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UF/IFAS Researchers to Present Forest Biotechnology Promise at National Conference

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Jiri Hulcr, an assistant professor of forest resources and conservation at UF/IFAS, sees this conference as an opportunity for the UF/IFAS forest entomology team to disseminate innovative solutions to maintain tree health. “Exploring the use of biotechnology in tree health protection is important to us, because we are increasingly running out of other options,” he said.

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Media Telebriefing: NTP Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Study: Partial Release of Findings

The associate director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) will provide an update and answer questions about a series of rodent studies on potential cancer risks from cell phone radiofrequency radiation. NTP is releasing a report of its findings in rats. These findings are available at http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/05/26/055699. The report is titled, “Report of Partial Findings From the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats (Whole Body Exposure).” Studies in mice are still underway. NTP is an interagency program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Cyborgs Closer to Becoming a Reality of Human Evolution

Our excitement with and rapid uptake of technology – and the growing opportunities for artificial brain enhancement – are putting humans more firmly on the path to becoming cyborgs, according to evolution experts from the University of Adelaide.

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NUS Engineering Team Designs Novel Multi-Field Invisible Sensor

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has invented a novel camouflage technique that effectively hides thermal and electronic sensors without compromising performance. Led by Assistant Professor Qiu Cheng-Wei from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, the team created the world’s first multifunctional camouflage shell that renders sensors invisible in both thermal and electric environments.

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Argonne-Developed Technology for Achieving Superlubricity Wins 2016 Techconnect National Innovation Award

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A Graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity that was developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has won a 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award. TechConnect is a global innovation prospecting company, delivering the most promising technologies to the world’s leading corporate, investment and government clients. Principal investigator and Argonne nanoscientist Ani Sumant accepted the award on May 22 at the TechConnect-National Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. The technology received the award because it placed in the top 15% of all submitted technologies as ranked by the TechConnect Corporate & Investment Partner Committee.

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Engineers Discover a New Gatekeeper for Light

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Imagine a device that is selectively transparent to various wavelengths of light at one moment, and opaque to them the next, following a minute adjustment. Researchers report a discovery that brings us one step closer to this imagined future.

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Physicist Egemen Kolemen awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program

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Physicist Egemen Kolemen, who has dual appointments at both Princeton University and PPPL, has been awarded funding from the DOE's Early Career Research Program. The grant, covering five years and totaling almost $850,000, will support research on how to monitor and control instabilities within fusion machines known as tokamaks.

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Antarctic Fossils Reveal Creatures Weren't Safer in the South During Dinosaur Extinction

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A study of more than 6,000 marine fossils from the Antarctic shows that the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs was sudden and just as deadly to life in the polar regions.

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Why Fruit Fly Sperm Are Giant

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In the animal kingdom, sperm usually are considerably smaller than eggs, which means that males can produce far more of them. Large numbers of tiny sperm can increase the probability of successful fertilization, especially when females mate with several males.

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U.S. Physics Team Finalists Arrive in D.C. this Week for Training

A group of 23 physics-savvy U.S. high school students are preparing for a chance to represent the U.S. Physics Team at the 2016 International Physics Olympiad. This annual event brings together student scholars from around the globe to put their knowledge and love of physics to the ultimate test. This year's Olympiad takes place July 11-17 in Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

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Tiny Wasp Sniffs Out, Picks Up 'Good Vibrations' to Battle Ash Borer

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University of Delaware researchers are working to find solutions to fight the emerald ash borer, which is devastating ash tree populations throughout the United States.

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Small Offshore Oil Spills Put Seabirds at Risk: Industry Self-Monitoring Failing

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Seabirds exposed to even a dime-sized amount of oil can die of hypothermia in cold-water regions, but despite repeated requests by Environment Canada, offshore oil operators are failing when it comes to self-monitoring of small oil spills, says new research out of York University.

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Astronomers Find Giant Planet Around Very Young Star

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In contradiction to the long-standing idea that larger planets take longer to form, U.S. astronomers today announced the discovery of a giant planet in close orbit around a star so young that it still retains a disk of circumstellar gas and dust.

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How a Huge Landslide Shaped Zion National Park

A Utah mountainside collapsed 4,800 years ago in a gargantuan landslide known as a “rock avalanche,” creating the flat floor of what is now Zion National Park by damming the Virgin River to create a lake that existed for 700 years.

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Spring Snow a No-Go?

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Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study.

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Cuing Environmental Responses in Fungi

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Sensory perception lies at the heart of adaptation to changing conditions, and helps fungi to improve growth and recycle organic waste, and to know when and how to infect a plant or animal host. New results from a comparative fungal genome analysis conducted by a DOE JGI-led team shed light on the evolution of sensory perception in fungi.

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How to Make a Battery in 7 Easy Steps

Learn how researchers assemble experimental batteries at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Advanced Battery Facility.

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Researchers Have Identified Critical Factors That Determine Drought Vulnerability of Wheat, Maize

Researchers led by Lixin Wang, assistant professor of earth sciences in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, have identified critical information about the environmental variables and agronomic factors that determine the vulnerability of maize and wheat production to drought.