Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 27, 2011
NASA infrared satellite sees severe weather in northwest Georgia
Northwestern Georgia felt the effects of severe weather season yesterday, May 27, as severe thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall, gusty winds and reports of a tornado.

Relief on the way for delirium patients
Adults with dementia and delirium may soon have a way to combat their delirium, thanks to a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The Helmholtz Association and Inserm create 2 joint research laboratories in France
Inserm and the German Helmholtz Association announce the creation of two Franco-German joint research laboratories to promote interaction between their researchers and to foster the establishment of a new form of cooperation in life sciences and health between the two countries.

June 2011 GSA Today science article includes exclusive lithoprobe poster
What would we see and what would we learn if we were able to cut North America in half, pull it apart, and look at the resulting cross section through the continent, from the surface all the way down to its very deepest mantle roots?

When it comes to warm-up, less is more
New study in the Journal of Applied Physiology suggests that low intensity warm-ups enhance athletic performance.

Intestinal cell defense mechanism against bacteria
An international team of researchers, led by Prof. Ivan Dikic from the Goethe University in Frankfurt has now found out how body cells recognize salmonella and render it harmless.

Undertreatment of cardiovascular disease in rheumatoid arthritis patients following a heart attack
Following a first time myocardial infarction (MI or heart attack) patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were significantly less likely to have been prescribed standard post-MI treatments than healthy controls, according to data presented today at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress.

Study reveals that financial conflicts of interest are associated with positive study outcomes
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with authors receiving consulting fees/honoraria from the pharmaceutical industry have a significantly greater likelihood of reporting positive outcomes than RCTs without such financial conflicts of interest according to data presented today at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress.

NASA sees a 14-mile-wide eye and powerful Super Typhoon Songda
Typhoon Songda became a Super Typhoon in the evening on May 26, 2011, (EDT) was it reached a Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Study finds local temperature influences belief in global warming
A study by the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School explains why public belief in global warming can fluctuate -- the study finds people can base their thinking off of the day's temperature.

What fish is on your plate?
Report shows how molecular technologies can provide clear answers to questions such as

Arthritis patients taking newer treatments do not have an overall increased cancer risk
Newer biologic treatments, including infliximab (Remicade), adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab pegol (Cimzia), golimumab (Simponi) and etanercept (Enbrel), used in patients with arthritis do not increase the risk of cancer, according to data from over 13,000 patients presented today at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress.

Age, gender and social advantage affect success in quitting smoking
Where you live, how old you are and whether you're male or female all affect your chances of giving up smoking.

When cancer runs in the family
5 percent to 10 percent of all breast cancers are monogenic in origin.

S-DLE Center to boost durability, lifetime of solar power plants
Case Western Reserve University and industry are opening the S-DLE Center to dramatically improve the productive lifetime of solar energy technologies, energy-efficient lighting, roofing, building exteriors and more.

Research shows a visit to a zoo boosts science and environment knowledge
Research from the University of Warwick shows a trip to the zoo can boost your child's science and conservation education more than books or classroom teaching alone.

Does our personality affect our level of attractiveness?
Part of what determines how much success you will have in the dating world is whether you have a good sense of whether people find you attractive.

Changes in brain circuitry play role in moral sensitivity as people grow up
Moral responses to similar situations change as people age, says a study that combined brain scanning, eye-tracking and behavioral measures to understand how the brain responds to morally laden scenarios.

Human impacts of rising oceans will extend well beyond coasts
Estimates that are based on current, static population data can greatly misrepresent the true extent -- and the pronounced variability -- of the human toll of climate change, say University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.

PharmedOut asks 'who's managing medical knowledge?'
PharmedOut announces its 2nd annual conference

MDC researchers discover key molecule for stem cell pluripotency
Researchers of the Max Delbrück Center have discovered what enables embryonic stem cells to differentiate into diverse cell types and thus to be pluripotent.

New treatment dissolves blood clots in brain tissue
A new treatment that treats a subset of stroke patients by combining minimally invasive surgery, an imaging technique likened to

Dogs in motion
How does a dog run? Until now even experts found it nearly impossible to answer this simple sounding question.

A world without nano? Soon hard to imagine
Nanotech is opening up new markets and offering novel solutions to numerous challenges in a very varied range of areas.

Talking about the taboo: Women's menstrual practices and sanitation in Africa
University of Maryland researcher Vivian Hoffmann has studied poverty, migration and economic development in Africa and elsewhere, and she has first-hand experience with issues facing women in the developing world.

NASA's Swift finds most distant gamma-ray burst yet
On April 29, 2009, a five-second-long burst of gamma rays from the constellation Canes Venatici triggered the Burst Alert Telescope on NASA's Swift satellite.

The importance of 'inner values' -- female sparrows test the genetic make-up of their mates
How females select sexual partners is a significant concern to many males.

UBC researchers to lead $4.7-million study on early-stage oral cancer
Researchers from the University of British Columbia's Faculties of Medicine, Science and Dentistry are leading a $4.7-million pan-Canadian clinical trial aimed at improving outcomes for patients undergoing surgery for oral squamous cell cancers.

The use of placebo in rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials may negatively impact patients
Current study designs, assessing the effectiveness of new drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), discriminate against patients in the placebo-group, according to a critical appraisal assessing 17 trials, presented today at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress.

Better viewing through fluorescent nanotubes when peering into innards of a mouse
Stanford researchers have developed a way to see deeper -- and more clearly -- into bodily organs of laboratory mice used in studies of medications.

Low vitamin D levels seen as multiple sclerosis risk for African-Americans, UCSF study finds
In the first major study exploring the connection between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis in African-Americans, a team of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco has discovered that vitamin D levels in the blood are lower in African-Americans who have the disease, compared to African-Americans who do not.

Assessing the influence of Alaska glaciers is slippery work
With an estimated 34,000 square miles of ice, an area about the size of Maine, Alaska's multitude of glaciers have a global impact.

Chameleon magnets: Ability to switch magnets 'on' or 'off' could revolutionize computing
What causes a magnet to be a magnet, and how can we control a magnet's behavior?

Cystic fibrosis bacteria could help fight back against antibiotic resistance
A bacteria which infects people with cystic fibrosis could help combat other antibiotic-resistant microbes, according to a team from Cardiff and Warwick Universities.

Falling on deaf ears
How can someone with perfectly normal hearing become deaf to the world around them when their mind is on something else?

More money, better health?
In the past, studies have shown little to no relation between how much money you spend and how healthy you are.

Fraunhofer MEVIS: New procedure to make brain surgery safer
To increase patient safety in clinical practice and minimize risks and damage that may arise during surgery, computer support and digital medical imaging are key technologies.

TV broadcasting in 3-D
Shortly after cinemas started showing movies in three dimensions, 3-D home cinema sets were already entering the European consumer market.

NIH grant ratchets up ASU research in molecular motors
Arizona State University scientist Wayne Frasch is deciphering how one of the world's smallest molecular motors works in living cells.

Stars help to track space junk
A team of researchers from the Royal Institute and Observatory of the Navy in Cádiz (Spain) has developed a method to track the movement of geostationary objects using the position of the stars, which could help to monitor space debris.

Expert panel: The importance of interdisciplinary collaborations in new climate change solutions
The effects of climate change will be global and systemic, requiring holistic solutions that demand close interaction among physical and life scientists, economists, sociologists, and policy-makers.

Super-sticky 'ultra-bad' cholesterol revealed in people at high risk of heart disease
Scientists from the University of Warwick have discovered why a newly found form of cholesterol seems to be

Drug may help overwrite bad memories
Recalling painful memories while under the influence of the drug metyrapone reduces the brain's ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with them, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 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