Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 19, 2010
Scientists take plasmon lasers out of deep freeze
UC Berkeley researchers have developed a new technique that allows plasmon lasers to operate at room temperature, overcoming a major barrier to practical utilization of the technology.

The genetic basis of brain diseases
Scientists have isolated a set of proteins that accounts for over 130 brain diseases, including diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, epilepsies and forms of autism and learning disability.

New tropical mistletoe described just in time for Christmas
As the UN's International Year of Biodiversity draws to a close, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are celebrating the diversity of the planet's plant and fungal life by highlighting some of the weird, wonderful and stunning discoveries they've made this year from the rainforests of Cameroon to the UK's North Pennines.

Scientists decipher 3 billion-year-old genomic fossils
MIT scientists traced thousands of genes from modern genomes back to those genes' first appearance on Earth to create a genomic fossil telling when genes came into being and which ancient microbes possessed them.

CSHL study finds that 2 non-coding RNAs trigger formation of a nuclear subcompartment
The nucleus of a cell, which houses the cell's DNA, is also home to many structures that are not bound by a membrane but nevertheless exist as distinct compartments.

Researchers discover human immune system has emergency backup plan
New research by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences reveals that the immune system has an effective backup plan to protect the body from infection when the

Despite damage, membrane protein structure can be seen using new X-ray technology, study reveals
Australian researchers have identified a way to measure the structure of membrane proteins despite being damaged when using X-ray Free-Electron Lasers, a discovery that will help fast track the development of targeted drugs using emerging XFELs technology.

Skin rash associated with better outcomes in lung cancer patients
The development of a skin rash after treatment with cetuximab is associated with better outcomes for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer.
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