Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 11, 2014
Ice-loss moves the Earth 250 miles down
Evidence the Earth's mantle beneath Antarctica is so 'runny' it is moving the land above it at a rate that can be detected by GPS.

Link found between cell death and inflammatory disease
A team of Melbourne researchers has shown a recently discovered type of cell death called necroptosis could be the underlying cause of inflammatory disease.

Green-energy community projects need better government backing
Research from the University of East Anglia reveals that community-led sustainable energy projects are not being taken seriously enough by the government.

Patient stem cells used to make 'heart disease-on-a-chip'
Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and 'organ-on-a-chip' technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease.

Ocean winds keep Antarctica cold, Australia dry
New Australian-led research has explained why Antarctica is not warming as much as other continents, and why southern Australia is recording more droughts.

Hydrologists find Mississippi River network's buffering system for nitrates is overwhelmed
A new method of measuring surface water-ground water interaction along the length of the Mississippi River suggests the nitrates causing the Gulf of Mexico dead zone can not be controlled through existing natural filtration systems.

Galectins direct immunity against bacteria that employ camouflage
Our bodies produce a family of proteins that recognize and kill bacteria whose carbohydrate coatings resemble those of our own cells too closely.

Flexible supercapacitor raises bar for volumetric energy density
Scientists have taken a large step toward making a fiber-like energy storage device that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors, communications equipment or other small electronics.

Revealed:Protein's role in preventing heart muscle growth leading to heart failure
Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine researchers showed for the first time that the protein Erbin is an important brake that helps prevent pathological cardiac hypertrophy.

Research suggests human microbiome studies should include a wider diversity of populations
Microbial samples taken from populations living in the US and Tanzania reveal that the microbiome of the human hand is more varied than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Microbiology.

UGA research examines fate of methane following the Deepwater Horizon spill
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout discharged roughly five million barrels of oil and up to 500,000 metric tonnes of natural gas into Gulf of Mexico offshore waters over a period of 84 days.

Hijacking bacteria's natural defenses to trap and reveal pathogens
Bad bacteria could soon have no place left to hide, thanks to new materials that turn the cell's own defenses against them.

Atlas shows how genes affect our metabolism
A comprehensive study of associations between genetic variation and human metabolism will improve our understanding of the molecular pathways underlying common complex diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Fourfold increase in the rate of diagnosed cases of celiac disease in the UK
Coeliac UK, the national charity for celiac disease announces today, May 12, 2014, new research from the University of Nottingham that has found a fourfold increase in the rate of diagnosed cases of celiac disease in the United Kingdom over the past two decades, but, still three quarters of people with celiac disease remain undiagnosed.
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