Research Roundup


The latest scientific discoveries, straight from members of the University Research Magazine Association. The following is a selection of the most recent stories from URMA members’ magazines.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) could be a novel risk factor for cardiovascular disease-related death among women, according to researchers at Penn State. Women with RLS had a 43 percent higher likelihood of death due to cardiovascular disease during a ten-year follow-up, compared to those without RLS. [...]
Fri, Dec 15, 2017
Source: Research at Penn State
Two zebrafish embryos
By the Department of Molecular Biology A new study indicates an essential role for a maternally inherited gene in embryonic development. The study found that zebrafish that failed to inherit specific genetic instructions from mom developed fatal defects earlier in development, even if the fish could make their own version of [...]
Fri, Dec 15, 2017
Source: Research at Princeton
August's Great American Eclipse
This summer, physics students were offered a unique opportunity to study cosmic rays during the total solar eclipse. August's Great American Eclipse brought at least a partial eclipse to most of the United States, and 14 states experienced totality, a phenomenon that occurs [...]
Fri, Dec 15, 2017
Source: Symmetry Magazine
Seventeen percent of parents in the United Kingdom allow their 13- to 14-year olds to drink alcohol, according to study results recently published by Penn State researchers. [...]
Fri, Dec 15, 2017
Source: Research at Penn State
Can companies rely on the results of one or two scientific studies to design a new industrial process or launch a new product? In at least one area of materials chemistry, the answer may be yes — but only 80 percent of the time. [...]
Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
Click to view slideshow. On Friday, December 8, 10 College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) graduate students competed in the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. There were two competitors from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), one from the Department of Agriculture (AGR), and seven from the School of [...]
Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Source: Illinois State University
New technology that could be used in self-powered smart cities of the future will soon be demonstrated at the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Electronics and Nanotechnology Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure [...]
Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
Book cover for The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, by Dava Sobel
Gravitational waves take the top spot in Symmetry writer Mike Perricone's yearly round-up of popular science books related to physics and astrophysics. In 2017, we were treated to books about gravitational waves; unsung women critical to modern astronomy; the neutrino detector at the [...]
Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Source: Symmetry Magazine
A stretchy, flexible battery developed at Binghamton University could be powered by your sweat, Newsweek reports. [...]
Mon, Dec 11, 2017
Source: Binghamton University Research
The term “fake news” has become a rhetorical weapon of choice for American politicians, angry citizens, and other critics of news media. Today, there seems to be a conscious effort to destroy the credibility of mainstream journalistic institutions via the claim of “fake news.” However, what may appear to be an [...]
Mon, Dec 11, 2017
Source: Illinois State University