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Genes Found in Drought-Resistant Plants Could Accelerate Evolution of Water-Use Efficient Crops

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:45 AM PST

Newswise imageScientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.

D'Angelo Receives American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 06:00 AM PST

Newswise imageMaximiliano D'Angelo, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), has received a four-year, $792,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society.

What's the Largest Terrestrial Organism?

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 06:00 AM PST

Newswise imageThe Giant Sequoya? Nope. The African elephant? Not even close. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) December 1 Soils Matter blog post shares that the largest land organism is--a fungus!

Researchers Develop Graphene Nano 'Tweezers' That Can Grab Individual Biomolecules

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 02:05 PM PST

Newswise imageResearchers from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene--tiny electronic "tweezers" that can grab individual biomolecules with incredible efficiency. This capability could lead to a revolutionary handheld disease diagnostic system that could be run on a smart phone.

Study Confirms that Cuprate Materials Have Fluctuating Stripes that May Be Linked to High-temperature Superconductivity

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:05 PM PST

Newswise imageScientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have shown that copper-based superconductors, or cuprates - the first class of materials found to carry electricity with no loss at relatively high temperatures - contain fluctuating stripes of electron charge and spin that meander like rivulets over rough ground.

Sea Level Rise Experts Discuss Projected Increases in Delaware

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:05 PM PST

A geologist for the state of Delaware and a climate scientist unpack the results of a recent report on sea level rise and talk about how projected increases may affect the First State and other areas on the Atlantic Seaboard.

Newly Discovered Exoplanet Will be Swallowed by Own Star

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:05 PM PST

Newswise imageAn unusual and unstable eccentric planet orbiting a giant star highlights the diversity of planetary systems

Los Alamos Research Fundamental to First Efficacy Study for Mosaic HIV-1 Preventive Vaccine

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 12:35 PM PST

Newswise image international partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive "mosaic" vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.

Researchers Recover More Mammoth Bones From Chelsea-Area Farm

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:40 AM PST

Newswise imageUniversity of Michigan paleontologists conducted a second excavation this week at the Chelsea-area farm where the skull, tusks and dozens of intact bones of an ice age mammoth were pulled from the ground in late 2015.

Agung's Silver Lining: Climate Scientists Eye Bali Volcano for Clues to Cool the Planet

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:05 AM PST

Discovery Puts the Brakes on HIV's Ability to Infect

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:05 AM PST

Newswise imageIn a study led by the University of Delaware and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, researchers discovered a "brake" that interferes with HIV's development into an infectious agent. This mechanism prevents the capsid - the protein shell covering the virus - from forming.

Deducing the Properties of a New Form of Diamond

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 11:05 AM PST

Earlier this year, amorphous diamond was synthesized for the first time using a technique involving high pressures, moderately high temperatures and a tiny amount of glassy carbon as starting material. A father-son team at Clemson University has now successfully calculated a number of basic physical properties for this new substance, including elastic constants and related quantities. The results are reported this week in Applied Physics Letters.

First-of-Its-Kind Mummy Study Reveals Clues to Girl's Story

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 09:05 AM PST

Newswise imageWho is she, this little mummy girl? Northwestern University scientists and students are working to unravel some of her mysteries, including how her body was prepared 1,900 years ago in Egypt, what items she may have been buried with, the quality of her bones and what material is present in her brain cavity. As part of a comprehensive scientific investigation, the mummy traveled from Evanston to Argonne National Laboratory on Nov. 27 for an all-day X-ray scattering experiment. It was the first study of its kind performed on a human mummy.