Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 22, 2012
Elsevier launches new open access journal: 'Leukemia Research Reports'
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of a new open access, online journal, Leukemia Research Reports.

Le Rouge et le Noir: Where the black dahlia gets its color
The molecular mechanisms whereby a spectrum of dahlias, from white to yellow to red to purple, get their color are already well known, but the black dahlia has hitherto remained a mystery.

Team solves birth and migration mysteries of cortex's powerful inhibitors, 'chandelier' cells
A team at CSHL for the 1st time reveals the birth timing and embryonic origin of a critical class of inhibitory brain cells called chandelier cells, tracing the specific paths they take during early development into the cerebral cortex of the mouse brain.

Adults with ADHD commit fewer crimes when on medication
Criminal behaviour in people with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) dropped sharply during periods when they were on medication, according to a new extensive registry study conducted at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

Muscle powers spearing mantis shrimp attacks
Mantis shrimps pack a powerful punch, whether they smash or spear their victims.

Relaxation good therapy for hot flushes in post-menopausal women
Women who have undergone group therapy and learned to relax have reduced their menopausal troubles by half, according to results of a study at Linköping University and Linköping University Hospital in Sweden.

Blind patient reads words stimulated directly onto the retina
For the very first time researchers have streamed braille patterns directly into a blind patient's retina, allowing him to read four-letter words accurately and quickly with an ocular neuroprosthetic device.

Why older people struggle to read fine print -- new study
Unique research into eye-movements of young and old people while reading discovers that word recognition patterns change as we grow older.

Better blood transfusions for preterm babies
Results of new research from the University of Adelaide are a promising step forward in helping to improve the quality of life-saving blood transfusions for preterm babies, by reducing the likelihood of adverse inflammatory responses to the blood.

Newly discovered effects of vitamin D on cancer
A team of researchers at McGill University have discovered a molecular basis for the potential cancer preventive effects of vitamin D.

Following in Marie Curie's footsteps
More than a century ago, a brilliant young chemist and physicist named Marie Curie, won a Nobel Prize for her ground-breaking discoveries in radioactivity.

Scientists report a potential new treatment to prevent strokes
Scientists may have discovered a new way to prevent strokes in high risk patients, according to research from the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

Scripps Research Institute scientists describe elusive replication machinery of flu viruses
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have made a major advance in understanding how flu viruses replicate within infected cells.

New risk factor identified for high blood pressure during pregnancy
Preeclampsia, a major cause of death for mother and child in Europe and the US affects about one in 20 pregnancies.

Study reveals the proteins expressed by human cytomegalovirus
New findings reveal the surprisingly complex protein-coding capacity of the human cytomegalovirus and provide the first steps toward understanding how the virus manipulates human cells during infection.

A novel therapeutic advancement in the search for heart muscle progenitor cells
Breakthrough in heart research: The research team from Professor Katja Schenke-Layland of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart has discovered cell surface markers that enable the identification and isolation of living functional cardiovascular progenitor cells (CPCs).

Magnesium oxide: From Earth to super-Earth
The mantles of Earth and other rocky planets are rich in magnesium and oxygen.

Spanish scientists design a revolutionary data storage device
The new device is protected with ten international patents including Japan, the USA, Corea and the European Union.

'Repurposed' anti-parasite drug shows promise as new TB treatment: UBC research
A well-established family of drugs used to treat parasitic diseases is showing surprising potential as a therapy for tuberculosis, according to new research from University of British Columbia microbiologists.

The smell of white
Weizmann Institute scientists apply the principles of white color and white noise to create a white smell.

ESF awards 14th European Latsis Prize to Professor Uffe Haagerup
The European Science Foundation has awarded this year's European Latsis Prize to Professor Uffe Haagerup, an eminent mathematician at the University of Copenhagen.

Inspired: Canada funds 68 bold, inventive ways to improve health, save lives in developing countries
Some 51 innovators in 18 low and middle income countries and 17 in Canada will share $7 million in Canadian grants to pursue bold, creative ideas for tackling health problems in resource-poor parts of the world.

Undisturbed excitation with pulsed light
The best method to obtain the most precise information on the inner structure of atoms and molecules is to excite them by means of resonant laser light.

Transforming 'noise' into mechanical energy at nanometric level
A team of researchers at the Freie Universität Berlin, co-ordinated by José Ignacio Pascual (current leader of the Nanoimagen team at CIC nanoGUNE), have developed a method that enables efficiently using the random movement of a molecule in order to make a macroscopic-scale lever oscillate.

New conference showcases creativity, innovation and visions for the future of public health science
Does offering workers financial incentives to exercise increase levels of physical activity?

Star Trek Classroom: The next generation of school desks
Researchers designing and testing the 'classroom of the future' have found that multi-touch, multi-user desks can boost skills in mathematics.

'Repurposed' anti-parasite drug shows promise as new TB treatment: UBC research
A well-established family of drugs used to treat parasitic diseases is showing surprising potential as a therapy for tuberculosis, according to new research from University of British Columbia microbiologists. 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