Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 27, 2012
10 million years to recover from mass extinction
It took some 10 million years for Earth to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time, latest research has revealed.

Land and sea species differ in climate change response
Marine and terrestrial species will likely differ in how they respond to climate change according to a new study by Simon Fraser University and Australia's University of Tasmania.

Powerful new approach to attack flu virus
An international research team has manufactured a new protein that can combat deadly flu epidemics.

Graphene-control cutting using an atomic force microscope-based nanorobot
For practical applications, controlling graphene to desired edge structures and shapes is required.

Variations of a single gene can lead to too much or too little growth, study shows
A gene previously linked to too much growth in patients has now also been linked to growth restriction.

Same gene that stunts infants' growth also makes them grow too big
UCLA geneticists have identified the mutation responsible for IMAGe syndrome, a rare disorder that stunts infants' growth.

Yale study concludes public apathy over climate change unrelated to science literacy
Are members of the public divided about climate change because they don't understand the science behind it?

Computer model pinpoints prime materials for efficient carbon capture
The electric power industry expects eventually to implement carbon capture of emissions in order to reduce greenhouse gases, yet today's best technology eats up 30 percent of a plant's power.

Kessler Foundation's Elaine Katz joins disability experts at National Transition Conference
Elaine Katz, VP of Grants and Special Initiatives at Kessler Foundation will participate in a panel of disability funding experts at the 2012 National Transition Conference: College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities.

Super-sensitive tests could detect diseases earlier
Scientists have developed an ultra-sensitive test that should enable them to detect signs of a disease in its earliest stages, in research published today in the journal Nature Materials.

Timing is everything
As reported in a May 27 paper in Nature, Harvard scientists found evidence that the evolution of birds is the result of a drastic change in how dinosaurs developed.

T cells 'hunt' parasites like animal predators seek prey, a Penn Vet-Penn Physics study reveals
By pairing an intimate knowledge of immune-system function with a deep understanding of statistical physics, a cross-disciplinary team at the University of Pennsylvania has arrived at a surprising finding: T cells use a movement strategy to track down parasites that is similar to strategies that predators such as monkeys, sharks and bluefin tuna use to hunt their prey.

'Unzipped' carbon nanotubes could help energize fuel cells and batteries, Stanford scientists say
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes riddled with defects and impurities on the outside could replace some of the expensive platinum catalysts used in fuel cells and metal-air batteries, according to scientists at Stanford University.

Stunning image of smallest possible 5 rings
Scientists have created and imaged the smallest possible five-ringed structure - about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair - and you'll probably recognize its shape.
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