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Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates
(University of California - Los Angeles) New UCLA brain research offers hope for patients in early stages of Alzheimer's disease that lost memories can be restored.

NASA's SDO captures images of 2 mid-level flares
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The sun emitted a mid-level flare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:58 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

Atom-thick CCD could capture images
(Rice University) A synthetic two-dimensional material known as CIS could be the basis for ultimately thin imaging devices and optical sensors.

UT Dallas professor elected to National Academy
(University of Texas at Dallas) Dr. James Coleman, a leader in the development and application of semiconductor lasers and photonic devices and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at UT Dallas, has been elected a 2014 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Securing future food supply for the developing world
(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) An interdisciplinary research project led by FAU scientists aims to determine ways to increase the total biomass and starch yield of the cassava plant. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which combats disease, hunger and poverty in the developing world, has awarded $10 million in funding over a five-year period to the project, entitled 'Metabolic engineering of carbon pathways to enhance yield of root and tuber crops.'

Making a good thing better
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab researchers carried out the first X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of a model electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries and may have found a pathway forward to improving LIBs for electric vehicles and large-scale electrical energy storage.

Yellowstone's thermal springs -- their colors unveiled
(The Optical Society) Researchers at Montana State University and Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany have created a simple mathematical model based on optical measurements that explains the stunning colors of Yellowstone National Park's hot springs and can visually recreate how they appeared years ago, before decades of tourists contaminated the pools with make-a-wish coins and other detritus. The model, and stunning pictures of the springs, appear today in the journal Applied Optics.

Ames Laboratory scientist Wang named APS Fellow
(DOE/Ames Laboratory) Ames Laboratory scientist Cai-Zhuang Wang, a senior scientist at the Ames Laboratory, was named a 2014 Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Funding ended for University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center
(University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center) Funding has not been renewed for the five-year-old University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC). UC-HiPACC fostered collaborations of astrophysicists across the UC system and three DOE labs, including attracting students and funding. 'Its loss is devastating,' says director Joel Primack. Alternative funding is now being sought. A No-Cost Extension to the grant through March 31, 2015, will support limited operations: the pioneering AGORA research effort, preparation of a five-year report, and crafting of proposals.

National Academy of Inventors publishes annual meeting proceedings
(University of South Florida (USF Innovation)) The current special issue of Technology and Innovation is devoted to presentations from the Third Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, which was held March 6-7, 2014, at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., and includes select articles from the conference, as well as a general section related to pharmacy and nanotechnology, and an additional manuscript discussing innovation in chemistry.

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