Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 05, 2010
Leading bed bug experts to speak in San Diego
As bed bugs continue to be found in homes and public buildings across the country, some of the leading bed bug experts will meet at Entomology 2010, the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America and the largest insect science meeting in the world.

'Shotgun' method allows scientists to dissect cells' sugar coatings
Sugar molecules coat every cell in our bodies and play critical roles in development and disease, yet the components of these

Study of how genes activate yields surprising discovery
Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have made an unexpected finding about the method by which certain genes are activated.

Northern wildfires threaten runaway climate change, study reveals
This study reveals that fires in the Alaskan interior have become more severe in the last decade, resulting in more carbon being released than is being stored.

Over-reactive immune system kills young adults during pandemic flu
A hallmark of pandemic flu throughout history, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, has been its ability to make healthy young and middle-aged adults seriously ill and even kill this population in disproportionate numbers.

Study reveals new possibility of reversing damage caused by MS
Damage caused by multiple sclerosis could be reversed by activating stem cells that can repair injury in the central nervous system, a study has shown.

Medieval England twice as well off as today's poorest nations
New research led by economists at the University of Warwick reveals that medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world's poorest nations today.

Seeing the world differently
Wellcome Trust scientists have shown for the first time that exactly how we see our environment depends on the size of the visual part of our brain.

Studies highlight role of stem cell transplant procedures for blood cancer treatment
Results from four innovative studies help answer outstanding questions about stem cell transplant procedures in treating various hematologic malignancies.

UNC-led team tests commonly used antibodies
Lieb and his colleagues from across the country describe how they tested more than 200 antibodies against 57 histone modifications (or flavors) in three different organisms, using three different tests commonly used in this kind of genetic analysis.

New standards of care and novel treatment options for several forms of lymphoma unveiled
Research will be presented today at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology introducing promising new options for the standard treatment of advanced asymptomatic follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, and early, unfavorable Hodgkin disease.

New research shows rivers cut deep notches in the Alps' broad glacial valleys
New research shows that notches carved by rivers at the bottom of glacial valleys in the Swiss Alps survive from one glacial episode to the next, protected in part by the glaciers themselves.

The LouseBuster returns
Four years after the LouseBuster prototype made headlines when research showed the chemical-free, warm-air device wiped out head lice on children, a new study reveals that a revamped, government-cleared model is highly effective.

Babies' biological clocks dramatically affected by birth light cycle
The season in which babies are born can have a dramatic and persistent effect on how their biological clocks function.
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