Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 18, 2015
Superbug colony behaviors revealed in time lapse video
A well-known 'superbug', MRSA, which was thought to have been a static or non-motile organism has been observed showing signs of active motility by scientists at The Universities of Nottingham and Sheffield.

Researchers develop new method for looking into the lungs
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in producing 3-D images showing oxygen and CO2 transport in the lungs.

Handle with care: Car seats and newborns
In 2013, car accidents resulted in approximately 8,500 infants requiring hospitalization or emergency department visits and 135 infant deaths.

Multiplying teeth
Researchers have found a way to -- literally -- multiply teeth.

Railways: Ensuring readiness in case of space weather events
The JRC has been looking into the risks of space weather impact on critical infrastructures.

West coast log, lumber exports down in third quarter of 2015
The latest data summarizing West coast log and lumber exports in the third quarter of this year were released today by the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station.

NASA sees remnants of Tropical Depression 29W over Southern Philippines
Tropical Depression 29W was being battered by vertical wind shear from the day it formed and just two days later it dissipated as it reached the southern Philippines.

IU researchers find magnesium intake may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer
Indiana University researchers have found that magnesium intake may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer.

A novel mechanism that helps activated dendritic cells to initiate effective immunity
Phagocytosis represents a critical innate barrier against infection and serves the clearance of extracellular microbes, infected and dying cells.

Lakes around the world rapidly warming
Climate change is rapidly heating up lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems across the planet, according to a study spanning six continents.

HIV identified as leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults
HIV infection is the leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults, a new study by the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health has found.

Study uncovers strategies for increasing charitable giving
A researcher at the University of Delaware found that people are more likely to give when a donation is part of a default setting they have to opt out of.

Better therapies due to computer models
The heart as a simulation: in a new project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft scientists of TU Dresden explore the computational modeling of the human heart.

2015 trending news releases recount a year of scientific breakthroughs
A University of Virginia Health System news release describing the 'missing link' between the brain and the immune system was 2015's most popular -- and most shared -- science news on EurekAlert!, a science news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Tumors hijack export pathway in cells to resist chemotherapy and fuel disease progression
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists discover a novel strategy that aggressive sarcomas use to promote drug resistance and cancer's spread plus evidence of how to reverse the process.

NASA finds huge rainfall totals from Typhoon Melor over Philippines
NASA'S Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM data collected from Dec. 12-17, 2015, were used to update Typhoon Melor's rainfall totals.

An objective measurement to identify individuals at risk of developing depression?
A network of interacting brain regions known as the default mode network (DMN) was found to have stronger connections in adults and children with a high risk of depression compared to those with a low risk.

Nanodevices at one-hundredth the cost
New techniques for building microelectromechanical systems show promise.

Radioactive matter migrates more quickly through fractured carbonate rock
The study, published in the online journal Environmental Science & Technology (ACS Publications), determined the impact of intrinsic colloid formation on increased migration of leaked radioactive materials in the environment.

New research from Harvard, MGH, and Stanford maps brain connections that regulate homeostasis
New visualization evidence from a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study of the human brain demonstrated previously unidentified structural connections between the brainstem and the forebrain.

Stroke recovery in mice improved by Ambien, Stanford study shows
Mice that had strokes rebounded significantly faster if they received low doses of a popular sleeping aid, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

NASA study: Examination of Earth's recent history key to predicting global temperatures
Estimates of future global temperatures based on recent observations must account for the differing characteristics of each important driver of recent climate change, according to a new NASA study published Dec.

Despite growth, native advertising is still difficult for consumers to recognize
The appearance of online editorial content and native, or paid, advertising is blurred in the minds of consumers, according to a research study from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Police shootings of black males: A public health problem
Research on police shootings by Keon Gilbert, DrPH, assistant professor of behavioral science and health education at Saint Louis University, identifies solutions to address a public health problem.

Watching the ribosome at work
A new statistical method could help to clarify the function of unknown genes.

Substances found in cornea activate healing of blinding scar tissue
Two substances typically associated with brain neurons are involved in the healing process of the cornea in humans.

Bacteria battle: How one changes appearance, moves away to resist the other
Two types of bacteria found in the soil have enabled scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife Research to get the dirt on how resistance to antibiotics develops along with a separate survival strategy.

Drexel's brain imaging technology offers new approach for studying Parkinsonian syndromes
Using a portable device developed at Drexel University, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have identified differences in brain activation patterns associated with postural stability in people with Parkinsonian syndromes and healthy adults.

Architecture of mTOR protein complex solved
It has long been known that the protein TOR -- Target of Rapamycin -- controls cell growth and is involved in the development of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Antibiotic-infused implants designed to help faces heal
Rice University researchers test antibiotic-infused block copolymers in their plastic spacers to protect craniofacial tissue from infection while healing.

POSTECH team creates a more durable protein hydrogel based on elastic silk-like protein
Dr. Hyung Joon Cha's research team at POSTECH, Korea, examined the behavior of sea anemone to create a mechanically durable hydrogel.

Businesses may benefit from 'overqualified' employees
Overqualification -- the condition of employees who believe that their qualifications exceed the requirements of their jobs -- has been widely considered harmful for organizations, which is why most companies tend to screen out such job applicants.

Bacterium carrying a cloned Bt-gene could help millions infected with roundworms
Intestinal nematodes and roundworms infect more than one billion people worldwide, leading to malnutrition and developmental problems.

10,000-year record shows dramatic uplift at Andean volcano
Ongoing studies of a massive volcanic field in the Andes mountains show that the rapid uplift which has raised the surface more than six feet in eight years has occurred many times during the past 10,000 years.

GHG emissions from Canadian Arctic aquatic systems dated for the first time
For the first time, researchers have successfully dated the carbon dioxide and methane emitted by ponds and lakes on Bylot Island, Nunavut.

People in states that rely heavily on ballot initiatives are happier
According to Benjamin Radcliff, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, people in states that rely more heavily on ballot initiatives are, on average, happier than people in other states.

Review: PTSD resources lacking for nonveterans
In the current issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, a team of researchers based at Brown University reports that information and resources regarding effective therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder are not easily available for nonveterans, who can be affected by the condition after crimes, disasters, and accidents.

Magnetic nanoparticle chains offer new technique for controlling soft robots
Researchers have developed a technique that uses chains of magnetic nanoparticles to manipulate elastic polymers in three dimensions, which could be used to remotely control new 'soft robots.'

Branching out: Engineers reveal mechanisms of complex organ structures
Princeton researchers have observed the artistry of developing lungs unfold in a petri dish and have arrived at a surprising conclusion about the forces that shape it.

Which-hunting and the hegemony of style guides
A new study reveals just how strong the influence of mass-market books promoting a certain style of writing have had on authors since they were first published in the late 1950s.

Alternative method for the representation of microstructures in polycrystalline materials
Also Raman microspectroscopy in an optical microscope provides the means to determine local crystal orientations of polycrystalline materials over large sample areas.

Leibniz Prizes 2016: DFG honors 10 researchers
Germany's most important research prize awards €2.5 million each for outstanding research work.

NYU study identifies method for detecting latent stage of lymphedema
NYU Nursing researchers examined the validity, sensitivity, and specificity of symptoms for detecting breast cancer-related related lymphedema.

A compassionate approach leads to more help and less punishment
A new set of studies suggests that compassion -- and intentionally cultivating it through training -- may lead us to do more to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer.

Coastal marshes more resilient to sea-level rise than previously believed
Rising seas threaten coastal marshes worldwide. But a new Duke study finds marshes are more resilient than previously believed.

Life exploded on Earth after slow rise of oxygen
It took 100 million years for oxygen levels in the oceans and atmosphere to increase to the level that allowed the explosion of animal life on Earth about 600 million years ago, according to a UCL-led study funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Teens with fewer mental health issues turn to e-cigarettes
Teenagers with moderate mental health problems who may not have considered smoking conventional cigarettes are turning to electronic cigarettes, a new USC study has found.

The transformation of cancer imaging: From shades of gray to living color
A new technology called spectral (color) computed tomography, or spectral CT, is not only on the horizon, but it is also on the University of Notre Dame's campus, where researchers are giving the phrase 'in living color' a new meaning.

Nanotech weapon against chronic bacterial infections in hospitals
Biofilms have been linked to 80% of infections, forming on living tissues or dwelling in medical devices, and cause chronic infections that are extremely resistant to antibiotics able to evade the immune system.

Turn-taking in communication may be more ancient than language
New research on turn-taking in conversation focuses on its implications for how languages are structured and for how language and communication evolved.

A microfluidic biochip for blood cell counts at the point-of-care
Microfluidic biochips are developed to perform blood cell counts using only a drop blood.

Is evolution more intelligent than we thought?
Evolution may be more intelligent than we thought, according to a University of Southampton professor.

Denver, Colorado to host International Data Week
From Sept. 11-17, 2016, data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe will convene in Denver, Colorado for International Data Week (IDW).

Black holes could grow as large as 50 billion suns before their food crumbles into stars according to research
University of Leicester scientist suggests maximum swelling size of black holes.

Staying healthy while getting older
Many senior citizens do not feel old, but they may still feel uncertain about certain aspects of aging.

Swedish researchers reveal security hole
Quantum cryptography is considered a fully secure encryption method, but researchers from Linköping University and Stockholm University have discovered that this is not always the case.

Uncovering potentially 'concerning' variation in cancer screening follow-ups
According to new study of one million patients, follow-up times for colorectal cancer screening abnormalities lag behind those for breast and cervical cancers.

NASA's MMS delivers promising initial results
Just under four months into the science phase of the mission, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, is delivering promising early results on a process called magnetic reconnection -- a kind of magnetic explosion that's related to everything from the northern lights to solar flares.

New vaccine against Middle East respiratory syndrome virus MERS tested on dromedary camels
An international research project with the involvement of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Animal Health Research Centre, has designed a vaccine shown to be effective in protecting dromedaries against the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Insensitive irritable bowel syndrome
For the first time, biopsies of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have shown that the nerves in their gut wall respond poorly to a cocktail of inflammatory substances.

Brain research: A picture says more than a thousand words
Today, modern technology makes it possible to visualize molecular memory processes within the brain and to look into the inside of nerve cells.

Extinction of large animals could make climate change worse
The extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse.

Gene controls stress hormone production in macaques
Certain genes, such as the so-called COMT gene, are thought to play a role in determining our stress response.

BAP1 mutation passed down over centuries and is associated with high incidence of several cancers
Carbone and colleagues discovered that members of 4 families, apparently unrelated and living in different US States, shared the identical mutation of a gene called BAP1 that is associated with a higher incidence of mesothelioma, melanoma, renal carcinoma and other cancers.

Untested, unapproved compounded hormone prescriptions reach 26 to 33 million a year
The number of prescriptions for mostly unregulated compounded hormone therapy for women at menopause has reached an estimated 26 to 33 million a year.

Inflammation can fan the flames of depression
Chronic inflammation in the bloodstream can 'fan the flames' of depression, much like throwing gasoline on a fire, according to a new paper from researchers at Rice University and Ohio State University.

Maintaining salt balance helps insects avoid frosty fate: Could assist with pest control
For humans, getting chilly is a problem that can usually be solved with a hat and mitts, but for insects it's not so simple.

Asian women with endocrine-resistant breast cancer benefit from combination therapy
Data collected in Japanese and Korean patients included in the global PALOMA3 trial provides evidence that combining palbociclib with fulvestrant is an effective strategy to overcome endocrine resistance in women with hormone receptor positive (HR+), HER2 negative (HER2-) advanced breast cancer.

National Science Foundation and federal partners award $37M to advance nation's co-robots
Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) -- announced $37 million in new awards to spur the development and use of co-robots, robots that work cooperatively with people.

Grid cells: Reading the neural code for space
The cognitive map for spatial navigation is thought to rely on grid cells.

New model for vascular and tumor research
Two characteristic features of malignant tumors are that they form massive blood vessels and bypass the immune system.

The case of the sticky protein
As interdisciplinary sleuths, a Michigan Tech team recently put together clues to solve the case of the sticky protein.

Initiative uses technology to enhance children's understanding of the natural world
Academics from Plymouth University are leading a project to develop software which will give young people an enhanced understanding of the natural world.

Real-time tracking shows how batteries degrade
How disposable Lithium batteries degrade during normal use has been tracked in real-time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3-D imaging, giving a new way to non-invasively monitor performance loss and guide the development of more effective commercial battery designs.

Researchers demonstrate tracking of individual catalyst nanoparticles during heating
McMaster University researchers have taken atomic-level images of individual nanoparticles during heating that could lead to improved fuel-cell technologies.

A novel mechanism that helps activated dendritic cells to initiate effective immunity
Phagocytosis represents a critical innate barrier against infection and serves the clearance of extracellular microbes, infected and dying cells.

14 new Research Units, 1 new Clinical Research Unit
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will set up 14 new Research Units and one new Clinical Research Unit.

Study: Childhood concussions impair brain function
A new study finds that pre-adolescent children who have sustained sports-related concussions have impaired brain function two years following injury. 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