Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 07, 2011
Clinical waste management needs specialized regulation
A study carried out by the University of Granada warns of the need to unify existing plans for clinical waste management in the different autonomous communities to improve recycling and waste disposal.

Most consumers want predictive tests to learn if a disease is in their future
Consumers may place a high value on information to predict their future health, and may be willing to pay out of pocket to get it.

Conference program: Energy systems and energy technologies for the next century
The next international energy conference takes place at Risoe DTU from May 10-12, 2011.

For ever and ever: When the wedding flight never ends
Entomologists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena together with colleagues from Hamburg and New York have now

Statistical analysis can estimate crop performance
Scientists at Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom, in collaboration with the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas, Syria, have developed a method of accounting for spatial trend in single crop field trials.

Bendy tubes get around
Theo Odijk, a professor of biotechnology at Delft University of Technology has a new best friend in Rice University's Matteo Pasquali.

VIB-K.U. Leuven scientists clear the way to alternative anti-angiogenic cancer therapy
Scientists attached to VIB and K.U. Leuven have succeeded in decoding a potential new anti-cancer mechanism.

MicroRNA-TP53 circuit connected to chronic lymphocytic leukemia
The interplay between a major tumor-suppressing gene, a truncated chromosome and two sets of microRNAs provides a molecular basis for explaining the less aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, an international team of researchers reports today in the Jan.

Blame the 'chaperone'
A Jackson Laboratory research team led by Professor Patsy Nishina, Ph.D., has identified a mutation in a gene that's essential for correct protein-processing in cells.

Scientists shed light on what causes brain cell death in Parkinson's patients
Researchers identify a novel way that neurons die in Parkinson's disease.

More than 3,000 survivors of the WTC attacks experience long-term post-traumatic stress disorder
Nearly 10 years after the destruction of the World Trade Center towers there has been little research documenting the attacks' consequences among the survivors.

Study shows promise for new drug to treat Fragile X
The first drug to treat the underlying disorder instead of the symptoms of Fragile X, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, shows some promise according to a new study published in the Jan.

American Mathematical Society to award prizes
The American Mathematical Society will award several major prizes on Friday, Jan.

Increasing diversity of future life science researchers
The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has received $943,000 from the National Science Foundation to increase the number and diversity of future life science researchers.

European Research Council awards advanced researcher grant to KIT botanist Holger Puchta
Tomatoes that resist pests and extreme weather while still tasting like tomatoes are among professor Holger Puchtas long-term research goals.

Probiotics, prebiotics and biofuel-producing bacteria
Over 100 international scientists will gather in London on Wednesday to learn more about two hot topics in microbiology: probiotics and anaerobic microbes at the annual Winter Meeting of the Society for Applied Microbiology, the UK's oldest microbiology society.

Link between signaling molecules could point way to therapies for epilepsy, stroke, other diseases
The finding that two molecules communicate to regulate electrical and chemical activity in nerve cells could be a passport to novel therapies for epilepsy and other diseases.

TGen drug development teams with Oncoholdings to fight cancer
TGen Drug Development and Oncoholdings Inc. announced today a partnership agreement that could lead to the prompt development of new anti-cancer agents.

Researchers pinpoint origin of deadly brain tumor
Scientists have identified the type of cell that is at the origin of brain tumors known as oligodendrogliomas, which are a type of glioma -- a category that defines the most common type of malignant brain tumor.

Grape ingredient resveratrol increases beneficial fat hormone
Researchers in San Antonio, Texas, have identified a novel way in which resveratrol, a substance in grapes, exerts positive health effects.

Rice U. research shows Starbucks' logo redesign could prove beneficial to company
Despite US consumers' threats of protests in response to the redesigned Starbucks logo unveiled yesterday, the new look may be a smart move in the long run as the coffee company expands into Asian markets, according to a Rice University researcher who has studied consumer reaction to logos.

New GSA Special Paper tackles the San Jacinto fault zone
Gaining insight into the San Jacinto right-lateral strike-slip fault zone is crucial for understanding the plate-boundary dynamics, regional slip partitioning, and seismic hazards within Southern California's San Andreas fault system, yet conclusions about its age and average slip rate remain controversial.

Tango mandarins to appear this month in produce aisles
Tango, the first commercial crop of a new mandarin variety created by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, will be harvested beginning later this month and is expected thereafter to appear in produce aisles.

Liver disease a possible predictor of stroke: Study
People suffering from fatty liver disease may be three times more likely to suffer a stroke than individuals without fatty liver, according to a study by researchers at St.

College students lack scientific literacy, study finds
Most college students in the United States do not grasp the scientific basis of the carbon cycle -- an essential skill in understanding the causes and consequences of climate change, according to research published in the January issue of BioScience.

Quality of life measures in breast cancer clinical trials
Quality of life measures tend to be most useful for clinical decision-making in trials in which quality of life is the primary outcome, according to a recent study published online Jan.

Study finds energy limits global economic growth
A study published in the January 2011 BioScience establishes macroecological correlations across countries and over time between per capita gross domestic product and per capita energy use.

WHOI data library to house and preserve ocean ecosystem archives
Alexander Graham Bell once said that when one door closes another one opens, and the open doors of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Data Library and Archives are making it possible to help preserve the voluminous archives of GLOBEC, a study of Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics, which closed at the end of 2009.

UC San Diego engineers lead national effort to save lives and buildings during earthquakes
Earthquake engineers from UC San Diego, University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University are joining efforts to make buildings such as hotels, schools, apartments and hospitals safer.

A pesky bacterial slime reveals its survival secrets
By rethinking what happens on the surface of things, engineers at Harvard University have discovered that Bacillus subtilis biofilm colonies exhibit an unmatched ability to repel a wide range of liquids -- and even vapors.

Evidence lacking for widespread use of costly antipsychotic drugs, says Stanford researcher
Many prescriptions for the top-selling class of drugs, known as atypical antipsychotic medications, lack strong evidence that the drugs will actually help, a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and University of Chicago has found.
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