Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 05, 2011
GOES-13 Satellite watches Emily fizzle, morph and hope for a comeback
A new animation from the GOES-13 satellite shows the creating and morphing of what was once Tropical Storm Emily into an elongated area of low pressure over the Caribbean Sea.

Study suggests increase in public health spending results in healthier people
A recent study published in Health Affairs suggests that increases in public health spending results in healthier people, especially in communities with fewer resources.

What do Facebook and Rembrandt have in common? Everything
Facebook and artists like Rembrandt have much in common, says the author of

Is hunting wolves key to their conservation?
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers Adrian Treves and Kerry Martin surveyed 2,320 residents of Wisconsin, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming -- including both hunters and non-hunters -- between 2001 and 2007.

Major scientific programs could be slashed or eliminated under debt-reduction deal
The American Physical Society, the nation's leading organization of physicists, is deeply concerned that proposals to drastically reduce the nation's debt would do serious harm to major scientific projects.

Michigan State scholar leads effort to reform genetics instruction
Most middle-schoolers struggle to grasp the introductory concepts of genetics, a field of study considered crucial to advancing solutions to health problems and disease such as cancer, according to a study led by a Michigan State University researcher.

Weight loss improves sexual health of overweight men with diabetes
A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that in obese men with type 2 diabetes, weight loss improves erectile function, sexual desire and lowers urinary tract symptoms.

Ocean probes to help refine climate change forecasting
A USC researcher has opened a new window to understanding how the ocean impacts climate change.

Mars' northern polar regions in transition
A newly released image from ESA's Mars Express shows the north pole of Mars during the red planet's summer solstice.

NASA sees Typhoon Muifa almost twice as big as Tropical Storm Merbok
In one image, NASA's Aqua satellite captured two tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific today, Tropical Storm Merbok and the large Typhoon Muifa.

'Elegance and Enigma'
Quantum mechanics is one of mankind's most remarkable intellectual achievements.

Right to remain silent not understood by many suspects
Almost 1 million criminal cases may be compromised each year in the United States because suspects don't understand their constitutional rights, according to research presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Did past climate change encourage tree-killing fungi?
The Permian extinction 250 million years ago was the largest mass extinction on record, and among the losers were conifers that originally blanketed the arid interior of the supercontinent Pangaea.

NASA sees warmer cloud tops in infrared imagery of Tropical Storm Eugene
Warmer cloud top temperatures mean that cloud heights in a tropical cyclone are dropping and the storm doesn't have as much power to push them higher in the atmosphere.

Mindless eating: Losing weight without thinking
Dieters may not need as much willpower as they think, if they make simple changes in their surroundings that can result in eating healthier without a second thought, said a consumer psychologist at the American Psychological Association's 119th Annual Convention.

What shapes a bone?
Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that use over time and not just genetics informs the structure of jaw bones in human populations.

Gazpacho ingredients lose vitamin C during preparation
In summer, more dishes like gazpacho -- a cold soup containing raw vegetables, bread, olive oil and vinegar -- are consumed.

Human influence on the 21st century climate: 1 possible future for the atmosphere
New computer modeling work in the journal Climatic Change shows that by 2100, if society wants to limit carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to less than 40 percent higher than it is today, the lowest cost option is to use every available means of reducing emissions.

UCLA study shows man-made fat may limit damage to heart attack victims
A man-made fat called Intralipid, which is currently used as a component of intravenous nutrition and to treat rare overdoses of local anesthetics, may also offer protection for patients suffering from heart attacks.

ONR encouraging women to pursue STEM careers
While an Aug. 3 government study shows women still lag behind men in high-tech educations and careers, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has been working to narrow that gap within the Department of the Navy.

No treatment is the best treatment -- diarrhea in young foals
Many young animals develop diarrhea shortly after birth. Horses are no exception.

Space Test Program to launch trio of NRL space science and technology experiments
The Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Defense Space Test Program finalized a Memorandum of Agreement to integrate and launch science and technology experiments to the International Space Station by 2013.

McLean Hospital study shows religious beliefs impact levels of worry
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have found that those who believe in a benevolent God tend to worry less and be more tolerant of life's uncertainties than those who believe in an indifferent or punishing God.

Scientist urges government ruling on genetically engineered salmon
A Purdue University scientist is urging federal officials to decide whether genetically engineered salmon would be allowed for US consumption and arguing that not doing so may set back scientific efforts to increase food production.

Sentinel node biopsy safe, effective in head and neck melanomas, U-M study finds
A common technique for determining whether melanoma has spread can be used safely and effectively even in tumors from the head and neck area, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Montana State researcher discovers link between Montana weather, ocean near Peru
Montana State University researcher Joseph Caprio analyzed 100 years of data and found a significant link between extreme Montana weather and the ocean temperatures near Peru.

Sea lampreys fear the smell of death
A repellant for sea lampreys could be the key to better controlling one of the most destructive invasive species in the Great Lakes, says a Michigan State University researcher. 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