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Mexico City Earthquake: UM Experts Available to Discuss

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:25:24 EST

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Monk Parakeets Invade Mexico

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:05:29 EST

(image) In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers describe a recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico, and the regulatory changes that affected the species' spread.(image)

Tulane Receives Grant to Reduce Auto Emissions

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:05:19 EST

(image) Members of Tulane University's Shantz Lab will work with industrial scientists to assist in the development of next-generation materials designed to reduce harmful automotive emissions. The three-year old lab and its group of students have received a grant and equipment resources from SACHEM, Inc., a chemical science company.(image)

One-Third of Ph.D.s Lose Interest in Academic Careers, but Not for Lack of Jobs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:55:54 EST

There are growing concerns that the challenges of landing a faculty job are discouraging young science and engineering Ph.D.s from pursuing careers in academia. The assumption is the majority aspire to a faculty career but drop out of the academic pipeline because there just aren't enough tenure-track jobs to go around.(image)

Lab Leads New Effort in Materials Development

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:50:41 EST

(image) Lawrence Livermore National Lab will be part of a multi-lab effort to apply high-performance computing to US-based industry's discovery, design, and development of materials for severe environments under a new initiative announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) on Sept. 19.(image)

A TOAST for Next Generation CMB Experiments

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:35:36 EST

(image) Computational cosmologists at Berkeley Lab recently achieved a critical milestone in preparation for upcoming CMB experiments: scaling their data simulation and reduction framework TOAST to run on all 658,784 Intel Knights Landing Xeon Phi processor cores on NERSC's Cori supercomputer. The team also implemented a new TOAST module to simulate the noise introduced when ground-based telescopes look at the CMB through the atmosphere.(image)

'Surfing Robot' Tracking Water Data As Harvey's Rains Flow Toward Fragile Coral Reefs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:05:28 EST

(image) While you read this, an unmanned Wave Glider surface vehicle is riding swells alone in the Gulf of Mexico, collecting critically needed post-Hurricane Harvey water quality data.(image)

Gulf Spill Oil Dispersants Associated with Health Symptoms in Cleanup Workers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:05:19 EST

(image) Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study appeared online Sept. 15 in Environmental Health Perspectives and is the first research to examine dispersant-related health symptoms in humans.(image)

Hurricane Harvey May Have Worsened Beach Erosion

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:05:04 EST

(image) Hurricane Harvey left its mark on much of the Texas coast, leaving at least $100 billion in damages, but it very likely worsened a problem that has been plaguing the coast for years - beach erosion.(image)

Research Redefines Proteins' Role in the Development of Spinal Sensory Cells

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:05:49 EST

(image) A recent study led by Samantha Butler at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA has overturned a common belief about how a certain class of proteins in the spinal cord regulate the formation of nervous system cells--called neurons--during embryonic development.(image)

Plants Combine Color and Fragrance to Procure Pollinators

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:05:45 EST

(image) ho knew that it's possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This is true for many of the 41 insect-pollinated plant species growing in a Phrygana scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos. An international research team published their findings Sept. 4 in Nature Ecology & Evolution.(image)

Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:05:27 EST

(image) Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.(image)

Landmark Study Suggests Risks Vary Widely in Drone-Human Impacts

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:05:04 EST

(image) Virginia Tech's world-renowned injury biomechanics group and its FAA-approved UAS test site in Blacksburg, Virginia, have just released the first peer-reviewed academic study to offer quantitative data on injury risk associated with potential drone-human collisions.(image)

Tiny Lasers from a Gallery of Whispers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:05:03 EST

(image) Whispering gallery mode resonators rely on a phenomenon similar to an effect observed in circular galleries, and the same phenomenon applies to light. When light is stored in ring-shaped or spherical active resonators, the waves superimpose in such a way that it can result in laser light. This week in APL Photonics, investigators report a new type of dye-doped WGM micro-laser that produces light with tunable wavelengths.(image)

Cornell Digital Ag Program Integrates with John Deere Operations Center

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:59 EST

When farmers log into Ag-Analytics.Org, they can easily and securely integrate their data with the John Deere Operations Center with a few clicks. This allows farmers to securely use their high-resolution agriculture data in real time to extract more useful operations information with Ag-Analytics' apps and tools(image)

Devastating Tree Fungus Found in Brooklyn and Four Long Island Towns

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:47 EST

(image) Cornell University scientists in partnership with state agencies identified oak wilt, a devastating pathogenic fungus that kills oak trees, in six new locations throughout New York state: four towns on Long Island, Brooklyn and Canandaigua.(image)

Tumor-infiltrating B Lymphocytes Promote Melanoma Progression and Resistance to Therapy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:44 EST

In a multi-institutional collaborative study, scientists at The Wistar Institute and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, have identified the role of tumor-infiltrating or tumor-associated B-cells ("TABs") in melanoma progression and resistance to targeted therapy.(image)

$2.3m Grant to Fund New Direction in Autism Spectrum Disorders Research at KU

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:26 EST

Study will define motor deficits in autism spectrum disorders from childhood through adulthood. The long-term goal to learn about the causes of both motor and related behavioral issues to develop more objective, biologically based targets for treatment.(image)

What Web Browsers and Proteins Have in Common

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:12 EST

Researchers in the United States and Germany have just discovered a previously overlooked part of protein molecules that could be key to how proteins interact with each other inside living cells to carry out specialized functions.(image)

Science Denial Not Limited to Political Right

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:05:10 EST

(image) A new study from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests people of all political backgrounds can be motivated to participate in science denial.(image)

Leading Researchers Explore Boundaries of Biological Science at Inaugural Symposium of Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:45:09 EST

(image) Eight researchers in the vanguard of biological science gathered at the inaugural symposium of the new Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University today to explore new frontiers within the dark matter of biology. The day-long symposium, which attracted guest speakers from leading research institutions such as Tufts, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Jackson Labs, was expected to draw about 300 attendees.(image)

WVU Research Gives Self-Driving Vehicles a Boost

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:05:54 EST

(image) While the future of vehicles may be driverless, West Virginia University is steering the technology in the right direction. WVU's researchers are working to improve vehicle and smart infrastructure technology that underpins their development and their benefit to communities in areas such as safety, energy, traffic, economic opportunity and more.(image)

$20 Million Statewide Grant to Further Plasma Research, Synthesize Novel Materials and Improve Technologies in Manufacturing Industries

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:05:02 EST

(image) UAB will be a fundamental player in the Alabama jurisdiction of the program, which has just five awardees, with primary goals of improving scientific research and building workforce capacity.(image)

Fluorescence Microscopy on a Chip -- No Lenses Required

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:00 EST

(image) Fluorescence microscopy gives researchers power to illuminate the tiniest structures and capture the real-time activities of cells by tagging biological molecules with a rainbow of fluorescent dyes. Researchers have developed a system that enables scientists to rapidly image fluorescent cells grown inside the chip using a CMOS image sensor, the same technology found in the camera of a smartphone. The new system, described this week in AIP Advances, has numerous potential uses in biomedical research.(image)