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Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:40:15 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: BU Scientists Release Alarming Data on Regional Bat Populations

BU Scientists Release Alarming Data on Regional Bat Populations
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:17:00 -0500

biology graphic The little brown myotis, once among the most common bat species in North America, may be extinct in the northeastern United States within the next 16 to 20 years or so, according to Winifred F. Frick and colleagues. First discovered in New York State, white-nose syndrome is spreading rapidly across eastern North America and currently affects seven bat species.

Full story at http://128.197.26.3/phpbin/news/releases/display.php?id=2111&template=research-dev

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Boston University


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Message: 2
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:40:16 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Bats Facing Regional Extinction From Rapidly Spreading Disease

Bats Facing Regional Extinction From Rapidly Spreading Disease
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:15:00 -0500

white fungus on bats A new infectious disease spreading rapidly across the northeastern United States has killed millions of bats and is predicted to cause regional extinction of a once-common bat species, according to the findings of University of California, Santa Cruz, researcher Winifred F. Frick.

Full story at http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/text.asp?pid=3957

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University of California, Santa Cruz


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Message: 3
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:40:16 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: UT Professor Uncovers Clues into How Viruses Jump from Hosts

UT Professor Uncovers Clues into How Viruses Jump from Hosts
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:17:00 -0500

bats HIV-AIDS. SARS. Ebola. Bird flu. Swine flu. Rabies. These are emerging infectious diseases where the viruses have jumped from one animal species into another and now infect humans. This is a phenomenon known as cross-species transmission, and scientists are working to determine what drives it. Gary McCracken, a professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of these scientists and has made a groundbreaking discovery into how viruses jump from host to host.

Full story at http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2010/08/05/viruses-jump-hosts/

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University of Tennessee at Knoxville


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Message: 4
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:40:16 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Apathetic Aphids With Attitude Become Easier Prey for Ladybugs

Apathetic Aphids With Attitude Become Easier Prey for Ladybugs
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:27:00 -0500

aphid being attacked by a ladybug Apathetic aphids--which become accustomed to ignoring genetically engineered chemical alarms in plants and alarms sent by fellow aphids--become easy prey for ladybugs. That's good news for farmers, according to researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research and Cornell University.

Full story at http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Aug10/AphidsJander.html

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Cornell University


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Message: 5
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:40:17 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: MIT Physicists Use Offshoot of String Theory to Describe Puzzling Behavior of Superconductors

MIT Physicists Use Offshoot of String Theory to Describe Puzzling Behavior of Superconductors
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:17:00 -0500

small sample of calcium copper oxide MIT physicists have now used the connection between quantum and gravitational mechanics, known as gauge/gravity duality, to describe a specific physical phenomenon--the behavior of a type of high-temperature superconductor, or a material that conducts electricity with no resistance.

Full story at http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/string-theory-0806.html

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Message: 6
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:40:17 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Popping Cells Surprise Living Circuits Creators

Popping Cells Surprise Living Circuits Creators
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:27:00 -0500

engineering graphic Duke University researchers believe the accidental finding of a circuit they call "ePop" could help increase the efficiency and power of future synthetic biology circuits.

Full story at http://news.duke.edu/2010/08/bacteria.html

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Duke University


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Message: 7
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:40:18 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Study Shows that Hitchhiking Bacteria Can Go Against the Flow

Study Shows that Hitchhiking Bacteria Can Go Against the Flow
Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:27:00 -0500

daphnia A new study, coauthored by Virginia Institute of Marine Science professor Kam Tang, reveals that tiny aquatic organisms known as "water fleas," play an important role in carrying bacteria to lake and ocean habitats that are otherwise inaccessible due to stratified density boundaries. For animals as small as bacteria, the boundary between water masses of different temperature and salinity may as well be a brick wall.

Full story at http://www.vims.edu/newsandevents/topstories/bacterial_hitchhikers.php

Source
Virginia Institute of Marine Science


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Message: 8
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:17:46 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Citizen Scientists Discover Rotating Pulsar

Citizen Scientists Discover Rotating Pulsar
Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:28:00 -0500

Photo of Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

Idle computers are the astronomers' playground: Three citizen scientists--an American couple and a German--have discovered a new radio pulsar hidden in data gathered by the Arecibo Observatory. This is the first deep-space discovery by Einstein@Home, which uses donated time from the home and office computers of 250,000 volunteers from 192 different countries. This is the first genuine astronomical discovery by a public volunteer distributed computing project. The details of their ...

More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=117500&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click


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Message: 9
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:18:50 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Extended Period of Lower Solar Activity Linked to Changes in Sun's Conveyor Belt

Extended Period of Lower Solar Activity Linked to Changes in Sun's Conveyor Belt
Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:26:00 -0500

Montage of images showing the solar cycle of the sun over a period of about 11 years.

A new analysis of the unusually long solar cycle that ended in 2008 suggests that one reason for the long cycle could be a stretching of the sun's conveyor belt, a current of plasma that circulates between the sun's equator and its poles.

The sun goes through cycles lasting approximately 11 years that include phases with increased magnetic activity, more sunspots, and more solar flares, and phases with less activity.

The level of activity on the sun can affect navigation and ...

More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=117499&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click


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Message: 10
From: National Science Foundation Update <nsf-update@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:15:41 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity (RII C2)

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Inter-Campus and Intra-Campus Cyber Connectivity (RII C2)

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