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Science Current Events and Science News | Brightsurf Archive (July 2019)

Science current events and science news from private research facilities, universities, government agencies and medical centers archive of articles from July, 2019.

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Week 27
Monday July 1, 2019 (120)
Tuesday July 2, 2019 (116)
Wednesday July 3, 2019 (101)
Thursday July 4, 2019 (18)
Friday July 5, 2019 (9)
Saturday July 6, 2019 (4)
Sunday July 7, 2019 (3)

Week 28
Monday July 8, 2019 (161)
Tuesday July 9, 2019 (95)
Wednesday July 10, 2019 (122)
Thursday July 11, 2019 (119)
Friday July 12, 2019 (56)
Saturday July 13, 2019 (2)
Sunday July 14, 2019 (9)

Week 29
Monday July 15, 2019 (117)
Tuesday July 16, 2019 (97)
Wednesday July 17, 2019 (119)
Thursday July 18, 2019 (104)
Friday July 19, 2019 (50)
Sunday July 21, 2019 (1)

Week 30
Monday July 22, 2019 (117)
Tuesday July 23, 2019 (97)
Wednesday July 24, 2019 (131)
Thursday July 25, 2019 (109)


Top Science Current Events and Science News from July 2019



Beat the heat
University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor Mathieu Francoeur has discovered a way to produce more electricity from heat than thought possible by creating a silicon chip, also known as a 'device,' that converts more thermal radiation into electricity. (2019-07-10)
Holy crocodiles
Sebastian Brackhane of the University of Freiburg has researched the cultural status of the reptiles in East Timor. (2019-07-02)
Outcompeting cancer
Suppressing the capacity of tumors to destroy the healthy tissue that surrounds them is essential for fighting cancer-induced morbidity and mortality. (2019-07-24)
Sloppy sea urchins
Marine scientists discover an important, overlooked role sea urchins play in the kelp forest ecosystem. (2019-07-10)
Species on the move
A total of 55 animal species in the UK have been displaced from their natural ranges or enabled to arrive for the first time on UK shores because of climate change over the last 10 years (2008-2018) -- as revealed in a new study published today by scientists at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London). (2019-07-18)
Living components
Programmable structural dynamics successful for first time in self-organizing fiber structures (2019-07-22)
Drilling deeper
A new study shows Americans are drilling deeper than ever for fresh water. (2019-07-22)
Coupled proteins
Researchers from Heidelberg University and Sendai University in Japan used new biotechnological methods to study how human cells react to and further process external signals. (2019-07-01)
Nutritional supplements and diets not always protective, WVU research suggests
Do the nutritional supplements people take or the diets they adhere to actually protect them against cardiovascular problems and death? (2019-07-08)
Saving Beethoven
An optimized version of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system prevents hearing loss with no detectable off-target effects in so-called Beethoven mice, which carry a mutation that causes profound hearing loss in humans and mice alike. (2019-07-03)
Bacteria-killing gel heals itself while healing you
McMaster researchers have developed a novel new gel made entirely from bacteria-killing viruses. (2019-07-25)
Favorable five-year survival reported for patients with advanced cancer treated with the immunotherapy
A research team led by experts at the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center reports favorable five-year survival rates from the first multidose clinical trial of the immunotherapy drug nivolumab (anti-PD-1) as a treatment for patients whose previous therapies failed to stem their advanced melanoma, renal cell carcinoma (RCC) or non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). (2019-07-25)
Microbial manufacturing: Genetic engineering breakthrough for urban farming
Researchers at DiSTAP, SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a new technology that revolutionises the creation of genetic material, enabling drastically accelerated genetic engineering of microbes that can be used to manufacture chemicals used for urban farming. (2019-07-25)
Prediction tool from Kaiser Permanente researchers may identify patients at risk for HIV
Researchers have developed a new analytical tool that identifies people at risk of contracting HIV so they may be referred for preventive medication. (2019-07-08)
One or the other: Why strength training might come at the expense of endurance muscles
The neurotransmitter brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) acts in the muscle, so that during strength training endurance muscle fiber number is decreased. (2019-07-25)
What is association of radioactive iodine treatment for overactive thyroid with risk of cancer death?
Radioactive iodine has been used since the 1940s to treat hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid. (2019-07-01)
HIV spreads through direct cell-to-cell contact
The spread of pathogens like the HI virus is often studied in a test tube, i.e. in two-dimensional cell cultures, even though it hardly reflects the much more complex conditions in the human body. (2019-07-25)
Exposure to common chemicals in plastics linked to childhood obesity
Exposure to common chemicals in plastics and canned foods may play a role in childhood obesity, according to a study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2019-07-25)
UC San Diego cancer scientists identify new drug target for multiple tumor types
A dysfunctional enzyme involved in building cancer cell membranes helps fuel tumor growth; when it's disabled or depleted in mouse models, tumors shrank significantly. (2019-07-11)
Multiple dosing of long-acting rilpivirine in a model of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis
A long-acting antiretroviral agent such as rilpivirine could further improve pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), already shown to be safe and effective at preventing AIDS in high risk populations, as it could overcome problems with poor medication adherence. (2019-07-25)
Springer Nature publishes study for a CERN next generation circular collider
Back in January, CERN released a conceptual report outlining preliminary designs for a Future Circular Collider (FCC), which if built, would have the potential to be the most powerful particle collider the world over. (2019-07-24)
NASA finds one burst of energy in weakening Depression Dalila
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite found just a small area of cold clouds in thunderstorms within weakening Tropical Depression Dalila, enough to maintain it as a tropical cyclone. (2019-07-25)
Virginia Tech researchers lead breakthrough in quantum computing
A team of Virginia Tech chemistry and physics researchers have advanced quantum simulation by devising an algorithm that can more efficiently calculate the properties of molecules on a noisy quantum computer. (2019-07-25)
Corals in Singapore likely to survive sea-level rise: NUS study
Marine scientists from the National University of Singapore found that coral species in Singapore's sedimented and turbid waters are unlikely to be impacted by accelerating sea-level rise (2019-07-01)
High-performance flow batteries offer path to grid-level renewable energy storage
A low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry developed by University of Colorado Boulder researchers could one day lead to scalable grid-level storage for wind and solar energy that could help electrical utilities reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. (2019-07-25)
Gene test picks out prostate cancers that could respond to 'search-and-destroy' medicine
Testing for genetic weaknesses in repairing DNA could pick out men who may benefit from a new type of targeted nuclear medicine, a new study reports. (2019-07-22)
Study: Reducing greenhouse gas in rocky mountain region has health, financial benefits
Research by Drexel University and the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that imposing fees on energy producers that emit greenhouse gas could improve the health and financial well-being of the Rocky Mountain region. (2019-07-25)
Preclinical study of therapeutic strategy for Lafora disease shows promise
A team of scientists have designed and tested in mice a novel and promising therapeutic strategy for treating Lafora Disease (LD), a fatal form of childhood epilepsy. (2019-07-25)
Einstein's general relativity theory is questioned but still stands for now, team reports
More than 100 years after Albert Einstein published his iconic theory of general relativity, it's beginning to fray at the edges, said Andrea Ghez, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy. (2019-07-25)
More can be done to prevent children from having in-flight medical emergencies
Resources are limited on an airplane during an in-flight emergency and access to care is not always immediate. (2019-07-25)
Worm pheromones protect major crops
Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. (2019-07-25)
Slowing metabolic rate can prevent detrimental effects of genetic mutations
In a new Northwestern University study, researchers slowed mutant fruit flies' metabolic rates by 50%, and the expected detrimental effects of many mutations never manifested. (2019-07-25)
What happens when you overdose? (video)
Your body is a delicately balanced chemical system, and if you take too much of a drug you destroy that balance. (2019-07-25)
Critical heart drug too pricey for some Medicare patients
An effective drug to treat chronic heart failure may cost too much for senior citizens with a standard Medicare Part D drug plan, said a study co-authored by a John A. (2019-07-22)
Supervisors driven by bottom line fail to get top performance from employees: Baylor study
Supervisors driven by profits could actually be hurting their coveted bottom lines by losing the respect of their employees, who counter by withholding performance, according to a new study led by Baylor University. (2019-07-25)
Shark hotspots under worldwide threat from overfishing
In a groundbreaking new study published in the journal Nature, an international team of over 150 scientists from 26 countries combined movement data from nearly 2,000 sharks tracked with satellite tags. (2019-07-25)
Ten-state program increases healthy eating and physical activity at child care facilities
Nearly 1,200 child care programs in 10 states have improved their healthy eating and physical activity standards after participating in Nemours Children's Health System's National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives (NECELC) project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019-07-25)
Missile strike false alarm most stressful for less anxious Hawaiians, study finds
After learning that a warning of a missile headed to Hawaii was a false alarm, the most anxious local Twitter users calmed down more quickly than less anxious users, according to a study of tweets before, during and after the event, published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-07-25)
Preventing people from abandoning exotic pets that threatened biodiversity
Abandoning exotic pets is an ethical problem that can lead to biological invasions that threaten conservation of biodiversity in the environment. (2019-07-25)
Generic mobile phone chargers escalate risk of burn, electrocution
Electric currents generated by mobile phone chargers, particularly from lower-cost generic manufacturers, are causing serious injuries. (2019-07-25)
Preschool teachers ask children too many simple questions
When preschool teachers read books in their classrooms, the questions they ask play a key role in how much children learn, research has shown. (2019-07-25)
Terahertz imaging technique reveals subsurface insect damage in wood
Insect infestation is becoming an increasingly costly problem to the forestry industry, especially in areas experiencing increased droughts and hot spells related to climate change. (2019-07-25)
The origin and future of spam and other online intrusions
What does the future of digital spam look like, what risks could it pose to our personal security and privacy, and what can we do to fight it? (2019-07-25)
NASA's terra satellite finds tropical storm 07W's strength on the side
Wind shear can push clouds and thunderstorms away from the center of a tropical cyclone and that's exactly what infrared imagery from NASA's Terra satellite shows is happening in newly formed Tropical Storm 07W. (2019-07-25)
Tidewater glaciers: Melting underwater far faster than previously estimated?
A tidewater glacier in Alaska is melting underwater at rates upwards of two orders of magnitude greater than what is currently estimated, sonar surveys reveal. (2019-07-25)
Molecular traffic jam may underlie rare kidney disease, other protein misfolding disorders
Researchers have discovered that some protein-misfolding disorders may arise from a single, previously unrecognized cause: a jam at a specific step in a cellular shipping network called the secretory pathway, which delivers proteins either to the cell surface or one of the cell's protein-disposal systems. (2019-07-25)
How the pufferfish got its wacky spines
Pufferfish are known for their strange and extreme skin ornaments, but how they came to possess the spiky skin structures known as spines has largely remained a mystery. (2019-07-25)
Why companies should not give their customers discounts after service failures
A new study finds that price-based recovery incentives after service failures are negatively associated with the likelihood that subscribers renew their service contracts. (2019-07-25)
A tree stump that should be dead is still alive; here's why
Within a shrouded New Zealand forest, a tree stump keeps itself alive by holding onto the roots of its neighboring trees, exchanging water and resources through the grafted root system. (2019-07-25)
Current guides for starting infants on solid food may lead to overfeeding
Starting 6-month-old infants on solid food in the amounts recommended by standard feeding guides may lead to overfeeding, according to a study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-07-25)

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