Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 12, 2013
New global surveillance tool detects and monitors public concerns about vaccines in real time and could help boost vaccine uptake
Scientists have developed a global media surveillance system that enables them to look for, and systematically monitor, up-to-the-minute public concerns and rumors about vaccines originating from 144 countries.

Penn Medicine researchers identify 4 new genetic risk factors for testicular cancer
A new study in Nature Genetics looking at the genomes of more than 13,000 men identified four new genetic variants associated with an increased risk of testicular cancer, the most commonly diagnosed type in young men today.

Chemistry breakthrough sheds new light on illness and health
From microscopes to MRI scanners, imaging technology is growing ever more vital in the world's hospitals, whether for the diagnosis of illness or for research into new cures.

Research on cilia heats up: Implications for hearing, vision loss and kidney disease
Experiments at Johns Hopkins have unearthed clues about which protein signaling molecules are allowed into hollow, hair-like

Graphene joins the race to redefine the ampere
A new joint innovation by the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Cambridge could pave the way for redefining the ampere in terms of fundamental constants of physics.

Non-inherited mutations account for many heart defects, Yale researchers find
New mutations that are absent in parents but appear in their offspring account for at least 10 percent of severe congenital heart disease, reveals a massive genomics study led, in part, by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine.

Nano-breakthrough: Solving the case of the herringbone crystal
Leading nanoscientists created beautiful, tiled patterns with flat nanocrystals, but they were left with a mystery: Why did some sets of crystals arrange themselves in an alternating, herringbone style?

Environmental significance of chiral persistent organic pollutants
Chirality is an important structure characteristic of nature. With the increasing input of chiral persistent organic pollutants (POPs) into the environment, they have attracted more public attention.

Mutation causing wrong-way plumbing explains 1 type of blue-baby syndrome
Total anomalous pulmonary venous connection, one type of

'Look but don't touch'
In an article published in Nature Photonics, researchers at the Institute of Photonic Sciences report the observation of a highly fragile and volatile body through a new quantum-mechanical measurement technique.

Gene associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis identified
Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in Japan have identified the first gene to be associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (also called AIS) across Asian and Caucasian populations.

Researchers take important step in unlocking what causes congenital heart disease
Findings from the first large-scale sequencing analysis of congenital heart disease bring us closer to understanding this most common type of birth defect.

Invasion of the slugs -- halted by worms...
The gardener's best friend, the earthworm, is great at protecting leaves from being chomped by slugs, suggests research in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology.

Climate change will cause widespread global-scale loss of common plants and animals
Almost two-thirds of common plants and half the animals could see a dramatic decline this century due to climate change -- according to research from the University of East Anglia.

Electronics innovation wins Global Award
A revolutionary circuit board, which will provide a clean alternative to existing highly toxic technology, has won a Global Innovation Award.

Spontaneous mutations are major cause of congenital heart disease
Every year, thousands of babies are born with severely malformed hearts, disorders known collectively as congenital heart disease.

Carnivorous plant throws out 'junk' DNA
The newly sequenced genome of the carnivorous bladderwort plant provides surprising insight into noncoding 'junk' DNA, a mysterious genetic material that makes up about 98 percent of the human genome and much of the genomes of other species.
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