Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 12, 2017
Link identified between nerve cell proteins and middle-age onset Dementia
Research led by Nagoya University identified an interaction of two neuronal proteins that is crucial for maintaining the tau isoform balance and preventing development of the dementia frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD).

Nicotine exposure during and after pregnancy can cause hearing problems in children
Nicotine exposure, before and after birth, can cause a child to have hearing problems due to abnormal development in the auditory brainstem.

'Anti-aging' hormone could unlock new treatments for kidney and heart disease
A new study by researchers at King's College London has found that patients with diabetes suffering from the early stages of kidney disease have a deficiency of the protective 'anti-aging' hormone, Klotho.

Mismatched eyes help squid survive ocean's twilight zone
Biologists have gathered the first behavioral evidence that cockeyed squids' mismatched eyes evolved to spot two different sources of light available in the deep sea.

Tough early life makes wild animals live longer
Scientists from the University of Exeter found that male banded mongooses that experienced poor conditions in their first year had longer lives.

Passengers take mobile measure of comfort for railway companies
Passengers could soon be using their mobile phones to help rail companies around the globe improve the ride quality on their trains, thanks to new research.

UMD physicist improves method for designing fusion experiments
University of Maryland physicist Matt Landreman has made an important revision to a software tool used to design fusion experiments known as stellarators.
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