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Big Herbivorous Dinosaurs Ate Crustaceans as Side Dish

Some big plant-eating dinosaurs roaming present-day Utah some 75 million years ago were slurping up crustaceans on the side, a behavior that may have been tied to reproductive activities, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.  

– University of Colorado Boulder

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 21-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

Restoring Wetlands and Our Environment

Wetlands, including the Everglades, are important to the health of the environment. Restoring their ability to process water is the topic of several talks at a scientific meeting.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Embargo expired on 21-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET


Breaking Legume’s Crop Wild Relative Barrier

In a new study, scientists report significant strides in transferring disease- and stress-resistance traits from wild relatives of several legumes to their domesticated varieties.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Crop Science, June 16, 2017

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

Comet or Asteroid? Hubble Discovers that a Unique Object is a Binary

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Nature, 21 Sept. 2017

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2017 at 13:00 ET

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Glycosylation: Mapping Uncharted Territory

Glycosylation is the most abundant protein modification - over half of the proteins in our cells are ‘decorated’ with glycans. These sugar structures alter protein activities in all organisms – from bacteria to human - influencing fundamental p...

– Institute of Molecular Biotechnology


Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2017 at 13:00 ET

Bite Force Research Reveals Dinosaur-Eating Frog

Scientists say that a large, now extinct, frog called Beelzebufo that lived about 68 million years ago in Madagascar would have been capable of eating small dinosaurs.

– University of Adelaide

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2017 at 05:00 ET

Study Suggests You Can ‘Pick Up’ a Good or Bad Mood From Your Friends

New research suggests that both good and bad moods can be ‘picked up’ from friends, but depression can’t. A team led by the University of Warwick has examined whether friends’ moods can affect an individual therefore implying that moods ma...

– University of Warwick

Royal Society Open Science

Mathematicians Ask: What’s in a Ripple?

When a fluid or a gas experiences a sudden disturbance, it often gives rise to a phenomenon known as an undular bore, consisting of rapid oscillations that spread. But how to describe what transpires? New mathematics research brings us closer to find...

– University at Buffalo

Proceedings of the Royal Society A

Altitude Training for Cancer-Fighting Cells

Training at altitude – meaning under low-oxygen conditions – turns athletes into super-performers. Likewise, Prof. Guy Shakhar has found, oxygen-starved T cells become super-effective at attacking cancer. These T cells could provide an immediate ...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Cell Reports, Sept-2017

Researcher Sheds New Light on How Brain Operates Like GPS

Florida State University’s Aaron Wilber, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, discovers new insights into how the brain is organized to help a person navigate through life.

– Florida State University


When Residents Take Charge of Their Rainforests, Fewer Trees Die

When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down.

– Ohio State University

Land Economics

Laser-Free Method of Ion Cooling Has Range of Potential Uses

Prof. Daniel Zajfman's universal ion trap cools to a tenth of a degree above absolute zero. The new method does not depend on the type or the weight of the ion and, thus, might be used to investigate the properties of large biological molecules or na...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Physical Review Letters, Sept-2017

Characterization of a Slowly Proliferating Population of Melanoma Cells with High Metastatic Properties

A study conducted at The Wistar Institute has led to the identification of a slowly proliferating and highly invasive melanoma cell subpopulation, characterized by production of a protein associated with invasive behavior.

– Wistar Institute


Titan Helps Researchers Suck Mystery Out of Cell’s ‘Vacuum Cleaners’

In cancer cells, a membrane transport protein called P-glycoprotein, or Pgp, actively pumps anticancer drugs out of the cell, contributing to multidrug resistance. Recently, a team led by computational biophysicist Emad Tajkhorshid from the Universit...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Faulty Cell Signaling Derails Cerebral Cortex Development, Could It Lead to Autism?

Eva Anton’s lab at UNC has shown how the deletion of the protein APC in progenitor cells – which give rise to neurons – disrupts the Wnt protein pathway, which previously was linked to genes associated with autism.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Genes & Development

Wave Glider Surfs Across Stormy Drake Passage in Antarctica

A hardy ocean drone made a first-ever attempt to surf across Antarctica’s stormy Drake Passage gathering data about ocean mixing.

– University of Washington

Oceanography Magazine

3-D Analysis of Dog Fossils Sheds Light on Domestication Debate

In an effort to settle the debate about the origin of dog domestication, a technique that uses 3-D scans of fossils is helping researchers determine the difference between dogs and wolves.

– Cornell University

Scientific Reports, August 2017

Scientists Make Atoms-Thick Post-It Notes for Solar Cells and Circuits

In a study published Sept. 20 in Nature, UChicago and Cornell University researchers describe an innovative method to make stacks of semiconductors just a few atoms thick. The technique offers scientists and engineers a simple, cost-effective method ...

– University of Chicago


WVU Biology Students Investigate the Impact of Climate Change on Appalachian Forests

Biology students at West Virginia University are studying the impact of climate change on the forests of the Appalachian Mountains. Justin Mathias and Nanette Raczka, Ph.D. students in the Department of Biology, have received Smithsonian Center for T...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

UF Scientist Recognized for Research in Mosquito-Borne Disease Control

University of Florida entomology professor Jeffrey Bloomquist was honored with the American Chemical Society International Award for Research in Agrochemicals, an award that recognizes a lifetime of achievement in agrochemical research.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

WVU biology students investigate the impact of climate change on Appalachian forests

Biology students at West Virginia University are studying the impact of climate change on the forests of the Appalachian Mountains.

– West Virginia University

Seaweed-Fueled Cars? Maybe One Day, with Help of New Tech

New technologies are being developed to grow seaweed in the open ocean so it can be converted into biofuel with support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, also known as ARPA-E.

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


One Step Closer to Lifelike Robots

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D-printable synthetic soft muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight. The muscle has intrinsic expansion ability and, unlike previous artificial muscles, it does not require an external comp...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Communications 19 Sept 2017

Embargo expired on 19-Sep-2017 at 05:00 ET

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Ricin Only Lethal in Combination with Sugar

Researchers at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) have discovered a means of immunising cells against the biological weapon ricin, as reported in the current issue of Cell Research.

– Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

Cell Research 2017, doi:10.1038/cr.2017

Embargo expired on 19-Sep-2017 at 06:40 ET

Nonlinear Physics Bridges Thoughts to Sounds in Birdsong

Physicist Gabriel Mindlin has been looking at the phenomena from what is one of the most unifying and potentially enlightening perspectives of the issue: the dynamical physics of birds’ vocal organs. In his work, published this week in the journal ...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


Embargo expired on 19-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Fluorescence Microscopy on a Chip -- No Lenses Required

Fluorescence microscopy gives researchers power to illuminate the tiniest structures and capture the real-time activities of cells by tagging biological molecules with a rainbow of fluorescent dyes. Researchers have developed a system that enables sc...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

AIP Advances

Embargo expired on 19-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Researching the Impact of Natural Gas Drilling

The installation of natural gas wells requires soil reclamation efforts after installation. These efforts are often hindered by salt-affected soils, weed invasions and slow plant establishment. The “Soil Changes Before, During, and After Natural Ga...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Embargo expired on 19-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

Monk Parakeets Invade Mexico

In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers describe a recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico, and the regulatory changes that affected the species’ spread.

– Santa Fe Institute


Running Roaches, Flapping Moths Create a New Physics of Organisms

Sand-swimming lizards, slithering robotic snakes, dusk-flying moths and running roaches all have one thing in common: They're increasingly being studied by physicists interested in understanding the shared strategies these creatures have developed to...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Physics Today

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Rogue Wave Analysis Supports Investigation of the El Faro Sinking

A new analysis done to support the investigation into the 2015 sinking of the El Faro cargo ship has calculated the likelihood of a massive rogue wave during Hurricane Joaquin in October of that year – and demonstrated a new technique for evaluatin...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Scientific Reports

What Web Browsers and Proteins Have in Common

Researchers in the United States and Germany have just discovered a previously overlooked part of protein molecules that could be key to how proteins interact with each other inside living cells to carry out specialized functions.

– Ohio State University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Tumor-infiltrating B Lymphocytes Promote Melanoma Progression and Resistance to Therapy

In a multi-institutional collaborative study, scientists at The Wistar Institute and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, have identified the role of tumor-infiltrating or tumor-associated B-cells (“TABs”) in melanoma progression and resist...

– Wistar Institute

Nature Communications

Devastating Tree Fungus Found in Brooklyn and Four Long Island Towns

Cornell University scientists in partnership with state agencies identified oak wilt, a devastating pathogenic fungus that kills oak trees, in six new locations throughout New York state: four towns on Long Island, Brooklyn and Canandaigua.

– Cornell University

Science Denial Not Limited to Political Right

A new study from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests people of all political backgrounds can be motivated to participate in science denial.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Social Psychological and Personality Science

Research Redefines Proteins’ Role in the Development of Spinal Sensory Cells

A recent study led by Samantha Butler at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA has overturned a common belief about how a certain class of proteins in the spinal cord regulate the formation of nervous...

– UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

eLife; HD060549; RB5-07320; TB1-01183; NS085097

Plants Combine Color and Fragrance to Procure Pollinators

ho knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This is true for many of the 41 insect-pollinated plant species growing in a Phrygana scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos. An international rese...

– Cornell University

Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Tiny Lasers from a Gallery of Whispers

Whispering gallery mode resonators rely on a phenomenon similar to an effect observed in circular galleries, and the same phenomenon applies to light. When light is stored in ring-shaped or spherical active resonators, the waves superimpose in such a...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

APL Photonics Sept. 19, 2017

Landmark Study Suggests Risks Vary Widely in Drone-Human Impacts

Virginia Tech’s world-renowned injury biomechanics group and its FAA-approved UAS test site in Blacksburg, Virginia, have just released the first peer-reviewed academic study to offer quantitative data on injury risk associated with potential drone...

– Virginia Tech

Annals of Biomedical Engineering

Gulf Spill Oil Dispersants Associated with Health Symptoms in Cleanup Workers

Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes o...

– National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)


One-Third of Ph.D.s Lose Interest in Academic Careers, but Not for Lack of Jobs

There are growing concerns that the challenges of landing a faculty job are discouraging young science and engineering Ph.D.s from pursuing careers in academia. The assumption is the majority aspire to a faculty career but drop out of the academic pi...

– Cornell University


WVU Research Gives Self-Driving Vehicles a Boost

While the future of vehicles may be driverless, West Virginia University is steering the technology in the right direction. WVU’s researchers are working to improve vehicle and smart infrastructure technology that underpins their development and th...

– West Virginia University

Leading Researchers Explore Boundaries of Biological Science at Inaugural Symposium of Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University

Eight researchers in the vanguard of biological science gathered at the inaugural symposium of the new Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University today to explore new frontiers within the dark matter of biology. The day-long symposium, which attracte...

– Tufts University

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‘Surfing Robot’ Tracking Water Data As Harvey’s Rains Flow Toward Fragile Coral Reefs

While you read this, an unmanned Wave Glider surface vehicle is riding swells alone in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting critically needed post-Hurricane Harvey water quality data.

– Texas A&M University

Hurricane Harvey May Have Worsened Beach Erosion

Hurricane Harvey left its mark on much of the Texas coast, leaving at least $100 billion in damages, but it very likely worsened a problem that has been plaguing the coast for years – beach erosion.

– Texas A&M University

A TOAST for Next Generation CMB Experiments

Computational cosmologists at Berkeley Lab recently achieved a critical milestone in preparation for upcoming CMB experiments: scaling their data simulation and reduction framework TOAST to run on all 658,784 Intel Knights Landing Xeon Phi processor ...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Cornell Digital Ag Program Integrates with John Deere Operations Center

When farmers log into Ag-Analytics.Org, they can easily and securely integrate their data with the John Deere Operations Center with a few clicks. This allows farmers to securely use their high-resolution agriculture data in real time to extract more...

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– Cornell University


Chemists Make Playdough/Lego-Like Hybrid to Create Tiny Building Blocks

Playdough and Legos are among the most popular childhood building blocks. But what could you use if you wanted to create something really small—a structure less than the width of a human hair? It turns out, a team of chemists has found, this can be...

– New York University


Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Deep Roots in Plants Driven by Soil Hydrology

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between...

– Rutgers University

Proceedings of the National Academy oif

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 15:00 ET

Catching a Diversity of Fish Species — Instead of Specializing — Means More Stable Income for Fishers

A team of scientists analyzed nearly 30 years of revenue and permitting records for individuals fishing in Alaskan waters and tracked how their fishing choices, in terms of permits purchased and species caught, influenced their year-to-year income vo...

– University of Washington


Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 15:00 ET

A Cereal Survives Heat and Drought

An international consortium under the lead of the non-profit organization "International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics" (ICRISAT) and participation of a research team around the system biologist Wolfram Weckwerth has published th...

– University of Vienna

Nature Biotechnology

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Energy and Environmental Science, September 2017

Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackl...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 18, 2017

Biologists Identify Gene Involved in Kidney-Related Birth Defects

A team led by University of Iowa researchers has identified a gene linked to rare kidney-related birth defects. When working properly, a gene called GREB1L activates a cascade of signals that ultimately tells other genes what they need to do to crea...

– University of Iowa


Researchers Stumped by Plants with Multiple Chromosomes Set January Meeting to Collaborate

Some of the world’s most beloved plants — coffee, bananas, potatoes, chrysanthemums and roses, to name a few — could be made even better, but the complexity of their chromosomes either stumps or stifles scientists who study them. A meeting has ...

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Optical and Electrical Bistability Study Sheds Light on Next-Gen High Speed Data Transfer

Today, electrical bistable devices are the foundation of digital electronics, but the bandwidth of these electronic computers is limited by the signal delay of time constants important to electronic logic operations. In an attempt to mitigate these p...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Applied Physics

DNA Triggers Shape-Shifting in Hydrogels, Opening a New Way to Make ‘Soft Robots’

Biochemical engineers at the Johns Hopkins University have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape-changing in water-based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce “soft” robots and “smart” medical devices that do not rely on cumbe...

– Johns Hopkins University

Science, Sep15-2017; W911NF-15-1-0490 ; 221874

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Treatment-Resistant Melanoma May Be Vulnerable to a Drug Holiday, UCLA Study Finds

A UCLA study has uncovered the mechanisms by which treatment-resistant melanoma become vulnerable to cessation of a class of drugs called MAP kinase (MAPK)-targeted inhibitors. By identifying these mechanisms, the scientists discovered that therapeu...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

New Self-Powered Paper Patch Could Help Diabetics Measure Glucose During Exercise

A new paper-based sensor patch developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York could allow diabetics to effectively measure glucose levels during exercise.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Micromachines, Aug-2017

Cleaning Up Subways: Sandia’s 20-Year Mission to Stop Anthrax in Its Tracks

Sandia National Laboratories engineer Mark Tucker has spent much of the past 20 years thinking about incidents involving chemical or biological warfare agents, and the best ways to clean them up. Tucker’s current project focuses on cleaning up a su...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Putting Smart Weapons to the Test

A University of Delaware professor’s small business is helping the Air Force bring its testing technology up to speed with the rapid advance of infrared sensor technology – research that could help today's troops take advantage of a new generatio...

– University of Delaware

WVU Biochemist Goes Online to X-Ray Life-Sustaining Crystals

Under conventional magnification, the crystals Aaron Robart grows in his West Virginia University lab may look like simple rock salt, but by bombarding them with X-rays, he and his research team can build computational models that reveal the molecule...

– West Virginia University

Missouri S&T Geologist Leads $2.1M National Science Foundation Research Effort to Study Earth’s Greatest Mass Extinction

Missouri S&T geologist Dr. Wan Yang has devoted his academic career to unlocking the mysteries of thePermian mass extinction more than 250 million years ago. That geological odyssey now finds him leading an 11-institution consortium that’s been col...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology


Let There Be (Connected) Light

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Connected Lighting Test Bed is helping advance smart and energy-efficient connected lighting systems.

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

25 Years After the Last U.S. Nuclear Test

25 years ago today, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory conducted its last nuclear test. With the end of that era came the birth of stockpile stewardship and a new generation of science-focused weapon physicists.

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Sublime Challenge of Jet Noise

Joe Nichols, of the University of Minnesota, is using ALCF resources to create high fidelity simulations of jet turbulence to determine how and where noise is produced. The results may lead to novel engineering designs that reduce noise over commerci...

– Argonne National Laboratory

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$1.6 Million NSF Grant to Advance Understanding of ‘Amorphous’ Materials

A physics professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology will lead a four-year effort to spur research, development and commercial adoption of a new class of oxide semiconductors that outperform silicon-based transistors and could lead to...

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– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Advanced Electronic Materials, Vol. 3, No. 9, Sept-2017

SciWire Announcements

New Drug Discovery Collaboration Targets Novel Treatments Against Diseases

Southern Research and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have formed a partnership to advance promising research that could lead to new drugs that address unmet medical needs.

– Southern Research

Sandia Labs Wins 5 Regional Technology Transfer Awards

Sandia National Laboratories won five awards from the 2017 Federal Laboratory Consortium for its work to develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

– Sandia National Laboratories

UAH leads effort that secures $20 milliongrant from the National Science Foundation

A partnership comprising nine universities in Alabama, including The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) as the lead institution, has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Sti...

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Wayne State Receives $1.2 Million NSF Grant to Develop Autonomous Battery Operating System

Researchers at Wayne State University led by Nathan Fisher, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to address the need for effective, integrative batte...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

National Science Foundation, 1724227

$2.375 Million Federal Award to Study Epigenetic Control Systems, Inform Drug Discovery

Van Andel Research Institute scientist Scott Rothbart, Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year, $2.375 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA/R35) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institute...

– Van Andel Research Institute

Olin's Senior Capstone in Engineering Program (SCOPE) Kicks Off 2017-2018 with a Diverse and Challenging Range of Projects

Olin's 2017-2018 Senior Capstone in Engineering (SCOPE) program officially gets underway in September. Fourteen corporate partners have signed on this year to sponsor SCOPE teams made up of Olin seniors.

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Receives $15.6 Million Grant

Northwestern University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, which is among the longest continually funded materials research centers in the country, has received a six-year, $15.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation. ...

– Northwestern University

UK Commits $88 Million to LBNF/DUNE in First-Ever Umbrella Science Agreement with U.S.

The UK has committed $88 million to the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment as part of an umbrella science and technology agreement with the United States.

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

UCLA Brain Cancer Program Designated a Specialized Program of Research Excellence by the National Cancer Institute

The brain cancer program at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Brain Tumor Center has been designated a Specialized Program of Research Excellence, or SPORE by the National Cancer Institute, making it one of only five brain cance...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

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HHMI Selects 15 Hanna Gray Fellows to Support Diversity in Science

HHMI announces the selection of 15 exceptional early career scientists as the first group of HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows. The 2018 Hanna Gray Fellows competition is now open, with applications due on January 10, 2018.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

$20 Million Statewide Grant to Further Plasma Research, Synthesize Novel Materials and Improve Technologies in Manufacturing Industries

UAB will be a fundamental player in the Alabama jurisdiction of the program, which has just five awardees, with primary goals of improving scientific research and building workforce capacity.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

$2.3m Grant to Fund New Direction in Autism Spectrum Disorders Research at KU

Study will define motor deficits in autism spectrum disorders from childhood through adulthood. The long-term goal to learn about the causes of both motor and related behavioral issues to develop more objective, biologically based targets for treatme...

– University of Kansas, Life Span Institute


Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost

Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-borde...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Tulane Receives Grant to Reduce Auto Emissions

Members of Tulane University’s Shantz Lab will work with industrial scientists to assist in the development of next-generation materials designed to reduce harmful automotive emissions. The three-year old lab and its group of students have receive...

– Tulane University

UofL Gastroenterology Researcher Receives $4 Million From NIH for Innovative Liver Research

UofL gastroenterologist Matthew Cave, M.D., believes that chemicals we breathe, consume or come in contact with in the environment may be contributing to liver disease. He has been awarded $4 million by the NIEHS to explore the effects of environment...

– University of Louisville


ORNL Innovation Crossroads Program Opens Second Round of Energy Entrepreneurial Fellowships

Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the second round of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Innovation Crossroads program.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Lab Leads New Effort in Materials Development

Lawrence Livermore National Lab will be part of a multi-lab effort to apply high-performance computing to US-based industry’s discovery, design, and development of materials for severe environments under a new initiative announced by the Department...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Dr. Rob Kiefl is Awarded 2017 Yamazaki Prize

Dr. Rob Kiefl, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), member of the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at UBC and an affiliate Scientist at TRIUMF, has been awarded the 2017 Yam...


Arkansas University Joins New Department of Homeland Security-Funded Consortium

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been named a priority partner in a new Department of Homeland Security-funded national consortium. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate will award the consortium a $3.85 ...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

DHS S&T Awards $4.8 Million to Center for Innovative Technology to Enhance Smart Cities

DHS S&T announced today a $4.8 million contract award to the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) of Herndon, Virginia, to apply cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to first responders and the commercial marketplace.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

NYIT Faculty Members to Research RNA Variants Under Multi-Year NIH Grant

Computer Science and Life Science faculty members at NYIT will develop cutting edge tools to detect and describe RNA modifications and their potential links to serious diseases.

– New York Institute of Technology






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