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Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Using microbes to remove microplastics from the environment
Microbiology Society

Today at the Microbiology Society's Annual Conference, Yang Liu, researcher at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will discuss a new technique to trap and recover microplastics.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 9:35 AM EDT
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Announces Its First Class of Fellows
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has launched an honorific program to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to the field through their research, teaching and mentoring, or other forms of service. It will announce the 30 members of its first class of fellows Tuesday at the society’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology conference.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Featured Speakers Announced for NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

How has the field of nutrition changed how we eat and live? What new discoveries and advances may be just over the horizon? Get the latest insights from leading nutrition scientists and practitioners at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE, the flagship online meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.

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Released: 26-Apr-2021 4:15 PM EDT
New research uncovers continental crust emerged 500 million years earlier than thought
European Geosciences Union (EGU)

The first emergence and persistence of continental crust on Earth during the Archaean (4 billion to 2.5 billion years ago) has important implications for plate tectonics, ocean chemistry, and biological evolution, and it happened about half a billion years earlier than previously thought, according to new research being presented at the EGU General Assembly 2021.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How Does a Nose Evolve into a Blowhole? Study Suggests There’s More than One Way
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

The two major types of cetaceans appear to have evolved their characteristic blowholes through different anatomical transformations, according to a study being presented at the American Association for Anatomy annual meeting during the Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting, held virtually April 27-30.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Could Corals Use Sound to Communicate?
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Corals are part of a highly complex ecosystem, but it remains a mystery if and how they might communicate within their biological community. In a new study, researchers found evidence of sound-related genes in corals, suggesting that the marine invertebrates could use sound to interact with their surroundings.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How Did Dinosaurs Deliver Bone-Crushing Bites? By Keeping a Stiff Lower Jaw.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs chomped through bone by keeping a joint in their lower jaw steady like an alligator, rather than flexible like a snake, according to a study being presented at the American Association for Anatomy annual meeting during the Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting, held virtually April 27-30.

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
‘Smart Shirt’ Takes a Trip to Space for Science
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

A technology-packed tank top offers a simple, effective way to track astronauts’ vital signs and physiological changes during spaceflight, according to research being presented at the American Physiological Society annual meeting during the Experimental Biology (EB) 2021 meeting, held virtually April 27–30.

Released: 19-Apr-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Can magnitude 4 earthquake rates be used to forecast large earthquake events?
Seismological Society of America (SSA)

Boston College seismologist John Ebel and his colleagues have noted a pattern for some large California earthquakes: magnitude 4 or larger earthquakes occur at a higher rate along a fault in the two decades or more prior to a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake on the fault.

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Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Deep Learning Networks Prefer the Human Voice--Just Like Us
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

The digital revolution is built on a foundation of invisible 1s and 0s called bits. As decades pass, and more and more of the world’s information and knowledge morph into streams of 1s and 0s, the notion that computers prefer to “speak” in binary numbers is rarely questioned.

30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Separating beer waste into proteins for foods, and fiber for biofuels
American Chemical Society (ACS)

The beer-making process yields a large amount of spent grain as a waste product. Today, scientists report a new way to extract the protein and fiber from brewer’s spent grain and use it to create new types of protein sources, biofuels and more. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

5-Apr-2021 3:00 PM EDT
To intervene or not to intervene? That is the future climate question
Michigan State University

Nine of the hottest years in human history have occurred in the past decade. Without a major shift in this climate trajectory, the future of life on Earth is in question, which poses a new question: Should humans, whose fossil fueled society is driving climate change, use technology to put the brakes on global warming? Michigan State University community ecologist Phoebe Zarnetske is co-lead of the Climate Intervention Biology Working Group, a team of internationally recognized experts in climate science and ecology that is bringing science to bear on the question and consequences of geoengineering a cooler Earth.

Newswise: Making cleaner, greener plastics from waste fish parts
30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Making cleaner, greener plastics from waste fish parts
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Derived from crude oil, toxic to synthesize, and slow to degrade, polyurethanes are not environmentally friendly. Today, researchers discuss a safer, biodegradable alternative derived from fish waste that would otherwise likely be discarded. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Rescuing street art from vandals’ graffiti
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Street art adorns highways, roads and alleys around the world, but sometimes, vandals add unwanted graffiti on top. Now, scientists report an eco-friendly method that quickly and safely removes over-paintings on street art. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

Newswise: Making music from spider webs
30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Making music from spider webs
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Spiders are master builders, expertly weaving strands of silk into intricate webs. Now, scientists have translated these complex structures into music, which could have applications ranging from better 3D printers to cross-species communication. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Snake species from different terrains surrender surface secrets behind slithering success
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Some snake species slither across the ground, while others climb trees, dive through sand or glide across water. Today, scientists report that the surface chemistry of snake scales varies among species that negotiate these different terrains. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

Newswise: Researchers evaluate material for NASA rocket engines
Released: 18-Mar-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Researchers evaluate material for NASA rocket engines
South Dakota State University

Two South Dakota State University professors are evaluating a printable copper alloy NASA is developing for combustion chambers of next-generation rocket engines used for space travel.

Released: 17-Mar-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Highlights for journalists at ACS Spring 2021 meeting
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Journalists may now apply for press credentials for the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year. The meeting will be held online April 5-30.

Released: 16-Mar-2021 3:35 PM EDT
AAA, ADInstruments Announce Strategic Partnership to Support Anatomy Educators, Scientists
American Association for Anatomy (AAA)

ROCKVILLE, MD -- ADInstruments, a leading creator of innovative tools for life science research and education, and AAA today announced a strategic partnership to help connect AAA members with resources and solutions to help them improve anatomy education and research.

Newswise: ASCB opts for a virtual annual meeting once again
Released: 15-Mar-2021 3:05 PM EDT
ASCB opts for a virtual annual meeting once again
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Cell Bio 2021 – an ASCB|EMBO Meeting will be held online once again. Meeting dates are set for December 1-10.

Newswise: How to Make All Headphones Intelligent
Released: 11-Mar-2021 12:40 PM EST
How to Make All Headphones Intelligent
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

How do you turn “dumb” headphones into smart ones? Rutgers engineers have invented a cheap and easy way by transforming headphones into sensors that can be plugged into smartphones, identify their users, monitor their heart rates and perform other services. Their invention, called HeadFi, is based on a small plug-in headphone adapter that turns a regular headphone into a sensing device. Unlike smart headphones, regular headphones lack sensors. HeadFi would allow users to avoid having to buy a new pair of smart headphones with embedded sensors to enjoy sensing features.

Released: 10-Mar-2021 2:20 PM EST
Large computer language models carry environmental, social risks
University of Washington

Computer engineers at the world’s largest companies and universities are using machines to scan through tomes of written material. The goal? Teach these machines the gift of language. Do that, some even claim, and computers will be able to mimic the human brain. But this impressive compute capability comes with real costs, including perpetuating racism and causing significant environmental damage, according to a new paper, “On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?

Released: 8-Mar-2021 11:40 AM EST
Someone to watch over AI and keep it honest - and it's not the public!
Lancaster University

The public doesn't need to know how Artificial Intelligence works to trust it. They just need to know that someone with the necessary skillset is examining AI and has the authority to mete out sanctions if it causes or is likely to cause harm.

Released: 4-Mar-2021 8:25 AM EST
Study Reveals Extent of Privacy Vulnerabilities with Amazon’s Alexa
North Carolina State University

A recent study outlines a range of privacy concerns related to the programs users interact with when using Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa. Issues range from misleading privacy policies to the ability of third-parties to change the code of their programs after receiving Amazon approval.

Released: 3-Mar-2021 11:50 AM EST
How math can help us understand the human body
Ohio State University

In presentations at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting, researchers argued that mathematics can help explain and predict those breakdowns, potentially offering new ways of treating the systems to prevent or fix them when things go wrong.

Released: 1-Mar-2021 12:05 AM EST
Leading Lights of Electrochemistry Assemble at October 240th ECS Meeting
The Electrochemical Society

ECS is proud to announce that the 240th ECS Meeting will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from October 10-14, 2021. The Electrochemistry in Space Symposium is a highlight of the meeting, among other events. Learn more!

Released: 18-Feb-2021 1:00 PM EST
AI may mistake chess discussions as racist talk
Carnegie Mellon University

"The Queen's Gambit," the recent TV mini-series about a chess master, may have stirred increased interest in chess, but a word to the wise: social media talk about game-piece colors could lead to misunderstandings, at least for hate-speech detection software.

Released: 4-Feb-2021 4:10 PM EST
'Audeo' teaches artificial intelligence to play the piano
University of Washington

A University of Washington team created Audeo, a system that can generate music using only visual cues of someone playing the piano.

Released: 3-Feb-2021 9:05 AM EST
’Zoombombing’ research shows legitimate meeting attendees cause most attacks
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Most zoombombing incidents are “inside jobs" according to a new study featuring researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Released: 28-Jan-2021 3:15 PM EST
"Liquid" machine-learning system adapts to changing conditions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT researchers have developed a type of neural network that learns on the job, not just during its training phase.

Newswise: National laboratories’ magnet designers look to the future of light sources with new prototype
Released: 28-Jan-2021 1:40 PM EST
National laboratories’ magnet designers look to the future of light sources with new prototype
Argonne National Laboratory

After more than 15 years of work, scientists at three DOE national laboratories have succeeded in creating and testing an advanced, more powerful superconducting magnet made of niobium and tin for use in the next generation of light sources.

Released: 28-Jan-2021 1:15 PM EST
Methane Emissions from Coal Mines Are Higher Than Previously Thought
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Methane emissions from coal mining are likely much higher than previously calculated, according to new research. That’s due mainly to emissions from abandoned mines and higher methane content in deep coal seams.

Released: 25-Jan-2021 2:10 PM EST
AI chess engine sacrifices mastery to mimic human play
Cornell University

A team of computer scientists has developed an artificially intelligent chess engine that doesn’t necessarily seek to beat humans – it’s trained to play like a human.

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Released: 20-Jan-2021 10:40 AM EST
Astronomers dissect the anatomy of planetary nebulae using Hubble Space Telescope images
Rochester Institute of Technology

Images of two iconic planetary nebulae taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new information about how they develop their dramatic features.

Released: 15-Jan-2021 12:30 PM EST
Fight CRC To Present Research Findings on The Impact of COVID-19 on the Colorectal Cancer Community at 2021 GI ASCO
Fight Colorectal Cancer

Fight Colorectal Cancer presents abstract at Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium highlighting the need to address the barriers and opportunities for care within the colorectal cancer community during the COVID-19 pandemic

Newswise: Astronomers document the rise and fall of a rarely observed stellar dance
Released: 14-Jan-2021 4:45 PM EST
Astronomers document the rise and fall of a rarely observed stellar dance
University of Washington

Astronomers have catalogued 126 years of changes to HS Hydrae, a rare evolving eclipsing binary. The two stars in HS Hydrae began to eclipse each other starting around a century ago, peaking in the 1960s. The degree of eclipsing then plummeted over the course of just a half century, and will cease around Feb. 2021.

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Released: 14-Jan-2021 4:30 PM EST
Researchers Rewind the Clock to Calculate Age and Site of Supernova Blast
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Hubble astronomers have retraced the expanding gaseous debris from a nearby exploded star to estimate the location and time of the stellar detonation. Their analysis reveals that the light from the supernova blast reached Earth about 1,700 years ago.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 2:05 PM EST
The Earliest Supermassive Black Hole and Quasar in the Universe
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

The most distant quasar known has been discovered. The quasar, observed just 670 million years after the Big Bang, is 1000 times more luminous than the Milky Way. It is powered by the earliest known supermassive black hole, which weighs in at more than 1.6 billion times the mass of the Sun. Seen more than 13 billion years ago, this fully formed distant quasar is also the earliest yet discovered, providing astronomers with insight into the formation of massive galaxies in the early Universe. The result was released today at the January 2021 meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

11-Jan-2021 8:10 AM EST
Quasar Discovery Sets New Distance Record
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Astronomers have discovered the most distant quasar yet found. The quasar is seen as it was only 670 million years after the Big Bang, and is providing valuable clues about how huge black holes and their host galaxies formed in the early Universe.

Newswise: New Horizons Spacecraft Answers Question: How Dark Is Space?
Released: 12-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
New Horizons Spacecraft Answers Question: How Dark Is Space?
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

How dark is the sky, and what does that tell us about the number of galaxies in the visible universe? A team of scientists has used observations by NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt to determine the brightness of the cosmic optical background. Their result sets an upper limit to the abundance of faint, unresolved galaxies, showing that there is about twice as much optical light permeating space as can be accounted for by all known galaxies.

Newswise: Cattle grazing and soybean yields
Released: 6-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
Cattle grazing and soybean yields
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Each corn harvest leaves behind leaves, husks and cobs. Research shows cattle can take advantage of this food resource without damaging field productivity.

Newswise: The ‘Netflix’ of Scientific Conferences
Released: 4-Jan-2021 8:05 AM EST
The ‘Netflix’ of Scientific Conferences
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Scientific conferences are the lifeblood of science, but scientists have had to reinvent their beloved annual meetings in the face of COVID-19. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology has embraced these challenges and opportunities by setting up the ‘Netflix’ of scientific meetings.

Released: 18-Dec-2020 11:35 AM EST
Fourteen Honored by Society for Risk Analysis
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Over the course of its virtual Annual Meeting, the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) awarded six prestigious scholarly and service awards and named seven new Fellows. These awards recognize 14 individuals for their outstanding contributions to the society and to the science of risk analysis. The recipients were nominated by their peers, selected by a committee of SRA members and approved by the SRA Council.

Released: 17-Dec-2020 2:00 PM EST
Society for Risk Analysis Announces Its New 2021 Council
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

During its virtual Annual Meeting, the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) announced the addition of five new Council members and the rise of Robyn Wilson Ph.D., The Ohio State University, as the new President of its 2021 Council. Wilson succeeds Seth Guikema, Ph.D., University of Michigan, who has completed his term and will continue to serve on the Council as past-president.

8-Dec-2020 12:15 PM EST
Drinking Water Significant Source of Microplastics in Human Diet
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

In an effort to understand the potential risks associated with exposure to micro/nanoplastics, the Emerging Risks of Micro/nanoplastics: Perspectives From Diverse Sectors symposia at the 2020 Society for Risk Analysis virtual Annual Meeting, December 13-17, 2020, aims to highlight the current state of knowledge associated with physical and chemical transformation, hazard characterization, environmental effects, social implications and policy limitations.  

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