Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 24, 2010
Kryptonite superglue improving the quality of life in heart patients recovering from surgery
New research shows that a surgical procedure using a cutting-edge super glue pioneered a year ago by Calgary researchers can improve the recovery of heart patients recovering from open-chest surgery, Dr.

Quakes don't completely shake China's environmental gains, thanks to conservation programs
The impact of China's devastating 2008 earthquake was substantially lessened by environmental conservation programs for some of the country's most fragile habitats.

Neurons work like a chain of dominos to control action sequences
As anyone who as ever picked up a guitar or a tennis racket knows, precise timing is often an essential part of performing complex tasks.

Quebec City researchers pave the way for novel treatment of pulmonary hypertension
A Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher has discovered what could be the first truly effective breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension, a devastating, life-threatening condition which results in an enlargement of the heart.

Study describes a tabletop source of bright, coherent X-rays
Producing tightly focused beams of high energy X-rays, to examine everything from molecular structures to the integrity of aircraft wings, could become simpler and cheaper according to new research.

Greater awareness of increased breast and ovarian cancer risk in women with paternal family history could save lives
Individuals with an inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation are at increased risk of cancer, particularly of breast and ovarian cancer.

Discovery of taste receptors in the lungs could help people with asthma breathe easier
Taste receptors in the lungs? Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have discovered that bitter taste receptors are not just located in the mouth but also in human lungs.

Close-ups of snowflakes win Lennart Nilsson Award
The Lennart Nilsson Award for 2010 is to be awarded to the US physicist Kenneth Libbrecht.
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