Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 10, 2014
Newly discovered heart molecule could lead to effective treatment for heart failure
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown cardiac molecule that could provide a key to treating, and preventing, heart failure.

'Worm pill' could ease autoimmune disease symptoms
Experts believe a molecule in parasitic worms could help explain why worm infections can effectively treat a range of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Selective verbal memory impairment due to left fornical crus injury after IVH
Dr. Sung Ho Jang and co-workers from College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Republic of Korea, using DTT, report on a male patient, 33 years old, who showed selective verbal memory impairment due to left fornical crus injury following intraventricular hemorrhage.

2010 Chilean earthquake causes icequakes in Antarctica
In March of 2010, the ice sheets in Antarctica vibrated a bit more than usual because of something more than 3,000 miles away: the 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake.

The grass really is greener on TV and computer screens, thanks to quantum dots
High-tech specks called quantum dots could bring brighter, more vibrant color to mass market TVs, tablets and other displays.

Scientists unlock key to blood vessel formation
Scientists from the University of Leeds have discovered a gene that plays a vital role in blood vessel formation, research which adds to our knowledge of how early life develops.

Neuroprotective effects of Asiaticoside
In the central nervous system, Asiaticoside has been shown to attenuate in vitro neuronal damage caused by exposure to beta-amyloid.

Scarcity of elements in products like smartphones needs addressing, say scientists
Many of today's technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials -- elements -- that are scarce or difficult to obtain.

Autophagy is a new target for treatment of neuronal injury in the hippocampus of VD rats
Professor Bin Liu and co-workers from the Affiliated Hospital of Hebei United University, China intraperitoneally injected wortmannin into a rat model of vascular dementia.

Spectacular 3-D sketching system revolutionizes design interaction and collaboration
Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver.

Bioengineers: Matrix stiffness is an essential tool in stem cell differentiation
Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego have proven that the stiffness of the extracellular matrix used to culture stem cells really does matter.

On the frontiers of cyborg science
Cyborg technology is bringing us real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultra-flexible circuits.

Physicists create water tractor beam
Physicists at The Australian National University have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.

Pregnant women and fetuses exposed to antibacterial compounds face potential health risks
As the Food and Drug Administration mulls over whether to rein in the use of common antibacterial compounds that are causing growing concern among environmental health experts, scientists are reporting today that many pregnant women and their fetuses are being exposed to these substances.

'Dimmer switch' drug idea could tackle schizophrenia without side effects
The discovery of a new mechanism of drug action could lead to the next generation of drugs to treat schizophrenia.

Carbon dioxide 'sponge' could ease transition to cleaner energy
A plastic sponge that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide might ease our tranisition away from polluting fossil fuels to new energy sources like hydrogen.

Like cling wrap, new biomaterial can coat tricky burn wounds and block out infection
Wrapping wound dressings around fingers and toes can be tricky, but for burn victims, guarding them against infection is critical.

Discovery of new form of dystrophin protein could lead to therapy for some DMD patients
Scientists have discovered a new form of dystrophin, a protein critical to normal muscle function, and identified the genetic mechanism responsible for its production.

Target identified for rare inherited neurological disease in men
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified the mechanism by which a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disease causes often crippling muscle weakness in men, in addition to reduced fertility.

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices
University College London scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.
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