Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 13, 2009
New biosensors reveal workings of anti-psychotic drugs in the living brain
Scientists have resolved a question about how a popular class of drugs used to treat schizophrenia works using biosensors that reveal previously hidden components of chemical communication in the brain.

Scripps Research scientists crack mystery of protein's dual function
Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have solved a 10-year-old mystery of how a single protein from an ancient family of enzymes can have two completely distinct roles in the body.

Newly identified enzymes help plants sense elevated CO2 and could lead to water-wise crops
Plants take in the carbon dioxide they need for photosynthesis through microscopic breathing pores in the surface of leaves.

NIH-funded study unveils potential genetic links to lung disease risk
A new study involving data from more than 20,000 individuals has uncovered several DNA sequences linked to impaired pulmonary function.

Government overseas aid is no bar to individual giving
Greater government aid to overseas development charities does not discourage individual giving, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Scientists use nanosensors for first time to measure cancer biomarkers in blood
A team led by Yale University researchers has used nanosensors to measure cancer biomarkers in whole blood for the first time.

Yellowstone's plumbing exposed
The most detailed seismic images yet published of the Yellowstone supervolcano's plumbing shows a plume of hot and molten rock rising from the northwest at a depth of at least 410 miles, contradicting claims that there is no deep plume.

The Queen and I
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that the brains of individuals with autism are less active when engaged in self-reflective thought.

Virtual testing gives lightweight planes lift-off
A research team lead by Professor Brian Falzon has received funding from the Australian Research Council and Boeing Research and Technology Australia, based in Melbourne, to help improve the process modeling capability for manufacturing large carbon-fiber composite structures used on passenger aircraft.

New genes for lung disease discovered
Scientists have discovered five genetic variants that are associated with the health of the human lung.
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