Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 31, 2010
Immune system assassin's tricks visualized for the first time
Scientists from the UK and Australia have seen the human immune system's assassin -- a protein called perforin -- in action for the first time.

How do we kill rogue cells?
A team of Melbourne and London researchers have shown how a protein called perforin punches holes in, and kills, rogue cells in our bodies.

University of Guam receives $1.3M grant
University of Guam Pacific Islander students who need assistance in developing their math skills will have more support thanks to a five-year $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Education Asian American and Native American Pacific Island Serving Institution Program.

Researchers could use plant's light switch to control cells
Chandra Tucker shines a blue light on yeast and mammalian cells in her Duke University lab and the edges of them start to glow.

Immune system's bare essentials used to speedily detect drug targets
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have taken a less-is-more approach to designing effective drug treatments that are precisely tailored to disease-causing pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, and cancer cells, any of which can trigger the body's immune system defenses.

University-developed invention wins Wall Street Journal Award
The 2010 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the area of physical security will be awarded this week in the US to the Israel-based BriefCam Company for its invention, which was developed by Prof.

Speed installation of system to monitor vital signs of global ocean, scientists urge
As oceans grow saltier, hotter, more acidic and less diverse biologically, world governments urgently need to help complete a full global ocean observing system, the value of which to society would dwarf the investment required, according to scientists with the Partnership for Observation of Global Oceans, a consortium of 38 major oceanographic institutions spanning 21 countries.

Mars volcanic deposit tells of warm and wet environment
Planetary scientists led by Brown University have found a volcanic deposit on Mars that would have been a promising wellspring for life.

Chemists concoct new agents to easily study critical cell proteins
A team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Stanford University has devised a technology to more easily obtain membrane proteins for study. 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