Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 24, 2011
Weak synchronization in toddler brains may be a biological marker for autism
A finding that ties weak synchronization in brain activity to autism could lead to earlier diagnosis of the disorder.

New photonic crystals have both electronic and optical properties
In an advance that could open new avenues for solar cells, lasers, metamaterials and more, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated the first optoelectronically active 3-D photonic crystal.

Successful trial of targeted treatment gives hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
A study published online first by the Lancet shows it is possible, using a targeted antisense therapy called AVI-4658*, to restore expression of a key protein that is lacking in patients with the seriously debilitating condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Universal donor immune cells
A ready pool of donor immune cells fitted with cancer-seeking receptors could provide an alternative to costly personalized treatments.

Eat, prey, rain
A new model for the dynamics of clouds and rain, based on a predator-prey population model, may help us understand how clouds fit into the big climate picture.

Epigenetic 'memory' key to nature versus nurture
Researchers have made a discovery, reported this July 24 in Nature, that explains how an organism can create a biological memory of some variable condition, such as quality of nutrition or temperature.

2 genetic variations predict second cancers after radiation for children with Hodgkin lymphoma
A genome-wide association study found two tiny genetic variations that predict which patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma are likely to develop radiation-induced second cancers years after treatment.

Pocket chemistry: DNA helps glucose meters measure more than sugar
Glucose meters aren't just for diabetics anymore. Thanks to University of Illinois chemists, they can be partnered with functional DNA sensors as simple, portable, inexpensive meters for a number of target molecules in blood, serum, water or food.

Soft spheres settle in somewhat surprising structure
Latex paints and drug suspensions such as insulin or amoxicillin that do not need to be shaken or stirred may be possible thanks to a new understanding of how particles separate in liquids, according to Penn State chemical engineers, who have developed a method for predicting the way colloidal components separate based on energy.

Graphene's 'quantum leap' takes electronics a step closer
The Nobel Prize winning scientists Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov have taken a huge step forward towards creating electronics from wonder material graphene.

BGI develops new strategy to uncover structural variations of human genomes
The study on single-nucleotide resolution structural variations of an Asian and African genome was published online in Nature Biotechnology.

Unique volcanic complex discovered on moon's far side
Analysis of new images of a curious
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