Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 22, 2013
Innovative screening strategy swiftly uncovers new drug candidates, new biology
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have demonstrated a drug-discovery strategy with a double payoff -- it enables the rapid selection of chemical compounds that have a desired effect on cells and also highlights how the compounds work.

The analogue of a tsunami for telecommunication
Lomonosov Moscow State University scientists in collaboration with Swiss colleagues made a breakthrough invention of a new type of compact optical device generating stable ultrashort laser pulses.

Study offers clues to how plants evolved to cope with cold
Researchers have found new clues to how plants evolved to withstand wintry weather.

Solitons in a crystal
By creating an optical soliton in a microresonator, EPFL scientists have found a new light source that could serve in geo-navigation, telecommunications, spectroscopy and the hunt for new Earth-like planets.

Malaria drug target raises hopes for new treatments
Scientists have taken an important step towards new malaria treatments by identifying a way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying.

Study: Some plants may not adapt quickly to future climate change
Using the largest dated evolutionary tree of flowering plants ever assembled, a new study suggests how plants developed traits to withstand low temperatures, with implications that human-induced climate change may pose a bigger threat than initially thought to plants and global agriculture.

York scientists' significant step forward in biofuels quest
Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels.

Study shows Where Alzheimer's starts and how it spreads
Using high-resolution fMRI imaging in patients with Alzheimer's disease and in mouse models of the disease, researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer's: where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads.

Scientists anticipated size and location of 2012 Costa Rica earthquake
Scientists using GPS to study changes in the Earth's shape accurately forecasted the size and location of the magnitude 7.6 Nicoya earthquake that occurred in 2012 in Costa Rica.

Solar activity not a key cause of climate change, study shows
Climate change has not been strongly influenced by variations in heat from the sun, a new scientific study shows.

Greenland ice stores liquid water year-round
Researchers have found an extensive reservoir in the Greenland Ice Sheet that holds water year round.

'Be different or die' does not drive evolution
A new study has found that species living together are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin's Origin of Species.

Researchers create largest evolutionary 'timetree' of land plants to investigate traits that permit survival in cold climates
A team of researchers studying plants has assembled the largest dated evolutionary tree, using it to show the order in which flowering plants evolved specific strategies, such as the seasonal shedding of leaves, to move into areas with cold winters.
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