Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 10, 2013
U of M researchers develop a molecular 'calcium sponge' to tackle heart failure
Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology and the Lillehei Heart Institute have utilized molecular genetic engineering to optimize heart performance in models of diastolic heart failure by creating an optimized protein that can aid in high-speed relaxation similar to fast twitching muscles.

NIH scientists discover promising target to block Staphylococcus infection
National Institutes of Health scientists have identified a promising lead for developing a new type of drug to treat infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that frequently resists traditional antibiotics.

New genes for short-sightedness identified
Myopia is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment worldwide, and currently there is no cure.

Low-carbon hybrid energy systems -- China's future energy solutions
Fossil fuel leads to the huge amount of CO2 on utilization.

Old drug may point the way to new treatments for diabetes and obesity
Researchers at the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute have found that amlexanox, an off-patent drug currently prescribed for the treatment of asthma and other uses, also reverses obesity, diabetes and fatty liver in mice.

Is there gigantic jet event in middle latitude region in mainland China?
Gigantic jet is a kind of large transient discharge which occurs above thunderstorms, connecting the thunderstorm and ionosphere directly.

Birds evolved ultraviolet vision several times
A study published today in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology demonstrates that ultraviolet vision evolved at least eight times in birds from a common violet sensitive ancestor finds All of these are due to single nucleotide changes in the DNA. 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