Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 04, 2014
NASA sees Hurricane Arthur's July fourth fireworks on US East Coast
Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina on July 3, and today, July 4, it is bringing its own fireworks along the Mid-Atlantic and New England states.

DFG to fund 5 new research units
The German Research Foundation is establishing five new Research Units.

Association found between high cholesterol and breast cancer
An association between high blood cholesterol and breast cancer has been found in a study of more than 1 million patients over a 14 year time period in the UK.

First cancer immunotherapy for dogs developed
Nearly every second dog develops cancer from the age of 10 years onward.

New optogenetic tool for controlling neuronal signalling by blue light
The way to understand the functions of neurons in the brain is lit by this technology.

The Lancet: Sierra Leone researchers call for improved health surveillance and communication around Ebola crisis
Researchers working in Sierra Leone today suggest priority actions needed to tackle the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Platonic solids generate their 4-dimensional analogues
Alicia Boole Stott, the third daughter of mathematician George Boole, is probably best known for establishing the term 'polytope' for a convex solid in four dimensions.

The Lancet: New trial suggests cheaper drugs for common heart attack procedure could improve outcomes and save health budgets millions
A new study published in The Lancet compares outcomes for two drugs used to prevent blood clot formation during emergency heart attack treatment.

Water bonus flows from climate change measures
The equivalent of one-third of Melbourne's water use could be saved each year through the implementation of efficiency measures that deal with climate change, according to a new study.

Scientists find important piece in the brain tumor puzzle
Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University and McGill University Health Centre have shown that a member of the protein family known as SUMO -- small ubiquitin-like modifier -- is a key to why tumor cells multiply uncontrollably, especially in the case of glioblastoma.

Novel type of bird pollination mechanism discovered in South America
Interactions between flowering plants and their pollinators include some of the most elaborate and intriguing relationships known to science.

Conclusion of the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting
The 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting has ended with a panel discussion entitled 'Science for the benefit of mankind' on Mainau Island, Germany, today.

First evidence for painless atrial fibrillation treatment
The first evidence for a shockless treatment for atrial fibrillation will be presented today at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Effects of conflict on women's reproductive health need to be managed sensitively
Clinicians need to be sensitive and aware of the unique challenges of women's reproductive health needs in times of conflict, suggests a new review published today in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.
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