NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has spotted its first exoplanet and captured an image of a star-filled southern sky. The exoplanet, Pi Men c, is about 60 light-years from Earth and is likely filled with materials having a density comparable to pure water, according to findings published on arXiv.org.
A newly identified parvovirus with genomic traits similar to viruses that affect pigs, bats and rats causes a previously unexplained renal disease in middle-aged lab mice, researchers reported in Cell. The virus could cause variation in experimental outcomes, but it could also be useful in kidney research, says lead author Ben Roediger.
A chemically modified version of arylomycin pierces the wall of Gram-negative bacteria and binds to an enzyme in the inner membrane of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii obtained from patients, researchers reported in Nature. In mice, the new molecule prevented infection by six strains of four different Gram-negative bacteria, and it showed no signs of toxicity in mammalian cells.
Canada's Molson Foundation has presented St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the Montreal Heart Institute with $1.93 million to study women's cardiovascular health. Funds will go toward studies focusing on sex-related heart disease factors.
The Heinz Family Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to environmental psychologist Ming Kuo of the University of Illinois. Kuo studies how green spaces affect health, crime rates and child development in urban areas.
A Maryland school district is partnering with Cecil College to offer a daylong science, technology, engineering and math event for middle-school girls. Participants will learn about STEM topics and careers from women professionals to encourage girls to consider STEM fields, said Frank Cardo, the district's science and STEM coordinator.
Some Massachusetts high-school students are receiving hands-on experience in dental science through an eight-week internship program offered by the nonprofit Forsyth Institute in Cambridge. Students conduct experiments alongside researchers and then present their findings to scientists and staff of the institute, which works on oral health issues.
Developers are working to transform manufacturing and industrial spaces across the country into logistics and fulfillment locations to meet changing consumer buying habits. Logistics is also filling the employment void from the manufacturing industry, which has lost nearly 640,000 jobs in the past 10 years, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
High-school students in a North Carolina district are gaining workforce experience and training through a pre-apprenticeship program. Students who enroll in the program take college courses and gain experience working directly with employers.
Scientists examining topographical maps created from Dawn space probe data have found evidence of what were once 22 ice volcanoes on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, according to findings published in Nature Astronomy. Researchers estimate the cryovolcanoes erupted for billions of years before flattening as they aged.