Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 12, 2013
NASA's TRMM Satellite sees Cyclone Victoria being blown apart
Tropical Cyclone Victoria is now a remnant low pressure area in the Southern Indian Ocean after running into strong wind shear that has been tearing the storm apart.

Johns Hopkins experts to present genetics advances at international meeting this weekend
Johns Hopkins genetics researchers Aravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D., and David Valle, M.D., will each present at the joint conference of the Human Genome Meeting 2013 and the 21st International Congress of Genetics.

Clues to heart disease in unexpected places, Temple researchers discover
A major factor in the advance of heart disease is the death of heart tissue, a process that a team of scientists at Temple University School of Medicine's Center for Translational Medicine think could be prevented with new medicines.

The State of Spinal Cord Injury Grand Rounds
The State of Spinal Cord Injury: Latest News on Clinical Trials of Interventions to Promote Neurological Recovery will be held on April 17, 2013.

L-carnitine significantly improves patient outcomes following heart attack
L-carnitine significantly improves cardiac health in patients after a heart attack, say a multicenter team of investigators in a study published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Exercise or make dinner? Study finds adults trade one healthy act for another
American adults who prepare their own meals and exercise on the same day are likely spending more time on one of those activities at the expense of the other, a new study suggests.

NASA satellite imagery shows Cyclone Imelda one-sided
An upper-level low pressure system is sapping the cloud and thunderstorm development on the western side of Cyclone Victoria in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Asbestos exposure, asbestosis, and smoking combined greatly increase lung cancer risk
The chances of developing lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure, asbestosis and smoking are dramatically increased when these three risk factors are combined, and quitting smoking significantly reduces the risk of developing lung cancer after long-term asbestos exposure, according to a new study.

Volcano seismologist Randall White honored for public service, saving lives
The Seismological Society of America will honor seismologist Randall White for his scientific leadership in response to volcanic eruptions, both saving lives and sharing his techniques of eruptions forecasting that are now in use at volcano observatories around the world.

Fires in Central America
On April 11, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Mexico and Central America, and acquired this true-color image of dozens of fires burning across the region.

Launch of SA Strategy for Palaeosciences and Centre of Excellence for Palaeosciences
The palaeosciences fraternity has welcomed the awarding of a Palaeosciences Centre of Excellence to Wits University.

CO2 removal can lower costs of climate protection
Directly removing CO2 from the air has the potential to alter the costs of climate change mitigation.

Disappearing nannies force parents to accept their duties
Large helpers (nannies) in a cichlid fish allow the dominant male and female to reduce their personal contribution to their offspring and territory, according to new research published today in Functional Ecology.

American College of Physicians unveils tools to improve acute coronary syndrome care
The American College of Physicians today unveiled two evidence-based interventions and two videos to improve the health outcomes of patients in the first year following an initial acute coronary syndrome event.

ORIENTplus upgrade supercharges EU-China collaborative research and education
Researchers, academics and students across Europe and China are set to benefit from the 10 Gbps upgrade of the ORIENTplus research and education Internet link, celebrated at its launch event today in London.

UCSB scientists find resilience in shelled plants exposed to ocean acidification
Marine scientists have long understood the detrimental effect of fossil fuel emissions on marine ecosystems.

University of Houston Hispanic studies chair receives Fulbright grant
University of Houston Hispanic studies department chair Ana Bencomo was awarded a Core Fulbright US Scholar Grant to research how a young generation of Mexican writers are reporting narco-violence through a certain journalistic genre known as chronicle (crónicas).

Cheers to better beer and disease resistance
Scientists will use new BBSRC funding to explore the commercial potential of heritage barley varieties, their resistance to disease and their use of nitrogen.

Teenage smoking behavior influenced by friends' and parents' smoking habits
The company you keep in junior high school may have more influence on your smoking behavior than your high school friends, according to newly published research from the University of Southern California.

Reactivating memories during sleep
Why do some memories last a lifetime while others disappear quickly?

Study proposes alternative way to explain life's complexity
Evolution skeptics argue that some biological structures, like the eye, are too complex for natural selection to explain.

New bird flu strain seen adapting to mammals, humans
A genetic analysis of the avian flu virus responsible for at least nine human deaths in China portrays a virus evolving to adapt to human cells, raising concern about its potential to spark a new global flu pandemic.

All chins are not created equal
That jutting jawline may not be as universally attractive as scientists have assumed.

Study shows severity of sleep apnea is influenced by race
A new study suggests that obstructive sleep apnea severity is higher in African-American men in certain age ranges, even after controlling for body mass index.

MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute and Prize4Life receive Bio-IT World award
The Massachusetts General Hospital Neurological Clinical Research Institute and Prize4Life, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the discovery of treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, received a Best Practices Award at the 2013 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo.

Morelli receives AACR fellowship for research in metastatic colorectal cancer
For her research focusing on the refinement of predictive biomarkers and improving outcomes in the field of metastatic colorectal cancer, Maria Pia Morelli, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded the 2013 Fight Colorectal Cancer-AACR Fellowship, in memory of Lisa Dubow.

New device could cut costs on household products, pharmaceuticals
A new procedure that thickens and thins fluid at the micron level could save consumers and manufacturers money, particularly for soap products that depend on certain molecules to effectively deal with grease and dirt.

Gene may help identify risk of Alzheimer's in African Americans, Mayo Clinic says
Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida participated in a nationwide study that found minor differences between genes that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's disease in African Americans and in Caucasians.

IFR scientists use the force to decode secrets of our gut
A new technique based on atomic force microscopy was developed at the Institute of Food Research to help

Compact multipurpose scooter for crowded megacities
TUM CREATE has unveiled an all-new multipurpose scooter prototype, codenamed VOI, at the 3rd Taiwan International Electric Vehicle Show.

Secrets of bacterial slime revealed
Newcastle University scientists have revealed the mechanism that causes a slime to form, making bacteria hard to shift and resistant to antibiotics. 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