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New analysis suggests body size increase did not play a role in the origins of Homo genus
(George Washington University) A new analysis of early hominin body size evolution led by a George Washington University professor suggests that the earliest members of the Homo genus (which includes our species, Homo sapiens) may not have been larger than earlier hominin species.

The dream team
(University of California - Santa Barbara) The question has likely occurred at one time or another to every group leader, from heads of family to heads of state: How do I get my team to adapt to new and changing goals without diminishing its performance?

Protein machines make fluctuating flows unconsciously
(Hiroshima University) An international research group has demonstrated that protein machines, regardless of their specific functions, can collectively induce fluctuating hydrodynamic flows and substantially enhance the diffusive motions of particles in the cell.

Ants in the lead
(Weizmann Institute of Science) A physics-based model can explain how ants cooperate in steering food to their nest.

Bio-inspired robots jump on water
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) By studying how water striders jump on water, Je-Sung Koh and colleagues have created a robot that can successfully launch itself from the surface of water.

Forecasting flu outbreaks in a subtropical climate
(PLOS) Worldwide, influenza kills an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 people each year. A new study publishing in PLOS Computational Biology has shown that for the first time it is possible to predict the timing and intensity of influenza outbreaks in subtropical climates, such as Hong Kong, where flu seasons can occur at irregular intervals year-round.

Computer model forecasts flu outbreaks in a subtropical climate
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the School of Public Health of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong have shown for the first time that it is possible to predict the timing and intensity of influenza outbreaks in subtropical climates like Hong Kong where flu seasons can occur at different times and more than once during a year. Results appear online in PLOS Computational Biology.

Playing 'tag' with pollution lets scientists see who's 'it'
(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Using a climate model that can tag sources of soot and track where it lands, researchers have determined which areas around the Tibetan Plateau contribute the most soot -- and where. The model can also suggest the most effective way to reduce soot on the plateau, easing the amount of warming the region undergoes. The study, which appeared in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics in June, might help policy makers target pollution reduction efforts.

Eitan Tadmor receives Peter Henrici Prize
(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) The prize is awarded to Tadmor for his original, broad, and fundamental contributions to the applied and numerical analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications in areas such as fluid dynamics, image processing, and social dynamics.

SIAM prize for distinguished service to the profession awarded to Carlos Castillo-Chavez
(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Castillo-Chavez is being recognized for his extraordinary mentoring that has helped bring numerous underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students at all levels to the mathematical sciences; for his extensive research record in mathematical biology and epidemiology; for his distinguished service on numerous national committees and advisory boards at SIAM, the Mathematics Institutes, US National Science Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, and elsewhere; for his lifelong commitment to successfully promoting diversity in the applied mathematics community.

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