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Newswise:Video Embedded could-a-tiny-fish-hold-the-key-to-curing-blindness
Released: 25-Sep-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Could a tiny fish hold the key to curing blindness?
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Imagine this: A patient learns that they are losing their sight because an eye disease has damaged crucial cells in their retina. Then, under the care of their doctor, they simply grow some new retinal cells, restoring their vision. Although science hasn’t yet delivered this happy ending, researchers are working on it – with help from the humble zebrafish. When a zebrafish loses its retinal cells, it grows new ones. This observation has encouraged scientists to try hacking the zebrafish’s innate regenerative capacity to learn how to treat human disease. That is why among the National Eye Institute’s 1,200 active research projects, nearly 80 incorporate zebrafish.

Newswise:Video Embedded material-scientists-learn-how-to-make-liquid-crystal-shape-shift
23-Sep-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Material scientists learn how to make liquid crystal shape-shift
University of California San Diego

A new 3D-printing method will make it easier to manufacture and control the shape of soft robots, artificial muscles and wearable devices. By controlling the printing temperature of liquid crystal elastomer, researchers have shown they can control the material’s stiffness and ability to contract.

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Released: 23-Sep-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Wobbling shadow of the M87 black hole
National Science Foundation (NSF)

In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration delivered the first image of a black hole, revealing M87*--the supermassive object in the center of the M87 galaxy.

Newswise:Video Embedded nasa-s-webb-will-explore-the-cores-of-merging-galaxies
Released: 23-Sep-2020 10:15 AM EDT
NASA's Webb Telescope Will Explore the Cores of Merging Galaxies
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Merging galaxies often appear lit up like a fireworks display. The meeting of their gas flows accelerates star formation and feeds their central black holes. However, much of this activity, particularly where they are interacting, is shrouded by dust. Webb’s significantly more sensitive, sharper observations in infrared light will be able to see through the dust, leading to high-resolution data that will reveal far more about what’s happening at the cores of these galaxies.

Newswise:Video Embedded gulf-of-mexico-mission-ocean-blue-holes-are-not-created-equal
Released: 23-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Gulf of Mexico Mission: ‘Ocean Blue Holes Are Not Created Equal’
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists recently got a unique glimpse into the “Green Banana” Blue Hole thanks to gutsy divers and a 500-pound autonomous, benthic lander. Together with hand-picked, elite scuba divers, the research team is unraveling the structure and behavior of these marine environments by examining geochemistry, hydrodynamics, and biology. Findings from this exploration also may have important implications for phytoplankton in the Gulf of Mexico, including blooms of the Florida Red-tide species Karenia brevis.

Newswise:Video Embedded nationwide-children-s-hospital-and-big-lots-announce-2020-recipient-of-big-lot-s-behavioral-health-scholarship
Released: 23-Sep-2020 5:05 AM EDT
Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Big Lots Announce 2020 Recipient of Big Lot’s Behavioral Health Scholarship
Nationwide Children's Hospital

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Susanne Nyaga, a graduate student at Howard University, is the 2020 recipient of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Scholarship the Columbus, Ohio-based retail company and Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced today.

Newswise:Video Embedded nus-develops-smart-suit-wirelessly-powered-by-a-smartphone
Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:55 AM EDT
NUS team develops smart suit wirelessly powered by a smartphone
National University of Singapore

A research team from the National University of Singapore has developed a smart suit that is wirelessly powered by a smartphone for easy and accurate real-time monitoring of data such as posture, body temperature and gait.

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Blowin' in the wind
University of Utah

University of Utah chemical engineers have conducted an air flow study of the venue that the Utah Symphony performs in to determine the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the emissions of wind instrument players.

Newswise:Video Embedded michigan-medicine-team-separates-conjoined-twins-at-c-s-mott-children-s-hospital
Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Michigan Medicine Team Separates Conjoined Twins at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Doctors have successfully separated one-year-old conjoined twins at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The nearly 11-hour surgery, which is the first of its kind at Mott, involved a team of more than two dozen doctors, nurses and other specialists who spent months preparing for the complex procedure.

Newswise:Video Embedded up-to-15-inches-of-sea-level-rise-from-ice-sheets-by-2100-predicted-by-international-modeling-collaboration
Released: 17-Sep-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Up to 15 inches of sea-level rise from ice sheets by 2100 predicted by international modeling collaboration
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, working with three dozen other institutions from around the world, has helped to create the most accurate prediction of how melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland will contribute to global sea-level rise.

Newswise:Video Embedded be-one-of-the-first-to-read-the-october-2020-issue-of-the-journal-diseases-of-the-colon-and-rectum-here-are-the-editor-s-top-picks
Released: 17-Sep-2020 5:00 PM EDT
Be one of the first to read the October 2020 issue of the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum! Here are the editor's top picks
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Be one of the first to read the October 2020 issue of the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum! Here are the editor's top picks

Newswise:Video Embedded american-academy-of-dermatology-honors-detroit-physician-iltefat-h-hamzavi-with-national-patient-care-hero-award
Released: 17-Sep-2020 4:00 PM EDT
American Academy of Dermatology honors Detroit physician Iltefat H. Hamzavi with national “Patient Care Hero” award
American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology has named board-certified dermatologist Iltefat H. Hamzavi, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for his innovative use of light therapy to sanitize masks needed by frontline health care workers.

Newswise:Video Embedded lifebridge-health-named-official-healthcare-provider-of-loyola-maryland-athletics-lifebridge-health-named-official-healthcare-provider-of-loyola-athletics
Released: 17-Sep-2020 12:35 PM EDT
LifeBridge Health Named Official Healthcare Provider of Loyola Maryland Athletics LifeBridge Health Named Official Healthcare Provider of Loyola Athletics
LifeBridge Health

Loyola University Maryland announced a long-term partnership with LifeBridge Health, where the health system will serve as the Official Healthcare Provider of the Greyhounds.

Newswise:Video Embedded loyola-medicine-radiation-oncology-chair-urges-cancer-screenings-and-ongoing-care-during-covid-19
Released: 17-Sep-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Loyola Medicine Radiation Oncology Chair Urges Cancer Screenings and Ongoing Care During COVID-19
Loyola Medicine

As the pandemic continues, there has never been a more important time to continue with cancer screening—routine mammography, pap smears, colonoscopies—as well as ongoing treatment and care for cancer, says Loyola Medicine’s chair of radiation oncology.

Newswise:Video Embedded isle-royale-winter-study-fewer-wolves-fewer-moose
Released: 16-Sep-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Isle Royale Winter Study: Fewer Wolves, Fewer Moose
Michigan Technological University

There are at least 12 wolves on the island and an estimated 1,876 moose. Twenty-five moose were outfitted with GPS-enabled radio collars this year.

Newswise:Video Embedded mapping-cavefish-brains-leads-to-neural-origin-of-behavioral-evolution
Released: 16-Sep-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Mapping Cavefish Brains Leads to Neural Origin of Behavioral Evolution
Florida Atlantic University

While studied for nearly a century, little is known about how cavefish brains differ. A study is the first to look inside their brains with millimeter resolution to start to understand how the individual neurons and brain regions that drive complex behaviors, including sleep and feeding have evolved. This work has broad implications for the understanding of how brains evolve in many different animal models and is hoped to be widely used by the scientific community.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-great-lakes-modeling-improves-operational-forecast-system
Released: 16-Sep-2020 12:20 PM EDT
New Great Lakes modeling improves operational forecast system
Michigan Technological University

Forecasting the water levels, temperatures, and currents of the Great Lakes is important because conditions on the lakes affect commerce, recreation, and community well-being. These forecasts comprise the Great Lakes Operational Forecast System (GLOFS), an automated model-based prediction system operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Michigan Tech helps NOAA improve the GLOFS model.

Newswise:Video Embedded a-white-dwarf-s-surprise-planetary-companion
Released: 16-Sep-2020 11:05 AM EDT
A White Dwarf’s Surprise Planetary Companion
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

For the first time, an intact, giant exoplanet has been discovered orbiting close to a white dwarf star. This discovery shows that it is possible for Jupiter-sized planets to survive their star’s demise and settle into close orbits around the remaining stellar ember, near the habitable zone. This foretells one possible future for our own Solar System when the Sun ages into a white dwarf.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-shark-research-targets-a-nearly-endangered-species
Released: 15-Sep-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Tracking hammerhead sharks reveals conservation targets to protect a nearly endangered species
Nova Southeastern University

They are some of the most iconic and unique-looking creatures in our oceans. While some may think they look a bit “odd,” one thing researchers agree on is that little is known about hammerhead sharks. And thanks to a team of researchers, that's about to change.

Newswise:Video Embedded getting-a-flu-shot-has-never-been-more-important
Released: 15-Sep-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Getting a Flu Shot Has Never Been More Important
Loyola Medicine

This fall, children and adults should receive a flu shot to prevent widespread illness, as cases of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu are expected to rise, potentially at the same time, says Loyola University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Kevin Smith, MD. The flu and COVID-19 also share many of the same symptoms.

Newswise:Video Embedded u-team-offers-daily-tips-for-parenting-schooling-and-e-learning-in-a-pandemic
Released: 14-Sep-2020 5:15 PM EDT
U team offers daily tips for parenting, schooling and e-learning in a pandemic
University of Utah

The Behavior Response Support Team (BRST, pronounced “burst), a joint project of the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Psychology and the Granite School District, provides daily tips and teaches skills for managing kids’ behavior amid remote learning, in-person learning and general pandemic conditions. The animated videos, featuring avatars representing diverse children and families, are provided in seven languages and on five social media platforms.

Newswise:Video Embedded tiny-antibody-component-highly-effective-against-sars-cov-2-in-animal-studies
Released: 14-Sep-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Tiny Antibody Component Highly Effective Against SARS-COV-2 in Animal Studies
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Scientists announced today that they have isolated the smallest biological molecule to date that completely and specifically neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of COVID-19.

Newswise:Video Embedded higher-education-reopening-during-covid-expert-panel-for-september-9-2pm-edt
Released: 11-Sep-2020 8:40 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Higher Education Reopening During COVID: Expert Panel for September 9th, 2020

This virtual media event welcomes presidents, deans, and other university spokespeople to make the case for how their universities are handling this once in a lifetime challenge.

Newswise:Video Embedded add-human-genome-produced-rna-to-the-list-of-cell-surface-molecules
Released: 10-Sep-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Add human-genome produced RNA to the list of cell surface molecules
University of California San Diego

Bioengineers at UC San Diego have shown that human-genome produced RNA is present on the surface of human cells, suggesting a more expanded role for RNA in cell-to-cell and cell-to-environment interactions than previously thought.

Newswise:Video Embedded how-to-treat-acne-in-skin-of-color
Released: 10-Sep-2020 10:45 AM EDT
How to treat acne in skin of color
American Academy of Dermatology

Acne affects up to 50 million Americans. For people with skin of color, acne is often accompanied by dark spots or patches called hyperpigmentation. Dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say there are plenty of things people with skin of color can do at home to help clear their acne.

Newswise:Video Embedded newswise-expert-panels-on-covid-19-pandemic-notable-excerpts-quotes-and-videos-available
Released: 10-Sep-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Newswise Expert Panels on COVID-19 Pandemic: Notable excerpts, quotes and videos available

Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion on unique aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

Newswise:Video Embedded australian-telescope-finds-no-signs-of-alien-technology-in-10-million-star-systems
Released: 9-Sep-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Australian telescope finds no signs of alien technology in 10 million star systems
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

A radio telescope in outback Western Australia has completed the deepest and broadest search at low frequencies for alien technologies, scanning a patch of sky known to include at least 10 million stars.

Newswise:Video Embedded massive-halo-finally-explains-stream-of-gas-swirling-around-the-milky-way
8-Sep-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Massive halo finally explains stream of gas swirling around the Milky Way
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Astronomers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and their colleagues have discovered that a halo of warm gas surrounding the Magellanic Clouds likely acts as a protective cocoon, shielding the dwarf galaxies from the Milky Way’s own halo and contributing most of the Magellanic Stream’s mass.

Newswise:Video Embedded stella-maris-announces-opening-of-the-sister-mary-karen-mcnally-rsm-rehabilitation-center
Released: 8-Sep-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Stella Maris Announces Opening of The Sister Mary Karen McNally, RSM, Rehabilitation Center
Mercy Health Services (MHS) and Stella Maris

Stella Maris, a top-rated nursing and long-term care facility located in Timonium, MD, and part of Mercy Health Services, has officially opened the new $30 million Sister Mary Karen McNally, RSM, Rehabilitation Center.

Newswise:Video Embedded sensors-of-world-s-largest-digital-camera-snap-first-3-200-megapixel-images-at-slac
2-Sep-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Sensors of world’s largest digital camera snap first 3,200-megapixel images at SLAC
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Crews at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken the first 3,200-megapixel digital photos – the largest ever taken in a single shot – with an extraordinary array of imaging sensors that will become the heart and soul of the future camera of Vera C. Rubin Observatory.

Newswise:Video Embedded nus-engineers-turn-pineapple-leaves-into-biodegradable-aerogels-for-food-preservation-and-wastewater-treatment
Released: 8-Sep-2020 8:20 AM EDT
NUS engineers turn pineapple leaves into biodegradable aerogels for food preservation and wastewater treatment
National University of Singapore

Researchers from the National University of Singapore developed a technique of using pineapple leaf fibres to create ultra-light, biodegradable aerogels. These versatile aerogels can be used for food preservation, wastewater treatment, oil absorbing as well as heat and sound insulation.

Newswise:Video Embedded how-do-stone-forests-get-their-spikes-new-research-offers-pointed-answer
2-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
How Do Stone Forests Get Their Spikes? New Research Offers Pointed Answer
New York University

A team of scientists has shed new light on how stone forests and other natural structures are created. Its research also offers promise for the manufacturing of sharp-tipped structures, such as the micro-needles and probes needed for scientific research and medical procedures.

Newswise:Video Embedded endometriosis-no-cure-but-diagnosis-could-avert-surgery
Released: 7-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Endometriosis: no cure, but diagnosis could avert surgery
University of South Australia

Jasmin Teurlings is one of 176 million women worldwide who have endometriosis, a chronic, painful gynaecological condition that affects nearly three times as many women as breast cancer.

Newswise:Video Embedded it-takes-more-than-plexiglass-to-protect-against-aerosolized-sars-cov-2
1-Sep-2020 10:50 AM EDT
It Takes More than Plexiglass to Protect Against Aerosolized SARS-CoV-2
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The FDA just revoked their EUA for intubation boxes - plastic shields that supposedly protect health care workers from becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 - due to concerns over aerosol leaks. This study describes a better box, with negative pressure and filtration, that contains airborne virus.

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