Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 14, 2010
Physicists play Lego with photons
A team of physicists at the University of Calgary is able to mount up to two photons on top of one another to construct a variety of quantum states of light.

Shifting cellular energy metabolism may help treat cardiovascular disease
Drugs that target the way cells convert nutrients into energy could offer new approaches to treating a range of conditions including heart attack and stroke.

Cleveland Clinic, CWRU dental researcher finds switch that turns on the spread of cancer
Reporting in Nature Cell Biology, researchers describe the discovery of a specific protein called disabled-2 (Dab2) that switches on the process that releases cancer cells from the original tumor and allows the cells to spread and develop into new tumors in other parts of the body.

Digging deep into diamonds, applied physicists advance quantum science and technology
By creating diamond-based nanowire devices, a team at Harvard has taken another step towards making applications based on quantum science and technology possible.

Defective signaling pathway sheds light on cystic fibrosis
In a study that could lead to new therapeutic targets for patients with the cystic fibrosis, a research team from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has identified a defective signaling pathway that contributes to disease severity.

Caltech researchers obtain first brain recordings from behaving fruit flies
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have obtained the first recordings of brain-cell activity in an actively flying fruit fly.

Bacteria-killing proteins cover blood type blind spot
Galectin-4 and galectin-8, carbohydrate-binding proteins found in our intestines, can recognize and kill bacteria that have human blood type sugar molecules on their surfaces.

Biblical texts important sources of inspiration to artists
In Continental Europe, the Old Testament Apocrypha has been one of the most popular and important sources of inspiration among artists.

Drama or reality TV: Do medical shows depict proper first aid for seizures?
Watching TV medical shows might not be the best way to learn what to do when someone has a seizure.

Biologists image birth of blood-forming stem cells in embryo
Biologists have identified the specific region in vertebrates where adult blood stem cells arise during embryonic development.

Cameras of the future: heart researchers create revolutionary photographic technique
Scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the British Heart Foundation at the University of Oxford have developed a revolutionary way of capturing a high-resolution still image alongside very high-speed video -- a new technology that is attractive for science, industry and consumer sectors alike.

A broader understanding of modern Hinduism
Traditional and modern Hinduism have an extensive monotheistic (belief in one God) branch that in many ways can be compared with the Christian notion of the person and a personal relationship to God.

Teaching a foreign language? Best teach in the accent of the listener
Perception of second language speech is easier when it is spoken in the accent of the listener and not in the

Report explains declining school performance
Housing segregation, making schooling a community matter, special teaching groups, individualization and the right to freely choose which school to attend are factors explaining why Swedish school children perform worse than 20 years ago according to research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Climate change will lead to fewer traffic accidents
Climate change will lead to fewer traffic accidents in West Midlands, UK.

Attend the most exciting bone meeting in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010
The International Osteoporosis Foundation invites you to attend the IOF Regionals: 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting to be held in Singapore from December 10-13, 2010.

Treatment for herpes in patients co-infected with herpes and HIV could delay HIV disease progression
Most people who are infected with HIV-1 are dually infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2).
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