Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 15, 2015
Why do starburst galaxies 'burst'?
An international team of astronomers used ALMA to dissect a cluster of star-forming clouds at the heart of NGC 253, one of the nearest starburst galaxies to the Milky Way.

Vast majority of scientists believe in engagement on public policy debates
Scientists say they are facing a challenging time and 87 percent believe that scientists should take an active role in public policy debates.

Some bilinguals use emoticons more when chatting in non-native language
A research team has found that one group of bilingual speakers used emoticons more often when typing in their second language in casual, online communication than they did when typing in their native tongue.

UNL researcher: More infectious diseases emerging because of climate change
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts is a predictable result of climate change.

Test your tweet skills with new website created by Cornell scientists
Using automated text analysis, Cornell University researchers have identified an array of features that can make a tweet more likely to get attention, and have created a website that will predict which version of a tweet will be more popular.

Cold-blooded animals grow bigger in the warm on land, but smaller in warm water
Scientists studying arthropods, the group of cold-blooded animals that includes crabs and insects, have found that individuals within species living on land tend to grow to a larger size in the warm and nearer the equator, but that the reverse is true of species found in water.

Poor decision-making can lead to cybersecurity breaches
Recent high-profile security breaches, such as those at Target, Anthem Inc. and Sony Pictures, have attracted scrutiny to how the seemingly minor decisions of individuals can have major cybersecurity consequences.

Human neural stem cells restore cognitive functions impaired by chemotherapy
Human neural stem cell treatments are showing promise for reversing learning and memory deficits after chemotherapy, according to UC Irvine radiation oncology researchers.

Associate Professor Stuart Tangye awarded a Fulbright scholarship
Associate Professor Stuart Tangye from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Australian American Fulbright Commission, an educational and cultural exchange program underwritten by the Australian and US Governments.

AAAS symposium looks at how to bring big-data skills to academia
A session Feb. 15 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting will explore how big data scientists can find careers at universities and within academic settings.

Engineer, physicist to turn the inner workings of living cells into 'molecular movies'
In back-to-back talks at the AAAS meeting, a chemical engineer and a physicist will describe how a chance meeting over lunch at an imaging workshop lead to QSTORM, a research project that aims to visualize the inner workings of cells in a new way.

An Italian cemetery may provide clues on cholera's evolution
A team of archaeologists and other researchers hope that an ancient graveyard in Italy can yield clues about the deadly bacterium that causes cholera. 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