Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 04, 2015
Bring on the night, say National Park visitors in new study
A new study published in Park Science shows that nearly 90 percent of visitors to a major national park highly valued the night sky and wanted the National Park Service to take steps to reduce light pollution.

Researchers show effectiveness of non-surgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis
Patients with spinal stenosis experienced good short term benefit, lasting from weeks to months, after receiving epidural steroid injections.

Highly effective seasickness treatment on the horizon
The misery of motion sickness could be ended within five to 10 years thanks to a new treatment being developed by scientists.

NASA sees Tropical Depression Fred fading, new storm developing
The Eastern Atlantic Ocean continues to generate storms, and as satellites are watch Tropical Storm Fred fade over the next couple of days, a new area of low pressure has moved off the coast of western Africa.

Saint Louis University enrolls first US patient in rare heart disease trial
Earlier this year, investigators at Saint Louis University enrolled the first US patient in a worldwide Phase 3 clinical trial of a medication to treat patients who have a rare form of heart failure due to a gene mutation.

Journal of Applied Remote Sensing honors three with first-ever Best Paper Awards
Noteworthy articles in theoretical innovation, interdisciplinary applications, and photo-optical instrumentation design published in 2014 in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing have been honored with Best Paper Awards.

Esophageal cancer: Positron emission tomography does not improve treatment
Increasingly positron emission tomography is being used to monitor the size of the tumor during the radiological treatment of esophageal cancer.

Scientists unlock the secrets of a heat-loving microbe
Scientists studying how a heat-loving microbe transfers its DNA from one generation to the next say it could further our understanding of an extraordinary superbug.

Computer graphics: Less computing time for sand
Computer graphics today can produce amazingly photorealistic images. Many motives, however, require very long computation times.

Decontamination exterminates antibiotic-resistant bacteria from pig farm
Decontamination protocols eradicated both methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and antibiotic resistant, pathogenic intestinal bacteria, the Enterobacteriaceae, from a pig farm.

GPM sees weakening Tropical Storm Ignacio headed toward Canada
Hurricane Ignacio continues weakening as it moves over the colder waters of the Pacific Ocean far to the north of Hawaiian Islands.

New medical device concept could reduce time to diagnose infections
When a patient arrives at a hospital with a serious infection, doctors have precious few minutes to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment accordingly.

GVSU professor, student help discover one-million-year-old monkey fossil
An international team of scientists, including a Grand Valley State University professor and alumni, recently discovered a species of monkey fossil in the Dominican Republic the team has dated to be more than one million years old.

Inexpensive drug saves blood and money: Study
Using an inexpensive drug for every hip or knee replacement since 2013 has helped St.

Fourth wheat gene is key to flowering and climate adaptation
A fourth wheat gene governing vernalization -- the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation -- has been identified, giving plant breeders one more tool for developing improved varieties of wheat that are adaptable to climate change.

Georgetown and Howard receive $27 million award for clinical and translational research
A large clinical research program led by Georgetown and Howard universities, facilitating the participation of more than four million Washington-area residents in clinical trials, has received a $27 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.

September launch could give UW team rare measurements of 'dusty plasmas'
Researchers from the University of Washington are awaiting the launch an over 50-foot-long rocket from a launch site in Norway into the upper reaches of the atmosphere to observe and measure a puzzling phenomenon.

Nanoporous gold sponge makes DNA detector
Sponge-like nanoporous gold could be key to new devices to detect disease-causing agents in humans and plants, according to two recent papers by UC Davis researchers.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Kevin stream high clouds over Baja California
Tropical Storm Kevin's center was several hundred miles south-southwest of Baja California when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and saw some associated high clouds streaming over the peninsula.

Genetics Society of America supports symposia organized by student and postdoc members
The Genetics Society of America is pleased to announce the inaugural group of GSA Trainee-Organized Symposia, which are organized by student and postdoctoral members of the Society.

University of Montana professors work with NASA to examine climate change impacts
As part of a broad effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change, NASA has begun a multiyear field campaign to investigate ecological impacts of the rapidly changing climate in Alaska and northwestern Canada, such as the thawing of permafrost, wildfires and changes to wildlife habitats.

Spasm at site of atherosclerotic coronary artery narrowing increases risk of heart attack
Researchers at Kumamoto University in Japan have found that patients with coronary spasm have a higher risk of heart attack in the relatively near future, especially when the spasm occurs at the site of atherosclerotic coronary artery narrowing.

UTIA professors help launch new online wildlife disease reporting system
Researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture were instrumental in creating a new online portal for scientists studying a disease that is threatening the global populations of amphibians, reptiles and fish.

Community ecology can advance the fight against infectious diseases
The ecological complexity of many emerging disease threats -- interactions among multiple hosts, multiple vectors and even multiple parasites -- often complicates efforts aimed at controlling disease.

Climate change could leave Pacific Northwest amphibians high and dry
A new model for snow-fed mountain wetlands projects that this year's dry conditions could be common by the 2070s, affecting the Cascades frog and other mountain species.

Vestibular organ -- signal replicas make a flexible sensor
LMU researchers have shown how signals from the spinal cord adjust the sensitivity of hair cells in the inner ear to accommodate shifts in head position associated with active locomotion -- thus ensuring that balance is maintained.

Supervised tooth brushing and fluoride varnish schemes benefit kids and the health economy
Action to prevent tooth decay in children, such as supervised tooth brushing and fluoride varnish schemes, are not just beneficial to children's oral health but could also result in cost savings to the NHS of hundreds of pounds per child, so says a leading dental health researcher.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP sees a weaker Hurricane Jimena
Hurricane Jimena is on a downward spiral and is expected to continue weakening.

Plants also suffer from stress
High salt in soil dramatically stresses plant biology and reduces the growth and yield of crops.

Planetarium produces first active stereo 3-D planetarium show about NASA's SOFIA mission
The Planetarium at UT Arlington has produced the first active stereo 3-D planetarium show about NASA's SOFIA mission.

Rochester researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology to concentrate sunlight
University of Rochester researchers have been awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology that could reduce the cost of electricity from solar power.

SfN announces winners of Brain Awareness Video Contest
The Society for Neuroscience today announced the winners of the fifth annual Brain Awareness Video Contest, with winning topics covering visual processing, coding in the brain, and our 'sixth sense.'

Farthest galaxy detected
Caltech researchers have reported the detection of the farthest object yet, galaxy EGS8p7.

The multiferroic sandwich
At the moment one precludes the other: a material is either ferroelectric or magnetic.

The million year old monkey: New evidence confirms the antiquity of fossil primate
An international team of scientists have dated a species of fossil monkey found across the Caribbean to just over one million years old.

Polar bears may survive ice melt, with or without seals
As climate change accelerates ice melt in the Arctic, polar bears may find caribou and snow geese replacing seals as an important food source, shows a recent study.

Typhoon Kilo's eye gets a NASA style close-up
NASA's Aqua satellite got a close-up of Typhoon Kilo's eye as it moved through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Common antidepressant may change brain
A commonly prescribed antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in very different ways, according to new research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Do beards matter: Exploring health and humanity in the history of facial hair
Despite reaching 'peak beard' last year, their ubiquity shows no sign of abating; facial hair remains the defining look for a generation of modern men.

Real competitors enhance thrill of auctions
The thrill is part of the game -- whoever waits for his bid to be accepted on online auction platforms, feels the excitement in the bidding war for the object of desire.

Rice researchers demo solar water-splitting technology
Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules.

Stop and smell the volatile organic compounds (video)
Is there anything better than a bouquet of fresh flowers?

New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions
An international team of scientists has developed a one-step process for making seamless carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior thermal, electrical and mechanical properties in three dimensions. 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