Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 28, 2013
Plants moderate climate warming
As temperatures warm, plants release gases that help form clouds and cool the atmosphere, according to research from IIASA and the University of Helsinki.

Shape-shifting mobile devices
Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today [Monday 29 April] and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future.

Mapping of cancer cell fuel pumps paves the way for new drugs
For the first time, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have managed to obtain detailed images of the way in which the transport protein GLUT transports sugars into cells.

Turtle genome analysis sheds light on the development and evolution of turtle-specific body plan
The genome sequences of the soft-shell turtle and green sea turtle offer new clues to the development and evolution of turtle-specific body plan.

Clarifying the effect of stem cell therapy on cancer
Injection of human stem cells into mice with tumors slowed down tumor growth, finds research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy.

Penn pilot study: Group of Bradford Co, Pa. residents concerned about health effects of hydrofracking
Some residents living in areas in Bradford, Co, Pa., near natural gas operations, also known as hydraulic fracturing, are concerned their illnesses may be a result of nearby drilling operations.

Conversion from bad fat to good fat
ETH scientists have shown for the first time that white and brown fat cells can directly interconvert in a living organism from one type to the other.

How does pregnancy reduce breast cancer risk?
Being pregnant while young is known to protect a women against breast cancer.
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