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

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

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Wednesday May 1, 2019 (97)
Thursday May 2, 2019 (124)
Friday May 3, 2019 (56)
Saturday May 4, 2019 (7)
Sunday May 5, 2019 (9)

Week 19
Monday May 6, 2019 (115)
Tuesday May 7, 2019 (103)
Wednesday May 8, 2019 (113)
Thursday May 9, 2019 (124)
Friday May 10, 2019 (61)
Sunday May 12, 2019 (8)

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Monday May 13, 2019 (102)
Tuesday May 14, 2019 (117)
Wednesday May 15, 2019 (123)
Thursday May 16, 2019 (119)
Friday May 17, 2019 (45)
Saturday May 18, 2019 (3)
Sunday May 19, 2019 (1)


Top Science Current Events and Science News from May 2019



Easy on the eyes
New computer program uses artificial intelligence to determine what visual neurons like to see. (2019-05-02)
Fragmented turtles
Scientists looked at how fragmentation is affecting critically endangered Dahl's toad headed turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli) a forest-stream specialist found only in Colombia. (2019-05-09)
A question of time
Researchers show how the immune system distinguishes between self molecules and non-self molecules such as those from pathogens. (2019-05-03)
The clinical and biological significance of HER2 over-expression in breast ductal carcinoma in situ: A large study from a single institution
Upcoming publication from the British Journal of Cancer, investigating HER2 expression as a predictor of recurrence and development in patients with DCIS. (2019-05-07)
Could mouth rinse to detect HPV DNA be associated with predicting risk of head/neck cancer recurrence, death?
Researchers examined if a mouth rinse to detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA might be associated with helping to predict risk of recurrence of head and neck squamous cell cancer and death. (2019-05-02)
Aspirin before at-home colorectal cancer screening test didn't significantly improve ability to detect cancer precursors
Some observational studies have suggested that taking aspirin before undergoing colorectal cancer screening with a fecal immunochemical test for blood in stool might improve the ability of the test to detect cancer precursors. (2019-05-07)
Hopping bacteria
Scientists have long known that key models of bacterial movement in real-world conditions are flawed. (2019-05-06)
Good genes
A team of scientists from NAU, Arizona State University, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the Center for Coastal Studies in Massachusetts and nine other institutions worldwide to study potential cancer suppression mechanisms in cetaceans, the mammalian group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. (2019-05-09)
Meet the tenrecs
Researchers reviewed the conservation priorities for the 31 species of tenrec -- a poorly understood family of small mammals superficially resembling hedgehogs, found only on the island of Madagascar. (2019-05-16)
Parents unknown
Animals in hard-to-reach places, especially strange, 'unattractive,' animals, may completely escape our attention. (2019-05-13)
New scat study provides clues to puzzling existence of Humboldt martens in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
With a new scat study, researchers are chipping away at solving a biological mystery on the central Oregon coast: the existence of an isolated population of a small but fierce forest predator that makes its home in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. (2019-05-01)
Learning language
When it comes to learning a language, the left side of the brain has traditionally been considered the hub of language processing. (2019-05-07)
Tsunami signals to measure glacier calving in Greenland
Scientists have employed a new method utilizing tsunami signals to calculate the calving magnitude of an ocean-terminating glacier in northwestern Greenland, uncovering correlations between calving flux and environmental factors such as air temperature, ice speed, and ocean tides. (2019-05-08)
'I'm here for breast cancer. Why are you talking to me about my heart?'
Many physicians are not telling cancer patients about the cardiotoxicity risks of treatments and may not be fully aware of the dangers themselves. (2019-05-04)
These trippy images were designed by AI to super-stimulate monkey neurons
To find out which sights specific neurons in monkeys 'like' best, researchers designed an algorithm, called XDREAM, that generated images that made neurons fire more than any natural images the researchers tested. (2019-05-02)
Excessive use of skin cancer surgery curbed with awareness effort
Sometimes a little gentle peer persuasion goes a long way toward correcting a large problem. (2019-05-05)
Uncovering a 5000-year-old family tragedy
An international team, lead by researchers from the universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, has shed light on a mysterious 5000-year-old mass grave in Poland. (2019-05-10)
Artificial intelligence could prevent unneeded tests in patients with stable chest pain
Artificial intelligence (AI) could prevent unnecessary diagnostic tests in patients with stable chest pain, according to research presented today at ICNC 2019. (2019-05-12)
IPBES: Nature's dangerous decline 'unprecedented,' species extinction rates 'accelerating'
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (April 29-May 4) in Paris. (2019-05-06)
Exercise may improve memory in heart failure patients
Two-thirds of patients with heart failure have cognitive problems, according to research presented today at EuroHeartCare 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). (2019-05-04)
Heart damage from preterm birth may be corrected with exercise in young adulthood
Heart abnormalities caused by premature birth may be corrected with exercise in young adulthood, according to research presented today at EuroCMR 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). (2019-05-03)
Storm water banking could help Texas manage floods and droughts
A study by The University of Texas at Austin has quantified the amount of water flowing in major Texas rivers during heavy rains and found that there is enough room in coastal aquifers to store most of it. (2019-05-10)
Older fathers put health of partners, unborn children at risk, Rutgers study finds
Men who delay starting a family have a ticking 'biological clock' -- just like women -- that may affect the health of their partners and children, according to Rutgers researchers. (2019-05-12)
Twitter image colors and content could help identify users with depression, anxiety
Penn study shows users who score high on a depression and anxiety survey often post photos that are less aesthetically appealing, less vivid in color or display little depth of field (2019-05-15)
Program involving community volunteers shows promise for reducing health care use by seniors
Incorporating community volunteers into the health care system shows promise in reducing health care usage by older adults and shifting health care from hospitals to primary care, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-05-06)
Opioid doctor and pharmacy 'shoppers' may also shop at home, study finds
As states crack down on doctor and pharmacy 'shopping' by people who misuse opioids, a new study reveals how often those individuals may still be able to find opioids to misuse in their family medicine cabinets. (2019-05-10)
Fitness may affect risk of lung, colorectal cancer and survival likelihood after diagnosis
In a recent CANCER study, adults who were the most fit had the lowest risk of developing lung and colorectal cancer. (2019-05-06)
Technology could help reduce exploitation of traditional weavers in Malaysia
An interdisciplinary team of researchers studied the supply chain of the songket fabric market in the Malaysian state of Terengganu. (2019-05-04)
Children and teens who drink low-calorie sweetened beverages do not save calories
US children and teens who consumed low-calorie or zero-calorie sweetened beverages took in about 200 extra calories on a given day compared to those who drank water, and they took in about the same number of calories as youth who consumed sugary beverages, according to a new study. (2019-05-02)
Being wise is good for your health -- review looks at emerging science of wisdom
Can science measure what it means to be wise? A growing body of evidence suggests that wisdom is a complex concept that contributes to mental health and happiness, according to a review in the May/June issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. (2019-05-14)
Clinicians could prescribe fitness apps to help cancer survivor's exercise
Fitness apps could be prescribed by clinicians to help patients recovering from cancer increase their physical activity levels, new research in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship reports. (2019-05-15)
Philadelphia's sweetened drink sales drop 38% after beverage tax
One year after Philadelphia passed its beverage tax, sales of sugary and artificially sweetened beverages dropped by 38% in chain food retailers, according to Penn Medicine researchers who conducted one of the largest studies examining the impacts of a beverage tax. (2019-05-14)
A genomic tour-de-force reveals the last 5,000 years of horse history
Each year on the first Saturday in May, Thoroughbred horses reach speeds of over 40 miles per hour as they compete to win the Kentucky Derby. (2019-05-02)
Solvent additive-free ternary polymer solar cells with 16.27% efficiency
Recently, ternary PSCs with 16.27% efficiency were reported by Fujun Zhang's group, which has been published on the Science Bulletin in the form of Short Communication. (2019-05-14)
Stephenson Cancer Center physician is senior author on major study
A gynecologic oncologist at the Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine was a national leader of a newly published research study that reveals good news for women with ovarian cancer -- longer survival times plus a treatment option that causes fewer difficult side effects. (2019-05-03)
A step for a promising new battery to store clean energy
Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. (2019-05-13)
Brain imaging lie detector can be beaten with simple techniques, research shows
This is a peer-reviewed observational study conducted in humans. Researchers have shown that a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) 'lie detector' test, which measures brain activity, can be 'deceived' by people using mental countermeasures. (2019-05-03)
AI can detect depression in a child's speech
A machine learning algorithm can detect signs of anxiety and depression in the speech patterns of young children, potentially providing a fast and easy way of diagnosing conditions that are difficult to spot and often overlooked in young people. (2019-05-06)
Hotspot in the genome may drive psychosis in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
A newly identified epigenetic hotspot for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may give scientists a fresh path forward for devising more effective treatments and biomarker-based screening strategies. (2019-05-03)
Bottom-up approach can synthesize microscopic diamonds for bioimaging, quantum computing
In a paper published May 3 in Science Advances, researchers at the University of Washington, the US Naval Research Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they can use extremely high pressure and temperature to introduce specific types of chemical elements into the crystal lattice of nanodiamonds -- giving the microscopic diamonds properties that could be useful for cell and tissue imaging, as well as quantum communication and quantum computing. (2019-05-03)
FDA independence in an age of partisan politics
Unlike other federal agencies, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -- the oldest federal consumer protection agency -- has been increasingly subjected to creeping politicization and a progressive loss of independence under the glare of partisan politics. (2019-05-16)
Study shows people fail to recognise male postnatal depression
A new study shows that people are almost twice as likely to correctly identify signs of postnatal depression in women than in men. (2019-05-13)
A new method to select the right treatment for advanced prostate cancer
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified blood-based biomarkers that may determine which patients will benefit from continued hormonal therapy for advanced prostate cancer. (2019-05-02)
Philadelphia beverage tax associated with higher prices, reduced sales
A few US cities have instituted beverage taxes on sweetened drinks to generate revenue and to reduce consumption of these drinks because of their association with obesity and poor health. (2019-05-14)
Study explores the use of robots and artificial intelligence to understand the deep-sea
Artificial intelligence (AI) could help scientists shed new light on the variety of species living on the ocean floor, according to new research led by the University of Plymouth. (2019-05-10)
Induced labor not more expensive to health care system than spontaneous labor
The results of a joint study between University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare show inducing labor one week early costs the same as waiting for spontaneous labor. (2019-05-03)
Private health plans pay hospitals 2.4 times what Medicare would pay
Hospital costs account for nearly half of all personal health spending for the privately insured, but relatively is known about how much more the privately insured pay hospitals relative to Medicare patients. (2019-05-09)
Can recreational sports really make you a better student?
A new Michigan State University study adds to growing evidence that participating in recreational sports not only can help improve grades while attending college, but it also can help students return for another year. (2019-05-10)
No developmental differences in children conceived via assisted reproductive technology
A study comparing developmental milestones of children conceived via ART and spontaneously conceived children showed both groups achieved developmental milestones in a similar timeline. (2019-05-08)
Early-stage detection of Alzheimer's in the blood
Using current techniques, Alzheimer's disease, the most frequent cause of dementia, can only be detected once the typical plaques have formed in the brain. (2019-05-03)

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