Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 28, 2008
Bring on the Pak Choi
Asian vegetables, a diverse group of specialty vegetables grown and consumed throughout Asia, are becoming an integral part of the American diet.

Reversible 3-D cell culture gel invented
A unique user-friendly gel that can liquefy on demand, with the potential to revolutionize three-dimensional cell culture for medical research, has been invented.

Deadly rugby virus spreads in sumo wrestlers
Rugby players may get more than just the ball out of a scrum -- herpes virus can cause a skin disease called

New way to control protein activity could lead to cancer therapies
Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a way to quickly and reversibly fine-tune the activity of individual proteins in cells and living mammals, providing a powerful new laboratory tool for identifying -- more precisely than ever before -- the functions of different proteins.

World Heart Day 2008: Knowing your risks could save your life
World Heart Day, an annual worldwide event organized by the World Heart Federation, acts as a milestone to remind us all that cardiovascular disease can be managed if risks are properly assessed in the first place.

Consumers influence christmas tree styles
The Fraser fir is gaining popularity among American consumers looking for beautiful, long-lasting Christmas trees.

Campus green spaces enhance quality of life
The next time you see students playing an energized game of touch football or studying in the sunshine on a college quadrangle, consider this: campus green spaces can help students feel better about life and improve learning.

'Hub' of fear memory formation identified in brain cells
A protein required for the earliest steps in embryonic development also plays a key role in solidifying fear memories in the brains of adult animals, scientists have revealed.

Commercial aquatic plants offer cost-effective method for treating wastewater
Constructed wetlands (CWs) have been promoted as inexpensive, low-technology approaches to treating agricultural, industrial and municipal wastewater to comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

Integrated curriculum enhances academics
In the early 21st century, American educators are being challenged to incorporate integrated curriculum strategies into primary and secondary schools while satisfying ever-stricter national and state educational standards.

Extending the life of fresh cranberries
Cranberries are tart, tiny fruits packed with powerful antioxidants. The good news about cranberries is spreading, resulting in growing consumer demand for fresh cranberries and cranberry products.

Researchers attribute thinning of Greenland glacier to ocean warming preceded by atmospheric changes
The sudden thinning in 1997 of Jakobshavn Isbræ, one of Greenland's largest glaciers, was caused by subsurface ocean warming, according to research published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Scientists identify gene that may contribute to improved rice yield
A team that includes a Penn State biologist has identified a gene in rice that controls the size and weight of rice grains.

A plum assignment
Plums: they're sweet, juicy and packed with beneficial antioxidants and dietary fiber.

Mustard seed meal suppresses weeds in container-grown ornamentals
During processing, the useful oils are extracted from the mustard plant, leaving mustard seed meal, or MSM, as a byproduct.

What price for our life choices? -- conference
Have the choices Australians have made since the 1970s to invest in higher levels of education, focus on a career as well as a family and delay marriage and childbearing significantly changed the way we all live our lives?

Existing anti-obesity drugs may be effective against flu, hepatitis and HIV
Viruses dramatically increase cellular metabolism, and existing anti-obesity drugs may represent a new way to block these metabolic changes and inhibit viral infection, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

Kazak apple research key to preventing blue mold
Blue mold, caused by the fungus Penicillium expansum, is the scourge of apple breeders and producers throughout the world, causing extensive losses to stored apples.

Alternative to burning: environmentally sound disposal for wood chips
Pecan and other hickory woods are the third most popular hardwood group in the United States, behind only black walnut and black cherry. he pruned wood of pecan, a byproduct of forested trees, is usually burned as an economical means of disposal.

Children's gardening programs grow environmental stewards
A new generation has come of age since the first celebration of Earth Day in 1970.
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