Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 06, 2012
Building bridges on the Tower of Babel
In Basque, all you have to do is look at the verb to see whether the sentence has a direct object.

Higgs: The invention and discovery of the 'God Particle'
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TMC institutions get $20 million renewal grant for translational medicine center
In 2006, three Texas Medical Center institutions were among the first in the nation to receive a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries into patient treatments.

When anxiety won't go away
Scientists at the universities of Bonn and Berlin have discovered a mechanism which stops the process of forgetting anxiety after a stress event.

Images in an instant: Suomi NPP begins direct broadcast
Real-time data that will be used in everything from weather forecasts to disaster response is now being beamed down to Earth from a cone-shaped appendage aboard the nation's newest Earth-observing satellite.

New research finds increased growth responsible for color changes in coral reefs
Research from the University of Southampton and National Oceanography, Southampton, has provided new insight into the basic immune response and repair mechanisms of corals to disease and changing environmental conditions.

Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom
On this July 4th week, US beachgoers are thronging their way to seaside resorts and parks to celebrate with holiday fireworks.

Grant to allow graduate students to research water quantity and quality improvement
To address questions on water quantity and quality issues, the University of California, Riverside has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The 'appetite-suppressing' effect of proteins explained
A team led by Gilles Mithieux, director of Inserm's Unit 855

Gastroenterology, CGH maintain strong 2011 impact factors
The American Gastroenterological Association is pleased to announce that both AGA journals maintained their strong standing with the release of the much anticipated 2011 impact factors.

Heat, rainfall affect pathogenic mosquito abundance in catch basins
Rainfall and temperature affect the abundance of two mosquito species linked to West Nile Virus in storm catch basins in suburban Chicago, two University of Illinois researchers report.

Can you hear me now? New strategy discovered to prevent hearing loss
Concerned about hearing loss because of noise exposure? Research published online in the FASEB Journal may help.

Like humans bacteria remember (if only for 4 seconds), says MU researcher
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences recently recognized and rewarded Hazelbauer's scientific contributions by granting him a

High energy physics conference: Life after Higgs
The 36th International High Energy Physics conference opened on Wednesday night with the Higgs boson announcement.

In vitro studies assess the optimal concentration of propolis as a radioprotector
Researchers determined the amount of propolis offering maximum protection against ionized radiations without being toxic to blood cells.

Antibodies from rabbits reduce risks associated with unrelated donor stem cell transplantation
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center's Bone Marrow Transplant Program have demonstrated that the use of antibodies derived from rabbits can improve the survival and relapse outcomes of leukemia and myelodysplasia patients receiving a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor.

UCLA researcher discovers epigenetic links in cell-fate decisions of adult stem cells
The ability to control whether certain stem cells ultimately become bone cells holds great promise for regenerative medicine and potential therapies aimed at treating metabolic bone diseases, especially osteoporosis.

Aqueous iron interacts as strong as solid iron
HZB scientists have apply a new method --

NASA's TRMM Satellite sees heavy rainfall in Tropical Storm Daniel's center
NASA's TRMM satellite revealed that Tropical Storm Daniel's most concentrated rainfall is occurring around the storm's center.

Keeping the flu away
San Diego State University researchers at the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center may have found the secret to helping the immune system fight off the flu before it gets you sick.

Stop and go
A protein called Lem4 directs a crucial step of cell division by preventing the progress of one molecule while waving another through, scientists at EMBL Heidelberg have found.

Atmospheric scientists release first 'bottom-up' estimates of China's CO2 emissions
Atmospheric scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Nanjing University have produced the first

In search for Higgs boson, UB physicists have played a role
University at Buffalo physicists are among researchers engaged in one of modern history's most exciting scientific endeavors: The hunt for the elusive Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that could help explain why objects have mass.

UMass Amherst physicists' work is critical to Higgs boson search
The UMass Amherst physicists use ATLAS, one of two general-purpose detectors at the Large Hadron Collider deep under Switzerland and France, to make significant contributions to the project in muon identification and reconstruction.

Stanford scientists find molecule to starve lung cancer and improve ventilator recovery
Research published online in the FASEB Journal reveals a connection between sugar, cancer, and dependence on breathing machines -- microRNA-320a.

An economical, effective and biocompatible gene therapy strategy promotes cardiac repair
Dr. Changfa Guo, professor Chunsheng Wang and their co-investigators from Zhongshan hospital Fudan University, Shanghai, China have established a novel hyperbranched poly(amidoamine) nanoparticle based hypoxia regulated vascular endothelial growth factor gene therapy strategy which is an excellent substitute for the current expensive and uncontrollable VEGF gene delivery system.

UC Davis study finds that above-normal weight alone does not increase the short-term risk of death
An evaluation of national data by UC Davis researchers has found that extra weight is not necessarily linked with a higher risk of death.

Prevention is better than cure for killer cardiovascular disease
European experts in cardiovascular medicine will today gather at a two-day symposium to address the national agenda on cardiovascular disease prevention, held at Imperial College London and sponsored by leading independent academic and professional publisher SAGE.

Finding right meditation technique key to user satisfaction
A new study highlights the importance of ensuring those new to meditation select the most comfortable, rather than the most popular, method.

Spaceflight may extend the lifespan of microscopic worm
The effect of spaceflight on a microscopic worm -- Caenorhabditis elegans -- could help it to live longer.

Arctic warming linked to combination of reduced sea ice and global atmospheric warming
The combination of melting sea ice and global atmospheric warming are contributing to the high rate of warming in the Arctic, where temperatures are increasing up to four times faster than the global average, a new University of Melbourne study has shown.

Concordia welcomes 4 new Vanier scholars
Securing the funds to pursue passions in academic research is every doctoral student's dream.

UGA study finds that physical education mandates not enough in most states
Children need quality physical education to combat obesity and lead healthy lives.

E-waste: Annual gold, silver 'deposits' in new high-tech goods worth $21B; less than 15% recovered
A staggering 320 tons of gold and more than 7,500 tons of silver are now used annually to make PCs, cell phones, tablet computers and other new electronic and electrical products worldwide, adding more than $21 billion in value each year to the rich fortunes in metals eventually available through

New York University scientists discover possible treatment to reduce scarring
Ugly scars can affect body and mind, and new research online in the FASEB Journal offers a new strategy to reduce or eliminate scars on the skin.

Why women watch the Olympics
A recent study conducted by Erin Whiteside (University of Tennessee) and Marie Hardin (Pennsylvania State University) explored this question.

Director General of CERN awarded University of Melbourne highest honor
Professor Rolf Dieter Heuer, Director General of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has received the University of Melbourne's highest honor, the Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in recognition of his outstanding international contribution to science, at a special conferring ceremony at the university today.

Zebrafish provide insights into causes and treatment of human diseases
Zebrafish, popular as an aquarium fish, have an important place in research labs as a model organism for studying human diseases.

AGI announces plans for the new Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding
The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to announce its intention to launch a new initiative to address the critical need of increasing geoscience literacy.

Taking tissue regeneration beyond the state-of-the-art
The University of Nottingham has begun the search for a new class of injectable materials that will stimulate stem cells to regenerate damaged tissue in degenerative and age-related disorders of the bone, muscle and heart.

Patients trust doctors but consult the Internet
Patients look up their illnesses online to become better informed and prepared to play an active role in their care -- not because they mistrust their doctors, a new University of California, Davis, study suggests.

Building global collaboration for biodiversity intelligence
A landmark conference has agreed key priorities for harnessing the power of information technologies and social networks to understand better the workings of life on Earth, focusing on how biodiversity can continue to sustain human lives and livelihoods.

Microscope probe-sharpening technique improves resolution, durability
A simple new improvement to an essential microscope component could greatly improve imaging for researchers who study the very small, from cells to computer chips.

Zebrafish reveal promising mechanism for healing spinal cord injury
Scientists in Australia are studying the mechanisms of spinal cord repair in zebrafish, which unlike humans and other mammals can regenerate their spinal cord following injury.

HI-C sounding rocket mission has finest mirrors ever made
On July 11, NASA scientists will launch into space the highest resolution solar telescope ever to observe the solar corona, the million degree outer solar atmosphere.

Mayo Clinic YES Board creates efficiencies in emergency rooms
In the age of computers, a common problem in many health care institutions is that data come from so many sources that it becomes difficult to track and manage.

Fertility drug usage and cancer risk
Women using fertility drugs who did not conceive a 10-plus week pregnancy were at a statistically significant reduced risk of breast cancer compared to nonusers; however, women using the drugs who conceived a 10-plus week pregnancy had a statistically significant increased risk of breast cancer compared to unsuccessfully treated women, but a comparable risk to nonusers, according to a study published July 6 in the Journal of The National Cancer Institute.

Algae extract increases good cholesterol levels, Wayne State research finds
A Wayne State University researcher has found that an extract from algae could become a key to regulating cardiovascular disease.

Scientists develop mouse model that could lead to new therapies for liver cancer
Researchers have created the first mouse model demonstrating the role of a cancer promoting gene, Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1), in hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer.

NIH-funded study finds more precise way to estimate kidney function
Measuring creatinine and cystatin C -- two markers for chronic kidney disease -- more precisely estimates kidney function than either marker alone, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Scientists discover an epigenetic cause of osteoarthritis
In breakthrough research, scientists discovered that osteoarthritis sufferers have a signature epigenetic change responsible for switching on and off a gene that produces a destructive enzyme.

BWH researchers discover new vaccine candidate for Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have discovered a new vaccine candidate for the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa taking advantage of a new mechanism of immunity.

University of Rochester plays key roles in search for Higgs boson
July 4, 2012, was an historic day in science with researchers at CERN announcing the discovery of a new particle that is
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