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Science Current Events and Science News | Brightsurf Archive (March 2018)

Science current events and science news from private research facilities, universities, government agencies and medical centers archive of articles from March, 2018.

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Week 09
Thursday March 1, 2018 (123)
Friday March 2, 2018 (41)
Saturday March 3, 2018 (2)
Sunday March 4, 2018 (3)

Week 10
Monday March 5, 2018 (120)
Tuesday March 6, 2018 (126)
Wednesday March 7, 2018 (111)
Thursday March 8, 2018 (120)
Friday March 9, 2018 (61)
Saturday March 10, 2018 (11)
Sunday March 11, 2018 (20)

Week 11
Monday March 12, 2018 (128)
Tuesday March 13, 2018 (101)
Wednesday March 14, 2018 (114)
Thursday March 15, 2018 (106)
Friday March 16, 2018 (57)
Saturday March 17, 2018 (10)
Sunday March 18, 2018 (21)

Week 12
Monday March 19, 2018 (138)
Tuesday March 20, 2018 (117)
Wednesday March 21, 2018 (122)
Thursday March 22, 2018 (137)
Friday March 23, 2018 (58)
Saturday March 24, 2018 (5)
Sunday March 25, 2018 (2)

Week 13
Monday March 26, 2018 (120)
Tuesday March 27, 2018 (105)
Wednesday March 28, 2018 (93)
Thursday March 29, 2018 (89)
Friday March 30, 2018 (32)


Top Science Current Events and Science News from March 2018



UToledo engineer creates solution to cheaper, longer lasting battery packs
The new technology called a bilevel equalizer is the first hybrid that combines the high performance of an active equalizer with the low cost of the passive equalizer. (2018-03-06)
Converting CO2 into usable energy
Scientists show that single nickel atoms are an efficient, cost-effective catalyst for converting carbon dioxide into useful chemicals. (2018-03-01)
BU study: Diagnosing Ebola before symptoms arrive
Boston University researchers studied data from 12 monkeys exposed to Ebola virus, and discovered a common pattern of immune response among the ones that got sick. (2018-03-28)
Researchers identify chemical compound that inhibits Ebola virus replication
An organic chemical compound shows effective antiviral activity against Ebola virus and several other viruses, according to a study led by Georgia State University. (2018-03-28)
Potential biomarkers in animals could signal Ebola virus infection before symptoms appear
Scientists have identified potential biomarkers in nonhuman primates exposed to Ebola virus (EBOV) that appeared up to four days before the onset of fever, according to research published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. (2018-03-28)
New test extends window for accurate detection of zika
Diagnosis of Zika infection is complex. Molecular tests for exposure are only reliable in the first two to three weeks after infection. (2018-03-06)
US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement on behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral counseling to help reduce the risk of skin cancer from ultraviolet (UV) radiation in persons ages 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types. (2018-03-20)
Racial differences in age at breast cancer diagnosis challenges use of single age-based screening guidelines
Among women in the US diagnosed with breast cancer, a higher proportion of nonwhite patients were diagnosed at younger than 50 years of age compared to white patients, suggesting that age-based screening guidelines that do not account for race may result in underscreening of nonwhite women. (2018-03-07)
'Body on a chip' could improve drug evaluation
MIT engineers have developed new technology that could be used to evaluate new drugs and detect possible side effects before they are approved for human use. (2018-03-14)
Obesity and health problems: New research on a safeguard mechanism
Obesity and health problems: Researchers at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal shed light on a safeguard mechanism. (2018-03-16)
Blood samples can soon reveal your lifestyle
People who use moist snuff 'snus' have significantly higher levels of the protein cornulin in their blood than non-snusers. (2018-03-09)
ORNL researchers design novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks
Researchers at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a novel method for more efficiently training large numbers of networks capable of solving complex science problems. (2018-03-14)
Noninvasive stimulation device can help prevent migraine attacks
A migraine is much more than just a bad headache. (2018-03-28)
Breakthrough in circuit design makes electronics more resistant to damage and defects
A paper in today's Nature Electronics details an innovation from researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York that provides robust protection against circuitry damage that affects signal transmission. (2018-03-09)
Researcher creates 'Instagram' of immune system, blending science, technology
Hollings Cancer Center researcher Carsten Krieg, Ph.D., who recently joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina, uses a machine aptly labeled Helios to create a sort of 'Instagram' of a person's immune system. (2018-03-09)
New design produces true lithium-air battery
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural-air environment and still functioned after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles. (2018-03-21)
Conservationists find birds in central African rain forest are facing major threats from bushmeat hunting
In a new study released this month, conservationists are sounding the alarm about a growing hunting crisis plaguing rainforests in central Africa. (2018-03-06)
Why people experience seasonal skin changes
A new British Journal of Dermatology study provides information that may help explain why many people experience eczema and dry skin in the winter. (2018-03-07)
Novel technology for anticancer drug delivery on demand
With the goal of minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy on healthy tissues, IBS scientists have developed novel nanocontainers able to deliver anticancer drugs at precise timing and location. (2018-03-09)
New method increases life span of donated brain tissue
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a method that enables them to use donated brain tissue from people with epilepsy for 48 hours. (2018-03-09)
Teen gamers have as many friends as non-gamers
Young digital gamers do not have fewer friends at school than their non-gamer peers, two new research articles from Uppsala University indicate. (2018-03-08)
Researchers discover experimental obesity drug prevents development of kidney stones
Copenhagen: Scientists have found that a drug connected with fat regulation prevents the formation of kidney stones in mice. (2018-03-16)
Technology-based process boosts cardiac rehab referral rates
Simply changing cardiac referral processes to opt-out rather than opt-in significantly increased referral rates, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's NCDR Annual Conference (NCDR.18) in Orlando. (2018-03-07)
New technique sheds light on body language in job interviews, sales calls, team projects
New system using infrared light tags to monitor interactions could lead to a more precise understanding of how individuals interact in social settings and can increase the effectiveness of communications coaching. (2018-03-27)
NASA visualizes the dance of a melting snowflake
NASA has produced the first three-dimensional numerical model of melting snowflakes in the atmosphere. (2018-03-29)
Provide stroke patients with palliative care support minus the label
When caring for stroke patients, health care providers should focus on the social and emotional issues facing patients, rather than only physical rehabilitation, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-03-05)
Top sports leagues heavily promote unhealthy food and beverages, new study finds
The majority of food and beverages marketed through multi-million-dollar television and online sports sponsorships are unhealthy -- and may be contributing to the escalating obesity epidemic among children and adolescents in the US. (2018-03-26)
For blind gamers, equal access to racing video games
Computer Scientist Brian A. Smith has developed the RAD -- a racing auditory display -- to enable visually impaired gamers play the same types of racing games that sighted players play with the same speed, control, and excitement as sighted players. (2018-03-06)
Colorado cannabis workers are happy, but need better safety training
Colorado State University researchers have completed a first-of-its-kind, peer-reviewed study that examines the demographics, physical environment and psychosocial aspects of working in the cannabis trade, which is now legal in some form in over half the United States, including Colorado. (2018-03-16)
Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages increase stigma for low-income groups, Aboriginal peoples
When considering taxing sugar-sweetened beverages in Canada, policy-makers should look at lessons learned from tobacco taxation, especially how taxation could increase inequalities and stigma, argues an analysis in CMAJ. (2018-03-19)
The 'architecture of life' described by computer modeling
While most of biology and medicine focus on the key roles genes and chemicals play in living systems, the spatial arrangement of the components that make up those systems and the physical forces they experience are being increasingly recognized as equally important. (2018-03-08)
The efficiency of nature-inspired metaheuristics in limited-budget expensive global optimization
Global optimization problems where evaluation of the objective function is an expensive operation arise frequently in engineering, machine learning, decision making, statistics, optimal control, etc. (2018-03-22)
New conductive coating may unlock biometric and wearable technology of the future
A team of researchers from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University have developed a mechanically robust conductive coating that can maintain performance under heavy stretching and bending. (2018-03-09)
Care providers' understanding of obesity treatment is limited
Despite the high prevalence of obesity among US adults, provision of recommended treatments for obesity remains low. (2018-03-23)
Sustainable embedded wireless systems reduce environmental impact of ICT
Renowned international scientists have presented first-level research results on the intersection of embedded systems and wireless networks at the EWSN 2018 conference. (2018-03-09)
Mandatory flu vaccines for health care workers improve rates, reduce absenteeism
Mandatory flu vaccines for health care workers improve participation by as much as 30 percent and reduce absenteeism during critical periods of patient surges by about 6 percent, findings from a multi-institutional study show. (2018-03-09)
Medicare claims show long-term prostate cancer prevention benefits of finasteride
Men who take the medication finasteride get a prostate cancer prevention benefit that can last 16 years -- twice as long as previously recorded, according to SWOG clinical trial analysis that made innovative use of Medicare data. (2018-03-20)
California mental health tax providing services to needy in L.A. County, study finds
In 2004 California voters created a special tax on people with high incomes to help pay for expanded mental health services. (2018-03-13)
Are those who help the bad good or bad? The answer depends on adaptive architectures.
Are those who help the bad good or bad? Game theoreticians reveal that the answer depends on whether the society adopts 'individualism' or 'dividualism'. (2018-03-09)
Non-invasive technology is a money-saver for heart patients needing PCI
Doctors evaluating patients for blockages in the heart are aided by having a good roadmap of the vascular terrain before they can insert stents to clear the impasse. (2018-03-10)
Stem cell 'twins' to study disease
Researchers report a new gene editing method that can modify a single DNA base in the human genome with absolute precision. (2018-03-05)
New methods find undiagnosed genetic diseases in electronic health records
Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found a way to search genetic data in electronic health records to identify undiagnosed genetic diseases in large populations so treatments can be tailored to the actual cause of the illness. (2018-03-15)
Researchers rescue embryos from brain defects by re-engineering cellular voltage patterns
Tufts University biologists have demonstrated for the first time that electrical patterns in the developing embryo can be predicted, mapped, and manipulated to prevent defects caused by harmful substances such as nicotine. (2018-03-08)
Smoking in patients with heart attack reduced with varenicline
In patients who have had a heart attack, the drug varenicline significantly reduced smoking during the following year, found a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-03-26)
Prognostic role of elevated mir-24-3p in breast cancer
Using nanostring and RNA-sequencing technologies researchers from the NYU School of Medicine, the Perlmutter Cancer Center, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School identified mi R-24-3p as a potential novel marker of breast cancer metastases in breast cancer. (2018-03-01)
E-cigarettes may be more harmful than beneficial according to evidence-based research
The popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has grown rapidly in the United States over the past decade. (2018-03-14)
'Filter' hones GWAS results to help researchers avoid dead ends
A genetics research team at Johns Hopkins Medicine has solved a dilemma facing researchers who use genomewide association studies (GWAS) by developing a new approach that strategically 'filters' which genes are worth further study. (2018-03-05)
Diabetes medicine reduces liver fat in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
In people with type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is common and can progress to a severe liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). (2018-03-19)
Heart attack protocol can improve outcomes, reduce disparities between men and women
Cleveland Clinic researchers have found that implementing a four-step protocol for the most severe type of heart attack not only improved outcomes and reduced mortality in both men and women, but eliminated or reduced the gender disparities in care and outcomes typically seen in this type of event. (2018-03-10)
Sussex research reveals brain mechanism involved in language learning
Psychologists found that when we learn the names of unfamiliar objects, brain regions involved in learning actively predict the objects the names correspond to. (2018-03-15)

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