Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 24, 2015
Here comes the sun: Cellular sensor helps plants find light
Salk discovery of novel plant growth pathway could be a boon to agriculture.

'Forbidden' substances on super-Earths
Using mathematical models, scientists have 'looked' into the interior of super-Earths and discovered that they may contain compounds that are forbidden by the classical rules of chemistry -- these substances may increase the heat transfer rate and strengthen the magnetic field on these planets.

Infrared encoding of images with metasurfaces
Researchers at MINAO, a joint lab between The French Aerospace Lab in Palaiseau and the Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures in Marcoussis, have recently demonstrated metamaterial resonators that allow emission in the infrared to be tuned through the geometry of the resonator.

UTSW scientists discover a new role for RNA in safeguarding human chromosome number
Molecular biologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a gene called NORAD that helps maintain the proper number of chromosomes in cells, and that when inactivated, causes the number of chromosomes in a cell to become unstable, a key feature of cancer cells.

Liver may sway sweet tooth, alcohol consumption
It may be your liver (and not your better judgement) that keeps you away from excess sweets this holiday season.

Liver hormone reduces preference for sweets, alcohol, via brain's reward pathway
A liver hormone works via the brain's reward pathway to reduce cravings for sweets and alcohol in mammals, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

'Self-sabotage' prevents immune protection against malaria
Australian scientists have for the first time revealed how malaria parasites cause an inflammatory reaction that sabotages our body's ability to protect itself against the disease.

Study identifies liver-generated hormone that regulates 'sweet tooth'
A new University of Iowa-led study has identified a hormone that appears to be involved in sugar cravings and consumption.

Choreographing the dance of electrons
Scientists at the National University of Singapore have demonstrated a new way of controlling electrons by confining them in a device made out of atomically thin materials, and applying external electric and magnetic fields. 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