Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 09, 2016
Scientists expect to calculate amount of fuel inside Earth by 2025
Scientists have developed numerous models to predict how much fuel remains inside Earth to drive its engines -- and estimates vary widely -- but the true amount remains unknown.

That stings: Insecticide hurts queen bees' egg-laying abilities
A new University of Nebraska study suggests that a best-selling insecticide impairs the ability of a queen honey bee and her subjects to maintain a healthy colony.

Voices of patients and oncologists must be heard, study says
Specifically training oncologists and their patients to have high-quality discussions improves communication, but troubling gaps still exist between the two groups, according to a new study in JAMA Oncology.

Researchers outline barriers to treating fear and anxiety
A misunderstanding of how the certain parts of the brain function has hampered the creation of pharmaceuticals to effectively address fear and anxiety disorders, a pair of researchers has concluded.

New research sheds light 'gender gap' in cystic fibrosis
In new research appearing in the current issue of Science Advances, Wade Van Horn and colleagues from Vanderbilt and Northwestern Universities examine the underpinnings of cystic fibrosis, including its disproportionate effect on women -- due in part to the influence of estrogen on the flow of important chemical ions.

Reports detail how to help older adults avoid financial fraud
Two reports published online today by the World Economic Forum found that new technologies can assist in protecting older adults from fraud, and that financial services organizations are uniquely positioned to capitalize on gains in longevity using technology.

CHORI study reveals potential improvements for effectiveness of meningococcal vaccines
A study conducted by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) scientists shows greatly improved protective antibody responses to a new mutant vaccine antigen for prevention of disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis -- also known as meningococcus -- that has the potential to improve the current vaccines for meningitis.

What's nature worth? Count the selfies
A University of Vermont-led team used social media images to measure the value of outdoor recreation on public lands.

A versatile method to pattern functionalized nanowires
A team of researchers from Hokkaido University has developed a versatile method to pattern the structure of 'nanowires,' providing a new tool for the development of novel nanodevices.

UCLA-Caltech study identifies brain cells that help us learn by watching others
From infancy, we learn by watching other people, then use those memories to help us predict outcomes and make decisions in the future.

Maternal gastric bypass may be associated with low birth weight babies
Women who undergo gastric bypass surgery for weight loss risk giving birth to babies that are small or have lower average birth weights.

Chinese investigators characterize the world of resistance gene exchange among bacteria
Certain antibiotic resistance genes are easily transferred from one bacterial species to another, and can move between farm animals and the human gut.

Novel heart valve replacement offers hope for thousands with rheumatic heart disease
A novel heart valve replacement method is revealed today that offers hope for the thousands of patients with rheumatic heart disease who need the procedure each year.

UMD physicists discover 'smoke rings' made of laser light
University of Maryland physicists have discovered that self-focused laser pulses generate violent swirls of optical energy that resemble smoke rings.

Researchers prototype system for reading closed books
MIT researchers and their colleagues are designing an imaging system that can read closed books.

Application of the mathematics of harmony -- Golden non-Euclidean geometry in modern math
A masterful exploration of history and the essence of mathematical reasoning to the future development of modern science and mathematics.

Dances with waves: Breakthrough in moving small objects using acoustics
Researchers of Aalto University have made a breakthrough in controlling the motion of multiple objects on a vibrating plate with a single acoustic source. 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