Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 02, 2015
Predicting superbugs' countermoves to new drugs
With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics.

Not all obese people develop metabolic problems linked to excess weight
Obesity does not always go hand in hand with metabolic changes in the body that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

HIV vaccines should avoid viral target cells, primate model study suggests
Vaccines designed to protect against HIV have backfired in clinical trials.

Innate behavior determines how we steer our car
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70-year-old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle.

Plant genetic advance could lead to more efficient conversion of plant biomass to biofuels
Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

New version of common antibiotic could eliminate risk of hearing loss
A study in mice has found that a commonly used antibiotic can be modified to eliminate the risk that it will cause hearing loss.

New analyses of Martian chemical maps suggest water bound to sulfates in soil
A research team led by LSU geology and geophysics assistant professor Suniti Karunatillake reveals a spatial association between the presence of sulfur and hydrogen found in martian soil.

Two Douglas Institute researchers named in the Quebec Science list of top 10 discoveries
The Douglas Mental Health University Institute is proud to announce that discoveries by two of its researchers are included on the Quebec Science list of the top 10 discoveries of 2014. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to