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Monday, January 29, 2018

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Novel Technologies Reveal Key Information About Depleted East Pacific Green Sea Turtles

Using new technologies developed to extract information from bones, researchers are learning more about populations of green sea turtles. While their numbers remain dangerously depleted, the new data show that these turtles are spending more time off...

– University of California San Diego

Marine Ecology Progress Series, Jan 2018


Looking for Atmospheric Oxygen, A Possible New Definition of a Planet, Surface of a Giant Star, and More in the Space News Source

The latest in space and astronomy in the Space News Source

– Newswise


Neurogastronomy Symposium, High Colesterol and Colon Cancer, Wild Rice Science, and More in the Food Science News Source

Click here to go to the Food Science News Source

– Newswise

New Molecular Muscle Responds to Visible Light

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a completely new kind of artificial molecular muscle from a polymer that’s capable of some heavy lifting — relatively speaking.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Macromolecular Rapid Communications


A Motorhome of Microbes, Particles Fuel Storms, Mammals Moving, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

The latest research on the environment in the Environmental Science News Source

– Newswise

X-Ray Experiments Suggest High Tunability of 2-D Material

Researchers used MAESTRO, an X-ray platform at Berkeley Lab, to zero in on signatures of exotic electronic behavior in a 2-D material. They found that the material may be highly tunable, with potential applications in spintronics and other emerging f...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Physics, Jan. 22, 2018

Tiny Scales Could Serve as Safe Material in Implants to Reinforce Bones and Joints

Researchers with the University of Chicago have published a concept to use a naturally occurring mineral called calcite to “grow” scales that can attach to soft materials. The setup could one day serve as waterproof implants to reinforce bones or...

– University of Chicago

Nature Communications

Researchers Propose Novel Solution to Better Secure Voice Over Internet Communication

Security researchers develop automated verification model to better secure voice over internet communication from eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

2017 Annual Computer Security Applications Conference

Scientists Catch Light Squeezing and Stretching Next-Gen Data Storage Material

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have seen for the first time how atoms in iron-platinum nanoparticles – a next-generation material for magnetic data storage devices – respond extremely rapidly to br...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A. H. Reid et al., Nature Communications, 26 January 2018 (10.1038/s41467-017-02730-7)

Bacterial Immune Systems Take the Stage

The Weizmann Institute of Science's Prof. Rotem Sorek has conducted a systematic study that uncovered multiple new and unusual bacterial immune defense mechanisms which could pave the way toward new biotech tools

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Science, Jan-2018

Scientists Get Better Numbers on What Happens When Electrons Get Wet

A particular set of chemical reactions governs many of the processes around us—everything from bridges corroding in water to your breakfast breaking down in your gut. One crucial part of that reaction involves electrons striking water, and despite ...

– University of Chicago

Nature Communications

Would the World Be a Better Place if Broccoli Tasted Like Chocolate?

The International Society of Neurogastronomy symposium will focus on what we eat and why we eat it, with applications in nutrition science, agriculture and medicine.

– University of Kentucky


Students Join Quest for New Antibiotics From Soil Bacteria

Sacramento State is joining the push to mitigate one of the world’s most critical public health crises: antibiotic resistance.

– California State University, Sacramento


Scientists Discover Oldest Known Modern Human Fossil Outside of Africa

A large international research team, led by Israel Hershkovitz from Tel Aviv University and including Rolf Quam from Binghamton University, State University of New York, has discovered the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. Th...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Science Magazine, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 25-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

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Tiny Particles Have Outsize Impact on Storm Clouds, Precipitation

Tiny particles fuel powerful storms and influence weather much more than has been appreciated, according to a study in the Jan. 26 issue of the journal Science. The tiny pollutants – long considered too small to have much impact on droplet formatio...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Embargo expired on 25-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

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Discovery Offers New Genetic Pathway for Injured Nerve Regeneration

On the hunt for genes involved in regenerating critical nerve fibers called axons, biologists at the University of California San Diego came away with a surprise: The discovery of a new genetic pathway that carries hope for victims of traumatic injur...

– University of California San Diego

Neuron, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 25-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

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Mosquitoes Remember Human Smells, but Also Swats

The study proved a mosquito’s preference can shift if that person’s smell is associated with an unpleasant sensation. Hosts who swat at mosquitoes or perform other defensive behaviors may be abandoned, no matter how sweet.

– Virginia Tech

Current Biology, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 25-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Mammals Moving Less in Human Landscapes May Upset Ecology

Could baboons and other mammals worldwide soon need pedometers? Not likely, but a new study to be published in Science reveals that on average, mammals move distances two to three times shorter in human-modified landscapes than they do in the wild. ...

– Stony Brook University


Embargo expired on 25-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

A ‘Marine Motorhome for Microbes’: Oceanic Plastic Trash Conveys Disease to Coral Reefs

For coral reefs, the threat of climate change and bleaching are bad enough. An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash – ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans – intensifies disease for coral, addin...

– Cornell University

Science, 26 Jan. 2018

It's a Match

A West Virginia University researcher is uncovering how firearm evidence and latent fingerprint evidence. Keith Morris, the Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic and Investigative Science, focuses on the variability in the impressions that a...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Closing the Loop on Battery Recycling

Argonne’s closed-loop battery recycling model shows a vivid picture of total costs as well as environmental impacts.

– Argonne National Laboratory

2017 Critical Incident Exercise Tests First Responder Technologies

During this exercise, agencies tested and evaluated not only tactics, techniques and procedures, but also the efficacy of emergent relevant technologies.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

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Researchers Awarded USDA Grant to Develop an Innovative Approach to Pest Control

West Virginia University researchers are taking an innovative approach to develop a more sustainable and economical pest control solution.

– West Virginia University

Embargo expired on 29-Jan-2018 at 08:30 ET

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Missouri S&T to Participate in $9.7m Oil, Gas Exploration Project in Southeastern U.S

A Missouri University of Science and Technology geologist is part of a four-campus research team that will receive nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and several energy companies in a bid to boost unconventional oil and gas recover...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology





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