Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 14, 2015
Cannabis: World-renowned researchers discuss a new frontier in therapeutics
While debate about recreational marijuana use continues, researchers are investigating the effectiveness of cannabis for treating pain, spasticity, and a host of other medical problems.

World's first rotary 3-D printer-cum-scanner unveiled at AAAS by NTU Singapore start-up
Nanyang Technological University's (NTU Singapore) start-up Blacksmith Group today launched the world's first compact 3-D printer that can also scan items into digitized models.

Light reveals new details of Gauguin's creative process
French artist Paul Gauguin is well known for his colorful paintings, but he also was a highly experimental printmaker.

Leading scholar presents advances in research of electric car batteries at AAAS
Lithium-sulphur batteries promise to extend the range of electric cars at least three times over current lithium ion cells and at much lower cost, making electric cars practical and potentially more appealing to a mass market.

Capturing and storing carbon in soil: Is it real and can it scale?
The Arizona State University-SoilCarbon Nation team is examining the adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing management technique that involves using small-sized fields to provide short periods of grazing for livestock and long recovery periods for fields.

Going negative
A growing number of scientists warn that low-carbon technologies might not be enough to curb global warming.

Social network analysis privacy tackled
Protecting people's privacy in an age of online big data is difficult, but doing so when using visual representations of such things as social network data may present unique challenges, according to a Penn State computer scientist.

Pitt expert talks about teenage brain development at AAAS Annual Meeting
Teenage exploration and risk taking could be explained by dramatic brain changes that allow planning and encourage the need for immediate reward, according to a University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist who be discussing her research in a panel discussion and press briefing at the AAAS annual meeting, Feb.

Quantum research past, present and future for discussion at AAAS
A panel of quantum experts from three world-leading institutes will share their insights on quantum research, from its beginnings to its exciting future, in a moderated discussion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Iconic graph at center of climate debate
The 'Hockey Stick' graph, a simple plot representing temperature over time, led to the center of the larger debate on climate change, and skewed the trajectory of at least one researcher, according to Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State.

Advances in electric car battery research to be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting
Lithium-sulfur batteries promise to extend the range of electric cars at least three times over current lithium ion cells and at much less cost, making electric cars practical and mass marketable.

Twitter the right prescription for sharing health research: UBC study
Using Twitter can help physicians be better prepared to answer questions from their patients, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia.

The future of electronics -- now in 2-D
The future of electronics could lie in a material from its past, as researchers from The Ohio State University work to turn germanium -- the material of 1940s transistors -- into a potential replacement for silicon.

A formula for predicting innovation
Arizona State University researchers are developing a mathematical technique to predict the emergence of scientific innovation, based on research citations and historical analysis.

Tracking parasites with satellites
Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and hydatids.
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