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How to Turn Light Into Atomic Vibrations

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 12:05 PM PDT

Newswise imageConverting laser light into nuclear vibrations is key to switching a material's properties on and off for future electronics.

Algae-Forestry, Bioenergy Mix Could Help Make CO2 Vanish From Thin Air

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 11:05 AM PDT

An unconventional melange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe. But, scientists from Cornell University, Duke University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo have an idea that could use that recipe to help power and provide food protein to large regions of the world - and simultaneously remove carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere.

LJI Researchers Are One Step Closer to an Effective Anti-Atherosclerosis Vaccine

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 10:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageA new paper published in Circulation by researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology reports successful vaccination of atherosclerotic mice with a small chunk of protein snipped out of "bad cholesterol." Vaccination reduced plaque levels in test mice, and other experiments with human blood samples identified the class of T cells likely responsible for positive outcomes. The paper suggests that a comparable strategy could form the basis of a human vaccine.

To Impress Females, Costa's Hummingbirds "Sing" With Their Tail Feathers

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 10:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageUnlike related hummingbird species, Costa's perform their dives to the side of females, rather than in front of them. In a paper published today in Current Biology, researchers at the University of California, Riverside show this trajectory minimizes an audible Doppler sound that occurs when the Costa's dive.

Could Holey Silicon Be the Holy Grail of Electronics?

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 10:05 AM PDT

Electronics miniaturization has put high-powered computing capability into the hands of ordinary people, but the ongoing downsizing of integrated circuits is challenging engineers to come up with new ways to thwart component overheating.

Circumbinary Castaways: Short-Period Binary Systems Can Eject Orbiting Worlds

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 10:00 AM PDT

Planets orbiting "short-period" binary stars, or stars locked in close orbital embrace, can be ejected off into space as a consequence of their host stars' evolution, according to new research from the University of Washington.

Inhibiting Metabolism Found to Be Effective in Treating Aggressive Form of Lung Cancer

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 10:00 AM PDT

Newswise imageResearchers have found that two targeted therapies could be more effective if used in combination to treat squamous cell carcinomas of the lung. The two drugs, MLN128 and CB-839, individually target the metabolism of key nutrients glucose and glutamine, respectively, prohibiting the cancer from switching metabolic gears between glucose (a simple sugar) and glutamine (an amino acid) to tap vital sources of energy. This switch enables the cancer cells to adapt their metabolism and evade treatments.

Superacids Are Good Medicine for Super Thin Semiconductors

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 09:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageScientists demonstrated that powerful acids heal certain structural defects in synthetic films.

UNH Researchers Find Combination For Small Data Storage and Tinier Computers

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 09:00 AM PDT

It may sound like a futuristic device out of a spy novel, a computer the size of a pinhead, but according to new research from the University of New Hampshire, it might be a reality sooner than once thought. Researchers have discovered that using an easily made combination of materials might be the way to offer a more stable environment for smaller and safer data storage, ultimately leading to miniature computers.

DHS S&T Helps Solve Mystery of 4,000-Year-Old Mummy

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 08:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageDHS S&T recently used advanced DNA sequencing to determine the identity of a 4,000-year-old mummy head found in 1915, when American explorers entered an ancient tomb cut in the parched limestone cliffs of the eastern bank of the Nile River, 155 miles south of Cairo.

New Lantana Plants Protect Native Flora and Enhance Landscapes

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 07:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageHome and property owners often enhance their landscapes with the beautiful lantana, but some of the plant's varieties may escape yards, spread to areas where they shouldn't go and cross-pollinate Florida's native lantana. Bloomify(tm) Rose and Bloomify(tm) Red are beautiful - so they will continue to enhance landscapes - but they don't produce fruit and seeds, don't spread and don't cross-pollinate Florida's native lantana, Lantana depressa, said Zhanao Deng, a professor of environmental horticulture at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

World's Leading Coffee Companies Commit to Tackle Deforestation in Indonesia

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 07:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageWCS announced today that a group of the world's leading coffee companies has committed to addressing deforestation from illegal coffee production inside Indonesia's Bukit Barisan Selatan (BBS) National Park - a key protected area for Sumatran tigers, rhinos, and elephants.

The Skull's Petrous Bone and What It Can Tell Us About Ancient Humans: Q & A with Genetic Archaeologist David Reich

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Newswise imageGenetic archaeologist David Reich discusses how DNA retrieved from inch-long bone in the skull has accelerated our understanding of ancient humans.

Warwick-Backed State-of-the-Art Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility Opened

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 05:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageA new state-of-the-art Cryo-Electron Microscope (Cryo-EM) facility that will advance the understanding of the processes of life has been officially opened.

The Fight for Clean Emissions Continues

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 04:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageIt is exactly 20 years since experts from Empa and VERT published the first test results on diesel particle filters. Today, more than 100 million vehicles worldwide are fitted with such filters. However, a VERT conference held at the Empa Academy revealed why the emission problem is by no means over.

Understanding a Cell's 'Doorbell'

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 03:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageA multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of human drug design has produced new insights into how structural communication works in a cell component called a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCRs), basically a "doorbell" structure that alerts the cell of important molecules nearby.

Sexual Objectification Influences Visual Perception

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 03:05 AM PDT

It has been suggested that sexually objectified women or men are visually processed in the same fashion of an object. Far from being unanimously accepted, this claim has been criticized by a lack of scientific rigor. A team led by Giorgia Silani, in collaboration with Helmut Leder, of the University of Vienna, and scientists of the University of Trieste and SISSA have explored the conditions under which this phenomenon persists. The results of the study were recently published in the renowned scientific journal "PlosOne".

Novel NUS Technique Strengthens Building Structures Using Wood Waste

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 01:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageResearchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found an innovative and environmental-friendly technique to enhance building structures. The new method, which incorporates biochar recycled from saw dust into cement, improves the strength and water tightness of mortar and concrete, and offers an alternative use to the large volume of wood waste produced in Singapore.

Tiny Probe Can See and Take Body Temperatures

Posted: 12 Apr 2018 12:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageUniversity of Adelaide researchers have invented a world-first tiny fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body. The probe may help researchers find better treatments to prevent drug-induced overheating of the brain, and potentially refine thermal treatment for cancers.

Scripps Oceanographer Lynne Talley Available to Comment on the Topic of Atlantic Ocean Circulation

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 03:05 PM PDT

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Automating Personal Safety with Wearable Smart Jewelry

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 02:30 PM PDT

Newswise image The Smart Bracelet, designed by UAB researchers, automatically detects signs of physical assault and alerts emergency personnel of the user's location.

Sending Electrons on a Roller-Coaster Ride

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 02:05 PM PDT

Newswise imageA first-of-its-kind X-ray instrument for frontier research with high-brightness X-rays is now in operation at Argonne National Laboratory. The new device uses a unique superconducting technology that speeds electrons on a path much like that of a roller coaster.

World-Recognized UF Termite Bait Inventor Chosen for Pest Management Hall of Fame

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 02:05 PM PDT

Newswise imageWorld-renowned University of Florida entomologist Nan-Yao Su came up with the idea for a termite-baiting system when he was a graduate student. Now, his peers in the pest management industry are recognizing Su for the global success of his invention, known as Sentricon(r).

CMI Expands Research in Tech Metals as Rapid Growth in Electric Vehicles Drives Demand for Lithium, Cobalt

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 01:30 PM PDT

Newswise imageAs increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt (ingredients in lithium-ion batteries), the Critical Materials Institute will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements.

UCI Earth System Science J. Keith Moore Available to Comment on Research Related to Atlantic Ocean Currents, Climate Change, and Fisheries

Posted: 11 Apr 2018 01:15 PM PDT