Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 06, 2013
Drug patch treatment sees new breakthrough
This new flexible patch treatment can quicken drug delivery time while cutting waste, and can likely minimize side-effects in some cases, notable in vaccinations and in cancer therapy.

Stanford scientists use DNA to assemble a transistor from graphene
Graphene is a sheet of carbon atoms arrayed in a honeycomb pattern, just a single atom thick.

Huge gaps in hypertension management
A Simon Fraser University researcher studying hypertension rates in the US, Canada and England says each country needs to do more to prevent the condition, which is the leading risk factor for stroke and heart disease.

Co-sponsors highlight important research to be presented at the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium
Five additional studies of note are among those that will be presented at the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium, taking place Sept.

Mother chimps crucial for offspring's social skills
Orphaned chimpanzees are less socially competent than chimpanzees who were reared by their mother.

56 exceptional mentors and teachers honored with 2013 Educator of the Year Award
The Association for Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) has recognized 56 educators with the 2013 ARRO Educator of the Year Award.

Lab-on-a-chip tech, brain mapping & microbiome highlighted at translational med meeting
The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics' 8th Annual International Symposium (ITMAT) symposium, Harnessing the Paradox: Personalization and the Science of Scale, to be held in Oct.

Using digital SLRs to measure the height of Northern Lights
Ryuho Kataoka (Japanese National Institute of Polar Research) came up with a new method to measure the height of aurora borealis after working on a 3D movie for a planetarium.

Thousands to shape £8 million age-friendly design projects
Over 5,000 people are to contribute their views, experiences and even their brain wave patterns to help shape the future design of our towns, cities and care homes so they meet the needs of older people.

New NIH grants to investigate disease-related variations in genetic makeup
Five research teams have received new four-year awards to study the genomics of disease susceptibility in ethnically diverse populations.

FDA approves drug tested by Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen
Abraxane, the brand name for nab-paclitaxel, was approved for use in combination with gemcitabine, the previous standard drug therapy, following a large scale international clinical trial headed by Dr.

NASA satellites and HS3 Mission cover Tropical Storm Gabrielle's demise, watch other areas
Two NASA satellites and one of NASA's Global Hawk aircraft got good looks at Gabrielle when it weakened from a tropical storm to a depression.

Good asthma control during pregnancy is vital says new review
Good asthma management during pregnancy is vital during pregnancy as poor asthma control can have adverse effects on maternal and fetal outcomes, says a new review published today (06 September) in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.

Study suggests debris flows on arctic sand dunes are similar to dark dune spot-seepage flows on Mars
A team of scientists from Southwest Research Institute has demonstrated that frozen water in the form of snow or frost can melt to form debris flows on sunward-facing slopes of sand dunes in the Alaskan arctic at air temperatures significantly below the melting point of water.

Pornography reinforces sexist attitudes among a subgroup of heterosexuals
Pornography has long held a controversial place in society, and its relationship with a number of behaviors and attitudes has been highly debated.

1 baby in every 46 born with a congenital anomaly says new report
One baby in every 46 was born with a congenital anomaly in 2011 according to the third annual report by the British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers, released today (Friday 6 September 2013).

Growing thin films of germanium
Researchers have developed a new technique to produce thin films of germanium crystals -- key components for next-generation electronic devices such as advanced large-scale integrated circuits and flexible electronics, which are required for gadgets that move or bend.

Research yields first detailed view of morphing Parkinson's protein
Researchers have taken detailed images and measurements of the morphing structure of a brain protein thought to play a role in Parkinson's disease, information that could aid the development of medications to treat the condition.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Lorena bringing heavy rains to Mexico's west coast
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM passed over Tropical Storm Lorena from its orbit in space on Friday, Sept.

Pioneer of ecological genetics
At the annual institute symposium on Sept. 12, 2013, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, will celebrate the election of Prof.

Static killers?
Mammals contain cells whose primary function is to kill other cells in the body.

Indiana Jones meets George Jetson
A team of researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden has designed a microplasma source capable of exciting matter in a controlled, efficient way.

New connection between stacked solar cells can handle energy of 70,000 suns
North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between stacked solar cells, which should improve the overall efficiency of solar energy devices and reduce the cost of solar energy production.

Rim Fire update -- Sept. 6, 2013
The Rim Fire, now three weeks old, is still burning through Yosemite Forest.

Novel therapeutic cancer vaccine reaches human clinical trials
A cross-disciplinary team has launched a Phase I clinical trial of a therapeutic cancer vaccine designed to reprogram a patient's immune system on site to destroy tumors.

Satellite sees Atlantic Tropical Depression 8 form in southwestern Gulf of Mexico
The eighth tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico at 2 p.m.

SAGE Publications and CSWE to honor 2013 Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education award winners
SAGE and Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) are proud to announce the two recipients of the 2013 SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education Award.

ISFM takes a stand on welfare of unowned cats
Long-term confinement is not a humane option for the control of feral and stray or abandoned cat populations, according to new guidelines issued by the International Society of Feline Medicine in its Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery published by SAGE

Inflatable antennae could give CubeSats greater reach
MIT researchers have come up with a design that may significantly increase the communication range of small satellites, enabling them to travel much farther in the solar system.

New NIH awards focus on nanopore technology for DNA sequencing
The use of nanopore technology aimed at more accurate and efficient DNA sequencing is the main focus of grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

Bone growth factor may increase benign tumors but not malignant cancer
Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery with bone morphogenetic protein appear to be at increased risk of benign tumors -- but not cancers, reports a study in the September issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Researchers discover rare fossil ape cranium in China
A team of scientists from Penn State, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Arizona State University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, and the Yunnan Cultural Relics and Archaeology Institute has announced a new cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China.

Education protects women from the obesity associated with urban living
Research into the rise in obesity associated with the burgeoning industrial and service sectors in low- and middle-income countries found that education is a key factor in reducing the negative impact on women's health.
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