Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 13, 2009
Groups at high risk of H1N1 influenza A should avoid traveling to 2009 Hajj
Some 2.5 million pilgrims are expected at holy sites in Saudi Arabia for the 2009 Hajj, expected to begin around Nov.

Brain injured athletes may benefit from hypothermia research
NFL players and other athletes who suffer serious or multiple concussions may benefit from ground-breaking research being conducted by scientists at Barrow Neurological Institute at St.

Sponges recycle carbon to give life to coral reefs
Coral reefs live in some of the most nutrient deficient waters on the planet, so how do they survive?

Client-directed therapy technique drastically reduces divorce/separation rates
Using four simple questions to generate client-directed feedback can greatly increase the chances that struggling couples will stay together, according to a recently published study.

Chromosomes dance and pair up on the nuclear membrane
During meiosis the pairing, recombination and segregation of half the chromosomes to egg and sperm the cytoskeleton plays a key role.

When preschoolers ask questions, they want explanations
Two new studies explore why young children ask so many

Goddard team develops new carriers for space station
In a partnership that exemplifies One NASA, engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., teamed up with engineers at NASA's Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers to design, build, and test five new ExPRESS Logistics Carriers, or ELCs, which will be delivered to the International Space Station.

Can thinking of a loved one reduce your pain?
The mere thought of your loved one can reduce your pain, UCLA psychologists report.

Surgeon who uses 'Kryptonite' in Orlando this week
An innovative method is being used to repair the breastbone after it is intentionally broken to provide access to the heart during open-heart surgery.

Does business education have a future in Iraq?
Reflecting a new role for the US in the world, Drs.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa professor co-authors child development study
Brandy Frazier, assistant professor of psychology at UH Manoa, recently published a paper in Child Development titled,

Small, beautiful and additive-free
The National Research Council Canada recently helped Olympus, a world leader in advanced optical microscopy and medical imaging, to design and commercialize a coherent anti-stokes raman scattering (CARS) microscope.

Satellite imagery confirms Ida's low is finally moving away from the east coast
Satellite imagery and weather ground station readings today along the Mid-Atlantic indicate

Thoughtful words help couples stay fighting fit
Couples who bring thoughtful words to a fight release lower amounts of stress-related proteins, suggesting that rational communication between partners can ease the impact of marital conflict on the immune system.

'Cross-talk' mechanism contributes to colorectal cancer
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health have identified a molecular mechanism that allows two powerful signaling pathways to interact and begin a process leading to colorectal tumors.

Study reveals why certain drug combinations backfire
Researchers have discovered why certain combinations of drugs are actually less effective together than one of the drugs alone.

TEEB report released on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity for policy makers
Policy makers who factor the planet's multitrillion dollar ecosystem services into their national and international investment strategies are likely to see far higher rates of return and stronger economic growth in the 21st century, a new report issued today says.

Study offers tips on taming the boogie monster
A study of about 50 4-, 5-, and 7-year-olds identified coping strategies by having children listen to short illustrated stories in which a child came into contact with something that looked like a real or an imaginary frightening creature.

Shape perception in brain develops by itself
African nomads and westerners show the same ability to discriminate between shapes, a new study in Psychological Science reports.

Youths see all parental control negatively when there's a lot of it
A new study has found that young people feel differently about two types of parental control, generally viewing a type of control that's thought to be better for their development more positively.

Cyclone Phyan raining on Tibet after breaking a record in India
Cyclone Phyan broke a 43 year record when it made landfall north of the city of Mumbai, India during the evening hours on Nov.

Fat collections linked to decreased heart function
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have shown that fat collection in different body locations, such as around the heart and the aorta and within the liver, are associated with certain decreased heart functions.

Berkeley researchers take the lead out of piezoelectrics
By applying epitaxial strain to thin films of bismuth ferrite, Berkeley Lab researchers have produced a lead-free alternative to the current crop of piezoelectric materials.

USC researcher and expert in metabolism to receive Columbia's 2009 Naomi Berrie Award
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research goes to Richard Nathan Bergman, Ph.D, professor and chair of the department of physiology and biophysics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Does modernization affect children's cognitive development?
Using data from the late 1970s, researchers have looked at almost 200 children ages 3 to 9 in Belize, Kenya, Nepal and American Samoa to determine whether modernization changes have had an effect on the thinking skills that are learned over the course of childhood.

U of M researchers find 2 units of umbilical cord blood reduce risk of leukemia recurrence
A new study from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota shows that patients who have acute leukemia and are transplanted with two units of umbilical cord blood (UCB) have significantly reduced risk of the disease returning.

Awareness of racism affects how children do socially and academically
A study of more than 120 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse US elementary school children shows that children develop an awareness about racial stereotypes early and that those biases can be damaging.

Rapacious Rasberry ants march north
The invasion of this new species of ants has scientists intrigued, businesses concerned and fire ants running for the hills, said Jerry Cook, an entomologist at Sam Houston State University.

Study: Nonprofits put brand at risk in corporate partnerships
Charities and other nonprofits put their brand at risk when they partner with corporations on social responsibility initiatives.

The benefits of exercise
Physical exercise is one of the most effective methods of preventing disease.

US politicians warned geo-engineering is not a magic bullet for climate change
Cut carbon emissions or our only hope to cool the planet will be relying on unproven geo-engineering ideas.

Elsevier pilots new research tool 'Reflect' in its premier life science journal Cell
Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that the innovative research tool

DU professor advises families to refocus for holidays to ease financial tension
Martha Wadsworth, associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver, says during the holidays families should focus on what has been proven to matter most in psychological research -- quality family time.

Rosetta bound for outer Solar System after final Earth swingby
This morning, mission controllers confirmed that ESA's comet chaser Rosetta had swung by Earth at 8:45 CET as planned, skimming past our planet to pick up a gravitational boost for an epic journey to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014.

Ethnic pride may boost African-American teens' mental health
A study of more than 250 African-American youths from urban, low-income families examined the unique effects of racial identity and self esteem on mental health.

New national study finds more than half of cheerleading injuries in US due to stunts
Whether rallying the crowd at a sporting event or participating in competition, cheerleading can be both fun and physically demanding.

The astronaut's cookbook
Most people are intimately familiar with the awe-inspiring photos of space shuttle launches or images of the Earth from the International Space Station.

Paradoxical protein might prevent cancer
One difficulty with fighting cancer cells is that they are similar in many respects to the body's stem cells. 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