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The ABC's of animal speech: Not so random after all
(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.

MU initiative receives $500,000 NSF grant to augment public science education and outreach
(University of Missouri-Columbia) The National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to fund a five-year, multi-institutional initiative designed to encourage education and outreach efforts that communicate the value of taxpayers' investment in federal scientific research. 'The Broader Impacts and Outreach Network for Institutional Collaboration' program, led by the University of Missouri, will bring together professionals who help scientists convey the importance of their research to society.

Electric vehicle consumers better off with electric range under 100 miles: INFORMS study
(Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Until battery cost is cut down to $100 per kilowatt hour, the majority of US consumers for battery electric vehicles will be better off by choosing an electric vehicle with a range below 100 miles, according to a new study in the Articles in Advance section of Transportation Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding or removing a base could have much of an effect on our health. Yet, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function. It is has been difficult to detect these mutations. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists have devised a new way to analyze genome sequences that pinpoints insertions and deletions in people with diseases such as autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome.

Best in their 'Field'
(National Science Foundation) From funding the first woman to be awarded a Fields Medal to supporting several other noteworthy honorees, the National Science Foundation has invested in some of the world's best mathematical scientists, judging from those recognized at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, Korea.

Visual control of big data
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A data-visualization tool identifies sources of aberrant results and recomputes visualizations without them.

Statistical model predicts performance of hybrid rice
(University of California - Riverside) A research team led by plant geneticists at the University of California, Riverside and Huazhong Agricultural University, China, has used 'genomic prediction' to predict the performance of hybrid rice. Genomic prediction is a new technology that could potentially revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture. A statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance, the method works if the trait is heritable and reduces costs.

Longtime UCLA professor earns highest honor in applied mathematics
(University of California - Los Angeles) Stanley Osher, UCLA professor of mathematics and director of applied mathematics, today was named the third person ever to be awarded the prestigious Gauss Prize, the highest honor in applied mathematics.

Princeton's Bhargava receives Fields Medal for influential mathematicians under 40
(Princeton University) Princeton University mathematician Manjul Bhargava was awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, in recognition of his work in the geometry of numbers. The International Mathematical Union presents the medal every four years to researchers under the age of 40 based on the influence of their existing work and on their 'promise of future achievement.'

Research may lead to reliable alternative to open-heart surgery
(University of Houston) A University of Houston mathematician is leading an interdisciplinary team to improve the treatment of failing heart valves. Using recent breakthroughs in technology, such as 3-D human organ printing, Suncica Canic's collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital could lead to a reliable alternative to open-heart surgery. Named to the 2014 Society of Industry and Applied Mathematics Class of Fellows, Canic recently was honored at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting.

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