Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 23, 2017
Totally bizarre facts about the star-nosed mole
In a new synthesis of anatomy research, scientists showcase the surprising, record-breaking and just plain weird adaptations of the star-nosed mole.

Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons.

Timing and duration matters for school lunch and recess
Researchers find that the duration and timing of lunch and recess is related to food choices and the physical activity of school children.

New test can identify dangerous bacteria with resistance to last-resort antibiotic
New research suggests it is possible to quickly and accurately diagnose some the most dangerous and drug-resistant types of bacterial infections, using equipment already owned by most hospitals.

An intimate look at the mechanics of dolphin sex
Using CT scans, researchers visualize the internal dynamics of sexual intercourse in marine mammals.

In experiments on Earth, testing possible building blocks of alien life
Extraterrestrial life, if it exists, could use different amino acid building blocks than living things here on Earth.

Conservation not an effective tool for reducing infectious disease in people, study finds
A new study finds that improved human health is not a benefit of conservation -- at least when health is measured through the lens of infectious disease.

Beta blocker shows cancer-fighting properties
A new study finds that carvedilol, a drug typically used to treat high blood pressure, can protect against the sun-induced cell damage that leads to skin cancer.

Synchronized voltage rhythms could maintain the body's clock
Cells in the brain's master circadian clock synchronize voltage rhythms despite asynchronous calcium rhythms, which might explain how a tissue-wide rhythm is maintained.

Altered immune cells may both contribute to preeclampsia and offer new hope for treatment
In a new study presented today at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2017, researchers have found that the immune system's natural killer (NK) cells activate and change in response to placental ischemia.
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