Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 23, 2008
Yerkes researchers identify language feature unique to human brain
Researchers have identified a language feature unique to the human brain that is shedding light on how human language evolved.

Therapeutic cloning treats Parkinson's disease in mice
Research led by investigators at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has shown that therapeutic cloning, also known as somatic-cell nuclear transfer, can be used to treat Parkinson's disease in mice.

Protein protects embryonic stem cells' versatility and self-renewal
The protein REST protects the pluripotentiality and self-renewal of embryonic stem cells by suppressing a specific microRNA.

UC Davis researchers discover how HIV turns food-poisoning into lethal infection
Nearly half of all HIV-positive African adults who become infected with Salmonella die from what otherwise would be a seven-day bout of diarrhea.

Promising new drug targets identified for Huntington's disease
Research funded by the Wellcome Trust has provided a number of promising new drug targets for Huntington's disease, a neurodegenerative disease.

K-State contributions to red flour beetle genome sequencing featured in March 27 issue of Nature
The red flour beetle, a pest of stored grain and grain products, is the best organism for studying genetics.

UM physicists show electrons can travel over 100 times faster in graphene than in silicon
University of Maryland physicists have shown that in graphene the intrinsic limit to the mobility, a measure of how well a material conducts electricity, is higher than any other known material at room temperature.

Study finds pitching mound height affects throwing motion, injury risk
A study involving several Major League Baseball pitchers indicates that the height of the pitcher's mound can affect the athlete's throwing arm motion, which may lead to potential injuries because of stress on the shoulder and elbow.

A switch that controls whether cells pass point of no return
Investigators at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy have revealed the hidden properties of an on-off switch that governs cell growth.

Black carbon pollution emerges as major player in global warming
Black carbon, a form of particulate air pollution most often produced from biomass burning, cooking with solid fuels and diesel exhaust, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than prevailing estimates, according to scientists in an upcoming review article in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Coral's addiction to 'junk food'
Over two hundred million humans depend for their subsistence on the fact that coral has an addiction to is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to