Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 14, 2011
Bioactive compounds in berries can reduce high blood pressure
Eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia and Harvard University.

Wayne State University partners with WVU to ease information overload for software developers
Modern technologies, including the Internet, e-mail, text messages and an array of social media options, have grown in recent years to offer an infinite amount of information to consume.

Heavy metals and pesticides threaten a Huelva wetland
The Estero de Domingo Rubio wetland, located near the Marismas del Odiel Natural Area in the Huelva estuary, is regionally, nationally and internationally protected thanks to its ecological value.

Learning while driving
Everyone learns differently. Research scientists have therefore developed a system which adapts learning content to specific individual requirements.

UCSF study identifies chemicals in pregnant women
The bodies of virtually all US pregnant women carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products, according to a new study from UCSF.

Speeding up E. coli detection
A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways.

Tractors rolling over is top cause of agricultural deaths
The people in Spain at greatest risk of suffering farming accidents are those aged over 65, followed by people under 16 and people from outside the agricultural sector.

Interactive window shopping
Researchers want to make shopping trips a special experience in future by enabling passers-by to operate window displays with hand and facial gestures.

Measles virus plays role in Paget's disease of bone, Pitt-led team says
A gene from the measles virus plays a key role in the development of Paget's disease of bone, according to a team of researchers led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

DHS to underwrite 5-year, $16 million advance of DETER cyber security testbed
Since 2003, the DETER project, supported by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, and other government agencies has become a national pacesetter in research and design on cyber security testbeds.

Dot-dash to -- How modern telecommunications evolved from the telegraph to the internet
While sending texts, watching videos, receiving email, and taking photos from a palm-sized smartphone, very few people stop to think about the extraordinary changes in communication technologies that have occurred since Samuel Morse developed his first prototype telegraph in 1835.

Dramatic ocean circulation changes revealed
The unusually cold weather this winter has been caused by a change in the winds.

Enhanced early childhood education pays long-term dividends in better health
Intensive early education programs for low-income children have been shown to yield numerous educational benefits, but few studies have looked more broadly at their impact on health and health behaviors.

Mandatory menu labeling didn't change behavior at 1 fast food chain
Researchers from Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School and the public health department of Seattle & King County found, in the 13 months after mandatory-menu-labeling legislation went into effect, food-purchasing behavior at the Taco Time locations in King County was identical to that in Taco Time locations where menu boards remained unchanged.

Warming climate means red deer rutting season arrives early
Wild red deer on the Isle of Rum, which were featured in the BBC TV series Autumnwatch, are rutting earlier in the year, a study shows.

Tufts researcher elected 2010 AAAS Fellow for work in superbugs and heat-stable vaccines
Abraham L. (Linc) Sonenshein, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and member of the genetics and molecular microbiology program faculties at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts has been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow.

University of Houston professor named 2010 AAAS Fellow
University of Houston professor Richard Willson Named a 2010 Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Certain genetic profiles increase risk of coronary artery disease while others uniquely increase risk of heart attacks in those with coronary disease; blood group O offers protection
An analysis of two genome-wide association studies has shown that certain genetic profiles increase both risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and risk of heart attacks (myocardial infarction) in those with CAD.

Study finds fisheries management makes coral reefs grow faster
An 18-year study of Kenya's coral reefs by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of California at Santa Cruz has found that overfished reef systems have more sea urchins -- organisms that in turn eat coral algae that build tropical reef systems.

NASA satellite: Tropical Storm Vania brought heavy rains to southeastern New Caledonia
Tropical Storm Vania moved through southeastern New Caledonia on Jan.

Researchers discover way to halt lung inflammation in animal models
Acute inflammation of the lung is a poorly recognized human disease that develops in surprising and unexpected ways.

Improved measurements of sun to advance understanding of climate change
Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change.

NASA's TRMM Satellite sees Zelia born of System 94P
The low pressure area known as System 94P on Jan.

Blood pressure control system found in kidney's structural units
A new finding shows how the million working units in the kidney regulate salt handling.

More intensive methods needed to identify TB in HIV-prone populations
Identifying tuberculosis patients in Africa using passive methods is leaving many cases undiagnosed, according to researchers from the Netherlands, Kenya and the United States, who studied case detection methods in HIV-prone western Kenya.

LA BioMed researchers among 'America's Top Doctors'
LA BioMed researchers rank among

Symposium a platform for Office of Naval Research to showcase science and technology priorities
The Office of Naval Research showcased a number of technologies Jan.

Mammography controversy to be explored at 19th Annual Congress on Women's Health
The ongoing controversy about the appropriate age, frequency and patient benefit of mammography will be explored at the upcoming 19th Annual Congress on Women's Health, April 1-3, 2011 in Washington D.C.

Lady health workers in Pakistan reduce newborn deaths and stillbirths
An article published online first and an upcoming Lancet shows that use of public sector workers known as

NASA's Aqua sees Tropical Storm Vince about to U-turn away from Australia
Building high pressure is expected to make Tropical Storm Vince do a U-turn in the Southern Indian Ocean and take a westward track away from Western Australia.

'They talk about diversity...' -- the need for conservation of Asiatic cheetahs
Conventional wisdom tells us that the cheetah does not vary much throughout its wide range. 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