Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 30, 2010
Liquid method: pure graphene production
Researchers from Rice University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have unveiled a new method for producing bulk quantities of pure, one-atom-thick sheets of carbon called graphene.

From butterflies' wings to bank notes -- how nature's colors could cut bank fraud
Scientists have discovered a way of mimicking the stunningly bright and beautiful colors found on the wings of tropical butterflies.

Faulty gene stops cell 'antennae' from transmitting
An international group of researchers has identified the genetic cause of an inherited condition that causes severe fetal abnormalities.

U of A discovery offers promising research for spinal-cord injury treatments
University of Alberta researchers have identified one of the body's natural self-repair mechanisms that kick in after spinal cord injury which could lead to the development of more effective treatments.

Researchers find gene linked to birth defects
An international group of researchers has identified the genetic cause of an inherited condition that causes severe fetal abnormalities.

Acupuncture's molecular effects pinned down
Scientists have identified the molecule adenosine as a central player in parlaying some of the effects of acupuncture in the body.

Scientists find genes associated with throat cancer through study of over 10,000 subjects
Scientists from Singapore, China and USA have identified three new susceptibility genes in a genome-wide association study of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC).

Immune cell's role in lupus nephritis demonstrated
National Institutes of Health scientists have discovered that the activation of immune cells called basophils causes kidney damage in a mouse model of lupus nephritis.
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