Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 02, 2017
Keeping the heat out
Insights into the thermal behavior of metal nitride nanowires could open new avenues in optical electronics.

Milking it: A new robot to extract scorpion venom
A new scorpion-milking robot designed to extract venom could replace the traditional manual method.

The peace builders of Northern Kenya; Successful research led model spreads to other African nations
An award-winning, research led model used to build and maintain peace between rival groups in Kenya is expanding through new African centers, beginning with Cote d'Ivoire, Tanzania and the Central African Republic.

Physicists demonstrate topological superconductivity on palladium dibismuthides
By combining state-of-the-art molecular beam epitaxy technique and cryogenic scanning tunneling microscopy, topological superconductivity and possible Majorana zero modes have been demonstrated on epitaxial β-Bi2Pd films.

Delivery rates in IVF are affected by the age of the male partner
A few studies have found that the chance of natural conception can be affected by the age of the male partner, particularly in the genetic health of sperm cells, but the celebrity examples of Charlie Chaplin or Luciano Pavarotti have kept alive the notion that male fertility goes on forever.

'Perfect storm' led to 2016 Great Barrier Reef bleaching
Researchers from James Cook University and the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium say unprecedented oceanographic conditions in 2016 produced the perfect storm of factors that lead to a mass coral bleaching.

Two knees or not two knees: The curious case of the ostrich's double kneecap
Ostriches are the only animals in the world to have a double-kneecap, but its purpose remains an evolutionary mystery.

Under pressure -- Extreme atmosphere stripping may limit exoplanets' habitability
New models of massive stellar eruptions hint at an extra layer of complexity when considering whether an exoplanet may be habitable or not.

'Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment
A 'brain training' game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a study published today in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.
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