Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 02, 2016
Business investment in innovation pays off
Firms need to invest in innovation in order to create new technologies and move the economy forward, according to new research from the University of Houston.

Component of red wine, grapes can help to reduce inflammation, study finds
A component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and middle ear infection (otitis media), according to a study by researchers at Georgia State University.

PolyU study reveals minimalist shoes increase leg and foot muscles
In a recent study conducted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Harvard Medical School, running in minimalist shoes can increase leg and foot muscle volume, indicating its potential application in rehabilitation program.

Role identified for key protein in regeneration of damaged newt retinas
University of Tsukuba-led researchers have identified a role for the Pax6 protein in deciding the fate of newt retinal cells.

Startup earns commercialization grant for new technology
GuidaBot, a joint venture between the University of Houston and Fannin Innovation Studio, has received a one-year, $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and commercialize a robotic manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI machine.

Researchers report advance in low-cost clean energy generation
Researchers at the University of Houston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported a substantial advance in generating electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials.

Laughter-based exercise program has health benefits, study finds
Incorporating laughter into a physical activity program that is focused on strength, balance and flexibility could improve older adults' mental health, aerobic endurance and confidence in their ability to exercise, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

Anthropogenic, trans-boundary lead pollution in Japanese lakes
Anthropogenic, trans-boundary lead pollution from the Asian mainland has been found in lakes around Japan.

NIST-made 'sun and rain' used to study nanoparticle release from polymers
In a recently published paper, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) describe how they subjected a commercial nanoparticle-infused coating to NIST-developed methods for accelerating the effects of weathering from ultraviolet (UV) radiation and simulated washings of rainwater.

NIST releases new 'family' of standardized genomes
With the addition of four new reference materials (RMs) to a growing collection of 'measuring sticks' for gene sequencing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can now provide laboratories with even more capability to accurately 'map' DNA for genetic testing, medical diagnoses and future customized drug therapies.
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