Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 01, 2009
Study shows that sleep disturbances improve after retirement
A study in the Nov. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that retirement is followed by a sharp decrease in the prevalence of sleep disturbances.

Losing your tongue
More than 50 international experts in endangered languages will convene at the University of Utah Nov.

Duke develops nano-scale drug delivery for chemotherapy
Duke University bioengineers have developed a simple and inexpensive method for loading cancer drug payloads into nano-scale delivery vehicles and demonstrated in animal models that this new nanoformulation can eliminate tumors after a single treatment.

Study spotlights efficacy of questionnaire to identify patients at high risk for lung cancer
A study featured in the November issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology confirms the success of a simple questionnaire designed to identify patients at high risk of lung cancer.

Cancer, pain relief and immunity research supported by ARC
Research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute into the genes involved in breast cancer development, new drugs for chronic pain, and proteins involved in inflammatory diseases has received funding in this year's round of Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants.

An exquisite container
A tiny cage of gold covered with a smart polymer responds to light, opening to empty its contents and resealing when the light is turned off.

Bacteria 'launch a shield' to resist attack
Bacteria that cause chronic lung infections can communicate with each other to form a deadly shield against the body's natural defenses.

WCMC-Q biomedical research program builds scientific knowledge, technical workforce in Qatar
The biomedical research program of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar has made significant progress in its dual goals of advancing basic science and building a sustainable research community in Qatar since it was launched less than a year and a half ago.

Study shows that sleep deprivation can negatively affect information processing
A study in the Nov. 1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that sleep deprivation causes some people to shift from a more automatic, implicit process of information categorization (information-integration) to a more controlled, explicit process (rule-based).

Cucumber genome published
The genome of the cucumber has been sequenced by an international consortium lead by Chinese and US institutions.

Commentary warns of unexpected consequences of proton pump inhibitor use in reflux disease
Despite being highly effective and beneficial for many patients, unexpected consequences are emerging in patients who are prescribed proton pump inhibitors for reflux diseases.

Rare space experiment gives clues about the fundamental structure of the universe
A physics experiment using a super-fast explosion in a galaxy 7.3 billion light-years away has given scientists rare experimental evidence about the fundamental structure of space and time. he experiment confirmed aspects of Einstein's theories of gravity, which unite space and time in the concept of space-time.

Intervals between lung cancer diagnosis and treatment displays a health care disparity
Research published in the November 2009 issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology has found that intervals between lung cancer suspicion, diagnosis and treatment may be attributed to health care system discrepancies.

Leading organizations join forces to launch first annual World Pneumonia Day
Nearly 100 leading global health organizations from around the world joined forces to recognize the first-annual World Pneumonia Day on Nov.

3-D system based on optical fiber could provide new options for photovoltaics
Converting sunlight to electricity might no longer mean large panels of photovoltaic cells atop flat surfaces like roofs. 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