Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 03, 2016
No identity: 1 in 5 Aboriginal births unregistered in western Australia
Nearly one in five Aboriginal children aged less than 16 years old in Western Australia had unregistered births according to new research that means thousands of Aboriginal children are likely to have no official identity.

Urban hedgehogs -- more at home in the city than you thought
A species that is 15 million years old, hedgehogs have survived all kinds of environmental changes over the years, including urbanization.

Endometrial scratch appears beneficial in couples trying to conceive
There is a much disputed claim that 'injury' to the lining of the uterus -- whether inadvertent or deliberate -- increases the chance of embryo implantation and thus the chance of pregnancy in certain groups of women having IVF.

Be wary of knotweed advice on the web, researchers warn
Gardeners turning to the Internet for advice about Japanese knotweed are likely to find a wide range of sometimes contradictory and potentially misleading advice that could put them on the wrong side of the law, scientists at the University of Exeter have found.

China finishes construction of world's largest radio telescope
After more than five years of construction, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope is finally getting ready to open its eye.

New prebiotic identified in fermented Japanese vegetable
An enzyme produced by fermenting a vegetable common in Japanese cuisine may be responsible for increasing the amount of at least one beneficial bacterium associated with healthy colons in a study using rats.

Building a better bowtie
Bowtie-shaped nanostructures may advance the development of quantum devices.

Children growing up in solo mother families are well adjusted and developing well
The number of children born to single women is increasing, partly as a result of social and legislative changes (in most jurisdictions) in the rights to parenthood.

Unraveling the genes for sexual traits in stag beetles
Scientists have built a gene expression database of a stag beetle and identified genes important for sex determination and differentiation.
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