Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 27, 2011
From candy floss to rock: study provides new evidence about beginnings of the solar system
The earliest rocks in our solar system were more like candy floss than the hard rock that we know today, according to research published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Will we hear the light?
University of Utah scientists used invisible infrared light to make rat heart cells contract and toadfish inner-ear cells send signals to the brain.

First identification of nicotine as main culprit in diabetes complications among smokers
Scientists today reported the first strong evidence implicating nicotine as the main culprit responsible for persistently elevated blood sugar levels -- and the resulting increased risk of serious health complications -- in people who have diabetes and smoke.

Taming the flame: Electrical wave 'blaster' could provide new way to extinguish fires
Scientists today described a discovery that could underpin a new genre of fire‑fighting devices, including sprinkler systems that suppress fires not with water, but with zaps of electric current, without soaking and irreparably damaging the contents of a home, business, or other structure.

A possible new target for treatment of multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a disabling autoimmune disease in which nerve fibers are attacked by the patient's own immune system.

'Green' cars could be made from pineapples and bananas
Your next new car hopefully won't be a lemon. But it could be a pineapple or a banana.

Advanced technology reveals activity of single neurons during seizures
The first study to examine the activity of hundreds of individual human brain cells during seizures has found that seizures begin with extremely diverse neuronal activity, contrary to the classic view that they are characterized by massively synchronized activity.

Research shows not only the fittest survive
Darwin's notion that only the fittest survive has been called into question by new research due to be published in Nature.

The gene processes that drive acute myeloid leukaemia
Researchers have described how the most common gene mutation found in acute myeloid leukemia starts the process of cancer development and how it can cooperate with other mutations to cause full-blown leukemia.

Debut of the first practical 'artificial leaf'
Scientists today claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy -- development of the first practical artificial leaf.

Research across the universe spans multibillion-dollar industry at home
Scientists are spending scarce government money to study mysterious black stripes in the rainbow of light given off by celestial objects millions of light-years across the universe.

Viral replicase points to potential cancer therapy
Alpha viruses, such as Sindbis virus, carry their genetic information on a single strand of RNA.

Organizers pick key presentations at ACS 241st National Meeting & Exposition
Organizers of the technical program at the ACS's 241st National Meeting & Exposition have identified these highlights from their own division or committee's presentations.

Walnuts are top nut for heart-healthy antioxidants
A new scientific study positions walnuts in the No. 1 slot among a family of foods that lay claim to being among Mother Nature's most nearly perfect packaged foods: Tree and ground nuts.

Chemists play important roles as advisers for science-based television shows, movies
Producers and writers for several popular medical and science fiction television shows like House, Breaking Bad, and Zula Patrol -- major sources of information about science and technology for millions of people -- say they do strive for scientific accuracy.

New trash-to-treasure process turns landfill nuisance into plastic
With billions of pounds of meat and bone meal going to waste in landfills after a government ban on its use in cattle feed, scientists today described development of a process for using that so-called meat and bone meal to make partially biodegradable plastic that does not require raw materials made from oil or natural gas.

'Nano-bricks' may help build better packaging to keep foods fresher longer
Scientists are reporting on a new material containing an ingredient used to make bricks that shows promise as a transparent coating for improving the strength and performance of plastic food packaging.

Structure of DNA repair complex reveals workings of powerful cell motor
Over the last years, two teams of researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have steadily built a model of how a powerful DNA repair complex works.
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