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Trade in invasive plants is blossoming
(ETH Zurich) Every day, hundreds of different plant species -- many of them listed as invasive -- are traded online worldwide on auction platforms. This exacerbates the problem of uncontrollable biological invasions.

UT Arlington researcher developing framework to detect damage to dams from earthquakes
(University of Texas at Arlington) A UT Arlington researcher is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity.

ONR advances cutting-edge unmanned underwater vehicles at demo
(Office of Naval Research) Hundreds of people from six nations worked on unmanned underwater vehicles and mine countermeasures at the Office of Naval Research-sponsored Pax River technology demonstrations at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

Researchers discover evidence that lead exposure in mothers can affect future generation
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) A team of researchers at Wayne State University have discovered that mothers with high levels of lead in their blood not only affect the fetal cells of their unborn children, but also their grandchildren. Their study, Multigenerational epigenetic inheritance in humans: DNA methylation changes associated with maternal exposure to lead can be transmitted to the grandchildren, was published online this week in Scientific Reports.

NASA's SDO sees sun emit mid-level flare Oct. 1
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:13 p.m. EDT on Oct. 1, 2015.

Nanocellulose materials by design
(Northwestern University) New computational approach developed at Northwestern University allows researchers to design cellulose nanocomposites with optimal properties, resulting in materials that live up to their reputation.

UTA wins $1 million grant to build large-scale, arc-heated hypersonic-testing facility
(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas at Arlington aerospace engineering team will build the country's only university-based, arc-heated, hypersonic-testing facility for thermal protection systems through a new $1.01 million Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grant.

On fusion, the isotope program, the HIFU, the cosmic web, particle beam imaging, and more
(American Institute of Physics) The following articles are freely available online from Physics Today), the world's most influential and closely followed magazine devoted to physics and the physical science community. You are invited to read, share, blog about, link to, or otherwise enjoy: The stealthy rise of fusion on the west coast, the US isotope program, the origins of high-intensity focused ultrasound, probing the cosmic web, improving particle beam imaging, and more.

NASA sees Tropical Depression Choi-wan form
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression Choi-wan formed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean as NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead and captured infrared data on the developing storm.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Mujigae moving through South China Sea
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Mujigae tracked over the northern Philippines and as it entered the South China Sea, NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of the storm. NASA's RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station analyzed the storm's surface winds.

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