Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 09, 2005
Viagra's hidden help for wildlife
Chinese men are selectively switching from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction, but sticking with tradition for ailments such as arthritis, indigestion and gout, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Conservation.

Shorter colds, milder flu may follow from newly revealed immune mechanism
Enlisted to help fight viral infections, immune cells called macrophages consume virus-infected cells to stop the spread of the disease in the body.

Same-sex mating by fungi spawned infection outbreak, evidence suggests
Same-sex mating between two less harmful yeast strains might have spawned an outbreak of disease among otherwise healthy people and animals on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Howard Hughes Medical Institute geneticists at Duke University Medical Center have reported.

New GM mosquito sexing technique is step towards malaria control, report scientists
Scientists have genetically modified male mosquitoes to express a glowing protein in their gonads, in an advance that allows them to separate the different sexes quickly.

Research Australia unveils top 12 issues threatening our children's health
Alarming levels of poorer health within indigenous children and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds tops a new list of 12 major issues threatening the future health of the nation.

UCLA engineers pioneer affordable alternative energy-solar energy cells made of everyday plastic
With oil and gas prices in the United States hovering at an all-time high, interest in renewable energy alternatives is again heating up.

Scientists pinpoint inflammation gene
A team of international researchers has discovered that a specific gene on chromosome 15 regulates inflammation, a finding with implications for a wide range of disorders, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's, and infections.

Scientists unravel how the Brits may have struck gold in Olympic sailing
A study led by UCL (University College London) scientists has unravelled the physical mechanism behind the poorly understood weather phenomenon of coastal wind jets - which are thought to have helped the British sailing team strike gold at the Olympics.
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