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Newly published research by Indiana University scientists finds that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry weather conditions. The finding suggests that models used to gauge the impact of drought on ecosystems should be refined to more accurately account for the role […]

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Good news for U.S. researchers working with big data: Starting September 1, they’ll have access to Jetstream, the first National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported cloud resource for science and engineering research. Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute is the lead institution on the five-year, $11 million NSF grant to create, implement and operate Jetstream. Designed to be […]

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The concepts originally laid out in Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” in 1859 continue to serve as a major foundation for the modern theory of evolutionary biology. In recent decades, however, biologists in previously overlooked fields such as developmental biology and ecology have made discoveries that extend the basic principles upon which Darwin’s […]

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A $900,000 grant to Indiana University from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development will fund one of the first basic science investigations into potential connections between fever and the relief of some symptoms of autism. The study, led by Jeffrey Alberts, professor, and Christopher Harshaw, […]

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Research by paleontologists at Indiana University and the University of Nebraska sheds new light on how snakes evolved their elongated, legless bodies. Hox genes, which establish the boundaries of the neck, trunk, lumbar, sacral and tail regions in birds, lizards, crocodiles and mammals, were previously thought to have been disrupted in snakes, resulting in a […]

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Indiana University professor Jonathan Raff has received a $649,000 award from the National Science Foundation to fund research into the chemistry of air pollution and climate impacts. The work will address uncertainties about how certain air pollutants — which are responsible for issues such as asthma, low visibility and climate change effects — are formed […]

Michael Reece, associate dean for research and graduate studies at IU School of Public Health-Bloomington points to new areas of research, including epidemiology.

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 The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has received a grant from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Debby Herbenick, co-director of the school’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Development and Testing of the Female Pleasure Condom.” […]

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A theoretical nuclear physicist in IU Bloomington’s College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. Jinfeng Liao, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, will receive $440,000 from the CAREER Award to continue exploring new states of matter under extreme conditions. For […]

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Scientists from Indiana University are part of a consortium that has described the transcriptome of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster in unprecedented detail, identifying thousands of new genes, transcripts and proteins. In the new work, published in the journal Nature, scientists studied the transcriptome — the complete collection of RNAs produced by a genome — […]