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Fixing a broken heart: Exploring new ways to heal damage after a heart attack

April 24, 2019 Northwestern University

For people who survive a heart attack, the days immediately following the event are critical for their longevity and long-term healing of the heart’s tissue. Now researchers at Northwestern University and University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) have designed a minimally invasive platform to deliver a nanomaterial that turns the body’s inflammatory response into a signal to heal rather than a means of scarring following a heart attack. Read more about: Fixing a broken heart: Exploring new ways to heal damage after a heart attack

Contact: Megan Fellman, 847-491-3115, fellman@northwestern.edu

Tweeting while viewing doesn't diminish TV advertising's reach and often leads to online shopping

April 4, 2019 Indiana University

People watching "social shows" like "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Bachelor" on television and simultaneously sharing their views on Twitter are more likely to be committed to the program and shop online, according to new research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Read more about: Tweeting while viewing doesn't diminish TV advertising's reach and often leads to online shopping

Contact: George Vlahakis, 812-855-0846, vlahakis@iu.edu

Sequenced genome of ancient crop could raise yields

March 4, 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thanks in part to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's James Schnable, humanity has finally gotten to know one of its oldest crops on a genetic level. Read more about: Sequenced genome of ancient crop could raise yields

Contact: James Schnable, 402-472-4540, schnable@unl.edu

Experiments underscore overlooked aspect of defending corn from pest

February 27, 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Spraying corn with one of its own defensive compounds substantially reduced colonization by aphids, according to new research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Read more about: Experiments underscore overlooked aspect of defending corn from pest

Contact: Joe Louis, 402-472-8098, joelouis@unl.edu

Link between cervical microbiome and cancer discovered

February 19, 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bacteria may play an important role in whether a woman develops cervical cancer, according to global health research newly published by scientists from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Read more about: Link between cervical microbiome and cancer discovered

Contact: Peter Angeletti, 402-472-3986, pangeletti2@unl.edu

Genes to proteins: Efforts enriching nutrition of popcorn, sorghum

February 18, 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

By doubling the levels of an essential amino acid, David Holding's team is making the crops more appealing from both dietary and economic perspectives. Read more about: Genes to proteins: Efforts enriching nutrition of popcorn, sorghum

Contact: David Holding, 402-472-1357, dholding2@unl.edu

Nebraska researchers readying revolutionary stroke treatment

January 23, 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A University of Nebraska–Lincoln research team led by Steven Barlow and Greg Bashford will soon bring to clinical trials new technology to help patients affected by cerebrovascular stroke. The research is assisted through a partnership with CHI Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha. Read more about: Nebraska researchers readying revolutionary stroke treatment

Contact: Steven Barlow, 402-472-4381, steven.barlow@unl.edu

Pre-emptive decision on post-workout snack may fight indulgence

January 21, 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers have shown that your choice of a post-workout snack may depend on when you make it. Read more about: Pre-emptive decision on post-workout snack may fight indulgence

Contact: Karsten Koehler, 402-472-7521, kkoehler3@unl.edu

Sugary stent eases suturing of blood vessels

January 11, 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska's Ali Tamayol and colleagues are using a sugar-heavy recipe to reduce the margin of error in a delicate surgical procedure. Read more about: Sugary stent eases suturing of blood vessels

Contact: Ali Tamayol, 402-472-2375, atamayol@unl.edu

Nebraska virologists discover safer potential Zika vaccine

December 20, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Husker researchers Eric Weaver, Brianna Bullard and Brigette Corder may have identified a vaccine that would defend against Zika virus without producing antibodies. Read more about: Nebraska virologists discover safer potential Zika vaccine

Contact: Eric Weaver, 402-472-1971, eweaver2@unl.edu

Study: Selfish genes can act as both makers, breakers of species

December 19, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska's Colin Meiklejohn and colleagues have shown that a selfish streak in genes known to drive species apart might occasionally bring them closer together. Read more about: Study: Selfish genes can act as both makers, breakers of species

Contact: Colin Meiklejohn, 402-472-2720, cmeiklejohn2@unl.edu

Husker research brings swine industry closer to broad virus protection

December 18, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

After eight years of gathering data from more than 1,000 pigs infected with porcine circovirus 2, Husker researchers have identified the gene associated with pigs’ susceptibility to the deadly swine disease. Read more about: Husker research brings swine industry closer to broad virus protection

Contact: Daniel Ciobanu, 402-472-8066, dciobanu@unl.edu

Husker-led team discovers 'extraordinary' Roman mosaic in Turkey

November 12, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

An archaeological team led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Michael Hoff recently unearthed a rare, second-century figural floor mosaic in the ancient Roman city of Antiochia ad Cragum on the southern coast of Turkey. Read more about: Husker-led team discovers 'extraordinary' Roman mosaic in Turkey

Contact: Michael Hoff, 402-472-5342, mhoff1@unl.edu

Study: Earth's earliest animals formed semi-complex ecosystems

October 22, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska's Peter Wagner and colleagues have concluded that ecosystems over 500 million years old featured more diversity and specialization than once thought. Read more about: Study: Earth's earliest animals formed semi-complex ecosystems

Contact: Peter Wagner, 402-472-2663, peterjwagner@unl.edu

Sealy, world-class 3D printers set to create dissolvable medical implants

October 5, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska's Michael Sealy has two screws in his left elbow — and a plan to make permanent medical implants like his a remnant of the past. Read more about: Sealy, world-class 3D printers set to create dissolvable medical implants

Contact: Michael Sealy, 402-472-1659, sealy@unl.edu

Technique expands circuitry to curved, textured surfaces

September 24, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

With the help of some microscopic canals, squishy materials and chemistry, Nebraska’s Stephen Morin is throwing a curve into the normally flat landscape of circuitry. Read more about: Technique expands circuitry to curved, textured surfaces

Contact: Stephen Morin, 402-472-4608, smorin2@unl.edu

University of Nebraska to create Space Law Network

September 24, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska has received a $250,000 NASA Space Law pilot-program grant to create a nationwide network of students, faculty and practitioners interested in space law and policy. Read more about: University of Nebraska to create Space Law Network

Contact: Elsbeth Magilton, 402-472-1662, elsbeth@unl.edu

Nebraska researchers eye link between cognitive abilities, weight

September 20, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Timothy Nelson, associate professor of psychology at Nebraska, is studying how certain cognitive processes that develop throughout childhood affect health behaviors during adolescence and beyond. His research could lead to novel interventions to prevent and treat obesity. Read more about: Nebraska researchers eye link between cognitive abilities, weight

Contact: Timothy Nelson, 402-472-7707, tnelson3@unl.edu

'Optical rocket' created with intense laser light

September 14, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A research team led by Nebraska's Donald Umstadter has confirmed a theory that plasma electrons within the path of intense laser light pulses are almost instantly accelerated to almost the speed of light. Read more about: 'Optical rocket' created with intense laser light

Contact: Donald Umstadter, 402-472-8115, donald.umstadter@unl.edu

Written in pollen: Study reveals deathbed detail of 17th-century duchess

September 12, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Pollen grains and an electron microscope helped Husker researchers identify what Vittoria della Rovere took to ease her discomfort in her dying hours. Read more about: Written in pollen: Study reveals deathbed detail of 17th-century duchess

Contact: Karl Reinhard, 402-875-2863, kreinhard1@unl.edu

Researchers at Nebraska to lead largest drone-based study of storms

September 6, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been named leader of the TORUS project, the most ambitious investigation of severe storms and tornadoes using drones ever conducted. Read more about: Researchers at Nebraska to lead largest drone-based study of storms

Contact: Adam Houston, 402-472-2416, ahouston2@unl.edu

Research shows drug access the same in urban, rural areas

July 30, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Popular media often depict illicit drug use as an urban problem, but new University of Nebraska–Lincoln research shows access to illegal drugs is the same, no matter where a person lives. Read more about: Research shows drug access the same in urban, rural areas

Contact: Patrick Habecker, 402-472-8320, phabecker2@unl.edu

Team shatters theoretical limit on bio-hydrogen production

July 25, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Husker researchers have engineered a bacterium that produces more hydrogen than any before it — a breakthrough in the effort to scale up production of the clean-burning fuel. Read more about: Team shatters theoretical limit on bio-hydrogen production

Contact: Raghuveer Singh, 352-214-9540, raghuveer@huskers.unl.edu

'Molecular movie' captures chemical reaction on atomic scale

July 5, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska's Martin Centurion and colleagues have captured the clearest glimpse yet of a photochemical reaction – the type of light-fueled molecular transformations responsible for photosynthesis, vision and the ozone layer. Read more about: 'Molecular movie' captures chemical reaction on atomic scale

Contact: Martin Centurion, 402-472-5810, martin.centurion@unl.edu

115 years of data reveal longer U.S. growing season, temp trends

June 29, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The past century of climate change has extended the average U.S. growing season by nearly two weeks but driven annual buildups of yield-stifling heat in the West and Northeast, says new research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Read more about: 115 years of data reveal longer U.S. growing season, temp trends

Contact: Suat Irmak, 402-472-4865, suat.irmak@unl.edu

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