Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 19, 2006
A quantum (computer) step
A University of Utah physicist took a step toward developing a superfast computer based on the weird reality of quantum physics by showing it is feasible to read data stored in the form of the magnetic

Chemical exchanges show wasps are bad losers
Wasps have more than just a sting in their tail according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, they also carry the insect version of pepper spray in their heads, which they can release when fighting other wasps.

Project to document ethical issues in asylum seeker treatment
A new project at Monash University is documenting the significant ethical dilemmas faced by medical and other health care practitioners working in Australia's asylum seeker system.

Optical technique provides improved 'virtual biopsies' of internal surfaces
A new optical imaging technique, developed at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, can provide three-dimensional microscopic views of the inner surfaces of blood vessels and gastrointestinal organs.

Fighting like a girl or boy determined by gene in fruit flies
Fighting like a girl or fighting like a boy is hardwired into fruit fly neurons, according to a study in the November 19 Nature Neuroscience advance online publication by a research team from Harvard Medical School and the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna.

Women are diagnosed with PTSD more than men, says research
Males experience more traumatic events on average than do females, yet females are more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a review of 25 years of research reported in the November issue of Psychological Bulletin, published by the American Psychological Association.
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