Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 16, 2011
LCD projector used to control brain and muscles of tiny organisms such as worms
Researchers are using inexpensive LCD projectors to control the brain and muscles of tiny organisms, including freely moving worms.

5 standout species for extensive green roofs
Extensive green roofs are characterized by shallow-depth (typically less than 15 centimeters deep) growing media.

In scientific first, researchers visualize naturally occurring mRNA
In a technique that could eventually shed light on how gene expression influences human disease, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have for the first time ever successfully visualized single molecules of naturally occurring messenger RNA transcribed in living mammalian cells.

Big breakfast bunkum
Does eating a big breakfast help weight loss or is it better to skip breakfast altogether?

New technique to see neurons of the deep brain for months at a time developed at Stanford
Stanford researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to monitor the tiny branches of neurons in a live brain for months at a time.

'Green' chemistry extraction method developed for hot capsicum fruit
Used in processed foods and cosmetics, the red pigments in Capsicum (chile pepper) are important sources of non-toxic red dyes.

Henry Ford Hospital study: Shoulder function not fully restored after surgery
Shoulder motion after rotator cuff surgery remains significantly different when compared to the patient's opposite shoulder, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

MicroRNA suppresses prostate cancer stem cells and metastasis
miR-34a targets a surface protein common to cancer stem cells and associated with tumor development and metastasis.

Genetic origin of cultivated citrus determined
Even with a documented history of cultivation spanning more than 4,000 years, the exact genetic origins of cultivated Citrus species such as sweet orange, lemon, and grapefruit have remained obscure.

Essential oil pill prevents PMS
A pill containing a mix of essential oils has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Choosing organic milk could offset effects of climate change
Newcastle University researchers have discovered that our changing climate is having a detrimental effect on conventional milk quality, but organic milk is proving consistently better for you regardless of the time of year or weather conditions.

New research expands genetic base of cultivated strawberry
Michigan State University researchers attempting to increase the genetic base of today's most common cultivated strawberry (F. ananassa) and introduce novel genetic diversity into the cultivated gene pool crossed elite clones of two wild strawberry species and hybridized them to produce 26 reconstructed populations.

Scientists find the 'master switch' for key immune cells in inflammatory diseases
Scientists have identified a protein that acts as a

Researchers unzip MRSA and discover route for vaccine
University of Rochester Medical Center orthopedic scientists are a step closer to developing a vaccine to prevent life-threatening methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections following bone and joint surgery.
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