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Science, Stimulated: 7 Stimulus-Funded Research Projects [Slide Show]

From building robotic bees to studying real mosquitoes, these researchers were able to pursue their scientific dreams thanks to being banked by 2009 economic recovery act funding

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STIMULATING STUDY OF THE STIMULUS

One researcher figured that some of the Recovery Act money should go studying the impact of the influx itself. Amy Pienta , an associate research scientist at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, is heading up an NSF-funded project to evaluate the ramifications of the stimulus on social science research.....[ More ]

GOING VIRAL

If you were an unknown species of virus , where would you hide? That is the question Mark Young , a professor of molecular biosciences at Montana State University in Bozeman, has been occupying himself with lately.....[ More ]

HOMING IN ON HORMONE REGULATION

"A lot is known about estrogen," says Melinda Wilson , an associate professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, but "not nearly as much is known about how [it] is regulated."

She and her team are using a three-year, $591,929 NSF award to develop animal models that will help explain how estrogen receptors work in the brain over a complete life span.....[ More ]

DIGGING UP HUMANS' RESPONSE TO CLIMATE

With forecasts of sea-level rises and changing weather patterns, people today have been forewarned about some likely ramifications of climate change . But those living thousands of years ago, during the Holocene climatic optimum, could not have known what lay ahead of them and how their land—and lives—would be changing.....[ More ]

BUZZING ROBOTIC BEEHIVES

Busier than robotic dogs, or even so-called robotic vacuums, a colony of robotic bees is being built at Harvard University thanks to a $9.3-million grant from the stimulus bill. The goal? No honey-making here, but the results might be even sweeter—scientifically speaking.....[ More ]

USING LASERS TO SEE THE FOREST--AND THE TREES

Lasers can be used for all sorts of scientific pursuits, from blasting cancers to playing with plasma physics. But one team of stimulus-backed researchers, led by Qinghua Guo , an assistant professor of engineering at the University of California, Merced, is putting them to work to measure Earth's surface dynamics .....[ More ]

DEMYSTIFYING MALARIA IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Cumbersome climate change models often produce chunky intel about averages and means, which can help scientists get a handle on trends over time. But when trying to plan for specific animal or pathogen behavior in the short-term, some researchers require more detailed data.....[ More ]

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