Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 26, 2016
UT Dallas study: WikiLeaks list did not lead to attacks
The WikiLeaks organization was criticized for providing a target list for terrorists when it published a secret memo in 2010 with 200 international sites that the US Department of State considered critical to national security.

Potential treatment for Huntington's disease, found effective, safe in mice, monkeys
A drug that would be the first to target the cause of Huntington's disease is effective and safe when tested in mice and monkeys, according to data released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15-21, 2016.

Researchers develop realistic system to study impact of residential mold on health
Residential mold has increased in recent years, due to water damage from a rising frequency of flooding.

3-D analysis and CAD/CAM techniques lead to new advances in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Three-dimensional analysis, virtual surgical planning, and computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques are leading to new and refined approaches to reconstructive surgery of the skull, face, and jaw, according to a special topic paper in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Immune cell 'switch' discovery raises hopes in cancer fight
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have discovered the mechanism that drives specialised immune cells that detect and kill cancer cells in the body, offering scientists a new way to develop potential drug targets and cancer treatments.

Non-integrating viral vector delivers chemotherapy-sensitizing gene to pancreatic cancer cells
A novel HIV-based lentiviral vector can introduce a gene to pancreatic tumor cells that makes them more sensitive to the chemotherapeutic drug gemcitabine, without integrating into cellular DNA.

Consumers care about carbon footprint
How much do consumers care about the carbon footprint of the products they buy?

New research unveils graphene 'moth eyes' to power future smart technologies
New research published today in Science Advances has shown how graphene can be manipulated to create the most light-absorbent material for its weight, to date.

Building living, breathing supercomputers
The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers.

Being overweight linked to poorer memory
Overweight young adults may have poorer episodic memory -- the ability to recall past events -- than their peers, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, adding to increasing evidence of a link between memory and overeating.

Research team sheds light on 'rightie' or 'leftie' behavior in a scale-eating cichlid
Nagoya University-based scientists demonstrate the development of behavioral laterality (left-/right-handedness) in a scale-eating cichlid from Africa's Lake Tanganyika, Perissodus microlepis.

NASA's Terra satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Yalo coming to a quick end
Tropical Cyclone Yalo formed yesterday and is expected to come to an end today, Feb.

Homeless people suffer geriatric conditions decades early, UCSF study shows
Homeless people in their fifties have more geriatric conditions than those living in homes who are decades older, according to researchers at UC San Francisco who are following 350 people who are homeless and aged 50 and over, in Oakland.

Jet engines to become cleaner in future
Thanks to a close collaboration between the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, SR Technics and the Federal Office of Civil Aviation, Switzerland is setting an international benchmark by developing a method for measuring emissions of fine particulate matter from aircraft engines.

2016 Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship winners announced
The American Geosciences Institute would like to congratulate Master's candidate Elaine Young and Ph.D. candidate Andrea Stevens, as the 2016 recipients of the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship.

Palliative care important for prison population, too
With an increasingly aging prison population, end-of-life care for inmates is becoming a more prominent issue, according to Penn State nursing researchers.

Drug discovery paradigm targets Tau protein aggregation linked to the Alzheimer's disease
New research demonstrates novel drug discovery paradigm to target the aggregation of the Tau protein linked to the onset of Alzheimer's and other related neurodegenerative diseases.

Polar priorities: Senior defense officials discuss Arctic, Antarctic science and research
To address the need for collaborative research in the Polar Regions, Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm.

Structure of a hantavirus protein as a promising model for drug design
There is no treatment for infection with the dangerous hantavirus.

Newly found genomic causes of severe compulsiveness in dogs could aid study of human OCD
Research led by investigators in veterinary and human medicine has identified genetic pathways that exacerbate severity of canine compulsive disorder in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that could lead to better therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder in people.

Barrow neurosurgeon helps pave way for deep brain stimulation and Alzheimer's
Neurosurgeons at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix are involved with testing the viability of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Alzheimer's disease, a disorder that currently has few treatment options.

Potential association between pre-labor cesarean delivery and childhood leukemia IDed
A potential correlation between pre-labor cesarean delivery (PLCD) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) could offer new targets for cancer prevention research, according to new research from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

Insecticide-treated nets may still prevent malaria despite mosquito resistance
Insecticide-treated nets may still help prevent malaria despite mosquitoes developing resistance, which may provide a clue to why it has been hard to demonstrate the impact of this resistance on malaria as a public health problem, according to new research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Malaria Consortium.

Zika virus: Approaching the unknown
Understanding the scale and range of neurological disease associated with Zika virus infection is an urgent priority, warn researchers from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health.

Solar cells as light as a soap bubble
Ultrathin, flexible photovoltaic cells from MIT research could find many new uses.

Electron microscopy captures snapshot of structure coronaviruses use to enter cells
A detailed analysis has been made, at the atomic level, of an infection mechanism of coronaviruses, the agents of both mild and deadly respiratory illness in people and animals.

Women who feel more at risk of crime also prefer physically dominant partners
University of Leicester research suggests that women who feel more vulnerable to criminal victimization tend to be more attracted to dominant men.

Study finds 36 percent increase in number of male smokers in India
The number of men smoking tobacco in India rose by more than one-third to 108 million between 1998 and 2015, according to a new study published today in the journal BMJ Global Health.

St. Joseph's Hospital research reveals standard treatment for ovarian cancer
Research led by a Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center physician on ovarian cancer was published in the Feb.

Artificial control of exciplexes opens possibilities for new electronics
Demonstrating a strategy that could form the basis for a new class of electronic devices with uniquely tunable properties, researchers at Kyushu University were able to widely vary the emission color and efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes based on exciplexes simply by changing the distance between key molecules in the devices by a few nanometers.

Extreme events in the brain
Physicists at the Universities of Bonn and Oldenburg have developed a model whose behavior -- although based on strict rules -- can apparently change spontaneously.

Combination therapy may be better than radiotherapy alone to treat aggressive brain cancer
Radiotherapy effectively damages brain tumors but the cancer cells can repair themselves in order to live on.

First in-human vaccine study for malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research researchers recently published the results of testing a Plasmodium vivax malaria vaccine candidate in a human challenge model.

Breast reconstruction using abdominal tissue -- Differences in outcome with four different techniques
In women undergoing breast reconstruction using their own (autologous) tissue, newer 'muscle-sparing' abdominal flaps can reduce complications while improving some aspects of quality of life, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Researcher evaluation measures do not add up
Determining a researcher's influence on the scientific community is difficult, which is why measures such as the h-index, which sums up a researcher's significance with one number, have been developed; these measures are highly popular with universities, politicians, and research foundations because they make researcher performance comparisons easy.

K-Glass 3 offers users a keyboard to type text
K-Glass, smart glasses reinforced with augmented reality that were first developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2014, with the second version released in 2015, is back with an even stronger model.

New research adds additional layer of complexity to human protein landscape
New VIB/UGent research adds an extra dimension to the known set of human proteins.

NASA's IBEX observations pin down interstellar magnetic field
A new study uses IBEX data and simulations of the interstellar boundary -- which lies at the very edge of the giant magnetic bubble surrounding our solar system called the heliosphere - to better describe space in our galactic neighborhood.

Disney automated system lets characters leap and bound realistically in virtual worlds
Virtual game characters can leap, roll and climb so realistically that simply watching them could seemingly exhaust a player.

University of Toronto researcher first to open lab notes in real time
University of Toronto researcher Rachel Harding will be the first known biomedical researcher to welcome the world to review her lab notes in real time.

Researchers find association between oral bacteria and esophageal cancer
University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers have found a bacterial species responsible for gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is present in 61 percent of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

How plants protect photosynthesis from oxygen
During the daytime, plants convert the Sun's energy into sugars using photosynthesis, a complex, multi-stage biochemical process.

HIV in Rhode Island: Newly diagnosed men often 'hooked up' online
A new study finds a strong correlation between new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men in Rhode Island and their use of online hookup sites.

Learn how to fly a plane from expert-pilot brainwave patterns
It's a case of life imitating art. Much as the sci-fi film 'The Matrix' depicted a device capable of enhancing skill acquisition, researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, have discovered that low-current electrical brain stimulation can modulate the learning of complex real-world skills.

Predictive proteins: Elevated levels trigger metastatic progression of cancer cells
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, with colleagues in Spain and Germany, have unraveled how elevated levels of particular proteins in cancer cells trigger hyperactivity in other proteins, fueling the growth and spread of a variety of cancers.

Preventing protein unfolding
A computational model shows that polymers can reinforce proteins to prevent them from unfolding under mechanical forces.

German scientists receive award for preventing security vulnerabilities in web browsers
People use web browsers on a wide range of devices.

Fiona Watt to receive the 2016 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award
EMBO and FEBS announce Fiona Watt, Director of the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King's College London, as the winner of the 2016 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award.

Demirel receives proof-of-concept grant
Melik Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics is one of four researchers receiving a QED Proof-Of-Concept grant from the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.

Why people oppose same-sex marriage
Why do opponents of same-sex marriage really oppose it? A new UCLA psychology study concludes that many people believe gays are more sexually promiscuous than heterosexuals and may fear that sexual promiscuity threatens their own marriages and their way of life.

World's first parallel computer based on biomolecular motors
A study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports a new parallel-computing approach based on a combination of nanotechnology and biology that can solve combinatorial problems.

Nature Communications: How metal clusters grow
First the nucleus, then the shell: researchers from Marburg and Karlsruhe have studied stepwise formation of metal clusters, smallest fractions of metals in molecular form.

108 million people have correctable vision impairment, global study estimates
Uncorrected refractive error -- nearsightedness, farsightedness, and other focusing problems correctable by prescription lenses -- is responsible for moderate to severe vision impairment in 101 million people and blindness in seven million people worldwide, reports a study in the March issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry.

PharmaMar initiates a Phase II trial with antitumor drug PM184 in advanced breast cancer
PharmaMar has announced the start of an open-label multi-center two-stage Phase II trial with the anti-tumor drug PM184.

Cincinnati Children's receives $32.5 million from NIH to coordinate heart study
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is receiving a $32.5 million, five-year grant from the Bench to Bassinet Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine why children are born with heart problems and find effective treatments.

Systems analysis -- from the nanoscale to the global
Two major research grants were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Transgender children supported in their identities show positive mental health
A new study from the University of Washington, believed to be the first to look at the mental health of transgender children who have 'socially transitioned,' finds that they had rates of depression and anxiety no higher than two control groups of children.

Determining the structures of nanocrystalline pharmaceuticals by electron diffraction
Reliable information about the structure of pharmaceutical compounds is important for patient safety, for the development of related drugs and for patenting purposes.

UTA researcher wins grant to measure when, how battlefield blasts injure brain neurons
Ishfaq Adnan, a UTA engineering researcher supported by the Office of Naval Research, is developing a computational model to measure how and when battlefield blasts can cause devastating damage to neurons in the brain.

The couple that sings together stays together
The courtship and mating behaviors of the perky Australian red-backed fairy-wren have evolved into nothing short of a free-for-all.

Light reflectance technique improves ability to remove prostate cancer during surgery
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have determined that light reflectance spectroscopy can differentiate between malignant and benign prostate tissue with 85 percent accuracy, a finding that may lead to real-time tissue analysis during prostate cancer surgery. 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