
melissa.lyne@jcu.edu.au
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
Landscape Ecology
Fragmented forests: Tree cover, urban sprawl both increased in Southeast Michigan over the past 30 years
The extent of Southeast Michigan's tree canopy and its urban sprawl both increased between 1985 and 2015, according to a new University of Michigan study that used aerial photos and satellite images to map individual buildings and small patches of street trees.
US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Science Foundation's Sustainability Research Network program

Contact: Jim Erickson
ericksn@umich.edu
University of Michigan

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
PLOS Computational Biology
Math shows how brain stays stable amid internal noise and a widely varying world
A new theoretical framework shows that many properties of neural connections help biological circuits produce consistent computations.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, JPB Foundation

Contact: David Orenstein
davidjo@mit.edu
617-324-2079
Picower Institute at MIT

Public Release: 10-Aug-2020
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Discovery transforms understanding of hydrogen depletion at the seafloor
Results of a new study by Lehigh University's Jill McDermott and colleagues contradict the assumption that hydrogen depletions at the seafloor are caused by microbiological communities. They found that these shifts in chemistry are driven by non-biological processes that remove energy before microbial communities at the shallow seafloor gain access to it. The results were published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets program, National Science Foundation

Contact: Lori Friedman
lof214@lehigh.edu
323-377-4312
Lehigh University

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