Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 24, 2012
Southampton physicists join search for hidden magnetic states
Physicists from the University of Southampton were among the first researchers to use the new high magnetic-field beamline at Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron facility, to search for 'hidden magnetic states'.

Ancestral link places Mexican-Americans at greater risk for metabolic disease
Mexican-Americans with an ancestral link to Amerindian tribes were found to have higher insulin resistance levels, which is an indication of several chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, according to research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Native plants in urban yards offer birds 'mini-refuges'
Yards with plants that mimic native vegetation offer birds

Addressing the need for microscopic speed
University of Leicester scientists develop rapid-scanning microscope with no loss of quality.

Wind concentrates pollutants with unexpected order in an urban environment
When blown by chaotic winds in an urban environment, pollutants tend to accumulate in specific neighborhoods.

Survival statistics show hard fight when malignant brain tumors appear at multiple sites
When aggressive, malignant tumors appear in more than one location in the brain, patient survival tends to be significantly shorter than when the disease starts as a single tumor, even though patients in both groups undergo virtually identical treatments, according to research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Research Institute.

New model gives hands-on help for learning the secrets of molecules
Squishy models are anything but child's play as they help researchers understand the building-block nature of proteins.

Kaiser Permanente study finds obese youth have significantly higher risk of gallstones
Children who are overweight or obese face an increased risk for gallstones, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition.

Tropical Storm Tembin crossed over Taiwan, back over water
NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Tembin after it made a quick track across southern Taiwan and re-emerged over the open waters of the Philippine Sea.

Telemedicine startup joins incubator space at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute
Holomic LLC, a startup company commercializing medical diagnostic technology from a UCLA electrical engineering associate professor, has joined the Technology Incubator Program at the California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA.

The successful evolution of Virginia Tech's engineering learning communities
In 2010, Bevlee Watford collaborated with Jill Sible, both of Virginia Tech to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation for two million dollars to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates.

Only 2 percent of Canadians deny climate change
A new survey from IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. on Public Awareness and Acceptance of CCS shows that only two percent of Canadians deny climate change.

Boston subway system to be used to test new sensors for biological agents
The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has scheduled a series of tests in the Boston subways to measure the real-world performance of new sensors recently developed to detect biological agents.

Sunbathing helps these bugs stay healthy
Sunbathing may be healthy -- at least for one group of North American insects, the Western boxelder bug -- that apparently uses the activity to fight off germs.

Professor's Antarctica research shows potential king crab invasion
Dr. Aronson's research finds predatory crabs poised to return to warming Antarctic waters and disrupt the primeval marine communities that have lived there for millions of years.

Modeling metastasis
A technique used by animators helps scientists model how cancer cells enter the bloodstream.

2012 Science in Society Journalism Awards announced
The National Association of Science Writers' Science in Society Journalism Awards provide recognition -- without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest -- for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society.

University of Minnesota engineering researchers discover new non-invasive method for diagnosing epilepsy
A team of University of Minnesota biomedical engineers and researchers from Mayo Clinic published a groundbreaking study today that outlines how a new type of non-invasive brain scan taken immediately after a seizure gives additional insight into possible causes and treatments for epilepsy patients.

NSF reports on R&D spending by businesses in the United States
Businesses in the United States are focusing a large portion of their research and development efforts on health and defense, according to a National Science Foundation report released today.

Sandia experts, students explore cyber issues during weeklong summer institute
Top graduate students pursuing careers in cybersecurity worked alongside Sandia and other prominent cybersecurity experts in a week-long summer institute sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories at the Livermore Valley Open Campus.

University of East Anglia research shows children at risk from rural water supplies
Children drinking from around half the UK's private water supplies are almost five times more likely to pick up stomach infections - according to research from the University of East Anglia.

Researchers describe new molecular interactions behind the inhibition of TGF beta-signaling
Researchers in Barcelona and New York have identified a new molecular mechanism that plays a crucial role in the control of the activation of certain genes associated with cancer.

Lessons from Bangladesh
Before he left for Bangladesh to conduct a workshop this summer, UC Riverside's Glenn Hicks did not quite know what to expect.

The end of an era? Branding horses does not enable them to be identified
Despite increasing evidence that branding foals causes the animals stress, many horse breeders still claim that this practice represents the best identification method.

Microwave ovens may help produce lower cost solar energy technology
The same type of microwave oven technology that most people use to heat up leftover food has found an important application in the solar energy industry, providing a new way to make thin-film photovoltaic products with less energy, expense and environmental concerns.

IASLC awarded accreditation as continuing medical education provider
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer has been awarded Provisional Accreditation as a Continuing Medical Education provider by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

NASA spots heavy rainfall in Tropical Storm Isaac
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, known as TRMM, has been monitoring the rainfall rates within Tropical Storm Isaac as the storm entered the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Astrocytes control the generation of new neurons from neural stem cells
Researchers from the Laboratory of astrocyte biology and CNS regeneration headed by Professor Milos Pekny just published a research article in a prestigious journal Stem Cells on the molecular mechanism that controls generation of new neurons in the brain.

Virus detector harnesses ring of light in 'whispering gallery mode'
Light alters pitch to detect and weigh the world's smallest viruses one at a time.

Bigger creatures live longer, travel farther for a reason
A biological mystery about the longer lifespans of bigger creatures may be explained by the application of a physical law called the Constructal Law.

Scientists to design drug for chronic pain
Scientists at the University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital have been awarded £1.4 million to design a new drug for the treatment of chronic pain.

Working class prefers comedy and the intellectual class goes for drama
A study enjoying Spanish participation has analyzed the theater demand of society according to the socioeconomic status of the different types of the viewing public.

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers and colleagues identify PHF20, a regulator of gene P53
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues have identified PHF20, a novel transcriptional factor, and clarified its role in maintaining the stability and transcription of p53, a gene that allows for both normal cell growth and tumor suppression. 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