Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 02, 2014
Red alert: Body kills 'spontaneous' blood cancers on a daily basis
Immune cells undergo 'spontaneous' changes on a daily basis that could lead to cancers if not for the diligent surveillance of our immune system, Melbourne scientists have found.

Beneficial insects, nematodes not harmed by genetically modified, insect-resistant crops
Two new studies show that genetically modified Bt crops have no negative effects on two beneficial insect predators or on a beneficial, entomopathogenic nematode.

Nature can, selectively, buffer human-caused global warming
Can naturally occurring processes selectively buffer the full brunt of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities?

Vitamin C and E supplements hampers endurance training
Vitamin C and E supplements may blunt the improvement of muscular endurance - by disrupting cellular adaptions in exercised muscles - suggests a new study published today [3 February] in The Journal of Physiology.

Tighter economic regulation needed to reverse obesity epidemic -- study
Using a novel method, this study presents new findings on the association between the rise in obesity and the increase in fast-food consumption over a 10-year period in affluent countries.

Split decision: Stem cell signal linked with cancer growth
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a protein critical to hematopoietic stem cell function and blood formation.

Capturing ultrasharp images of multiple cell components at once
A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported Sunday in Nature Methods.

Stanford researchers discover how brain regions work together, or alone
Various regions of the brain often work independently. But what happens when two regions must cooperate to accomplish a task?

€2M EU funding for UEA project to understand Arctic ice melt
The University of East Anglia is launching a project to predict how the Arctic will cope with global warming by constructing a sea ice chamber.

NYBG launches Amazon Forest Program to help conserve Earth's largest intact forest
To help conserve an ecological treasure, the New York Botanical Garden is launching a multifaceted program to improve the management and sustainable use of the Brazilian Amazon forest.

Two papers unraveled the mystery of sex determination and benthic adaptation of the flatfish
Researchers from Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences, BGI-Shenzhen and other institutes have successfully decoded the first genome of a flatfish -- half-smooth tongue sole, providing insights into ZW sex chromosome evolution and adaptation to a benthic lifestyle.

A quicker, cheaper way to detect staph in the body
Watch out, infection. University of Iowa researchers have crated a probe that can identify staph bacteria before symptoms appear.

Bariatric surgery series
On Feb. 3, 2014 The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology will publish a series of review articles on bariatric surgery.

Making your brain social
Scientists have identified, for the first time, a way in which the decreased functional connectivity seen in the brain of many people with autism can come about: it can be caused by cells called microglia failing to trim connections between neurons, researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Monterotondo, the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and La Sapienza University demonstrate in a study published today in Nature Neuroscience.

First African study on biodiversity in genetically modified maize finds insects abundant
A new study from South Africa shows that the biodiversity of insects and related arthropods in genetically modified crop fields is essentially the same as that among conventional crops.

Transcendental Meditation reduces teacher stress and burnout, new research shows
Research indicates that stress and burnout are pervasive problems among employees, with teachers being especially vulnerable to frequent job stress.
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