Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 28, 2010
How does your green roof garden grow?
Growing plants on rooftops is an old concept that has evolved from simple sod roofing to lightweight

Paper mulches evaluated for commercial vegetable production
Polyethylene mulches, used widely in commercial vegetable production have distinct disadvantages.

BIOMICs Group analyzes Basque diaspora DNA
The BIOMICs Group, based at the Lucio Lascaray building in the Alava/Araba campus of the University of the Basque Country, is specially known for overseeing the SGIker DNA Bank, not only undertaking this task, but also feeding data into the gene research bank and making good use of it for their own lines of research.

International experts converge in Singapore for 2nd Keystone Symposia on biofuels
Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology and Singapore's Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) announce the second Keystone Symposia conference on

Broken glass yields clues to climate change
Clues to future climate may be found in the way an ordinary drinking glass shatters.Results of a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences find that microscopic particles of dust can break apart in patterns that are similar to the fragment patterns of broken glass and other brittle objects.

A*STAR and Cytos extend influenza vaccine collaboration to supply of clinical trial material
Switzerland's Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. and Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research jointly announced today the extension of their existing collaboration for the development of a virus-like particle-based influenza vaccine.

SOHO spots 2,000th comet
As people on Earth celebrate the holidays and prepare to ring in the New Year, an ESA/NASA spacecraft has quietly reached its own milestone: on Dec.

Starting the engine: A*STAR musters global leaders and local stakeholders of automotive industry
Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research today announced the funding of eight new projects under its Capabilities for Automotive Research consortium, bringing the total value to S$17.5 million ($13.5 million) for the consortium's 10 research projects jointly selected with industry partners to tackle current challenges in the automotive industry.

Protein helps parasite survive in host cells
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned why changes in a single gene, ROP18, contribute substantially to dangerous forms of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Bulb dipping controls Easter lily growth
Purdue University researchers reported on a study of the effects of a technique called

Case Western Reserve receives $10M to study retinal disease, develop new treatments
The Departments of Pharmacology and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have been awarded a $10.1 million grant from the National Eye Institute to research and develop new treatments for diseases of the retina, a leading cause of blindness.

Electra II, a model for evaluating the cost of electricity generation technologies
Now that almost everything is measured or judged in euros, there are some things that are not easy to put a price on.

New research contains solutions to common pear disease
Diseases caused by a species of fungus called Phytophthora syringae are responsible for significant economic losses on a wide range of plants, including pear.

Scripps Research scientists identify key interaction in hepatitis C virus
Scientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute have identified a molecular interaction between a structural hepatitis C virus protein and a protein critical to viral replication.

Purdue, NIST working on breathalyzers for medical diagnostics
Researchers have overcome a fundamental obstacle in developing breath-analysis technology to rapidly diagnose patients by detecting chemical compounds called

High nitrogen fertilizers tested on post-transplant ornamentals
The nutrition and fertilization needs of container-grown ornamental plants are well-documented, but there is limited research about the plants' fertilizer requirements following transplantation into landscapes.

A*STAR spearheads R&D efforts to position Singapore as an innovation hub
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research will be initiating R&D in oil and gas equipment to position Singapore as an innovation hub for the oil and gas equipment sector and strengthen Singapore's marine and offshore industry.

Singapore's biomedical sciences R&D effort gets boost of S$3.7 billion ($2.8 billion)
The Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee announced at the 15th Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council meeting today that the government would be investing S$3.7 billion ($2.85 billion) in biomedical sciences research for the period 2011-2015.

A*Star scholar wins prestigious prize for young life scientists
A*STAR scholar Dr. Melissa Fullwood has become the first Singaporean to win one of four Regional General Electric & Science Prizes for Young Life Scientists this year for her original essay,

Secrets of an ancient Tel Aviv fortress revealed
New archeological research from the Tel Qudadi archaeological dig near Tel Aviv suggests an ancient link between the Israeli city and the Greek island of Lesbos -- a find producing new insights into alliances and trade routes in the ancient world.

New technology improves greenhouse, plant microclimates
A study in HortTechnology featured a new technology that improved greenhouse climates by reducing solar heat radiation and temperatures during the hot summer season.

Singapore consortium learns from nature to produce new chemical-free, anti-bacteria plastic 'skins'
Taking a leaf from animals like dolphins and pilot whales that are known to have anti-fouling skins, researchers from A*STAR's Industrial Consortium On Nanoimprint are using nanotechnology to create synthetic, chemical-free, anti-bacterial surfaces.

Willow cut-stem growers surveyed
Woody ornamental plants with colorful or unusually shaped stems, buds, flowers, or fruits represent a growing specialty niche in cut flower production markets. 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