Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 26, 2014
Getting a charge from changes in humidity
A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.

How does the brain create sequences?
In an article published today in Nature Neuroscience, neuroscientists working at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme and at the Salk Institute reveal that neurons in the basal ganglia can signal the concatenation of individual elements into a behavioral sequence.

Engineers teach old chemical new tricks to make cleaner fuels, fertilizers
University researchers from two continents have engineered an efficient and environmentally friendly catalyst for the production of molecular hydrogen, a compound used extensively in modern industry to manufacture fertilizer and refine crude oil into gasoline.

Cleveland Clinic researchers discover process that turns 'good cholesterol' bad
Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered the process by which high-density lipoprotein -- the so-called

Drug to reverse breast cancer spread in development
Researchers at Cardiff University are developing a novel compound known to reverse the spread of malignant breast cancer cells.

Blue eyes and dark skin, that's how the European hunter-gatherer looked
La Braña 1, the name used to baptize a 7,000-year-old individual from the Mesolithic Period whose remains were recovered at La Braña-Arintero site in Valdelugueros (León, Spain), had blue eyes and dark skin.

Picture of how our climate is affected by greenhouse gases is a 'cloudy' one
The warming effect of human-induced greenhouse gases is a given, but to what extent can we predict its future influence?

Sensitivity of carbon cycle to tropical temperature variations has doubled, research shows
The tropical carbon cycle has become twice as sensitive to temperature variations over the past 50 years, new research has revealed.

Temple surgeon working to bring new stent for aortic aneurysms to patients in the US
Temple University Hospital could be among the first US-based hospitals to test a new device known as a multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm.

Long-lived breast stem cells could retain cancer legacy
Researchers from Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have discovered that breast stem cells and their

Shortening guide RNA markedly improves specificity of CRISPR-Cas nucleases
A simple adjustment to a powerful gene-editing tool may be able to improve its specificity. 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