Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 09, 2011
Climate change to continue to year 3000 in best case scenarios
New research indicates the impact of rising CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere will cause unstoppable effects to the climate for at least the next 1,000 years.

Wildflower colors tell butterflies how to do their jobs
The recipe for making one species into two requires time and some kind of separation, like being on different islands or something else that discourages gene flow between the two budding species.

Surprise: Dwarf galaxy harbors supermassive black hole
The discovery of a relatively nearby dwarf galaxy with a supermassive black hole shows astronomers what young galaxies in the very early Universe probably were like.

Ginger is key ingredient in recipe for conserving stag beetles
The humble ginger root could be the key to conserving the UK's largest and most spectacular terrestrial beetle -- the stag beetle.

Wave power could contain fusion plasma
Researchers at the University of Warwick's Centre for Fusion Space and Astrophysics and the UK Atomic Energy Authority's Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, may have found a way to channel the flux and fury of a nuclear fusion plasma into a means to help sustain the electric current needed to contain that very same fusion plasma.

Molecular medicine could avert predicted catastrophic vision loss in the aged
While age-related vision loss of catastrophic proportions is predicted in coming decades, rising from 17 million patients today to 55 million by the year 2050, it's possible this catastrophe could be averted and lost vision even restored using molecular medicine.

Mayo researchers describe measles viral protein movement
Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that proteins on the surface of a cell twist a viral protein into position, allowing the virus to start infection and cause disease, all in a movement as graceful as a ballroom dance.

New device set to combat fear of the dentist's drill
An innovative device which cancels out the noise of the dental drill could spell the end of people's anxiety about trips to the dentist, according to experts at King's College London, Brunel University and London South Bank University, who pioneered the invention.

Supercomputer unravels structures in DVD materials
Although the storage of films and music on a DVD is part of our digital world, the physical basis of the storage mechanism is not understood in detail.

Igloo-shaped 'Poo-Gloos' eat sewage
Inexpensive igloo-shaped, pollution-eating devices nicknamed
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