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University Of Chicago, Geophysics, Fossil, fossil species, Paleontology, bryozoan, marine and freshwater biology, Evolution Biology

Fossil That Fills Missing Evolutionary Link Named After UChicago Professors

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Scientists recently announced the discovery of a fossil that fills a missing evolutionary link—the first known member of the modern bryozoans to grow up into a structure. Called Jablonskipora kidwellae, it is named after UChicago geophysical scientists David Jablonski and Susan Kidwell.

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Scientists Find Missing Clue to How HIV Hacks Cells to Propagate Itself

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Computer modeling has helped a team of scientists, including several scholars from the University of Chicago, to decode previously unknown details about the "budding" process by which HIV forces cells to spread the virus to other cells. The findings, published Nov. 7 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may offer a new avenue for drugs to combat the virus.

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University Of Chicago, Quantum, quantum behavior, quantum technology, Bose Einstein Condensate, Chemistry

Scientists See Fireworks From Atoms at Ultra-Low Temperatures

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Scientists aren’t normally treated to fireworks when they discover something about the universe. But a team of University of Chicago researchers found a show waiting for them at the atomic level—along with a new form of quantum behavior that may someday be useful in quantum technology applications.

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University of Chicago Announces $125 Million Gift to Support Economic Scholarship

The Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund intends to make the second-largest gift in the history of the University of Chicago, supporting the Department of Economics in expanding its leadership in education and research with wide-ranging public impact, while increasing financial support for students.

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UChicago Astrophysicists to Catch Particles From Deep Space on NASA Balloon Mission

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A team led by Prof. Angela Olinto was awarded NASA funding to fly an ultra-long duration balloon mission with an innovative ultra-sensitive telescope to pick up cosmic rays and neutrinos coming from deep space.

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LIGO Announces Detection of Gravitational Waves From Colliding Neutron Stars

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The U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and the Virgo detector in Italy announced on Oct. 16 that all three of their detectors had picked up the ripples, or gravitational waves, from two neutron stars that collided 130 million years ago. Among other discoveries, the detection allowed scientists to use gravitational waves to directly calculate the rate at which the universe is expanding.

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University Of Chicago, Biophysical Chemistry, Biophysics, Biology, Cell Biology, Protein Folding, Proteins

Study Shows Proteins May Prevent Dysfunction and Disease by Relaxing

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A team of University of Chicago and Notre Dame researchers used simulations and X-rays to conclude that disordered proteins remain unfolded and expanded as they float loose in the cytoplasm of a cell. The answer affects how we envision the movement of a protein through its life—essential for understanding how proteins fold, what goes wrong during disorders and disease and how to model their behavior.

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University of Chicago Launches Months-Long Commemoration of First Nuclear Reaction

Groundbreaking scientific discovery conducted at UChicago 75 years ago

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University of Chicago Prof. Richard H. Thaler Awarded 2017 Economics Nobel Prize

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored Thaler, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, “for his contributions to behavioural economics,” a relatively new field that bridges the gap between economics and psychology.

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Nobel Prize news conference for Richard Thaler at 11 a.m. CDT

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University of Chicago Prof. Richard H. Thaler has been awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017 “for his contributions to behavioural economics.” An 11 a.m. CDT news conference will be held in the Winter Garden of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business featuring Thaler, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at Chicago Booth.







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