Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 01, 2014
Drivers engaged in other tasks about 10 percent of the time
Drivers eat, reach for the phone, text, or otherwise take their eyes off the road about 10 percent of the time they are behind the wheel, according to a study using video technology and in-vehicle sensors.

How best to go about getting seed money through crowdfunding
Early on in our careers, many of us were tutored as to how to best write an effective and attention-getting curriculum vitae in looking for a job.

Alcohol, tobacco, drug use far higher in severely mentally ill
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Southern California have found that rates of smoking, drinking and drug use are significantly higher among those who have psychotic disorders than in the general population.

Research into fruit fly cells could lead to cancer insights
New research by scientists at the University of Exeter has shown that cells demonstrate remarkable flexibility and versatility when it comes to how they divide -- a finding with potential links to the underlying causes of many cancers.

Virginia Tech researchers find novice teen drivers easily fall into distraction, accidents
Teens may begin their driving habits with great caution, but as months behind the wheel pass, they begin to multi-task at higher frequency rates -- dialing cell phones, eating, and talking to passengers, etc.

Tripling tobacco taxes worldwide would avoid 200 million tobacco deaths
Tripling taxes on cigarettes around the world would reduce the number of smokers by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths from lung cancer and other diseases this century, according to a review published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Insight into likelihood of retinal detachment following open globe injury
Researchers report on the first study in 35 years that reviews the circumstances around retinal detachment after open globe injuries and describes a new tool that may help ophthalmologists predict which patients are at higher risk after open globe trauma so they can potentially prevent retinal detachment from happening or identify -- and repair -- it more quickly, thus saving vision.

Novel noninvasive therapy prevents breast cancer formation in mice
A novel injectable therapy partially reverses cancer formation in cultured mammary-gland cells and prevents breast cancer development in mice, a team led by researchers from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reports.

To grow or to defend: How plants decide
Plant hormones called brassinosteroids help plants choose the best survival strategy depending on their stage of growth and environmental pressures.

US global share of research spending declines
The United States' global share of biomedical research spending fell from 51 percent in 2007 to 45 percent in 2012, while Japan and China saw dramatic increases in research spending.
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