Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 10, 2016
Damaging consequences of Zika virus infection in human minibrains
Brazilian researchers from the D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have demonstrated the harmful effects of ZIKA virus (ZIKV) in human neural stem cells, neurospheres and brain organoids.

Zika virus may now be tied to another brain disease
The Zika virus may be associated with an autoimmune disorder that attacks the brain's myelin similar to multiple sclerosis, according to a small study that is being released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016.

Fatty liver disease is common
Researchers have characterized the prevalence and risk factors of fatty liver disease in patients who undergo liver transplantation.

HKU mathematician Professor Mok Ngai-ming elected as Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor Mok Ngai-ming, Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics, Chair of Mathematics, was elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Mathematics and Physics) during the meeting held in Beijing on December 7, 2015.

Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans
Review of latest genetic evidence suggests infectious diseases are tens of thousands of years older than previously thought, and that they could jump between species of 'hominin.' Researchers says that humans migrating out of Africa would have been 'reservoirs of tropical disease' -- disease that may have sped up Neanderthal extinction.

Lipid helps lymphocytes patrol
The mechanism of efficient lymphocyte motility within lymphoid tissues has remained unknown.

Rating the teacher education rating systems: New study finds leading programs fall short
A Boston College study of four leading systems used to evaluate teacher preparation programs finds the initiatives lack evidence-based approaches and 'thin' on the advancement of equity in the classroom.

HKU Chemistry Professor Vivian Yam elected Foreign Member of Academia Europaea
Professor Vivian Yam Wing-wah, Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and Chair Professor in the Department of Chemistry, was elected as the Foreign Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) during the meeting held in Darmstadt, Germany in early September 2015.

Topology explains queer electrical current boost in non-magnetic metal
Applying a magnetic field to PdCo2, a non-magnetic metal, made it conduct 70 percent more electricity, even though basic physics principles would have predicted the opposite.

Hi-tech opens up Earth's secrets
A JCU scientist has developed a hi-tech animation of millions of years of tectonic plate movements that could lead to new mineral discoveries and help predict volcanic eruptions.

Exposure to cigarette smoke and flu virus may prevent lung medications working properly
A new study backs up observations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients showing reduced effectiveness of symptom-reliever medication (β2-adrenoceptor agonists) in flare-ups linked to cigarette smoking and infection with viruses such as influenza.
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