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Off-the-shelf, power-generating clothes are almost here

( University of Massachusetts at Amherst) A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientist Trisha Andrew at UMass Amherst could make one today. In a new paper this month, she and colleagues outline a way to apply breathable, pliable, metal-free electrodes to fabric and off-the-shelf clothing so it feels good to the touch and also transports enough electricity to power small electronics.

Ferring commits $10 million to March of Dimes to expand research needed to end preterm birth

( March of Dimes Foundation) Ferring Pharmaceuticals and the March of Dimes announced today that Ferring has committed $10 million to support the network of five March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers that are discovering the biological causes of preterm birth, and to establish a new European-based Center.

A new tool for discovering nanoporous materials

( Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) EPFL scientists have developed a mathematical 'face-recognition' method for identifying and discovering nanoporous materials based on their pore size.

Study identifies RNA molecule that shields breast cancer stem cells from immune system

( Princeton University) Researchers from Princeton University's Department of Molecular Biology have identified a small RNA molecule that helps maintain the activity of stem cells in both healthy and cancerous breast tissue. The study, which will be published in the June issue of Nature Cell Biology, suggests that this 'microRNA' promotes particularly deadly forms of breast cancer and that inhibiting the effects of this molecule could improve the efficacy of existing breast cancer therapies.

Discovery of an alga's 'dictionary of genes' could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine

( University of California - Los Angeles) A team of plant biologists and biochemists has produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a tiny, single-celled green alga that could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and has health implications.

NASA lab's life-saving work

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Some NASA missions fundamentally change the world of science or help win Nobel prizes, but only one saves thousands of lives worldwide every year.

3.3 million-year-old fossil reveals the antiquity of the human spine

( University of Missouri-Columbia) An international research team has found a 3.3 million Australopithecus afarensis fossilized skeleton, possessing the most complete spinal column of any early fossil human relative. The vertebral bones, neck and rib cage are mainly intact. This new research, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science demonstrates that portions of the human skeletal structure were established millions of years earlier than previously thought.

The Optical Society commemorates the rich tradition and history of Optics Letters

( The Optical Society) First launched in 1977 as as means to quickly disseminate the latest in optics research and provide the optics and photonics community with a true Letters-style publication, Optics Letters has, over the course of its long history, published influential papers in nonlinear optics, ultrafast spectroscopy, fiber optics, optical communication, and biomedical optics among other areas. This year the Journal celebrates its 40th anniversary and The Optical Society (OSA) has launched a special website to highlight this milestone.

RIT team creates high-speed internet lane for emergency situations

( Rochester Institute of Technology) Rochester Institute of Technology are developing a faster and more reliable way to send and receive large amounts of data through the internet. By a creating a new network protocol, called Multi Node Label Routing protocol, researchers are essentially developing a new high-speed lane of online traffic, specifically for emergency information.

A leap for 3-D printing

( University of California - Santa Barbara) Tresa Pollock receives a $3 million Department of Defense fellowship to develop a platform for printing with new extreme-use materials

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