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North Carolina researchers unveil a new center for evolutionary medicine
(National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)) Scientists reveal a new center, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), to foster cross-disciplinary research in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. This announcement is part of the weekend symposium, "Evolutionary synthesis, past and future," which celebrates the 10-year legacy of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). NESCent will close in June 2015.

New GSA book on 2011 Virginia earthquake goes online first
(Geological Society of America) 'Online First' is a new method of delivery for The Geological Society of America that provides online publication ahead of print for book chapters as the volume is being assembled. One of the first books to make this jump is 'The 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake, and Its Significance for Seismic Hazards in Eastern North America,' online at This volume takes a detailed look at the 2011 magnitude ~5.8 earthquake centered in Mineral, Va., USA.

Life's extremists may be an untapped source of antibacterial drugs
(Vanderbilt University) Life's extremists, a family of microbes called Archaea, may be an untapped source of new antibacterial drugs. That conclusion arises from the discovery of the first antibacterial gene in this ancient lineage.

Researchers get $1.25 million to advance carbon storage
(Clemson University) Clemson University researchers and their partners at Georgia Institute of Technology, UNAVCO and Grand Resources Inc. received a $1.25 million award from the Department of Energy to develop technology that will significantly improve the ability to monitor and safeguard geologic carbon storage.

Researchers discover natural resistance gene against spruce budworm
(Université Laval) Scientists from Université Laval, the University of British Columbia and the University of Oxford have discovered a natural resistance gene against spruce budworm in the white spruce. The breakthrough, reported in The Plant Journal, paves the way to identifying and selecting naturally resistant trees to replant forests devastated by the destructive pest.

Discovery sheds light on nuclear reactor fuel behavior during a severe event
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents.

Time-lapse photos and synched weather data unlock Antarctic secrets
(Brown University) Brown University researchers are using time-lapse photography, linked to weather data, to study climate and geological change in the Antarctic Dry Valleys.

Deep-earth carbon offers clues on origin of life on Earth
(Johns Hopkins University) Scientist reveal details about carbon deep beneath the Earth's surface and suggest ways it might have influenced the history of life on the planet.

UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials
(University of Oregon) A potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells has emerged from a collaboration of University of Oregon and industry researchers.

GPM measured Tropical Storm Adjali's rainfall before dissipation
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Moderate rainfall was occurring around the center of Tropical Storm Adjali before it dissipated, according to data from NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM satellites.

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