Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 09, 2013
How to control maple tree pests using integrated pest management
A new open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers maple tree owners information about the biology, damage, and management for the most important pests of maples with an emphasis on integrated pest management tactics.

Self-fertilizing plants contribute to their own demise
Many plants are self-fertilizing, meaning they act as both mother and father to their own seeds.

Investigation into safety of new diabetes drugs -- will manufacturers release their data?
New forms of diabetes drugs, known as GLP-1-based drugs, and promoted as

Gladstone scientists map process by which brain cells form long-term memories
Scientists have deciphered how a protein called Arc regulates the activity of neurons--providing much-needed clues into the brain's ability to form long-lasting memories.

Mice give new clues to origins of OCD
Columbia Psychiatry researchers have identified what they think may be a mechanism underlying the development of compulsive behaviors.

Carbon nanotubes for molecular magnetic resonances
Researchers at ICFO have developed a new technique for measuring very weak forces on a molecular scale.

Interferon-beta aids balance and movement in mice with spinocerebellar ataxia 7
The first in vivo trial of the use of interferon-beta in a mouse model of the group of fatal diseases known as spinocerebellar ataxia has shown that its use can significantly improve their physical condition and control symptoms.

3-D map of blood vessels in cerebral cortex holds suprises
Blood vessels within a sensory area of the mammalian brain loop and connect in unexpected ways, a new map has revealed.

The duck genome provides new insight into fighting bird flu
The duck genome consortium, consisted of scientists from China Agricultural University, BGI, University of Edinburgh and other institutes has completed the genome sequencing and analysis of the duck (Anas platyrhynchos), one principal natural host of influenza A viruses.

Scientists identify potential drug target for treatment-resistant anemias
Researchers at Whitehead Institute have identified a key target protein of glucocorticoids, the drugs that are used to increase red blood cell production in patients with certain types of anemia, including those resulting from trauma, sepsis, malaria, kidney dialysis, and chemotherapy.

How do you feed 9 billion people?
An international team of scientists has developed crop models to better forecast food production to feed a growing population -- projected to reach 9 billion by mid-century -- in the face of climate change.

MRI detects early effects of chemotherapy on children's hearts
MRI scans of children who have had chemotherapy can detect early changes in their hearts finds research in biomed Central's open access journal Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

Hundreds of insect scientists migrating to Rapid City this week
Nearly 300 entomologists will meet June 16-19, 2013, at the Best Western Ramkota Rapid City Hotel & Conference Center in Rapid City, South Dakota as the Entomological Society of America's North Central Branch holds its 68th Annual Meeting.
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