Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 28, 2016
On the hook: Sustainable fishing in Papua New Guinea
A multi-disciplinary team from James Cook University has been busy unlocking the secrets of the Papuan black bass, one of the world's toughest sportfish.

Subaru-HiCIAO spots young stars surreptitiously gluttonizing their birth clouds
An international has used a new infrared imaging technique to reveal dramatic moments in star and planet formation, with the HiCIAO camera on the Subaru Telescope.

Two-pronged attack increases potency of new anti-cancer drugs
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have discovered that the treatment of the most deadly form of blood cancer may be improved by combining two recently developed drugs.

'Class ceiling' stops working class actors from getting parts
New research supports warnings from Christopher Eccleston and Julie Walters that acting in Britain has become a largely middle class profession.

New fast radio burst discovery finds 'missing matter' in the universe
An international team of scientists using a combination of radio and optical telescopes identified the distant location of a fast radio burst for the first time.

Global alliance for rethinking aquaculture in developing economies of the Indian Ocean
The innovationXchange in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is launching a global alliance, in partnership with Conservation X Labs, SecondMuse, NineSigma, and the World Wildlife Fund, to source new solutions and engage new solvers to rethink the future of aquaculture particularly around three areas:  Rethinking feeds used in aquaculture; Redesigning aquaculture systems; and Creating new ocean products, to improve both food security and enhance sustainability.

Mammalian fertilization, caught on tape
The development of every animal in the history of the world began with a simple step: the fusion of a spermatozoon with an oocyte.

When sea levels rise, damage costs rise even faster
Damages from extreme events like floods are even more relevant than the mean sea level itself when it comes to the costs of climate impacts for coastal regions.

Philippines affected by more extreme tropical cyclones
University of Sheffield study finds hazardous tropical cyclones in the Philippines are increasing in intensity causing widespread damage and loss of life, which may be due to rising sea-surface temperatures.

Cells in stiffer tissues are squeezed into mutating more often
When it comes to cancerous mutations, cells in soft tissues like bone marrow and the brain tend to exhibit fewer irregularities than their stiffer somatic brethren in the lungs or bone.

Tarantula toxins converted to painkillers
When venom from animals such as spiders, snakes or cone snails is injected via a bite or harpoon, the cocktail of toxins delivered to its victim tends to cause serious reactions that, if untreated, can be lethal.

Device 'fingerprints' could help protect power grid, other industrial systems
Researchers are using the unique electronic 'voices' produced by devices on the electrical grid to determine which signals are legitimate and which signals might be from attackers. 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