Unexpected New Mechanism Reveals How Molecules Become Trapped in Ice

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Expanding our knowledge of the way molecules interact with ice surfaces is a key goal not only for climate change but also a much wider range of other environmental, scientific and defense-related issues. Now, a team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism they call “stable energetic embedding” of atoms and molecules within ice. The work is described in The Journal of Chemical Physics.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|30-Sep-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Taking Thin Films to the Extreme

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Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface -- work that holds promise for making future, flexible electronic devices, creating advanced solar cells and detailing the sides of next-gen rocket ships and spacecraft with extremely lightweight decorative logos (Applied Physics Letters).

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|30-Sep-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Laser-Guided Herds of Sea Monkeys Show how Zooplankton Migrations May Affect Global Ocean Currents

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Sea monkeys have captured the popular attention of both children and aquarium hobbyists because of their easily observable life cycle. Physicists are interested in a shorter-term pattern: Like other zooplankton, brine shrimp vertically migrate in large groups throughout the day in response to changing light conditions. New research suggests that the collective movement of small marine organisms could affect global ocean circulation patterns on a level comparable to the wind and the tides.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|30-Sep-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Vanderbilt Research Initiative Seeks to Develop Therapies to Combat Ebola Virus

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Vanderbilt University researchers have partnered with Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. to develop new human antibody therapies for people exposed to the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center|30-Sep-2014 10:10 AM EDT

More High-Risk Surgical Patients Are Choosing Breast Reconstruction Procedures After Mastectomy

The number of breast cancer patients undergoing immediate breast reconstruction operations after mastectomy has grown steadily over the past 15 years, according to new research findings published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)|30-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT

DNA Signature Found in Ice Storm Babies

The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds. Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive ‘signature’ in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm. Five months after the event, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant during the disaster and assessed their degrees of hardship and distress in a study called Project Ice Storm.

– McGill University|30-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Virginia Tech Researchers Discover Potential Biomarker to Detect ‘Bubble Boy’ Disorder

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A genetic disease called SCID forces patients to breathe filtered air and avoid human contact because their bodies cannot fight germs. Now, using a mouse model, Virginia Tech researchers describe a potential biomarker to detect SCID.

– Virginia Tech|30-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT

More Waters May Deserve Federal Protection, Study Suggests

A University of Florida research team, whose EPA-funded study is published online in the journal Water Resources Research, shows that geographically isolated wetlands can be connected in ways that are largely ignored, but that may be critically important for watershed storage and stabilizing downstream flows.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences|30-Sep-2014 10:00 AM EDT
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