Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 02, 2010
Women live longer but in worse condition
Catalan researchers have studied the socioeconomic and health inequalities experienced by people over the age of 64.

Sam Safran wins EPJE -- Pierre-Gilles De Gennes Lecture Prize
Sam Safran, a professor at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, has been chosen as the recipient of the first EPJE -- Pierre-Gilles De Gennes Lecture Prize.

Spin-out in cutting-edge light source technology
The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, has secured a spin-out deal to form a company working in the field of novel next-generation light source technology, which could open up a range of opportunities in multibillion dollar applications including neuroscience, microscopy and communications.

Alex's aftermath brings flash flood watches to Texas
Tropical Depression Alex dissipated over the mountains of central Mexico, but his rainy remnants have moved into south, central and western Texas.

Our brains are more like birds' than we thought
A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, finds that a comparable region in the brains of chickens concerned with analyzing auditory inputs is constructed similarly to that of mammals.

A picture is worth 1,000 lines of C++ code
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the computer science corollary must be

Commission to enhance in-house research capacity through new Joint Research Centre strategy
The European Commission's own research arm, the Joint Research Centre, has today published its new strategy for the period 2010-2020.

Search for the bridge to the quantum world
Researchers at Arizona State University and the Naval Research Laboratory propose an answer to one of the long-running questions in the study of quantum physics: the mystery of how the world of our sensory experience emerges from the cloudy realm of atoms.

Wallabies and bats harbor 'fossil' genes from the most deadly family of human viruses
Modern marsupials may be popular animals at the zoo and in children's books, but new findings by University at Buffalo biologists reveal that they harbor a

Personalized approach to smoking cessation may be reality in 3-5 years
A personalized approach to smoking cessation therapy is quickly taking shape.

Announcing launch of FRAX version 3.1
The newly released FRAX version 3.1 now includes country models for Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, the Netherlands and South Korea.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles oncologist receives $50,000 Hyundai Scholar Award
On July 5 at Dodger Stadium, the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program will donate $50,000 to Dr.

Exploratory study: High BMI linked to proximity to convenience stores
Researchers at the University at Buffalo conducting a neighborhood-scaled exploratory study that tested the association between the food environment, the built environment and women's body mass index have found that women with homes closer to a supermarket, relative to a convenience store, had lower BMIs, and that the greater the number of restaurants within a five minute walk of a woman's home, the higher her BMI.

Cell signaling classification system gives researchers new tool
Using ever-growing genome data, scientists with the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee are tracing the evolution of the bacterial regulatory system that controls cellular motility, potentially giving researchers a method for predicting important cellular functions that will impact both medical and biotechnology research.

Flash, aaaaagh!
Most educational websites in the US are using Flash applications that fail to adequately secure these pages.

Oil spills raise arsenic levels in the ocean, says new research
Oil spills can increase levels of toxic arsenic in the ocean, creating an additional long-term threat to the marine ecosystem, according to research published today in the journal Water Research.

UM scientists advance in quantum computing and energy conversion tech
Using a unique hybrid nanostructure, University of Maryland researchers have shown a new type of light-matter interaction and also demonstrated the first full quantum control of qubit spin within very tiny colloidal nanostructures (a few nanometers), thus taking a key step forward in efforts to create a quantum computer.

CHLA receives $1.65 million grant to study mechanism for meningitis
A white blood cell that normally removes bacteria from the bloodstream helps Escherichia coli accumulate in the blood and enter the brain resulting in the deadly infection known as meningitis.

Simpler and cheaper antibiotic prophylaxis with insertion of nutrition catheter in the stomach
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet recommend a new routine for protection against infection when percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, a tube for feeding directly through the abdominal wall, is surgically inserted in the stomach.

Terrorist de-radicalization shows promise, comprehensive study finds
Prison programs to de-radicalize terrorists show promise, if well-run, says a joint report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, and the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at Kings College, London.

Consulting 'Dr. Google'
The quality of online information about the most common sports medicine diagnoses varies widely, according to a study published in the July 2010 issue of rhe Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Pear pest's chemical 'come hither' identified
Pear psylla is a cicada-like pest with a vexing tendency to develop resistance to insecticides.

Why you should never arm wrestle a saber-toothed tiger
Saber-toothed cats may be best known for their supersized canines, but they also had exceptionally strong forelimbs for pinning prey before delivering the fatal bite, says a new study in the journal PLoS ONE.

Air pollution doesn't increase risk of preeclampsia, early delivery, study finds
While pregnant women may worry about the effects of air pollution on their health and that of their developing child, exposure to carbon monoxide and fine particles in the air during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of preterm delivery or preeclampsia -- a serious condition that arises only during pregnancy -- according to results of a study headed by a University at Buffalo epidemiologist

Wellcome-Wolfson partnership makes £30 million investment in UK scientific infrastructure
Over £30 ($45) million is being invested into large-scale university infrastructure projects courtesy of the Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards initiative.

FSU researchers collaborate on $13.6 million grant to help students at low-performing schools
High schools across the nation have long struggled to improve student achievement and reduce dropout rates. 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