Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 10, 2012
New approach of resistant tuberculosis
Scientists of the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine have breathed new life into a forgotten technique and so succeeded in detecting resistant tuberculosis in circumstances where so far this was hardly feasible.

Stem cells may prevent post-injury arthritis
Duke researchers may have found a promising stem cell therapy for preventing osteoarthritis after a joint injury.

Individualized care best for lymphedema patients, MU researcher says
After reviewing published literature on lymphedema treatments, a University of Missouri researcher says emphasizing patients' quality of life rather than focusing solely on reducing swelling is critical to effectively managing the condition.

Good news: Migraines hurt your head but not your brain
According to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital, migraines are not associated with cognitive decline.

New Russian to English translation reveals the strata of the Earth
Finally, an English translation of Mikhail Lomonsov's most important work!

Researchers develop new physical face cloning method
Until now, creating animatronic copies of real human individuals is a difficult and labor-intensive process requiring the manual work of skilled animators, material designers and mechanical engineers.

NASA sees tropical cyclones march across Atlantic: Ernesto, Florence, TD7, System 92L
Four tropical systems are marching across the Atlantic Ocean basin on Aug.

Physicists explore properties of electrons in revolutionary material
Scientists from Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have found a new way to examine certain properties of electrons in graphene - a very thin material that may hold the key to new technologies in computing and other fields.

Daily aspirin usage associated with lower cancer mortality
Daily aspirin usage is associated with lower overall cancer mortality, but the association may be smaller than what was previously believed, according to a study published Aug.

How much nitrogen is fixed in the ocean?
In order to predict how the Earth's climate develops scientists have to know which gases and trace elements are naturally bound and released by the ocean and in which quantities.

NASA sees 2 tropical cyclones in Eastern Pacific
The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season is in full swing and the Eastern Pacific seems like it's trying to catch up.

The earthquake risk and Europe
For the first time, scientists of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have succeeded in setting up a harmonized catalogue of earthquakes for Europe and the Mediterranean for the last thousand years.

New regulatory mechanism discovered in cell system for eliminating unneeded proteins
A faulty gene linked to a rare blood vessel disorder has led investigators to discover a mechanism involved in determining the fate of possibly thousands of proteins working inside cells.

ONR-funded young innovators recognized by President
Six researchers funded by the Office of Naval Research were honored with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, officials announced Aug.

Of mice and melodies
Singing mice are unique rodents that use song to communicate.

Research shows gene defect's role in autism-like behavior
Scientists affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have discovered how a defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism.

For young birds, getting stressed out can be a good thing
Many studies have found that high levels of hormones that are associated with stress are a sign of poor fitness and reduced chance of survival -- but recent research on young songbirds found that some elevated hormones can be a good thing, often the difference between life and death.

Researchers invent system for 3-D reconstruction of sparse facial hair and skin
Researchers at Disney Research, Zürich, ETH Zürich, and Cornell University have invented a system to digitize facial hair and skin.

Media registration now open for TCT 2012
Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics is the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.

Stabilizing shell effects in heaviest elements directly measured
An international research team has succeeded in directly measuring the strength of shell effects in very heavy elements at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt.

Green partnerships between community groups and local councils
Powerful new partnerships with the common aim of achieving a more environmentally and economically sustainable future can be forged by community action groups and local authorities - which often regard each other with mutual suspicion and mistrust, according to social scientists.

Experts issue recommendations for treating thyroid dysfunction during and after pregnancy
The Endocrine Society has made revisions to its 2007 Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for management of thyroid disease during pregnancy and postpartum.

Why do organisms build tissues they seemingly never use?
Why, after millions of years of evolution, do organisms build structures that seemingly serve no purpose?

Populations survive despite many deleterious mutations
Max Planck scientist investigates the evolutionary model of Muller's ratchet.

Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors
New algorithms allow an autonomous robotic plane to dodge obstacles in a subterranean parking garage, without the use of GPS.

Team creates new view of body's infection response
A new 3-D view of the body's response to infection - and the ability to identify proteins involved in the response - could point to novel biomarkers and therapeutic agents for infectious diseases.

Study of fruit fly chromosomes improves understanding of evolution and fertility
Tim Karr of the Biodesign Institute at ASU reports on new research exploring the evolution of sperm structure and function, through an analysis of Drosophila genes and gene products.

Study adds to evidence daily aspirin linked to lower cancer mortality
A new study published in JNCI by several American Cancer Society researchers provides additional support for a potential benefit of daily aspirin use for cancer mortality, but the authors say important questions remain about the size of the potential benefit.

Rooting out rumors, epidemics, and crime -- with math
A team of EPFL scientists has developed an algorithm that can identify the source of an epidemic or information circulating within a network, a method that could also be used to help with criminal investigations.

Spending more on trauma care doesn't translate to higher survival rates
A large-scale review of national patient records reveals that although survival rates are the same, the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33 percent higher than the bill for treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast.

Sparse microwave imaging: A new concept in microwave imaging technology
Sparse microwave imaging is a new microwave imaging concept that aims to address the paradox between growing performance requirements and increasing system complexity by introducing sparse signal processing theory to microwave imaging.

SIAM's W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize awarded to Ruth Curtain
Awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 1994, the prize recognizes outstanding work in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory.

SIAM awards Outstanding Paper Prizes for exemplary research
Papers are selected with special emphasis on work that opens up new areas of applied mathematics or offers fresh perspectives on existing ones.

Attitudes toward outdoor smoking ban at moffitt Cancer Center evaluated
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center who surveyed employees and patients about a ban on outdoor smoking at the cancer center found that 86 percent of non-smokers supported the ban, as did 20 percent of the employees who were smokers.

Prenatal whole genome sequencing: Just because we can, should we?
With whole genome sequencing quickly becoming more affordable and accessible, we need to pay more attention to the massive amount of information it will deliver to parents -- and the fact that we don't yet understand what most of it means, concludes an article in the Hastings Center Report.

Thinking about giving, not receiving, motivates people to help others
We're often told to 'count our blessings' and be grateful for what we have.

North American freshwater fishes race to extinction
The rate of extinction of freshwater fishes in North America is estimated to be 877 times the historical background rate. 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