Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 09, 2012
Health monitoring? There's an app for that
A personal Bluetooth-enabled vital signs monitoring device that interfaces with a smart phone app is on the way thanks to New Zealand researchers.

Scripps Research, OPKO Health announce global license agreement for Parkinson's compound
The Scripps Research Institute and OPKO Health Inc. today announced a global agreement for the development and commercialization of SR 3306, a novel compound discovered by scientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute that blocks the destruction of brains cells in animal models of Parkinson's disease.

Orientation of desert ants: Every cue counts
Desert ants use the polarized sunlight and count their steps in order to return to their home.

High-impact EMBO Molecular Medicine to publish under open-access model
Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons Inc., and EMBO today announced that EMBO Molecular Medicine will, as of March 2012, join the Wiley Open Access publishing program.

Scientists to save pregnant mother's lives with bananas
New strains of bananas will be developed to address iron-deficiency anemia in India, a major cause of maternal death during childbirth, after a Letter of Intent was signed at Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane, Australia, this week.

Researchers reveal ways to make personalized cancer therapies more cost effective
As scientists continue making breakthroughs in personalized cancer treatment, delivering those therapies in the most cost effective manner has become increasingly important.

Assuring the future supply of raw materials
How the German economy may be assured a sustained supply of the strategic resources it will need in the future is the topic of the Fourth Freiberg Innovations Symposium which will be hosted by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology on April 19-20, 2012, in the Alte Mensa located at Petersstrasse 5 in Freiberg, Germany.

Literal Lucy to the rescue: A new way to distinguish between literal meaning and contextual meaning
A new linguistic study of how individuals interpret various types of utterances sheds more light on how literal and contextual meaning are distinguished.

Strengthening the bond between policy and science
One only has to be reminded of the BSE crisis and the MMR vaccine scare to recognize the importance of having policy informed by the best available science.

In recognizing faces, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts
How do we recognize a face? To date, most research has answered

Bite the hand that feeds...
In a paper in the British Ecological Society's Functional Ecology, University of Miami researchers unveil a groundbreaking study on tiger sharks using satellite tags to examine the long-term and long-range movement patterns of tiger sharks in response to dive tourism.

Infection control certification associated with lower MRSA infection rates
Hospitals whose infection prevention and control programs are led by a director who is board certified in infection prevention and control have significantly lower rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections than those that are not led by a certified professional, according to a new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC -- the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Women & Infants physical therapist receives national award
Women & Infants physical therapist Wendy Baltzer-Fox has been presented with the Elizabeth Noble Award from APTA.

A big discovery in the study of neutrinos, tiny particles that have a big role in the universe
An international team of physicists has determined a key parameter, which governs how neutrinos behave.

Chikyu to set sail for IODP expedition: Japan trench fast drilling project
The deep-sea scientific drilling vessel Chikyu, operated by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, will embark on Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 343 Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project, from April 1-May 24, 2012.

NASA's TRMM satellite sees hot towers in Cyclone Koji
Hot towers, or towering thunderclouds that give off an excessive amount of latent heat, usually indicate a tropical cyclone will strengthen in six hours, and NASA's TRMM satellite saw some of them as it passed by Tropical Storm Koji.

Environmentally friendly cleaning and washing
More and more everyday products are based on renewable resources, with household cleaners now containing active cleaning substances made from plant oils and sugar.

Evidence-based systems needed to reduce unnecessary imaging tests
Imaging has been identified as one of the key drivers of increased health-care costs.

Osteoarthritis Summit delineates shortcomings of research and path forward
A recent summit that brought together international multidisciplinary experts has provided a foundation for addressing what is the leading cause of disability in the United States: osteoarthritis.

NASA sees cyclone Irina weaker in Mozambique Channel
Cyclone Irina has lived a long life and caused a lot of trouble, damages and death over the course of its life, and it appears to be finally fading over the Mozambique Channel.

Gene signal demonstrates activity of topical aganirsen in models of retinal neovascular disease
Aganirsen has demonstrated significant activity in two important models of retinal neovascular diseases, wet age-related macular degeneration and ischemic retinopathy.

LA BioMed investigator, Dr. Rowan Chlebowski, co-authors study on menopausal hormone therapy
Rowan T. Chlebowski, M.D., Ph.D., an LA BioMed investigator whose research activities have focused on breast cancer therapy and prevention, and chronic diseases impacting women's health, is co-author of a study that indicates that women who use the estrogen-only form of menopausal hormone therapy appear less likely to develop breast cancer in the longer term, according to new research which was recently published the Lancet Oncology.

Researchers 'print' polymers that bend into 3-D shapes
Christian Santangelo, Ryan Hayward and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently employed photographic techniques and polymer science to develop a new technique for printing two-dimensional sheets of polymers that can fold into three-dimensional shapes when water is added.

1 year after the Japan tsunami, USC engineers help California's ports prepare
Funded by the California Geological Survey, the California Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, USC researchers will use hydrodynamic computer modelling and historical tsunami data to evaluate the currents generated by tsunamis and their effect within California ports and harbors.

Genetic marker for painful food allergy points to improved diagnosis, treatment
Researchers have identified a genetic signature for a severe, often painful food allergy -- eosinophilic esophagitis -- that could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment for children unable to eat a wide variety of foods.

Sustainability threatened by rising demand for livestock products
Global demand for meat, milk and eggs has tripled in the past four decades and is expected to double by 2050.

GoalRef goal-line technology advances to final
The International Football Association Board announced on Saturday, March 3, 2012, that it had shortlisted two goal-line technologies and approved them for a final round of testing.

How quantum mechanics cracked the nuclear code
At dawn on Thanksgiving Day of 1931, no one had a clear understanding of the essential facts of nuclear structure.

TGen research presented at myeloma conference in Scottsdale
The Translational Genomics Research Institute will present new research about the blood-cell cancer known as multiple myeloma at a free public conference hosted by the Arizona Myeloma Network.

NIH study links childhood cancer to developmental delays in milestones
Infants and toddlers who have been treated for cancer tend to reach certain developmental milestones later than do their healthy peers, say researchers at the National Institutes of Health and in Italy.

Cultural differences may impact neurologic and psychiatric rehabilitation of Spanish speakers
The number of people with neurological and psychiatric disorders in Spanish-speaking countries has increased over the past two decades.

Mapping the Moho with GOCE
The first global high-resolution map of the boundary between Earth's crust and mantle -- the Moho -- has been produced based on data from ESA's GOCE gravity satellite.

NASA's RXTE captures thermonuclear behavior of unique neutron star
A neutron star is the closest thing to a black hole that astronomers can observe directly, crushing half a million times more mass than Earth into a sphere no larger than a city.

Meteorites reveal another way to make life's components
Creating some of life's building blocks in space may be a bit like making a sandwich -- you can make them cold or hot, according to new NASA research.

TacSat-4 enables polar region SatCom experiment
On mission in the Bering Sea, the US Coast Guard Cutter HEALY participates in tests of TacSat-4 communications.

New 'pendulum' for the Ytterbium clock
At the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the optical Ytterbium clock has experienced an increase in accuracy.

Iridescent, feathered dinosaur: New evidence that feathers evolved to attract mates
The detailed feather pattern and color of Microraptor -- a pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur that lived about 120 million years ago -- had a glossy iridescent sheen.

Mid-Atlantic suburbs can expect an early spring thanks to the heat of the big city
If you've been thinking our world is more green than frozen these days, you're right.

New study shows that in US 'hot spots,' HIV infection among African-American women is 5-times higher than national estimate
ICAP at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health is part of a network of research organizations that jointly released study results finding that the HIV infection rate of black women living in certain parts of the U.S. is five times higher than overall rate of infection among black women estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Global warming threat to coral reefs: Can some species adapt?
Coral reefs are among the ecosystems most severely threatened by global warming, but hopeful new evidence has emerged that some coral species may be able to adapt to warmer oceans.

Feeding the hungry
Carlos Perez del Castillo, chair of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's consortium board, will be at Canada's International Development Research Centre March 13 to discuss the importance of renewing Canada's commitment to agricultural research.

New online energy harvesting data repository launched
Energy data from sources such as human motion, wind speeds and light irradiance that could be used to power wireless electronic devices is being made available to the world's scientific community, thanks to a new resource being launched this month. 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