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UTSA and Indiana University partner on $6.6M NSF cloud-based advanced computing systens grant
(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio is partnering with Indiana University on a $6.6 million National Science Foundation grant to build cloud-based advanced computing systems for the science and engineering community.

Clemson researcher explores how the universe creates reason, morality
(Clemson University) Recent developments in science are beginning to suggest that the universe naturally produces complexity. The emergence of life in general and perhaps even rational life, with its associated technological culture, may be extremely common, argues Clemson researcher Kelly Smith in a recently published paper in the journal Space Policy.

Warming seas decrease sea turtle basking
(Duke University) Green sea turtles may stop basking on beaches around the world within a century due to rising sea temperatures, a new study suggests. Basking helps the turtles regulate body temperature and may aid their immune system and digestion. By analyzing six years of turtle surveys and 24 years of satellite data, researchers have found the turtles bask more often when sea surface temperatures are lower. This vital behavior may cease globally by 2102 if global warming trends continue.

Boston's leaky pipes release high levels of heat-trapping methane
(Harvard University) A Harvard-led research team estimates that each year about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the Boston region's delivery system.

Pro-marijuana 'tweets' are sky-high on Twitter
(Washington University School of Medicine) Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that the 'Twitterverse' is a pot-friendly place. In that time, more than 7 million tweets referenced marijuana, with 15 times as many pro-pot tweets sent as anti-pot tweets.

Study yields surprising insights into the effects of wood fuel burning
(Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ) The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believed, according to a new Yale-led study.

Scientists set quantum speed limit
(University of California - Berkeley) The flip side of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the energy time uncertainty principle, establishes a speed limit for transitions between two states. UC Berkeley physical chemists have now proved this principle for transitions between states that are not entirely distinct, allowing the calculation of speed limits for processes such as quantum computing and tunneling. The proof puts on sound footing a relationship that most physicists use daily.

California's policies can significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions through 2030
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A new model of the impact of California's existing and proposed policies on its greenhouse gas reduction goals suggests that the state is on track to meet 2020 goals, and could achieve greater emission reductions by 2030, but the state will need to do more to reach its 2050 climate goals.

When it comes to variations in crop yield, climate has a big say
(University of Minnesota) What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate. A new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment has found that climate variability historically accounts for one-third of yield variability for maize, rice, wheat and soybeans worldwide -- the equivalent of 36 million metric tons of food each year.

BIDMC receives Commonwealth Fund grant to develop OurNotes
(Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has received a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund to develop OurNotes, an initiative to promote active patient engagement in health and illness that invites patients to contribute to their own electronic medical records.

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