Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 18, 2012
Obstacles holding back healthier foods from your table
There are lots of new ideas out there for giving you extra protection against chronic diseases through the food you eat.

Iconic marine mammals are 'swimming in sick seas' of terrestrial pathogens: UBC researchers
Parasites and pathogens infecting humans, pets and farm animals are increasingly being detected in marine mammals such as sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the US and Canada, and better surveillance is required to monitor public health implications, according to a panel of scientific experts from Canada and the United States.

From 'science from above' to 'science in the community'
For the first time in the 130-year history of international polar years, people living in polar regions were not just objects of study -- they led studies.

UVic researchers among presenters at global science conference
Using superheroes to learn about neuroscience and how climate change can cause energy spikes and wetland loss are among the topics tackled by UVic researchers at this year's AAAS annual meeting.

New combo of chemo and well-known malaria drug delivers double punch to tumors
Blocking autophagy -- the process of

Twists to quantum technique for secret messaging give unanticipated power
The co-inventor of quantum cryptography Artur Ekert will review advances in the secure communication protocol, up to the latest unpublished results, on Feb.

Science program announced for Euroscience Open Forum 2012 in Dublin
ESOF 2012 will take place in Dublin this year from July 11th to 15th.

UofL research shows substituting with smokeless tobacco saves lives
Substituting smokeless tobacco products can save smokers' lives, and University of Louisville researcher Brad Rodu, D.D.S., presents the scientific foundation that proves it at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Ocean acidification turns climate change winners into losers: UBC research
Adding ocean acidification and deoxygenation into the mix of climate change predictions may turn

The star factory: observing Arp 220
Using the Herschel Space Observatory, Wilson's group has found Arp 220 to have large amounts of very warm molecular hydrogen gas, a surprising find that implies molecular hydrogen is the dominant coolant in the high-temperature gas.

Atomtronics: A new phase
A new theoretical study of ultracold atoms, held in an optical trap, finds exotic new phases of matter.

IU's Menczer to present latest work on tracking ideas in social media
Indiana University's Filippo Menczer has shown how to

European scientists call for greater integrity, openness, clarity and public engagement
European-based speakers representing the fields of nuclear energy, genetically modified organisms, and harm reduction science in tobacco made the plea on Feb.

Alzheimer's drugs may have adverse side effects
Alzheimer's disease drugs now being tested in clinical trials may have potentially adverse side effects.

Window into world's future oceans unveiled by NF-UBC Nereus team
An international team from the Nippon Foundation-University of British Columbia Nereus program has unveiled the first global model of life in the world's oceans, allowing scientists and policymakers to predict - and show through 3D visualizations - the state of life in the oceans of the future.

Gamma-ray bursts' highest power side unveiled by Fermi telescope
Detectable for only a few seconds but possessing enormous energy, gamma-ray bursts are difficult to capture because their energy does not penetrate the Earth's atmosphere.

'Beam me up, Scotty:' ASU professor uses Star Trek themes to communicate science
Before firing up the dilithium crystals in your warp drive, you should know what you are getting into, said Lawrence Krauss, ASU Foundation Professor at Arizona State University.

Computer scientist developing intersections of the future with fully autonomous vehicles
Intersections of the future will not need stop lights or stop signs, but will look like a somewhat chaotic flow of driverless, autonomous cars slipping past one another as they are managed by a virtual traffic controller, says computer scientist Peter Stone.

Teaching science to the religious? Focus on how theories develop
Brown biology Professor Ken Miller understands that most students are religious.

Research at AAAS highlights national, international 'excellence gaps' in education
News media and think tanks often call attention to achievement gaps in education, highlighting test-score differences between racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Ravi Singh highlights innovative wheat breeding techniques
Ravi Singh, CIMMYT wheat breeder, discussed innovative breeding techniques that are being employed to combat the threat of Ug99, a virulent form of stem rust that threatens the world's wheat crops.

Repelling the knapweed invasion
Judith Myers' research has helped reduce the threat of knapweed.

Landscape fire smoke contributes to hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide, new research suggests
Worldwide, smoke from landscape fires contributed to an average of 339,000 deaths per year between 1997 and 2006, according to new research published in Environmental Health Perspectives and released today during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to present on autism at AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver
Two UC Davis MIND Institute researchers will lead a symposium on relationships between genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on the development of autism in children during the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Feb.

'Duet of 1' possible with hand-controlled voice synthesizer
New technology at the University of British Columbia makes it possible for a person to speak or sing just by using their hands to control a speech synthesizer.

Iowa State researchers: Information flow can help farmers cope with climate change
The instant communications technology that nurtured grassroots revolutions in the Arab world could also help farmers cope with climate change.

A new EEG shows how brain tracts are formed
In the past few years, researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, have made several breakthroughs in discovering how the brain of preterm babies work, in developing treatments to protect the brain, and in developing research methods suitable for hospital use.

As climate change increases forest fires, smoke forecasting could help protect public health
Satellite images, air quality measurements and smoke forecasting models are useful tools to help individuals and public health professionals prepare for smoke episodes in areas at risk from forest fire smoke, according to University of British Columbia researcher Michael Brauer.

Peat fires could accelerate climate change
Douglas Woolford of Wilfrid Laurier University will present findings that show how the fire season is becoming longer, and Mike Flannigan of the University of Alberta will highlight the increased risk of peat fires. 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