Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 20, 2016
Probiotic bacteria could provide some protection against cadmium poisoning
Oral administration of certain probiotics reduced uptake of the heavy metal, cadmium, in the intestines of mice, and in a laboratory experiment using human intestinal cells.

UMMS scientists create computational tool for greater understanding of metabolic network
Marian Walhout, Ph.D., and Lutfu Safak Yilmaz, Ph.D., present the first genome-scale reconstruction of the C. elegans metabolic network and show that scientists can use mathematical simulation to convert bacterial diet into C. elegans biomass.

World report on fertility treatments reveals high use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection
The editor-in-chief of one of the world's leading reproductive medicine journals, Human Reproduction, has attacked the rising use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for the treatment of infertility, following publication of the latest world report on assisted reproductive technologies; he brands it as 'ineffective and costly care.'

Researchers solve the structure of the Zika virus helicase
A team led by researchers from Tianjin University has solved the structure of the Zika virus helicase, which is a key target for antiviral development.

Too much sex causes genitals to change shape, beetle study shows
Sexual conflict between males and females can lead to changes in the shape of their genitals, according to research on burying beetles by scientists at the University of Exeter.

Physicists create first metamaterial with rewritable magnetic ordering
University of Notre Dame physicists and their collaborators have produced the first rewriteable artificial magnetic charge ice.

Fukushima nuclear accident is 'wake-up call' for US to improve monitoring of spent fuel pools
The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident should serve as a wake-up call to nuclear plant operators and regulators on the critical importance of measuring, maintaining, and restoring cooling in spent fuel pools during severe accidents and terrorist attacks, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Power up when the temperature is down
Chemists from Hiroshima University developed a new synthesis method for organic radical batteries that are re-chargeable and continue to function at below-freezing temperatures.

Indigenous Health Conference Tackles Clean Water, Social Determinants of Health
The University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development is hosting the 2nd Biennial Indigenous Health Conference at the Hilton Meadowvale, May 26-27, 2016.

Temporary oilfield workers are major factor in increased water use in N. Dakota Bakken region
Increased water use in the rapidly growing oil industry in North Dakota's Bakken oil shale region, or play, is surprisingly due not only to oil well development but also to people, according to a recent study.

UTA prepares Titan supercomputer to process the data from LHC experiments
University of Texas at Arlington physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected during this season's Large Hadron Collider particle physics experiments.

Immune cells help reverse chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer
New research explains why ovarian cancer becomes resistant to chemotherapy.

Two-stage nanoparticle delivery of piperlongumine and TRAIL anti-cancer therapy
New combination approach of nanoparticles and liposomes successfully deliver a potent TRAIL sensitizer followed by the anti-cancer protein TRAIL.

Bacteria in branches naturally fertilize trees
A University of Washington team has demonstrated that poplar trees growing in rocky, inhospitable terrain harbor bacteria within them that could provide valuable nutrients to help the plant grow.

Man-eating monster crocodile may be Florida's newest invasive species
Spotting native alligators and crocodiles in Florida is common, but anyone who sees a large reptile may want to take a second look -- man-eaters that can grow to 18 feet long and weigh as much as a small car have been found in the Sunshine State.

Could Hollywood technology help your health?
The same technology used by the entertainment industry to animate characters such as Gollum in 'The Lord of The Rings' films, will be used to help train elite athletes, for medical diagnosis and even to help improve prosthetic limb development, in a new research center at the University of Bath launched today.

Lingcod meet rockfish: Catching one improves chances for the other
In a new study, University of Washington researchers found that selectively fishing for lingcod in protected areas actually avoided hampering the recovery of other fish, including rockfish species listed as overfished.

Virginia Tech researchers in the Antarctic discover new facets of space weather
A team of National Science Foundation-supported researchers at Virginia Tech discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind, almost as soon as they finished installing six data-collection stations across East Antarctic Plateau last January.

Federal science and engineering funding for academic institutions sees first increase in 5 years
Federal agencies obligated $30.8 billion to 996 academic institutions for science and engineering activities in Fiscal Year 2014, the most recent year for which such information is available, a 6 percent increase over the previous year and the first increase in such funding since FY2009.

You are what you eat: Immune cells remember their first meal
Scientists at the University of Bristol have identified the trigger for immune cells' inflammatory response -- a discovery that may pave the way for new treatments for many human diseases.

An integrated inertial microfluidic vortex sorter
A novel microfluidic device enables automatic double extraction and purification of target cells, serving as a powerful tool for cellular sample preparation in biomedical research and clinical diagnostics.

Sudden shifts in the course of a river on a delta may be predicted, thanks to new study
Scientists studying deltas show how they may be able to predict where destructive changes in a river's course may occur.

Graphene: A quantum of current
New properties of the amazing material graphene have been studied in Vienna.

Computing a secret, unbreakable key
What once took months by some of the world's leading scientists can now be done in seconds by undergraduate students thanks to software developed at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing, paving the way for fast, secure quantum communication.

A spherical brain mapping of MR images for the detection of Alzheimer's disease
In this article the researchers propose a new framework for diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease, namely Spherical Brain Mapping (SBM).

ESC Guidelines on acute and chronic heart failure launched today
European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure are published today in European Heart Journal and the European Journal of Heart Failure, and presented at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure.

Powerful pitches: Sailors share ideas to improve Navy during S&T challenge
At Athena DC 1.0, a challenge styled in the fashion of the 'Shark Tank' TV show, five Sailors pitched their ideas for improving the Navy to a panel of experts and an audience of representatives from academia, industry, the military and government agencies.

Batfarm will enable livestock farmers to assess the environmental impact of their farms
As from now, the livestock sector has a piece of innovative software enabling farmers to make an accurate environmental assessment of their farms.

Looking beyond conventional networks can lead to better predictions
New research from a team of University of Notre Dame researchers led by Nitesh Chawla, Frank M.

Liquid order: Fluid self-organizes into structure that controls cell growth and health
Princeton Professor Clifford Brangwynne and colleagues have discovered how the nucleolus, an organelle with the consistency of honey, maintains a complex internal structure.

Modified microalgae converts sunlight into valuable medicine
A special type of microalgae can soon produce valuable chemicals such as cancer treatment drugs and much more just by harnessing energy from the sun.

Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center looks at video game as tool for food allergy compliance
Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., a staff psychologist from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, is leading the Phase II trial of an interactive software game developed to help children with food allergies better manage allergy symptoms, social situations and proper food avoidance.

Understanding the mechanics of the urinary bladder
Dr. S. Roccabianca and Dr. T.R. Bush, researchers from Michigan State University compiled an extensive review of the key contributions to understanding the mechanics of the bladder ranging from work conducted in the 1970s through the present time with a focus on material testing and theoretical modeling.

Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species
Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to the results of a new study.

Fulbright grant will fund research of women's sexual health literacy in West Africa
Eusebius Small, a UTA assistant professor in the School of Social Work, will use a Fulbright award to study factors that contribute to HIV incidence in young women in Sierra Leone.

AGA Research Foundation announces 2016 class of research award winners
At Digestive Disease Week® 2016, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation will honor its 2016 class of research award winners.

Stanford-NIST collaboration to give bio-economy a big boost by measuring tiny things
The Joint Initiative for Metrology in Biology, located at Stanford, will bring together academic, government and industrial scientists to improve the measurement techniques, or metrology, of molecular products and processes to facilitate advances in the increasingly important bio-economy.

Researchers demonstrate size quantization of Dirac fermions in graphene
In a recent joint experimental and theoretical work, an international group of physicists demonstrated size quantization of charge carriers, i.e. quantized conductance in nanoscale samples of graphene.

EuroPCR 2016: Cardiologists boost expertise in interventional cardiovascular medicine
Nearly 12,000 health-care professionals committed to cardiovascular interventions from 115 countries met at EuroPCR 2016 to build their expertise, and share the latest research, developments and best practice in interventional cardiovascular medicine to benefit a growing range of patients.

Colorado State University researchers develop nutrient-rich purple potato
Purple potatoes might not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to increase vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake.

Scientists explain how the giant magnetoelectric effect occurs in bismuth ferrite
Electromagnetic effect allows to control magnetic polarization of a material by applying external electric field.

UTA faculty member receives $308,000 grant to fight heart disease in women
A new University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology has received a $308,000, four-year grant from the American Heart Association to study the root causes of a heart condition that damages tiny coronary arteries in women.

Long term effects of cardiac regenerative therapies in a left ventricle
To increase our understanding of cardiac regenerative therapies, a team of researchers from MSU, Simula Research Laboratory and ETH Zurich have recently developed a computational model capable of simulating the long-term effects of these therapies.

Judith Butler is coming to Cologne as Albertus Magnus Professor
From June 20 to 23, 2016 Judith Butler will give two lectures and two seminars at the University of Cologne as Albertus Magnus Professor.

Web-based tool will provide individualized care plan for osteoarthritis patients
Researchers at UMass Medical School are developing a web-based, decision-support tool for osteoarthritis patients that will provide individualized, evidence-based information in real time to guide optimal knee and hip care, including joint replacement.

Natural regeneration of tropical forests helps global climate mitigation and forest restoration
Climate scientists have long recognized the importance of forest conservation and forest regrowth in climate mitigation and carbon sequestration -- capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

EPSRC commits £15 million for formulation manufacturing research
New research projects that aim to improve the complex formulation processes used to manufacture products such as toothpastes, inhalers, films that coat solar cells and pharmaceuticals are to receive significant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Harvard chemists develop simple new platform for development of macrolide antibiotics
Harvard researchers have created a new, greatly simplified, platform for antibiotic discovery that may go a long way to solving the crisis of antibiotic resistance.

In obese prostate cancer patients, robotic surgery reduces risk of blood loss
In obese prostate cancer patients, robotic-assisted surgery to remove the prostate reduces the risk of blood loss and prolonged hospital stays, a Loyola Medicine study has found.

A tool to support public health decisions on Zika virus predicts most planned interventions to be cost-effective
A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases presents a cost-effectiveness tool that can help guide decisions regarding resource allocation to fund interventions targeted at curtailing the ongoing Zika virus outbreak.

Cochrane Review: Fixed-dose combinations vs. single-drug for treating pulmonary TB
A research team from Spain has prepared a Cochrane systematic review that explores the efficacy, safety, and adherence to fixed-dose combinations of drugs versus single-drug formulations to treat people who are newly diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB).

'Canaries' of the ocean highlight threat to world's ecosystems
New study highlights the urgent need for action to save our coral reefs as 59 species of finfish 'disappear.'

Flawed data behind regulation of high-risk women's health devices
Some high-risk medical devices used in obstetrics and gynecology were approved by the FDA based on flawed data and were not effective in clinical trials, according to a recent study.

Temperature influences gene expression, life cycle in vibrio cholerae
Vibrio cholerae infects roughly four million people annually, worldwide, causing severe diarrheal disease, and killing an estimated 140,000 people.

Graphene makes rubber more rubbery
Adding graphene to thin rubber films can make them stronger and stretchier, University of Manchester researchers have shown.

Breaking down cancer cell defenses
The mistaken activation of certain cell-surface receptors contributes to a variety of human cancers.

Chemists settle longstanding debate on how methane is made biologically
Like the poet, microbes that make methane are taking chemists on a road less traveled: Of two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas, the winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical.

Nematodes and tardigrades, and dung beetles, oh my!
A new 'Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas,' which has its roots at Colorado State University will be unveiled May 25, 2016 in Nairobi at the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Tiny packages may pack powerful treatment for brain tumors
A study using nanotechnology to treat brain tumors got such good results, the researchers initially questioned themselves.

Rapid rise of the Mesozoic sea dragons
In the Mesozoic, the time of the dinosaurs, from 252 to 66 million years ago, marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs were top predators in the oceans.

Researchers reveal how a new class of drugs kills cancer cells
A team of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers has worked out how a new class of anti-cancer drugs kills cancer cells, a finding that helps explain how cancer cells may become resistant to treatment.

An all-on-chip method for testing neutrophil chemotaxis
An all-on-chip method enables rapid neutrophil chemotaxis assay directly from a few microliters of blood for both cell migration research and clinical sample test.

Neutrons probe structure of enzyme critical to development of next-generation HIV drugs
A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron analysis to better understand a protein implicated in the replication of HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS.

President Obama honors early career scientists with top White House award
President Barack Obama today named 105 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, granting them the US government's highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Nanotubes are beacons in cancer-imaging technique
Strong LED light, a unique detector and targeted nanotubes combine to offer a new way to pinpoint the location of cancer tumors, according to Rice University scientists.

Rural, low-income moms rely on nature activities for family health but don't always have access
Research shows that spending just 20 minutes in nature can promote health and well-being.

Taking control of key protein stifles cancer spread in mice
In a new study in mice, researchers overcame a process by which cancer co-opts a fundamental protein into protecting it against the body's defenses. 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