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TSRI's Peter Schultz Wins Prestigious Heinrich Wieland Prize

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:30 EST

(image) Peter Schultz, president of The Scripps Research Institute, has been awarded the international Heinrich Wieland Prize, one of Germany's most prestigious scientific prizes.(image)

One Health Environmental Program Topic of Symposium

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:05:27 EST

Agriculture and soil science fit with environmental health(image)

Southeastern Experiments with Floating Marshland to Clean Stormwater Runoff

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:05:58 EST

A Southeastern Louisiana University wetlands expert and graduate student are implementing a pilot project in an eight-acre pond to determine the feasibility of floating marshlands serving as a filter to clean ponds and other small bodies of water.(image)

Pioneer in Molecular Imaging to Lead MSU's New Bio Engineering Research Initiatives

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:05:28 EST

Christopher H. Contag will join Michigan State University as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering.(image)

Water Crisis in Bangladesh

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:05:42 EST

(image) Study: Overpumping of groundwater to supply one of the planet's largest cities could be jeopardizing the future water supply for citizens living outside the city center.(image)

Penetrable Armor

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:05:32 EST

(image) Insects are tough animals to study. One reason is their armor-like coating, called an exoskeleton, which protects their organs. Researchers have discovered a technique to open the exoskeleton in order to study living organs and cells. Results published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology.(image)

Big Data NSF Grant to Address Environmental Challenges

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:05:30 EST

(image) Soon scientists and the public will have the chance to easily test hypotheses about America's ecological challenges with the help of an ensemble of technologies, including artificial intelligence.(image)

Cosmology Safe as Universe Has No Sense of Direction

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:05:42 EST

(image) The universe is expanding uniformly according to research led by UCL which reports that space isn't stretching in a preferred direction or spinning.(image)

First-Ever 3D Printed Excavator Project Advances Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing R&D

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:05:20 EST

(image) Heavy construction machinery is the focus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's latest advance in additive manufacturing research. With industry partners and university students, ORNL researchers are designing and producing the world's first 3D printed excavator, a prototype that will leverage large-scale AM technologies and explore the feasibility of printing with metal alloys.(image)

Wireless, Freely Behaving Rodent Cage Helps Scientists Collect More Reliable Data

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:05:54 EST

(image) The EnerCage (Energized Cage) system is created for scientific experiments on awake, freely behaving small animals. It wirelessly powers electronic devices and sensors traditionally used during rodent research experiments, but without the use of interconnect wires or bulky batteries. Their goal is to create as natural an environment within the cage as possible for mice and rats in order for scientists to obtain consistent and reliable results.(image)

Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II Wins Project Management Institute 2016 Project of the Year Award

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:05:49 EST

(image) SAN DIEGO, CA - The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) project at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has been awarded the Project Management Institute's (PMI) prestigious Project of the Year Award. This international award, presented to NSLS-II project staff during PMI's annual meeting in San Diego, CA, on Sept.(image)

Solution Blooming for Fracking Spills?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:05:13 EST

(image) Wastewater from oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - is often laden with salts and can spill, contaminating soils. In a recent study, researchers at North Dakota State University tested a method that extracted a large percentage of the salt present in soils contaminated by brine spills.(image)

OU Biomedical Researcher Wins National Career Achievement Award

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:05:28 EST

(image) Lei Ding, a researcher at the University of Oklahoma's Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, was recently honored with IEEE's Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2016 Early Career Achievement Award. Ding received this award for his seminal original contributions to research in functional neuroimaging technologies, multimodal neuroimaging technologies, brain network mapping technologies, neuroenhancement and neuromodulation technologies. He works with these technologies to find potential better methods of early diagnosis and treatments of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, including autism, cerebral palsy and balance disorder.(image)

Principal Investigators at The Wistar Institute Have Secured Nearly $14 Million in Funding

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:00:02 EST

(image) Wistar scientists have received nearly $1(image)

Three Key Approaches to Increasing Research Antibody Validation Defined at GBSI Workshop

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EST

(image) Leading experts from the international biomedical research community announced today that they have the fundamentals of what will become the first detailed standardized guidelines for validating research antibodies. The outcomes of this week's Antibody Validation: Standards, Policies, and Practices workshop promise to increase reproducibility in preclinical research and improve the chances for breakthroughs in treatments and cures.(image)

Researchers Identify Treatment Target for Blinding Diseases

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:05:46 EST

(image) A common pathway involved in photoreceptor death has been identified in retinitis pigmentosa, advanced dry age-related macular degeneration and other retinal diseases, with early evidence of a possible halt to vision loss related to treatment of the pathway.(image)

Climate Change Jigsaw Puzzle: Antarctic Pieces Missing

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:05:20 EST

(image) Study confirms shift in westerly winds, which has led to climate impacts in Australia and the Southern Ocean, is human-induced Limited data on Antarctic climate means it's difficult to disentangle changes caused by human activity from natural fluctuations(image)

GUIDE-Seq: Genetic Duct Tape and DNA Damage

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:05:04 EST

(image) GUIDE-Seq technology observes DNA damages and speeds the detection of DNA repair. "Without DNA repairing, we wouldn't be able to survive," says Guiliang Tang, a professor of biological sciences at Michigan Tech who helped lead a new study exploring how the technology could improve the detection of DNA damage and repair processes in plants.(image)

Frankfurter Fraud: Finding Out What's in Your Hot Dog

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:51 EST

(image) Hot dogs are the perfect summer fare. But knowing for sure what you're getting inside a bun can be difficult. Now scientists have devised a method that could help prevent frankfurter fraud, which is especially important for those who can't eat certain types of meats. They report their approach in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.(image)

Preparing for (Another) Biological Attack

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:40 EST

(image) In the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, five people died from exposure to anthrax-laced letters, and several more were infected. Fifteen years on, the U.S. has spent billions of dollars to fortify the nation's biodefenses against future attacks, but is it enough? The cover story of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, examines whether the U.S. is really ready for another Amerithrax(image)

Snake Venom Composition Could Be Related to Hormones and Diet

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:22 EST

(image) Many people are afraid of snakes, but scientists are now revealing insights about their venoms that could give even ophidiophobes an appreciation for the animals. One team has found that the proteins from the venom gland can vary depending on age and gender. These findings, reported in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, suggest that hormonal and dietary influences are at play.(image)

Toward 'Greener,' Inexpensive Solar Cells

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:02 EST

(image) Solar panels are proliferating across the globe to help reduce the world's dependency on fossil fuels. But conventional panels are not without environmental costs, too. Now scientists are reporting in the Journal of the American Chemical Society a new advance toward more practical, "greener" solar cells made with inexpensive halide perovskite materials. They have developed low-bandgap perovskite solar cells with a reduced lead content and a power conversion efficiency of 15 percent.(image)

First Expert Panel on the Science of the Presidential Debate

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:55:00 EST

Our first expert panel on the Presidential Debate between Trump and Clinton took place on Tuesday, September 27th. The four experts offered a unique scientific perspective, discussing psychological data based on facial gestures, tone and the communicated emotions of the candidates. They also discussed the rhetoric style and aggressive behavior of the candidates, measuring the impact of interruptions and gestures.(image)

Olin College Professor Sara Hendren to Exhibit at South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:05:45 EST

Olin College is participating in the first ever SXSL: White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action, which will be held on October 3, 2016.(image)

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory Researchers Developing New Steel for Better Electric Motors

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:37 EST

(image) Researchers from Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory are leading development of a new kind of steel for the motors in electric vehicles. The new steel would help make the motors smaller, lighter, more powerful and more cost effective.(image)