Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 12, 2010
New theory provides better basis for biodiversity conservation
A mathematical model that provides a more effective basis for biodiversity conservation than existing frameworks has been developed by a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

MIT researchers develop a way to funnel solar energy
Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell.

Cancer deaths fall, but prevention still lags behind
Although overall mortality from cancer is decreasing in the European Union, its incidence increased by almost 20 percent, from 2.1 million new cases in 2002 to 2.5 million in 2008, says a special issue of the European Journal of Cancer (the official journal of ECCO -- the European CanCer Organisation) on cancer prevention, published today.

Engineers make artificial skin out of nanowires
UC Berkeley engineers have developed a pressure-sensitive electronic material from semiconductor nanowires that could one day be used as an artificial skin for robots and prosthetic limbs.

English as a corporate language for Swedish engineers
The process of globalization has led to many Swedish companies being sold to owners in other countries.

Early childhood education important for sustainable development
Early childhood education can play a key role in relation to change when the world fails to adopt a sustainable approach economically, ecologically and socially.

Female marine snails trick amorous males
Sexual conflict is not only a human phenomenon. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg have shown that females of the rough periwinkle conceal their gender identity in order to avoid excessive copulation.

An analysis of the MDGs so far -- what's going right and wrong
As part of their work, the authors of the Lancet-LIDC Commission produced an analysis of each MDG.

Scripps Research scientists solve long-standing mystery of protein 'quality control' mechanism
Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have solved a long-standing mystery of how cells conduct

After the Millennium Development Goals: Lessons learned and future goal setting examined in the Lancet-London International Development Centre Commission
A new blueprint for international development is to be published in the Lancet, a week ahead of the UN's major summit about the Millennium Development Goals.

Bone-anchored leg prostheses improve quality of life
Today sees the presentation of a study that, for the first time, shows the results of treatment using prostheses attached to titanium implants in the bones of patients with above-the-knee amputations.

Gene discovery could yield treatments for nearsightedness
Myopia (nearsightedness) is the most common eye disorder in the world and becoming more common, yet little is known about its genetic underpinnings.

Henry Ford Hospital study: hVISA linked to high mortality
A MRSA infection with a reduced susceptibility to the potent antibiotic drug vancomycin is linked to high mortality, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

Good long-term results for fusion surgery for high-grade spondylolisthesis
A group of children who underwent fusion surgery for spondylolisthesis in the lumbar spine 30 years ago showed a clear reduction in back pain when followed up seven years later.
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