Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 10, 2014
KIT researchers develop artificial bone marrow
Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells.

Biologist Sheila Conant wins national conservation award
Dr. Sheila Conant, a former chair of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Zoology Department who has studied Hawai'i's native and endangered species for nearly 50 years, has won the American Ornithologists' Union's Ralph W.

Loyola receives Innovation Award for clinical research database
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine has received a $6,000 Special Innovation Award for developing a user-friendly, self-serve clinical research database that will help physicians and scientists conduct groundbreaking medical research.

Technology uses micro-windmills to recharge cell phones
A UT Arlington research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large windmills are not preferred.

Regorafenib: hint of minor added benefit
Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer have severe side effects more frequently under treatment with regorafenib, but they survive longer.

Comprehensive, nonsurgical treatment improves pelvic floor dysfunction in women
University of Missouri researchers have demonstrated that a comprehensive, nonsurgical treatment significantly improves symptoms in women with pelvic floor dysfunction, a range of symptoms which include bladder and bowel problems as well as pelvic pain.

'Hip-hop' students unfairly targeted, study finds
Black and Latino

KAIST receives $20 million donation for futures studies
A retired businessman, Moon-Soul Chung, the former chief executive officer of Mirae, Inc., a semiconductor equipment company in Korea, today donated USD 20 million to the Graduate School of Future Strategy at KAIST.

Bacteria-invading virus yields new discoveries
Innovative work by two Florida State University scientists that shows the structural and DNA breakdown of a bacteria-invading virus is being featured on the cover of the February issue of the journal Virology.

Cilia use different motors for different tasks
Cilia -- tiny, hair-like fibers -- are widely present in nature.

1 species, 2 outcomes: Team seeks source of body louse pathology
A new study seeks to determine how one parasitic species can give rise to two drastically different outcomes in its host: The human body louse (Pediculus humanus) can transmit dangerous bacterial infections to humans, while the human head louse (also Pediculus humanus) does not.

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute uncover mechanism of genetic mutations known to cause familial Alzheimer's disease
New research, led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researcher Chunyu Wang, has solved one mystery in the development of familial Alzheimer's disease, a genetic variant of the disease that affects a small fraction of the Alzheimer's population.

Evidence of harmful effect of bisphenol A-based plastics
Bisphenol A impairs the function of proteins that are vital for growth processes in cells.

Fresh faced: Looking younger for longer
Newcastle University researchers have identified an antioxidant Tiron, which offers total protection against some types of sun damage and may ultimately help our skin stay looking younger for longer.

UT Arlington, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History launch innovative research center
The University of Texas at Arlington is helping to bridge the gap between scientists and the public through a new innovative partnership with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Carnegie's Chris Field receives BBVA Climate Change Award
Christopher Field, the founding director of Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology and co-chair of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, Working Group 2, has been awarded the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change.

Study: Athlete's first reaction in victory is dominance
After victory, an athlete's instinctive reaction is one that displays dominance over his or her vanquished opponent.

'Superlens' extends range of wireless power transfer
Researchers have for the first time demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.

Study quantifies costs when failed banks shun financial transparency
New study shows that more transparent accounting helps bidders, lowers costs when financial institutions fail.

Mobile phones, apps, throw lifeline to sufferers of brain and mental disorders in remote world corners
Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announces 22 new global mental health projects worldwide to improve the quality of mental health care in developing countries.

Study: Autophagy predicts which cancer cells live and die when faced with anti-cancer drugs
When a tumor is treated with an anti-cancer drug, some cells die and, unfortunately, some cells tend to live.

Primary care practitioners hesitate to prescribe antidepressants for depressed teens
Pediatric primary care practitioners are reluctant to prescribe antidepressant medications to adolescent patients -- even those with severe depression, reports a study in the January Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Khator receives Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from president of India
Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston, has received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the highest honor conferred on overseas Indians.

Researchers pursuing arthritis protein
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have investigated a special protein that appears in inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis.

Sybille Hildebrandt and Chelsea Wald awarded EGU Science Journalism Fellowship
The European Geosciences Union has named journalists Sybille Hildebrandt and Chelsea Wald as the winners of its 2014 Science Journalism Fellowship for projects on palaeontology, geochemistry and the origin of animal life, and on soil sciences and forensics, respectively.

Social media helps users embrace differences and provide support to one another, MU study finds
According to recent statistics, more than 175 million tweets are sent daily, and 11 accounts are created every second on Twitter.

Trial to test using ultrasound to move kidney stones
A clinical trial in Seattle is testing the use of low-power ultrasound to reposition kidney stones.

Innovative soft robotics technology spawns new products
The robot gripper invented by researchers at the University of Chicago and Cornell University is now available commercially.

UPNA researchers develop an ultra-low consumption chip
Researchers at the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre have developed a chip incorporating a new design of ultra-low consumption, digital analogue converter; it consumes 50 million times less than a conventional light bulb.

Text messaging boosts flu vaccine rates in pregnant women
A study by researchers at Columbia University evaluated the impact of text messaging reminders for influenza vaccine in a low-income obstetric population.

The cyborgs era has started
Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to