Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 20, 2009
UCF professor finds new way deadly food-borne bacteria spread
University of Central Florida Microbiology Professor Keith Ireton has uncovered a previously unknown mechanism that plays an important role in the spread of a deadly food-borne bacterium.

World's river deltas sinking due to human activity, says new study led by CU-Boulder
A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicates most of the world's low-lying river deltas are sinking from human activity, making them increasingly vulnerable to flooding from rivers and ocean storms and putting tens of millions of people at risk.

Cancer experts are developing a tool to work out percentage risk of developing cervical cancer
Cancer experts at the National Cancer Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) are creating a tool to work out the percentage risk a woman has of developing cervical cancer.

Public attitudes to new technology: Lessons for regulators
New technologies may change our lives for the better, but sometimes they have risks.

UCLA scientists make paralyzed rats walk again after spinal-cord injury
UCLA researchers found that drugs, electrical stimulation and regular exercise can enable paralyzed rats to walk and even run again.

Scientists find that individuals in vegetative states can learn
Scientists have found that some individuals in the vegetative and minimally conscious states, despite lacking the means of reporting awareness themselves, can learn and thereby demonstrate at least a partial consciousness.

Scientists discover key factor in regulating placenta and fetal growth
Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have shown that a common biological protein molecule called SHP-2 is crucial for encouraging placenta growth.

A recipe for controlling carbon nanotubes
The promise of carbon nanotubes to revolutionize everything from drug delivey to energy efficiency is thwarted by the difficulties of producing the right nanotubes for each job.

Tip sheet: Migration '09 convenes near site of early nuclear technology
This release contains news tips from Migration '09: 12th International Conference on the Chemistry and Migration Behavior of Actinides and Fission Products in the Geosphere.

New blood tests promise simple, cost-effective diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancers
Promising results from two new blood tests that can aid in the early identification of patients with gastrointestinal cancers will be presented at Europe's largest cancer congress, ECCO 15 -- ESMO 34, in Berlin on Monday September 21.

Classroom behavior: Why it's hard to be good
Being seen as either well behaved or naughty at school is never entirely in the hands of the individual child, this study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council shows.

New genetic link between cardiac arrhythmias and thyroid dysfunction identified
Genes previously known to be essential to the coordinated, rhythmic electrical activity of cardiac muscle -- a healthy heartbeat -- have now also been found to play a key role in thyroid hormone (TH) biosynthesis, according to Weill Cornell Medical College researchers.
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