Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 06, 2011
Chocolate is a 'super fruit'
It is widely known that fruit contains antioxidants which may be beneficial to health.

Fluorescent peptides help nerves glow in surgery
Accidental damage to thin or buried nerves during surgery can have severe consequences, from chronic pain to permanent paralysis.

Pivotal discoveries in age-related macular degeneration
A study, led by University of Kentucky ophthalmologist Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati and published by the journal Nature, discovered a deficiency of the Dicer enzyme in retinal cells of patients with geographic atrophy.

Rural underage binge drinkers put their health at risk
Binge drinking is often considered to be a problem of towns and cities but new research published in BioMed Central's open-access journal BMC Public Health shows that binge drinking in rural areas is more of a problem than previously thought.

Using mining by-products to reduce algal blooms
CSIRO research has shown that some mining by-products can be effective in preventing nutrients from entering river systems, thereby reducing the potential for algal blooms.

Native American ancestry linked to greater risk of relapse in young leukemia patients
The first genome-wide study to demonstrate an inherited genetic basis for racial and ethnic disparities in cancer survival linked Native American ancestry with an increased risk of relapse in young leukemia patients.

Pollutants in aquifers may threaten future of Mexico's fast-growing 'Riviera Maya'
Pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, shampoo, toothpaste, pesticides, chemical run-off from highways and many other pollutants infiltrate the giant aquifer under Mexico's

Working together to take the pulse of the universe
Using the Parkes radio telescope, CSIRO astronomers are working closely with NASA to unlock one of astronomy's great enigmas: the science behind pulsars.

DNA engine observed in real-time traveling along base pair track
In a complex feat of nanoengineering, a team of scientists at Kyoto University and the University of Oxford have succeeded in creating a programmable molecular transport system, the workings of which can be observed in real time.

Recognizing gibbons from their regional accents
Crested gibbons live in dense Asian rainforest, specifically in China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, and, because of their environment, they communicate with other gibbons by singing.

Tropical Atlantic sees weaker trade winds and more rainfall
Earth is gradually warming, but not evenly. Efforts to pin down regional climate impacts of this warming have been hampered by biased wind observations over the oceans.

Engineers grow nanolasers on silicon, pave way for on-chip photonics
UC Berkeley engineers have found a way to grow nanolasers directly onto a silicon surface, an achievement that could lead to a new class of faster, more efficient microprocessors, as well as to powerful biochemical sensors that use optoelectronic chips.

Research links 29 genome regions with common form of inflammatory bowel disease
An international team of researchers has made new links between 29 regions of the genome and ulcerative colitis -- a common form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). 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