Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 28, 2010
Stem cell therapy -- a future treatment for lower back pain?
Lower back pain affects many people and may be caused by degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae.

Managing nature reserves using ecological disturbances can easily go wrong
Ecological disturbances are not necessarily a bad thing -- deliberate disturbances can actually be used to preserve or even increase biodiversity in a nature reserve.

Crown reveals new holy female pharaoh
A unique queen's crown with ancient symbols combined with a new method of studying status in Egyptian reliefs forms the basis for a re-interpretation of historical developments in Egypt in the period following the death of Alexander the Great.

Bridging between Earth and space: technology breakthroughs for scientific progress
Space shares the technology and industrial base with other sectors and open innovation is the rule.

Scientists create highly ordered artificial spin ice using nanotechnology
An international team of researchers has succeeded in creating artificial spin ice in a state of thermal equilibrium for the first time, allowing them to examine the precise configuration of this important nanomaterial.

Scientists identify gene linked to common birth defect in male genitalia
King's College London, in collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in The Netherlands, has discovered a new gene associated with Hypospadias, the congenital malformation of the male genitalia.

Gene therapy prevents memory problems in mice with Alzheimer's disease
Scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco have discovered a new strategy to prevent memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Amazonian biodiversity much older than originally thought
Amazonia's huge biodiversity originated with the formation of the Andes and, as such, dates back further than previously realized, claims an article written by an international research group, headed by a researcher from the University of Gothenburg, published in the journal Science.

Superantigens could be behind several illnesses
Superantigens, the toxins produced by staphylococcus bacteria, are more complex than previously believed, reveals a team of researchers from the University of Gothenburg in an article published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Infanticide trials gave women power in the past
Women's relationships with other women played an important role in the peasant society of the 18th and 19th centuries.

First-ever covalent irreversible inhibition of a protease central to hepatitis C infection
Avila, a biotechnology company developing novel targeted covalent drugs, has published research in Nature Chemical Biology demonstrating the first-ever selective irreversible inhibition of a viral protease using a targeted covalent drug.

Charging for plastic bags cut bag consumption by half in China
Research from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) shows that people in China -- the number one consumers of plastic bags in the world -- reduced their consumption of plastic bags by half when stores were forced to charge consumers for the bags.

Fitting a biological nanopore into a man-made one, new ways to analyze DNA
Researchers at Delft University of Technology and Oxford University announce a new type of nanopore device that could help in developing fast and cheap genetic analysis.
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