Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 17, 2012
Countries should implement inclusive wealth accounting
A report released today provides a path forward for countries to implement inclusive wealth accounting - a better and more comprehensive wealth indicator than GDP.

Manipulation of a specific neural circuit buried in complicated brain networks in primates
The collaborative research team led by Professor Tadashi ISA, developed

Lariats: How RNA splicing decisions are made
Lariats are discarded byproducts of RNA splicing, the process by which genetic instructions for making proteins are assembled.

Control gene for 'conveyor belt' cells could help improve oral vaccines, treat intestinal disease
Scientists have found a master regulator gene needed for the development of M cells, a mysterious type of intestinal cell involved in initiating immune responses.

Ending refugees' exile
We all tend to assume that refugees want to go home.

The most contaminated surfaces in hotel rooms
An experiment of surfaces in hotel rooms finds television remotes to be among the most heavily contaminated with bacteria and items on housekeeping carts carry the potential to cross-contaminate rooms.

Ancient global warming allowed greening of Antarctica
Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter than previously suspected, enough to support vegetation along its edges, according to a new study.

Expansion of forests in the European Arctic could result in the release of carbon dioxide
Carbon stored in Arctic tundra could be released into the atmosphere by new trees growing in the warmer region, exacerbating climate change, scientists have revealed.

Atrial fibrillation: Flec-SL trial proves efficacy of short-term antiarrhythmic drug treatment
Short-term antiarrhythmic drug treatment after cardioversion is nearly as effective in preventing recurrences of atrial fibrillation as long-term treatment.

Intestinal bacteria produce neurotransmitter, could play role in inflammation
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital have identified commensal bacteria in the human intestine that produce a neurotransmitter that may play a role in preventing or treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease.

The weight of nations: An estimation of adult human biomass
The world population is over seven billion and all of these people need feeding.

New contract between science and society critical for ensuring sustainability
Ensuring a sustainable future in the face of inter-connected, human-induced challenges facing the Earth system urgently requires new knowledge and a new relationship between science and society, according to leading scientists gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development.

UNU-IHDP and UNEP launch sustainability index that looks beyond GDP
The world's fixation on economic growth ignores a rapid and largely irreversible depletion of natural resources that will seriously harm future generations, according to a report which unveils a new indicator aimed at encouraging sustainability -- the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI).
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