Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 09, 2010
Class governs young adults' scope of action
Anyone who is a young adult today and who has low self-confidence or few resources can no longer rely on the strength of collective communities.

McGill-UBC project creates mouse grimace scale to help identify pain in humans and animals
A new study by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia shows that mice, like humans, express pain through facial expressions.

A new method for developing safer drugs
Amodiaquine was introduced as an antimalarial drug, but was withdrawn when serious adverse effects were observed.

New treatment method in sight in cardiac surgery
A joint clinical trial conducted by the University Hospital and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that an element in human blood, fibrinogen, is likely more vital to the blood's clotting ability in connection with heart surgery than previously considered.

Suppressing activity of common intestinal bacteria reduces tumor growth
A team of University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine researchers has discovered that common intestinal bacteria appear to promote tumor growths in genetically susceptible mice, but that tumorigenesis can be suppressed if the mice are exposed to an inhibiting protein enzyme.

Unique close-up of the dynamics of photosynthesis
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have managed, with the help of an advanced X-ray flash, to photograph the movement of atoms during photosynthesis -- an achievement that has been recognized by the journal Science.

'Happy ending' gives recyclable products higher status
A Ph.D. industrial design candidate surveyed people's emotional attachment to various materials and found they valued those that could be recycled, reused or

Paternal mice bond with their offspring through the power of touch
New research from neuroscientist Samuel Weiss, Ph.D., director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the Faculty of Medicine, shows that paternal mice that physically interact with their babies grow new brain cells and form lasting memories of their babies.

Pramipexole shows promise for treating depression in patients with Parkinson's disease
Pramipexole, a dopamine agonist, improves depressive symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease, and has the potential to become an important antidepressant treatment for these patients.

Cages and emetics rescue wading birds
The number of waders (shorebirds) in Sweden is falling rapidly.

Scripps research scientists shed light on potential treatment for Gaucher's disease
In findings that advance scientists' understanding of a whole class of inherited disorders, a team from the Scripps Research Institute has shed light on a mechanism that enables a potential treatment for Gaucher's disease and other lysosomal storage diseases.

Chemist stitches up speedier chemical reactions
University of Calgary chemist Warren Piers outlines the inner workings of the Piers catalyst in a new paper in Nature Chemistry online.

Insulin reduces inflammation caused by obesity
Recent decades have seen a huge increase in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Sleep disorders common among professional drivers
Sleep disorders are common among bus and tram drivers in Gothenburg: a quarter say that they have problems with daytime sleepiness, which could affect safety.

Potential antifouling substance can cause paler fish
The sedative medetomidine has proved effective at inhibiting fouling and is now being trialled by the EU as an ingredient for the antifouling paints of the future.
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