Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 23, 2011
Millipede border control better than ours
An Australian zoologist has documented a remarkably sharp boundary between two species of millipede in northwest Tasmania.

UK researchers present findings from Kentucky breast cancer patients with disease relapse
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center breast oncologist Dr.

Cleveland Clinic researcher discovers genetic cause of thyroid cancer
Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered three genes that increase the risk of thyroid cancer, which is has the largest incidence increase in cancers among both men and women.

Researchers evaluate conservation of island bird species in the context of climate change
The island scrub-jay is the only island endemic passerine species in the continental United States.

Wayne State receives DOD grant; study may give insight to slow or halt breast cancer
A Wayne State University School of Medicine post-doctoral researcher has secured a significant grant to study the signaling process that triggers a type of breast cancer to transform into an invasive state.

Cleveland Clinic researchers honored for contributions to science
Cleveland Clinic researchers Bruce Lamb, Ph.D., and Xiaoxia Li, Ph.D., were recently named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

What are emotion expressions for?
That cartoon scary face -- wide eyes, ready to run -- may have helped our primate ancestors survive in a dangerous wild, according to the authors of an article published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

More accurate than Santa Claus
Every year for Christmas, the North American Air Defence Command NORAD posts an animation on their website, in which the exact flight path of Santa Claus' sled led by reindeer Rudolf is precisely located http://www.noradsanta.org/en/.

Linguists to gather in Portland for national conference
Hundreds of linguistic scholars from across the US and around the world will convene in Portland, Ore., for the 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) this January.

Guttman, Radley, Reddien, Reiter receive young investigator awards from anatomy society
The American Association of Anatomist's (AAA) Young Investigator Awards combine three long-standing AAA awards -- Bensley, Herrick, and Mossman -- with the recently established Morphological Sciences Award, all recognizing investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their research in cell/molecular biology, developmental biology, comparative neuroanatomy, or the morphological sciences.

A new sensor to detect lung cancer from exhaled breath
Tecnalia, through the Interreg project Medisen, is contributing to develop biosensors capable of detecting the presence of tumour markers of lung cancer in exhaled breath.

Viagra against heart failure: Researchers at the RUB and from Rochester throw light on the mechanism
How sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, can alleviate heart problems is reported by Bochum's researchers in cooperation with colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minnesota) in the journal Circulation.

A new way of approaching the early detection of Alzheimer's disease
One of our genes is apolipoprotein E, which often appears with a variation which nobody would want to have: APOEε4, the main genetic risk factor for sporadic Alzheimer's disease.

Pions don't want to decay into faster-than-light neutrinos, study finds
In the Dec. 24 issue of Physical Review Letters, WUSTL physicist Ramanath Cowsik and his collaborators put their finger on a problem with the now-famous OPERA experiment that reported faster-than-light, or superluminal neutrimos. last September, Cowsik raises theoretical considerations that would make the creation of superluminal nuetrinos impossible.

AAAS and Sanford-Burnham announce 2011 fellows
John C. Reed, M.D., Ph.D., and Stuart A. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Go to work on a Christmas card
If all the UK's discarded wrapping paper and Christmas cards were collected and fermented, they could make enough biofuel to run a double-decker bus to the moon and back more than 20 times, according to the researchers behind a new scientific study.

Chemistry trick renews hope against killer diseases
A Copenhagen chemist discovers a novel way to battle deadly bacteria otherwise immune to antibiotics.
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