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Newswise:Video Embedded researchers-rewind-the-clock-to-calculate-age-and-site-of-supernova-blast
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: 14-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Vaccine Distribution: Newswise Live Event for January 13th, 2PM ET

Experts will discuss and take questions on COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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Released: 14-Jan-2021 8:45 AM EST
Greenland Melting Likely Increased by Bacteria in Sediment
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Bacteria are likely triggering greater melting on the Greenland ice sheet, possibly increasing the island’s contribution to sea-level rise, according to Rutgers scientists. That’s because the microbes cause sunlight-absorbing sediment to clump together and accumulate in the meltwater streams, according to a Rutgers-led study – the first of its kind – in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The findings can be incorporated in climate models, leading to more accurate predictions of melting, scientists say.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 4:55 PM EST
Getting Ready For A Future Pandemic Worse Than COVID-19
American Public Health Association (APHA)

Mark Ryan, from WHO, points out that we may still not facing what “the big one”. I met with Dr Renuka Tiperneni (U. Michigan), Dr Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins), and Dr. Rebekah Gee (Louisiana State U) to explore how public health can be galvanized so that a new administration best prepares the country to face a future pandemic that is worse than Covid-19.

Newswise:Video Embedded doubling-the-number-of-known-gravitational-lenses
Released: 13-Jan-2021 4:55 PM EST
Doubling the Number of Known Gravitational Lenses
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

Data from the DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) Legacy Imaging Surveys have revealed over 1200 new gravitational lenses, approximately doubling the number of known lenses. Discovered using machine learning trained on real data, these warped and stretched images of distant galaxies provide astronomers with a flood of new targets with which to measure fundamental properties of the Universe such as the Hubble constant, which describes the expanding Universe.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 4:35 PM EST
Mapping Our Sun’s Backyard
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

Astronomers have curated the most complete list of nearby brown dwarfs to date thanks to discoveries made by thousands of volunteers participating in the Backyard Worlds citizen science project. The list and 3D map of 525 brown dwarfs — including 38 reported for the first time — incorporate observations from a host of astronomical instruments including several NOIRLab facilities. The results confirm that the Sun’s neighborhood appears surprisingly diverse relative to other parts of the Milky Way Galaxy.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 4:35 PM EST
Giant Map of the Sky Sets Stage for Ambitious DESI Survey
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

Astronomers using images from Kitt Peak National Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory have created the largest ever map of the sky, comprising over a billion galaxies. The ninth and final data release from the ambitious DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys sets the stage for a ground-breaking 5-year survey with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which aims to provide new insights into the nature of dark energy. The map was released today at the January 2021 meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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13-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST
Building a Giant 2D Map of the Universe to Prepare for the Largest 3D Map
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Before DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, can begin its 5-year mission from an Arizona mountaintop to produce the largest 3D sky map yet, researchers first needed an even bigger 2D map of the universe.

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Newswise:Video Embedded depression-and-stress-could-dampen-efficacy-of-covid-19-vaccines
Released: 13-Jan-2021 2:00 PM EST
Depression and Stress Could Dampen Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines
Association for Psychological Science

Health behaviors and emotional stressors can alter the body’s ability to develop an immune response to vaccines, including—potentially—the new COVID-19 vaccines. Simple interventions, including exercising and getting a good night’s sleep in the 24 hours before vaccination, may maximize the vaccine’s initial effectiveness.

Newswise:Video Embedded vaping-disrupts-blood-air-flow-matching-in-asymptomatic-users
Released: 13-Jan-2021 1:50 PM EST
Vaping Disrupts Blood, Air Flow Matching in Asymptomatic Users
American Physiological Society (APS)

There is more evidence that vaping causes abnormal lung function in young, otherwise healthy people.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 12:25 PM EST
UAH scientists are part of first discovery of giant neutron star flare outside Milky Way
University of Alabama Huntsville

The first-time discovery of a giant flare from a neutron star that’s outside Earth’s galactic neighborhood is the subject of a new research paper in the journal Nature that has four co-authors from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

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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.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 1:40 PM EST
From Glioblastoma to Endurance Races: A Story of Tenacity

Anyone who sees Colin Clark, 57, running, cycling or swimming around the Big Island of Hawaii, likely notices his athleticism and the smile permanently adorning his face.

Newswise:Video Embedded researchers-use-modern-techniques-to-unravel-an-18th-century-mystery
Released: 12-Jan-2021 11:35 AM EST
Researchers use modern techniques to unravel an 18th century mystery
McMaster University

The mysterious death of a young, 18th century socialite has inspired a research project which could yield new information about the dangers of lead exposure.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-treatment-allows-some-people-with-spinal-cord-injury-to-regain-hand-and-arm-function
Released: 12-Jan-2021 9:05 AM EST
New treatment allows some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm function
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers helped six Seattle-area people with spinal cord injuries regain some hand and arm mobility.

Newswise:Video Embedded study-shows-conflict-between-divorced-parents-can-lead-to-mental-health-problems-in-children
7-Jan-2021 3:50 PM EST
Study Shows Conflict Between Divorced Parents Can Lead to Mental Health Problems in Children
Arizona State University (ASU)

A study from Arizona State University’s REACH Institute has found that when children are exposed to conflict between their divorced or separated parents, they experience fear of abandonment. This worry about being abandoned in response to interparental conflict was associated with future mental health problems in children, especially for children who had strong relationships with their fathers.

Newswise:Video Embedded genomes-reveal-new-insights-into-iconic-aussie-animals
Released: 12-Jan-2021 8:40 AM EST
Genomes reveal new insights into iconic Aussie animals
University of Adelaide

The genomes of egg-laying monotreme mammals, platypus and echidna, today have been published in the prestigious journal Nature.

Newswise:Video Embedded innovative-university-teams-exhibit-at-virtual-ces
Released: 12-Jan-2021 8:35 AM EST
Innovative university teams exhibit at virtual CES
Case Western Reserve University

For the eighth straight year, Case Western Reserve students, faculty and alumni will showcase an array of science, engineering and technology innovation including "augmented reality and telepresence," 3D printed violins for children, COVID-19 apps and a neuro fitness tool.

Newswise:Video Embedded roman-space-telescope-could-image-100-hubble-ultra-deep-fields-at-once
Released: 11-Jan-2021 4:15 PM EST
Roman Space Telescope Could Image 100 Hubble Ultra Deep Fields at Once
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope stared at a blank patch of the sky for 10 straight days. The resulting Deep Field image captured thousands of previously unseen, distant galaxies. The Roman Space Telescope will be able to photograph an area of sky 100 times larger than Hubble with the same exquisite sharpness. As a result, a Roman Ultra Deep Field would collect millions of galaxies, including hundreds that date back to just a few hundred million years after the big bang.

Newswise:Video Embedded robot-displays-a-glimmer-of-empathy-to-a-partner-robot
8-Jan-2021 5:35 PM EST
Robot Displays a Glimmer of Empathy to a Partner Robot
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Like a longtime couple who can predict each other’s every move, a Columbia Engineering robot has learned to predict its partner robot’s future actions and goals based on just a few initial video frames. The study, conducted at Columbia Engineering’s Creative Machines Lab led by Mechanical Engineering Professor Hod Lipson, is part of a broader effort to endow robots with the ability to understand and anticipate the goals of other robots, purely from visual observations.

Newswise:Video Embedded deep-dive-into-a-galaxy-cluster
Released: 8-Jan-2021 1:55 PM EST
Deep Dive into a Galaxy Cluster
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

A stunning long-exposure observation from the Kitt Peak National Observatory reveals the spiral galaxy NGC 1003 in glorious detail. The deep observation also shows a treasure trove of background galaxies spread throughout the image.

Newswise: Science matters in policy decision-making
Released: 8-Jan-2021 11:35 AM EST
Science matters in policy decision-making
South Dakota State University

Science plays an essential role in policy formulation within a strong democracy--and should guide decision-making.

Newswise:Video Embedded cancer-cells-hibernate-like-bears-to-evade-harsh-chemotherapy
Released: 7-Jan-2021 3:45 PM EST
Cancer Cells Hibernate Like Bears to Evade Harsh Chemotherapy
University Health Network (UHN)

Princess Margaret Scientist Dr. Catherine O’Brien and team discovered that cancer cells hijack an evolutionary conserved program to survive chemotherapy. Furthermore, the researchers show that novel therapeutic strategies aimed at specifically targeting cancer cells in this slow-dividing state can prevent cancer regrowth.

Newswise:Video Embedded covid-19-accelerates-cancer-virtual-care-with-quality-convenience-and-cost-savings
Released: 7-Jan-2021 2:40 PM EST
COVID-19 Accelerates Cancer Virtual Care with Quality, Convenience and Cost Savings
University Health Network (UHN)

Research led by Princess Margaret Radiation Oncologist Dr. Alejandro Berlin showed that virtual care can be implemented rapidly and safely across a highly-specialized and high-volume cancer centre. Eighty (80) per cent of patients reported they were either very satisfied or satisfied with it, citing convenience as a main factor, with 72 per cent of physicians reporting similar satisfaction with it.

Newswise:Video Embedded hail-to-the-queen-saving-the-caribbean-queen-conch
Released: 7-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
‘Hail to the Queen’ - Saving the Caribbean Queen Conch
Florida Atlantic University

Second only to the spiny lobster, the queen conch is a prized delicacy long harvested for food and is revered for its beautiful shell. Conch populations have dwindled so low, creating a dire and urgent situation in ecological and economic terms. To preserve this most significant molluscan fishery in the Caribbean, the world’s leading expert on queen conch aquaculture has published an 80-page, step-by-step user manual that provides complete illustrations and photos of how to culture and restore the queen conch.

Newswise:Video Embedded wait-for-me-cell-biologists-decipher-signal-that-ensures-no-chromosome-is-left-behind
Released: 6-Jan-2021 2:50 PM EST
Wait for Me: Cell Biologists Decipher Signal that Ensures No Chromosome is Left Behind
University of California San Diego

Biologists have unraveled the mystery of how chromosomes are inherited correctly every time a cell divides. They discovered how a “matchmaker” molecule stops cell division until components are ready to be split. Alterations in the process can result in birth defects and certain cancers.

Newswise:Video Embedded these-detailed-animations-show-how-covid-19-cases-changed-over-time-and-space
Released: 6-Jan-2021 1:50 PM EST
These detailed animations show how COVID-19 cases changed over time and space
Binghamton University, State University of New York

New animations created by a complex systems researcher at Binghamton University, State University of New York improve upon typical COVID-19 visualizations, showing how cases have changed over time and space.

Newswise:Video Embedded protective-immunity-against-sars-cov-2-could-last-eight-months-or-more
Released: 6-Jan-2021 12:35 PM EST
Protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 could last eight months or more
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

The findings, based on analyses of blood samples from 188 COVID-19 patients, suggest that responses to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, from all major players in the "adaptive" immune system, which learns to fight specific pathogens, can last for at least eight months after the onset of symptoms from the initial infection.

Newswise:Video Embedded marine-and-coastal-research-laboratory-past-present-future
Released: 5-Jan-2021 6:10 PM EST
Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory—Past, Present, Future
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s only marine research facility. It has a rich history and expanding research scope.

Newswise:Video Embedded story-tips-nanoscale-commuting-easy-driver-and-defect-detection
Released: 5-Jan-2021 9:45 AM EST
Story tips: Nanoscale commuting, easy driver and defect detection
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL story tips: Nanoscale commuting, easy driver and defect detection

Newswise:Video Embedded university-of-miami-miller-school-of-medicine-leads-groundbreaking-trial-for-covid-19-treatment
4-Jan-2021 8:30 AM EST
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Leads Groundbreaking Trial for COVID -19 Treatment
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers led a unique and groundbreaking randomized controlled trial showing umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cell infusions safely reduce risk of death and quicken time to recovery for the severest COVID-19 patients, according to results published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine in January 2021.

Newswise:Video Embedded better-together-scientists-discover-far-reaching-applications-of-nanoparticles-made-of-multiple-elements
Released: 4-Jan-2021 10:45 AM EST
Better together: Scientists discover far-reaching applications of nanoparticles made of multiple elements
Argonne National Laboratory

As catalysts for fuel cells, batteries and processes for carbon dioxide reduction, alloy nanoparticles that are made up of five or more elements are shown to be more stable and durable than single-element nanoparticles.

Newswise:Video Embedded back-to-basics-researchers-find-simple-exercises-are-a-practical-time-efficient-way-to-boost-fitness
Released: 4-Jan-2021 9:00 AM EST
Back to basics: Researchers find simple exercises are a practical, time-efficient way to boost fitness
McMaster University

Kinesiologists at McMaster University who examined the effectiveness of old-school physical training have found that simple bodyweight exercises, when performed vigorously over short periods, improve cardiorespiratory fitness.

Newswise:Video Embedded how-to-identify-heat-stressed-corals
Released: 4-Jan-2021 6:00 AM EST
How to Identify Heat-Stressed Corals
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Researchers have found a novel way to identify heat-stressed corals, which could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change, according to a Rutgers-led study.

Newswise:Video Embedded covid-19-crisis-a-patient-s-story
Released: 31-Dec-2020 1:35 PM EST
COVID-19 Crisis: A Patient’s Story

Walter E. Gomez Saldana, 41, has been battling COVID-19 at Cedars-Sinai for almost a full month. He spent two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) fighting for his life and now, more than a week in a step-down floor as he continues to recover.

Newswise:Video Embedded ttp-el-paso-receives-3-000-doses-of-moderna-s-covid-19-vaccine
Released: 30-Dec-2020 1:55 PM EST
TTP El Paso Receives 3,000 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Three thousand doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Alberta, Kenworthy and Transmountain clinics on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Newswise:Video Embedded protein-twist-and-squeeze-confers-cancer-drug-resistance
Released: 29-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
Protein twist and squeeze confers cancer drug resistance
Kyoto University

In 1986, cellular biochemist Kazumitsu Ueda, currently at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), discovered that a protein called ABCB1 could transport multiple chemotherapeutics out of some cancer cells, making them resistant to treatment.

Newswise:Video Embedded healthcare-heroes-10-months-on-the-covid-19-front-lines
Released: 23-Dec-2020 2:20 PM EST
Healthcare Heroes: 10 Months on the COVID-19 Front Lines

When Joni Stokx, RN, heard that the COVID-19 vaccine was coming, it brought her to tears. A nurse at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, she's been caring for COVID-19 patients for 10 months. While she and her co-workers wear all the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and take lots of precautions, getting the vaccine will help her feel safer.

Newswise:Video Embedded virtual-concerts-heal-the-spirit
Released: 22-Dec-2020 2:05 PM EST
Virtual Concerts Heal the Spirit

On a recent morning, Wendy Lawson attended an exclusive live performance of "Le Cygne" (The Swan) by composer Camille Saint-Saëns, a piece of classical music known for its use in ballet. But Lawson's front-row seat was not in a concert hall. It was in the Cedars-Sinai Cancer infusion center, where she undergoes treatments for ovarian cancer.

Newswise:Video Embedded why-intersectionality-captivates-early-career-public-health-folks
Released: 21-Dec-2020 2:20 PM EST
Why Intersectionality Captivates Early Career Public Health Folks?
American Public Health Association (APHA)

In this podcast, with Profs. Lisa Bowleg (AJPH & GWU), Skyler Jackson, (Yale) and Jennifer Nazareno (Brown), we discuss what is intersectionality and why early career public health researchers are attracted by a framework that is premised on the interplay of science and society and on the heterogeneity of people’s lived experiences.

Newswise:Video Embedded virtual-kidney-transplant-evaluation-allows-patients-to-be-evaluated-for-transplantation-from-home
Released: 21-Dec-2020 10:00 AM EST
Virtual kidney transplant evaluation allows patients to be evaluated for transplantation from home
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

A virtual telehealth platform is allowing a surgery program to evaluate and wait-list patients for kidney transplantation.

Newswise:Video Embedded discovery-how-colorado-potato-beetles-beat-pesticides
Released: 21-Dec-2020 8:55 AM EST
Discovery: How Colorado Potato Beetles Beat Pesticides
University of Vermont

New research shows that pesticide alter how Colorado potato beetles manage their DNA. These changes were passed down two generations suggesting that rapid resistance to pesticides may not require beetles to evolve their genetic code. Instead they may simply use existing genes to tolerate toxins already found in potatoes. The scientists were surprised that these epigenetic changes, triggered by a single tiny dose of pesticide, were maintained through multiple rounds of sexual reproduction.

Newswise:Video Embedded nus-researchers-develop-foldable-tent-for-safe-dental-care-during-the-pandemic
Released: 21-Dec-2020 8:20 AM EST
NUS researchers develop foldable tent for safe dental care during the pandemic
National University of Singapore

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have invented a portable tent-like shield to prevent the spread of saliva and aerosols generated during dental procedures. These procedures would otherwise put dentists at a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other critical infectious diseases.

Newswise:Video Embedded cedars-sinai-frontline-workers-receive-first-dose-of-covid-19-vaccine2
Released: 17-Dec-2020 6:25 PM EST
Cedars-Sinai Frontline Workers Receive First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

The first wave of Cedars-Sinai staff members are receiving the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine Thursday morning, an occasion that is bringing hope and relief to those who have fought on the medical frontline for nearly a year against the deadly illness.

Newswise:Video Embedded glaucoma-research-foundation-releases-video-encouraging-patients-to-visit-their-eye-doctor-for-the-care-they-need-during-covid-19-pandemic
Released: 17-Dec-2020 5:35 PM EST
Glaucoma Research Foundation Releases Video Encouraging Patients to Visit Their Eye Doctor for the Care They Need During COVID-19 Pandemic
Glaucoma Research Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges including delayed eye doctor appointments. This video will discuss changes eye doctors have made to improve safety during every step of the office visit.

Newswise:Video Embedded scientists-develop-hydrophobic-coating-to-prevent-infections
Released: 17-Dec-2020 2:15 PM EST
Scientists develop hydrophobic coating to prevent infections
University of Georgia

Published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, the study examined how an innovative coating UGA scientists developed can prevent liquids like water and blood from sticking onto surfaces. The researchers also found that the liquid-repellant coating can kill bacteria and halt blood clot formation on an object’s surface.

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