Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 29, 2011
JSCM publishes revised International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury
The 2011 revision of the International Standards for the Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury was published in the November 2011 Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.

Peru's Misti volcano: Understanding the past to assess future hazards
Misti volcano's last Plinian eruption happened ca. 2 ka, emplacing voluminous tephra-fall, pyroclastic-flow, and lahar deposits.

Don't put all your eggs in 1 basket -- or all your horses on 1 pasture
Winters in the Gobi desert are usually long and very cold but the winter of 2009-2010 was particularly severe.

The art of molecular carpet-weaving
Stable two-dimensional networks of organic molecules are important components in various nanotechnology processes.

Gene identified in increasing pancreatic cancer risk
Mutations in the ATM gene may increase the hereditary risk for pancreatic cancer, according to data published in Cancer Discovery, the newest journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Before sounding an alarm, chimps consider their audience
It's a basic rule of effective communication: consider your audience.

Key to school improvement: Reading, writing, arithmetic ... and character?
A study of 20 elementary schools in Hawaii has found that a focused program to build social, emotional and character skills resulted in significantly improved overall quality of education, as evaluated by teachers, parents and students.

Brain's connective cells are much more than glue
Research from Maurizio De Pitta of Tel Aviv University indicates that glia cells are

Breast cancer survivors benefit from practicing Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
Women recently diagnosed with breast cancer have higher survival rates than those diagnosed in previous decades, according to the American Cancer Society.

Van Andel Research Institute findings provide more complete picture of kidney cancer
Two recent studies by Van Andel Research Institute scientists are providing a foundation for a more complete understanding of distinct kidney cancer subtypes, which could pave the way for better treatments.

Great apes make sophisticated decisions
Max Planck researchers show that chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans take their choices carefully.

I know something you don't know -- and I will tell you!
Researchers found that wild chimpanzees monitor the information available to other chimpanzees and inform their ignorant group members of danger.

Study finds most paramedics are victims of abuse in the workplace
More than two-thirds of paramedics surveyed have experienced verbal, physical or sexual abuse on the job, new research has found.

Research!America Chair John Edward Porter says health research and prevention fared well in 2011
Research!America Chair John Edward Porter today called on elected officials to make a stronger investment in medical research in the new year to improve the health of Americans, maintain the nation's global competitiveness and boost the economy.

Dr. Andrew Advani receives Diabetes Innovation Award
Dr. Andrew Advani, an endocrinologist at St. Michael's Hospital, is one of 10 researchers in North America who received a newly created Novo Nordisk Diabetes Innovation Award.

People don't just think with their guts; logic plays a role too
For decades, science has suggested that when people make decisions, they tend to ignore logic and go with the gut. 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