Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 12, 2014
Britain on brink of freshwater species 'invasion' from south east Europe
New research shows multiple invasive species with the same origin facilitate each other's ability to colonize ecosystems.

Icebergs once drifted to Florida, new climate model suggests
Using a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age about 21,000 years ago, oceanographer Alan Condron of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has shown that icebergs and meltwater from the North American ice sheet would have regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida.

NASA sees a weaker Typhoon Vongfong near Amami Oshima
The once-powerful Category 5 Typhoon Vongfong has fortunately weakened to a barely Category 1 typhoon as it approaches the big islands of Japan.

City life key to harlequin ladybird invasion
A new paper published in the Journal of Biogeography today concludes that the harlequin ladybird, an invasive alien species first recorded in the UK in 2004, has a preference for urban areas and sunnier habitats.

NASA sees Cyclone Hudhud approaching India's coast
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Cyclone Hudhud as it was nearing east-central India's coastline on Oct.

Solid nanoparticles can deform like a liquid
Nanoparticles can act like liquid on the outside and crystal on the inside.

Researchers compare efficacy of 'natural' bed bug pesticides
Researchers from Rutgers University evaluated the efficacy of nine essential oil-based products and two detergents that are labeled and marketed for bed bug control.

A novel platform for future spintronic technologies
Spintronics is a new field of electronics, using electron spin rather than charge.

Some newly discovered periodic orbits of Newton's 3-body problem are unstable
Isaac Newton's three-body problem, which examines how three bodies affected by gravitation will orbit around each other, is well known in nonlinear dynamics and applied mathematics.

One gene links susceptibility to rare infections with predisposition to autoimmune disease
Researchers thought they understood the effects of mutations in an immune gene, but then a baffling account of three children with entirely different symptoms emerged.

Revving up fluorescence for superfast LEDs
Duke Engineering researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons 1,000 times faster than normal -- a record in the field and an important step toward superfast light emitting diodes and quantum cryptography.

Bioinspired coating for medical devices repels blood and bacteria
Medical devices implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood present two critical, life-threatening challenges for doctors treating their patients: blood clotting and bacterial infection.

Satellite sees cold front headed to absorb Bermuda's Tropical Storm Fay
Tropical Storm Fay is affecting Bermuda on Sunday, Oct. 12, but a cold front over the eastern US is expected to absorb the storm over the next day or two.

Novel culture system replicates course of Alzheimer's disease, confirms amyloid hypothesis
An innovative laboratory culture system has succeeded, for the first time, in reproducing the full course of events underlying the development of Alzheimer's disease.

NASA sees newborn Tropical Storm Gonzalo form and threaten Caribbean islands
Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed quickly on Oct. 12 just east of the Leeward Islands, triggering tropical storm warnings for many islands.

Hillary Rodham Clinton to unveil early literacy toolkit for pediatricians and parents
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss the role that pediatricians and parents can play in promoting young children's early learning during her remarks on Sunday, Oct.

Australian teams set new records for silicon quantum computing
Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers.

Researchers develop new cells meant to form blood vessels, treat peripheral artery disease
Researchers have developed a technique to jump-start the body's systems for creating blood vessels, opening the door for potential new treatments for diseases whose impacts include amputation and blindness.

Atomic map reveals clues to how cholesterol is made
In spite of its dangerous reputation, cholesterol is in fact an essential component of human cells.
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