Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 04, 2012
A new direction for game controllers
University of Utah engineers designed a new kind of video game controller that not only vibrates like existing devices, but pulls and stretches the thumb tips in different directions to simulate the tug of a fishing line, the recoil of a gun or the feeling of ocean waves.

X-rays reveal how soil bacteria carry out surprising chemistry
Researchers working at the US Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have used powerful X-rays to help decipher how certain natural antibiotics defy a longstanding set of chemical rules - a mechanism that has baffled organic chemists for decades.

Does your mother know?
Do your parents know where you are at night? According to 36 percent of 15-year-old boys and nearly a quarter of 15-year-old girls the answer to that question, at least once a month, is no.

Escaping parasites and pathogens
In nature, how do host species survive parasite attacks? This has not been well understood, until now.

A study reveals that eating at home prevents childhood obesity
University of Granada researchers have demonstrated that children of mothers with university studies exhibit a better nutritional status.

X-rays reveal how soil bacteria carry out surprising chemistry
Researchers from Singapore, Japan, the UK and USA have discovered how soil bacteria carry out surprising chemistry, defying a longstanding set of chemical rules and thus paving the way for new synthesis of polyether drugs.

BGI collaborates with Lal Teer Livestock Limited targeting water buffalo genome project
Lal Teer Livestock Limited, an associate of Lal Teer Seed Ltd., the largest seed company in Bangladesh with strong hybrid research program, and BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, jointly announced today that they came to a mutual agreement to conduct collaborative water buffalo genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis.

Keep smiling: Collagen matrix promotes gum healing around exposed roots
Receding gums often result in tooth sensitivity and can lead to decay of the root and persistent inflammation of the gum.

New Rice report finds Houston metropolitan area is more diverse, less segregated
Dramatic growth over the past 20 years has made Houston the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the country and reduced its segregation, according to a new report from Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.

Warming of 2 degrees inevitable over Canada
Even if zero emissions of greenhouse gases were to be achieved, the world's temperature would continue to rise by about a quarter of a degree over a decade.

Study shows brain flexibility, gives hope for natural-feeling neuroprosthetics
A new study that shows more flexibility in the brain than previously thought could be a major boost to the development of mind-controlled neuroprosthetic devices that feel natural.

Boosting cell production could help treat liver disease
Scientists have shed light on how the liver repairs itself with research that could help develop drugs to treat liver disease.

Seeing without eyes: Hydra stinging cells respond to light
In the absence of eyes, the fresh water polyp, Hydra magnipapillata, nevertheless reacts to light.

Ice hockey feels the heat in Canada
The future of Canadian outdoor ice hockey -- a sport synonymous with the country's culture -- is being threatened by anthropogenic climate change, new research suggests. 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