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Know Someone Sick? Your Own Smell Might Give It Away

Research from the Monell Center extends the scope and significance of personal odors as a source of information about an individual’s health. A new paper reveals that the bodily odors of otherwise healthy animals sharing an environment with sick an...

– Monell Chemical Senses Center

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 24-Sep-2018 at 05:00 ET

The Many Uses of Crop Wild Relatives

There’s some wild plants afoot! A series of blog posts in Sustainable, Secure Food highlights the important role crop wild relatives, the wild and weedy cousins of domesticated crops, play in future food security.

– Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists Turn to UN to Sound Alarm about World’s Oceans

Scientists from around the globe are signing a written declaration in an effort to inform the United Nations and its member states about the dangers of decreasing oxygen in the world’s oceans.

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Advancing Life Sciences Research with the Internet of Things

The internet of things (IoT) is allowing scientists to optimize laboratory operations and combine instruments to measure and respond to complex experimental conditions. As a result, IoT is enabling more detailed and more complex experimental designs....

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

Embargo expired on 21-Sep-2018 at 01:00 ET

Direct 3D Maps of Water, CO2 Capture, Nucleation, Breaking the Symmetry, and More in the DOE Science News Source

Click here to go directly to the DOE Science News Source

– Newswise

WCS Releases 10 Facts About Gorillas For World Gorilla Day (Monday, September 24th)

NEW YORK (September 21, 2018)—In anticipation of World Gorilla Day (Monday, September 24th), WCS is releasing a list of 10 facts on the world’s largest primates and one of humankind’s closest relatives. WCS scientists conduct research to inform...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

“Model” students enjoy Argonne campus life

Savanna Dautle, an intern from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, spent her summer working with assistant chemist David Bross at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Bat Genome Research May Reveal Clues to Longevity

Liliana M. Dávalos, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University received an NSF 'Understanding the Rules of Life' award and in a longevity study is analyzing the genomes of bats, small mammals with dispropor...

– Stony Brook University


Gambling Monkeys Help Scientists Find Brain Area Linked to High-Risk Behavior

Monkeys who learned how to gamble have helped researchers pinpoint an area of the brain key to one’s willingness to make risky decisions.

– Johns Hopkins University

Current Biology, Sep-2018; NS086104; DA040990

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2018 at 11:00 ET

Simulations Enable “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” Stereochemistry

“We used our data-driven tools to derive significant insight into how the process works that allows us to design the correct additives to get the desired outcomes,” Sigman said. The results allow chemists to control which stereochemical product c...

– University of Utah


Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2018 at 14:00 ET

Octopuses Given Mood Drug ‘Ecstasy’ Reveal Genetic Link to Evolution of Social Behaviors in Humans

By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then testing its behavioral reaction to a popular mood-altering drug called MDMA or “ecstasy,” scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Current Biology

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2018 at 11:00 ET

ACI Responds to "Sensational" Study Claims on Cleaners, Disinfectants

A study and related analysis claiming cleaners and disinfectants contribute to children’s risk of being overweight are “sensational” and “don’t really hold up,” according to the American Cleaning Institute.​

– American Cleaning Institute

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Synthetic Organelle Shows How Tiny Puddle-Organs in our Cells Work

Imagine your liver being just a big puddle. Some organelles in your cells are exactly that including prominent ones like the nucleolus. Now a synthetic organelle engineered in a lab at Georgia Tech shows how such puddle organs can carry out complex l...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; R01 GM12351; CBET 0939511

Full, but Still Feasting: Mouse Study Reveals How the Urge to Eat Overpowers the Signal to Stop

A new study explores the mystery of what drives eating past the point of fullness, at the most basic level in the brain. It shows that two tiny clusters of cells battle for control of feeding behavior -- and the one that drives eating overpowers the ...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1802237115; MH104261; ONR N00014-12-1-0366

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Neutrons Produce First Direct 3D Maps of Water During Cell Membrane Fusion

New 3D maps of water distribution during cellular membrane fusion could lead to new treatments for diseases associated with cell fusion. Using neutron diffraction at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists made the first direct observations of wate...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Texas A&M AgriLife High Tunnel Study Expands

New opportunities such as seed production are leading to new research in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research high tunnel project near Bushland.

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Penn State leading innovation in the emerging field of artificial water channels

The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering’s cutting-edge work in the nascent field of artificial water channels was the subject of a recent Faraday Discussions conference held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and a breakthrough paper in t...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Nature Communications; Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Discussion, June-2018

SciWire Announcements

Four TMS Members Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

TMS issues congratulations to four of its members named in the 2018 class of National Academy of Engineering (NAE) inductees.

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

NuShores Biosciences receives $1.7 million grant to study bone regeneration technology

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock spin-off company, NuShores Biosciences, LLC, has received a $1.7 million grant to study how NuShores’ bone regeneration technology can be applied in craniofacial tissues. The National Institute of Dental and...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Horwitz Prize Awarded for Work on Hormones

Columbia University awards the 2018 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize to Pierre Chambon, Ronald M. Evans, and Bert W. O’Malley for their research—spanning over 50 years—decoding how steroid hormones and nuclear receptors regulate cell function. This w...

– Columbia University Irving Medical Center

DHS S&T Awards $200K to Sunnyvale Startup for Lidar Technology

DHS S&T awarded $200,000 to Quanergy Systems, Inc, a Sunnyvale, California-based start-up, to develop LiDAR-based technology to enhance Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) counting and measuring capabilities in airport security and customs proces...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

DHS Awards Intafel $168K to Develop Virtual Machine Capability

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded Intafel Corp. of Cambridge, Massachusetts $167,870 to develop a virtual machine capability to protect the operations of financial services.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

National Science Foundation Awards $220M, Five-Year Contract to Continue Support of Pioneering Ocean Observatories Initiative

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalit...

– Rutgers University's Office of Research and Economic Development

Cheng wins Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 Award

Lei Cheng, an assistant chemist in the Materials Science division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, has received a Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Award.

– Argonne National Laboratory





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