Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 09, 2014
Fight or flight? Vocal cues help deer decide during mating season
Male fallow deer are sensitive to changes in the groans that rivals make during mating season when competing for the attention of female deer, and can assess the level of threat other males pose simply from vocal cues, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London.

Seven new genetic regions linked to type 2 diabetes
Seven new genetic regions associated with type 2 diabetes have been identified in the largest study to date of the genetic basis of the disease.

Optogenetic toolkit goes multicolor
MIT researchers have found new light-sensitive proteins that allow scientists to study how multiple sets of neurons interact with each other.

Cochlear implants -- with no exterior hardware
Researchers develop cochlear implant that can be wirelessly recharged.

Genome editing goes hi-fi
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have found a way to efficiently edit the human genome one letter at a time -- not only boosting researchers' ability to model human disease, but also paving the way for therapies that cure disease by fixing these so-called

Scientists invent advanced approach to identify new drug candidates from genome sequence
In research that could ultimately lead to many new medicines, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have developed a potentially general approach to design drugs from genome sequence.

Study involving twin sisters provides clues for battling aggressive cancers
Analyzing the genomes of twin sisters -- one healthy and one with aggressive leukemia -- led an international team of researchers to identify a novel molecular target that could become a way to treat recurring and deadly malignancies.

New maps reveal locations of species at risk as climate changes
An international team of scientists has produced global maps showing how fast and in which direction local climates have shifted.

Australians discover oldest star
A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.

Pacific trade winds stall global surface warming -- for now
Heat stored in the western Pacific Ocean caused by an unprecedented strengthening of the equatorial trade winds appears to be largely responsible for the hiatus in surface warming observed over the past 13 years.
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