Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 08, 2015
What's next in diets: Chili peppers?
A large percentage of the world's population -- fully one third, by the World Health Organization's estimates -- is currently overweight or obese.

Forcing wounds to close
A collaborative study led by scientists from the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore has revealed the mechanical forces that drive epithelial wound healing in the absence of cell supporting environment.

Electrochromic polymers create broad color palette for sunglasses, windows
Researchers have created a broad color palette of electrochromic polymers, materials that can be used for sunglasses, window tinting and other applications that rely on electrical current to produce color changes.

Bacteria's hidden traffic control
Not unlike an urban restaurant, the success of a bacterial cell depends on three things: localization, localization and localization.

Promising peptide for TBI, heart attack and stroke
By employing derivatives of humanin, a naturally occurring peptide encoded in the genome of cellular mitochondria, researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev are working to interrupt necrosis, buying precious time for tissues whose cellular mechanisms have called it quits.

Drug detectives
Good drugs are hard to design: they must not only effectively treat a medical condition, but they must also do so without having side effects that outweigh their benefits.

Genetic code cracked for worldwide dog and human parasite
For the first time, scientists have sequenced the genetic code of Toxocara canis, a roundworm that causes disease in humans and animals, which paves the way for new drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests.

'Virtual virus' unfolds the flu on a CPU
Combining experimental data from X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, cryoelectron microscopy and lipidomics, researchers have built a complete model of the outer envelope of an influenza A virion for the first time.
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