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Architectural Digest -

The first new blue to be discovered in 200 years is now available as a paint

More than a decade after OSU chemist Mas Subramanian's unexpected discovery, artists, architects, and designers can now officially get their hands on humanity’s newest shade of blue.
Eurasia Review -

Songbirds exposed to lead-contaminated water show telltale signs about human impacts

Assistant professor Jamie Cornelius has contributed to a study documenting the impacts on songbirds exposed to pollution, studying blood lead levels in songbirds living in parks in and around Flint, Michigan.
New York Times -

It’s Not Every Day We Get a New Blue

In 2009, materials chemist Mas Subramanian developed the first new blue in more than 200 years. Now YInMn blue is available for artists and commercial users around the world.
Artnet News -

The first blue pigment discovered in 200 Years is finally commercially available. Here’s why it already has a loyal following

Developed by OSU chemist Mas Subramanian, YInMn Blue’s has generated a massive following that stems in part from its high opacity, which means you don’t need to apply much of it to get a good coating. It also has unusual hyper-spectral properties, reflecting most infrared radiation, which keeps the pigment cool.
Spectrum -

Study hints at microbiome differences in children with autism

Children with autism may have a subtly different set of bacteria in their gut than their non-autistic siblings, according to unpublished data presented virtually by microbiology assistant professor Maude David at the 2021 Society for Neuroscience Global Connectome.
Scientific American -

These Nine Women Should Have Key Roles in the New Administration

An op-ed on the acclaimed science journal lists OSU Distinguished Professor Jane Lubchenco as one of nine women who should serve key roles in Biden's administration. Formerly the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), they believe she is an ideal candidate for the White House Science Advisor.
Daily Mail -

'New' species of flower is discovered in a shard of amber in Myanmar 100 million years after it blossomed

Paleontologist George Poinar Jr. has identified a new species of angiosperm, or flowering plant, from the Cretaceous Period that was preserved in a shard of amber found in what is now Myanmar.
Sci News -

99-Million-Year-Old Fossil Flower Found Encased in Burmese Amber

Paleontologist George Poinar Jr. has discovered a beautiful new species of flower that existed over 99 million years ago on the super continent of Gonwana.
Scientific American -

Biden Should Restore the Role of Science in the U.S. Government

Distinguished Professor Jane Lubchenco underlines four ways the Biden Administration can embrace science and explain to the world why it matters.

Sunflower sea stars declared critically endangered on West Coast

One of the largest sea star species in the world has been listed as critically endangered on Thursday after a global study shows the species population has been decimated by a marine epidemic.
AZOCleantech -

Study Offers Fresh Insight to the Fight to Save Earth’s Embattled Coral Reefs

According to a new study by Oregon State University (OSU), corals that seem healthy are more likely to get sick when they become home to excessive parasitic bacteria.
Food Navigator -

Could animal-based diets actually ‘mitigate risk’ of cardiovascular disease?

An astonishing new study led by OSU microbiology head Steve Giovannoni suggests that common gut bacterium linked to animal protein consumption might help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Oceanographic Magazine -

Scientists shed new light on role of viruses in coral bleaching

Microbiologist Rebecca Vega Thurber and Ph.D. candidate Adriana Messyasz have led a project comparing viral metagenomes of coral colony pairs during a minor 2016 bleaching event in French Polynesia.
Live Science -

What is RNA?

Article cites "An Introduction to Molecular Biology," a book written by OSU biochemistry professor Phil McFadden. RNA is more than just DNA's lesser-known relative - it plays an essential role in turning genetic information into proteins.
Science Daily -

Scientists shed new light on viruses' role in coral bleaching

Scientists have shown that viral infection is involved in coral bleaching - the breakdown of the symbiotic relationship between corals and the algae they rely on for energy.
BBC News -

The rats evicted from paradise

Up until the 20th century, Palmyra was an isolated and tranquil atoll in the Pacific, until visiting ships introduced rats and invasive palms to the island's ecosystem. By the end of the century, the island was nearly unrecognizable - and an unexpected problem had emerged. The article interviews Rebecca Vega Thurber, an "expert in marine ecosystems," on the link between missing seabirds and declining coral populations.

Oregon State researcher IDs 4 new species of wasp that lived 25 million years ago

George Poinar Jr., an international expert on using life forms trapped in amber to learn about the ecology of Earth millions of years ago, has identified 4 new species of parasitic, cockroach-killing ensign wasps that lived up to 25 million years ago.
Faculty Focus -

Grading Exams: How Gradescope Revealed Deeper Insights into Our Teaching

Faculty Focus, an online teaching resource currently ranked as #8 in the Teach100 daily rankings of education blogs, has highlighted the innovative teaching strategies that OSU's math department is enlisting to teach large classes such as College Algebra.
FOX 12 -

Evidence of COVID-19 found in wastewater samples at Oregon State University

Starting Wednesday, OSU's TRACE-COVID-19 team has been testing up to 1,000 faculty, students and staff at the OSU Corvallis campus each week, as well as collecting wastewater samples. Epidemiologist Benjamin Dalziel, who has co-led the project, contributes to the report.
Science News -

A tiny crustacean fossil contains roughly 100-million-year-old giant sperm

A newfound collection of ostracods preserved in amber reveals that megasperm - giant sperm that in extreme cases may be over three times the adult body length - dates back to at least about 100 million years ago during the time of the dinosaurs. Article quotes OSU affiliate professor George Poinar, a prolific entomologist and paleontologist.

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