Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 21, 2014
Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads
For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin 'diamond nanothreads' that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers.

From light into matter, nothing seems to stop quantum teleportation
Physicists at the University of Geneva have succeeded in teleporting the quantum state of a photon to a crystal over 25 kilometers of optical fiber.

Immune system of newborn babies is stronger than previously thought
Contrary to what was previously thought, newborn immune T cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria, according to a new study led by King's College London.

CO2 emissions set to reach new 40 billion ton record high in 2014
New research shows CO2 emissions are set to reach a new 40 billion ton record high in 2014.

Program predicts placement of chemical tags that control gene activity
Biochemists have developed a program that predicts the placement of chemical marks that control the activity of genes based on sequences of DNA.

Dry roasting could help trigger peanut allergy
Dry roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergy to peanuts than raw peanuts, suggests an Oxford University study involving mice.

Uncovering the forbidden side of molecules
Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have succeeded in observing the 'forbidden' infrared spectrum of a charged molecule for the first time.

Fracking's environmental impacts scrutinized
Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

NTU starts international consortium to develop new materials for sporting goods
Nanyang Technological University has set up an international consortium to develop innovative materials and process for sports products.

Battling superbugs
Two new technologies from researchers at MIT could enable novel strategies for combating drug-resistant bacteria.

Cancer cells adapt energy needs to spread illness to other organs
Scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found that cancer cells traveling to other sites have different energy needs from their 'stay-at-home' siblings which continue to proliferate at the original tumor site.

Magnetic fields make the excitons go 'round
Magnetic fields help excitons avoid getting trapped.

Researchers uncover the frontiers of R&D in medical imaging
A large part of modern medical development is medical imaging which has played an increasingly important role for health monitoring, disease detection and treatments.

Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids' playtime
'By focusing on the physical activity aspect of play, authorities put aside several aspects of play that are beneficial to young people's emotional and social health,' says professor Frohlich, University of Montreal.

Engineered proteins stick like glue -- even in water
MIT researchers find new adhesives based on mussel proteins could be useful for naval or medical applications.

Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading
Stanford researchers have created a decoy protein designed to interrupt the signaling pathway that triggers the breakaway of cancerous cells; in other words the signal that initiates metastasis.

New 'star' shaped molecule breakthrough
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created.
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