Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 13, 2004
Two billion vulnerable to floods by 2050; number expected to double or more in two generations
The number of people worldwide vulnerable to a devastating flood is expected to mushroom to 2 billion by 2050 due to climate change, deforestation, rising sea levels and population growth in flood-prone lands, warn experts at the United Nations University.

Being bilingual protects against some age-related cognitive changes, says new research
Most will agree that two heads are better than one in solving problems.

Genetic modification in mice lowers cholesterol and homocysteine by half
Scientists report that mice genetically altered so as to lack either of the two different pathways through which humans, mice, and other animals provide lipids for high density and low density lipoproteins did not appear to suffer any ill effects.

Brains at work: Learning a second language may not be as laborious as believed
Adults often struggle trying to learn a second language, but the process may not be as tedious and slow as commonly believed.

MIT technology jump-starts human embryonic stem cell work
An MIT team has developed new technology that could jump-start scientists' ability to create specific cell types from human embryonic stem cells, a feat with implications for developing replacement organs and a variety of other tissue engineering applications.
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