Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 06, 2010
Rutgers nuclear physicists study 'magic' nature of tin
The metal tin lacks the value and prestige of gold, silver and platinum, but to nuclear physicists, tin is magic.

Genes from sweet pepper to fortify African banana against devastating wilt disease
In a major breakthrough, crop scientists announced today the successful transfer of green pepper genes to bananas, conferring on the popular fruit the means to resist one of the most devastating diseases of bananas in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Scientists find new evidence of genetically modified plants in the wild
Research is continually emerging on the impacts of invasive species, pollution and environmental disasters on ecosystems and communities.

UC Denver study finds beautiful women face discrimination in certain jobs
UC Denver Business School research shows that beautiful women are discriminated against when applying for

The worst impact of climate change may be how humanity reacts to it
The way that humanity reacts to climate change may do more damage to many areas of the planet than climate change itself unless we plan properly, an important new study published in Conservation Letters by Conservation International's Will Turner and a group of other leading scientists has concluded.

Study: 'Carved-out' voters often struggle at ballot box
When a county's residents are carved into separate congressional districts simply to maintain numerical parity, many end up struggling at the ballot box.

New research: Children's vegetable intake linked to Popeye cartoons
Popeye cartoons, tasting parties and junior cooking classes can help increase vegetable intake in kindergarten children, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition & Dietetics.

College of Nursing awarded grant for nursing leadership in rural and underserved areas
The University of Colorado College of Nursing has been awarded a $753,817 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, to prepare advanced practice nurses with the expertise to provide leadership for high quality health care in rural and medically underserved urban areas.

Apathetic aphids with attitude become easier prey for ladybugs
Apathetic aphids -- which become accustomed to ignoring genetically engineered chemical alarms in plants and alarms sent by fellow aphids -- become easy prey for ladybugs.

NOAA divers capture invasive lionfish in the Virgin Islands National Park
Divers identified and killed a 15-cm-long lionfish in Fish Bay along the southern coast of St.

Prosthesis with information at its fingertips
Scientists from Jena University modified conventional hand prostheses in order to reduce phantom pain after an underarm amputation.

Tattooing linked to higher risk of hepatitis C: UBC study
Youth, prison inmates and individuals with multiple tattoos that cover large parts of their bodies are at higher risk of contracting hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases, according to a University of British Columbia study.

Constant overlap
Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, have uncovered the molecular mechanism that determines the size of anti-parallel microtubule overlaps in the spindle.

Artificial bee eye gives insight into insects' visual world
Despite their tiny brains, bees have remarkable navigation capabilities based on their vision.

Turning down the noise in graphene
Working with the unique nanoscience capabilities of Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry, a multi-institutional team of researchers has developed the first model of signal-to-noise-ratios for low frequency noises in graphene on silica.

Case Western Reserve geneticist receives prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award
Noted geneticist, Joseph Nadeau, Ph.D., of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has received a 2010 National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award.

Greenland glacier calves island 4 times the size of Manhattan
A University of Delaware researcher reports that an

Flower-dwelling yeast licensed for use against scab disease
A beneficial yeast that tolerates fungicide may offer a

Planted, unplanted man-made wetlands are similar at year 15, and function as effective carbon sinks
A 15-year experiment in an outdoor

Newly discovered mechanism controls levels and efficacy of a marijuana-like substance in the brain
A newly discovered molecular mechanism helps control the amount and effectivenss of a substance that mimics an active ingredient in marijuana, but that is produced by the body's own nerve cells.

The Ames Laboratory named an industry safety leader
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has been named a 2010 Industry Leader Award winner by the National Safety Council. 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