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Headwaters to Baywaters: A Future of Urban Resilience Launches
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

The goal of the Headwaters to Baywaters initiative is to ensure healthy lands, healthy waters, and healthy communities for the greater Houston region. The Headwaters to Baywaters initiative was launched by five partner organizations: Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC), Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), Houston Audubon Society (HAS), and Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC).

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Scrap for cash before coins
University of Göttingen

How did people living in the Bronze Age manage their finances before money became widespread? Researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Rome have discovered that bronze scrap found in hoards in Europe circulated as a currency.

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Researchers develop artificial intelligence that can detect sarcasm in social media
University of Central Florida

Computer science researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a sarcasm detector.

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New data provides clearer picture of historic volcano collapse
University of Rhode Island

Data collected by University of Rhode Island Professor Stéphan Grilli and his colleagues will appear in Nature Communications, which is considered one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary science journals.

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Released: 7-May-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Hologram experts can now create real-life images that move in the air
Brigham Young University

They may be tiny weapons, but Brigham Young University's holography research group has figured out how to create lightsabers -- green for Yoda and red for Darth Vader, naturally -- with actual luminous beams rising from them.

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Released: 7-May-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Having a ball: New English Premier League soccer ball more stable, drags more
University of Tsukuba

Scientists from the Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences at the University of Tsukuba used aerodynamics experiments to empirically test the flight properties of a new four-panel soccer ball adopted by the English Premier League this year.

Released: 7-May-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Greater Aircraft Efficiency Sought Through Improved Air Flow Control Techniques
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a three-year, $1.1 million contract from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will study flow separation on existing planes with complex three-dimensional geometries — like the jets the Air Force currently uses —and what can be improved for aircraft of the future. Through improved aerodynamics, researchers aim to increase the efficiency, range, and even the stealth of aircraft.

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Pandemic-driven telehealth proves popular at safety net health system
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

As state and federal authorities decide whether to continue reimbursing for telehealth services that were suddenly adopted last spring in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a new study out of UC San Francisco has found that clinicians in the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN) overwhelmingly support using these services for outpatient primary care and specialty care visits.

Released: 7-May-2021 9:35 AM EDT
18.5M-year-old vine fossil identified as new species
Cornell University

An 18.5 million-year-old fossil found in Panama provides evidence of a new species and is the oldest reliable example of a climbing woody vine known as a liana from the soapberry family. The discovery sheds light on the evolution of climbing plants.

Newswise: Ultra-Fast COVID-19 Sensor Invented at Texas Tech Gets Boost Into International Markets
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Ultra-Fast COVID-19 Sensor Invented at Texas Tech Gets Boost Into International Markets
Texas Tech University

EviroTech LLC announced today (May 7) a $4 million investment into the company by 1701 Ventures GmbH of Göttingen, Germany, which will allow EviroTech to complete the final design, production startup and market introduction of its Ultra-Fast COVID-19 detection sensor.

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Newswise: Improving Grid Reliability in the Face of Extreme Events
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Improving Grid Reliability in the Face of Extreme Events
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL has released the first stable version of ExaGO, an open-source grid modeling software that can help grid operators perform analyses at unprecedented scale to plan ahead for extreme events.

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First member of ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition is identified by DNA analysis
University of Waterloo

With a living descendant's DNA sample, a team of researchers have identified the remains of John Gregory, engineer aboard HMS Erebus

Released: 6-May-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Swiping, swabbing elevates processing plant food safety
Cornell University

By swiping surfaces in commercial food processing plants with specially designed rapid-testing adenosine triphospate (ATP) swabs – which produce a light similar to the glow of fireflies in the presence of microorganisms – spoilage and foodborne illness could diminish, according to a new study from Cornell University food scientists.

Newswise: OU Professor’s Ongoing Work on Tar Creek Featured in Report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers
Released: 6-May-2021 3:25 PM EDT
OU Professor’s Ongoing Work on Tar Creek Featured in Report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers
University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

The well-publicized Tar Creek Superfund Site in the Tri-State Mining District (an area that also includes portions of southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri) originally produced lead and zinc to make bullets during both World Wars. Toxic mining waste, containing lead, zinc and cadmium – known locally as “chat” – was left on the surface of the site when mining operations ceased in the 1970s. Cleanup of the over 30 million tons of chat continues to this day.

Released: 6-May-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $10 Million for Research on Quantum Information Science and Nuclear Physics
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $10 million for interdisciplinary research in Quantum Information Science (QIS) and nuclear physics.

Released: 6-May-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Ice core chemistry study expands insight into sea ice variability in Southern Hemisphere
University of Maine

Sea ice cover in the Southern Hemisphere is extremely variable, from summer to winter and from millennium to millennium, according to a University of Maine-led study. Overall, sea ice has been on the rise for about 10,000 years, but with some exceptions to this trend.

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Released: 6-May-2021 1:30 PM EDT
Worth 1000 words: How the world saw Australia's black summer
Queensland University of Technology

Australia's 'black summer' of bushfires was depicted on the front pages of the world's media with images of wildlife and habitat destruction, caused by climate change, while in Australia the toll on ordinary people remained the visual front-page focus.

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Released: 6-May-2021 1:15 PM EDT
Slender-snouted Besanosaurus was an 8 m long marine snapper
PeerJ

Middle Triassic ichthyosaurs are rare, and mostly small in size. The new Besanosaurus specimens described in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ - the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences - by Italian, Swiss, Dutch and Polish paleontologists provide new information on the anatomy of this fish-like ancient reptile, revealing its diet and exceptionally large adult size: up to 8 meters, a real record among all marine predators of this geological epoch.

Newswise: Rock transportation system is ready for excavation of DUNE caverns
Released: 6-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Rock transportation system is ready for excavation of DUNE caverns
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

The Fermilab-hosted international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will shoot the world’s most powerful beam of neutrinos from the Department of Energy’s Fermilab in Illinois to detectors 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) away at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Data collected from this ambitious experiment will help scientists answer such lofty questions as how black holes form and why the universe itself exists.

Newswise: Supernovae Twins Open Up New Possibilities for Precision Cosmology
Released: 6-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Supernovae Twins Open Up New Possibilities for Precision Cosmology
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Cosmologists have found a way to double the accuracy of measuring distances to supernova explosions – one of their tried-and-true tools for studying the mysterious dark energy that is making the universe expand faster and faster.

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Released: 6-May-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Navigational tools: Sharks use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way home
Florida State University

Each year, many shark species migrate hundreds of miles, traversing ocean waters to return to the same spot year after year. Now, Florida State University researchers have found that sharks likely use the Earth’s magnetic fields to help guide them on these long-distance journeys.

Newswise: ORNL’s Sergei Kalinin elected Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America
Released: 6-May-2021 11:55 AM EDT
ORNL’s Sergei Kalinin elected Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Sergei Kalinin, a scientist and inventor at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America professional society.

Newswise: Top prizes in ethics cartooning contest address COVID-19 and more
Released: 6-May-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Top prizes in ethics cartooning contest address COVID-19 and more
Morgridge Institute for Research

Five prizes were awarded in the fourth annual Morgridge Institute for Research Ethics Cartooning Competition, addressing the social impacts of scientific research, like issues on public health and communication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ultra-fast 3D printing produces life-like organ models
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The new technique is capable of printing organ models containing live cells in minutes instead of hours— a major step in the quest to create 3D-printed replacement organs.

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Released: 6-May-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Zero to hero: Overlooked material could help reduce our carbon footprint
Okayama University

It is now well known that carbon dioxide is the biggest contributor to climate change and originates primarily from burning of fossil fuels.

Newswise: Space weather and solar blobs
Released: 6-May-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Space weather and solar blobs
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Scientists at PPPL have been awarded three grants from NASA totaling over $2 million to conduct research that could help predict the potentially damaging effects of blasts of subatomic particles from the sun.

Released: 6-May-2021 7:00 AM EDT
ARVO Foundation Announces Winner of Ludwig von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the recipient of the Ludwig von Sallmann Clinician-Scientist Award. The award, which recognizes Ludwig von Sallmann, MD, honors awardees with a $1,250 honorarium, an inscribed award and invitations to several special events at the ARVO Annual Meeting. The 2021 recipient of the award is Sai Chavala, MD, of Texas Christian University (TCU) and The University of Northern Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas.

Released: 6-May-2021 7:00 AM EDT
ARVO Foundation Announces Winner of Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) today announced the recipient of the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research. The award, which honors Michael D. Oberdorfer, PhD, recognizes a recipient with a $1,250 honorarium, an inscribed award and invitations to several special events at the ARVO Annual Meeting. The 2021 recipient of the award is Caroline Klaver, MD, PhD of Erasmus Medical Center, Radboud University Medical Center, and the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB).

Released: 6-May-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Researchers unveil roadmap to expand NY solar energy, meet green goals
Cornell University

Solar-power developers need to explore using lower-quality agricultural land for solar energy, incentivize dual-use (combined agriculture and solar) options, avoid concentrated solar development and engage communities early to achieve New York’s green energy goals, according to forthcoming Cornell University research.

Newswise: 5th cohort of five innovators selected for Chain Reaction Innovations program
Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 PM EDT
5th cohort of five innovators selected for Chain Reaction Innovations program
Argonne National Laboratory

Five new innovators will be joining Chain Reaction Innovations, the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, as part of the elite program’s fifth cohort to develop clean energy startups that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase U.S. competitiveness in emerging energy technologies.

Released: 5-May-2021 11:05 PM EDT
Machine Vision System for Almond Grading and Safety
University of South Australia

Researchers at UniSA have developed a world-first automated technique for simultaneously grading almond quality and detecting potentially serious mycotoxin contamination in kernels.

Newswise: First nanoscale look at a reaction that limits the efficiency of generating clean hydrogen fuel
Released: 5-May-2021 5:05 PM EDT
First nanoscale look at a reaction that limits the efficiency of generating clean hydrogen fuel
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Transitioning to a hydrogen economy will require massive production of cheap, clean hydrogen gas for fuel and chemical feedstocks. New tools allow scientists to zoom in on a catalytic reaction that’s been a bottleneck in efforts to generate hydrogen from water more efficiently.

Released: 5-May-2021 5:00 PM EDT
UNH Research: More Than One Way for Animals to Survive Climate Change
University of New Hampshire

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire found that to live in hotter more desert-like surroundings, and exist without water, there is more than one genetic mechanism allowing animals to adapt. This is important not only for their survival but may also provide important biomedical groundwork to develop gene therapies to treat human dehydration related illnesses, like kidney disease.

Newswise: Antarctica Remains the Wild Card for Sea-Level Rise Estimates Through 2100
Released: 5-May-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Antarctica Remains the Wild Card for Sea-Level Rise Estimates Through 2100
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A massive collaborative research project covered in the journal Nature this week offers projections to the year 2100 of future sea-level rise from all sources of land ice, offering the most complete projections created to date.

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Released: 5-May-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Rapid Rovers, Speedy Sands: Fast-Tracking Terrain Interaction Modeling
Georgia Institute of Technology

Engineers and scientists from MIT and Georgia Tech are enabling near real-time modeling of wheels, treads, and desert animals traveling at high speeds across sandy terrains. “Dynamic Resistive Force Theory,” or DRFT, provides a path to speedier granular modeling — and help in designing optimal rough terrain vehicles, like Mars and lunar rovers.

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Released: 5-May-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Dark Matter Detection
University of Delaware

University of Delaware’s Swati Singh is among a small group of researchers across the dark matter community that have begun to wonder if they are looking for the right type of dark matter. Singh, Jack Manley, a UD doctoral student, and collaborators at the University of Arizona and Haverford College, have proposed a new way to look for the particles that might make up dark matter by repurposing existing tabletop sensor technology.

Newswise: Bees thrive where it's hot and dry: A unique biodiversity hotspot located in North America
Released: 5-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Bees thrive where it's hot and dry: A unique biodiversity hotspot located in North America
Pensoft Publishers

The United States-Mexico border traverses through large expanses of unspoiled land in North America, including a newly discovered worldwide hotspot of bee diversity.

Newswise: Microneedles are promising devices for painless drug delivery with minimal side effects
Released: 5-May-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Microneedles are promising devices for painless drug delivery with minimal side effects
University of Helsinki

A recent study from the University of Helsinki monitors the breakthrough progresses in the development of microneedles for immunotherapy and discusses the challenges regarding their production.

Released: 5-May-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Urgent action needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from bycatch in European waters
Newcastle University

Marine scientists are calling on the EU to adopt a comprehensive plan to protect dolphins and porpoises from fisheries bycatch in European waters.


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