Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 04, 2017
NASA spies wind shear still affecting Tropical Storm Nalgae
Tropical Storm Nalgae can't seem to get a break from vertical wind shear.

Software lets designers exploit the extremely high resolution of 3-D printers
Software lets designers exploit the extremely high resolution of 3-D printers.

Primordial black holes may have helped to forge heavy elements
Astronomers like to say we are the byproducts of stars, stellar furnaces that long ago fused hydrogen and helium into the elements needed for life through the process of stellar nucleosynthesis.

Drug safety for penguins
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have determined the most effective drug dose to help penguins in managed care fight off disease.

Tropical Depression 11E 'born' with wind shear on satellite imagery
The eleventh tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season came together on August 4 even though it was being affected by vertical wind shear.

A mathematical crystal ball gazes into future of prostate cancer treatment
Using open data from four previously conducted clinical trials, teams of international researchers designed mathematical models predicting the likelihood that a patient will discontinue docetaxel treatment due to adverse events.

Materials governed by light
The UPV/EHU researcher Rebeca Sola has developed and characterized hybrid materials that respond differently to light, and which have the potential for use in highly different areas ranging from optics to biomedicine.

Older adults with HIV: An overlooked population?
When it comes to HIV prevention and treatment, there is a growing population that is being overlooked -- older adults -- and implicit ageism is partially responsible for this neglect, according to a presentation at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Two weeks in the life of a sunspot
During its 13-day trip across the face of the sun, a sunspot recently put on a show for NASA's sun-watching satellites, producing several solar flares, a coronal mass ejection and a solar energetic particle event.

Wildlife royalties -- a future for conservation?
Should people who profit from the cultural representation of wildlife pay towards conservation?

Drug short-circuits cancer signaling
A new drug zeroes in on mutated nuclear receptors found in cancer and leaves normal proteins alone.

Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Nanochemistry meets macrostructures: Chinese scientists report the synthesis of a macroscopic aerogel from carbonitride nanomaterials which is an excellent catalyst for the water-splitting reaction under visible-light irradiation.

Study identifies multiple roles of glucose metabolism in platelet activation and survival
Platelets, the cells in blood that enable clotting, are highly reliant on their ability to metabolize glucose, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Iowa.

Tracing the path of Parkinson's disease proteins
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a set of tools to observe, monitor and quantify how misfolded proteins associated with Parkinson's disease enter neurons in laboratory cultures and what happens to them once they're inside.

Cell aging in lung epithelial cells
Pulmonary fibrosis can possibly be attributed to a kind of cellular aging process, which is called senescence.

NASA sees wide-eyed Typhoon Noru headed for landfall in Kyushu, Japan
Typhoon Noru was churning just south of the southwestern-most island of Japan when NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the storm with an eye over 35 miles wide.

Scientists reveal source of human heartbeat in 3-D
A team of scientists from Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Manchester, Aarhus University and Newcastle University, have developed a way of producing 3-D data to show the cardiac conduction system -- the special cells that enable our hearts to beat -- in unprecedented detail.

Financial decisions influenced by intensity of light
A study of more than 2,500 people provides new evidence about the effects of luminance on the quality and consistency of our financial decision-making.

Simultaneous design and nanomanufacturing speeds up fabrication
By using concurrent design and nanomanufacturing, Northwestern University researchers produce inexpensive material surfaces for use in ultra-thin solar cells that can absorb more light.

New, more sensitive sensor for evaluating drug safety
A new technique for evaluating drug safety is designed to be affordable and can detect stress on cells at earlier stages than conventional methods.

Governments need to do more to support older people's transport needs, study suggests
European governments could be doing more to develop transport policies that ensure those over the age of 65 remain active and mobile, according to a new study led by the University of Plymouth with the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences.

Molecular biologists discover an active role of membrane lipids in health and disease
Cells produce insulin, for example, or generate antibodies. To perform these functions, cells need to produce large quantities of proteins.

Why is conducting research in some countries so difficult?
Low- and middle-income countries such as Brazil face a lack of epidemiological data, and one of the key priorities for researchers is developing high-quality surveys.

New model for bimolecular reactions in nanoreactors
Theoretical physicists have devised a mathematical model of two different molecules reacting within so called nanoreactors that act as catalysts.

Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology researcher at George Washington University.

Recreating the wild: De-extinction, technology, and the ethics of conservation
A new Hastings Center special report examines efforts to revive extinct species.

Desert tortoises can't take the heat of roadside fencing
Desert tortoises pace back and forth and can overheat by roadside fencing meant to help them, according to a study by the University of California, Davis, and the University of Georgia.

Parents have more conflicts with their in-laws than do childless couples
Intergenerational relations include various forms of help and support but also tensions and conflicts.

Brain tumor scientists map mutation that drives tumors in childhood cancer survivors
Neuroscientists have uncovered the genetic basis for why many long-term survivors of childhood cancer develop meningiomas, the most common adult brain tumor, decades after their treatment with cranial radiation.

Immune cells may be key to better allergy, infection therapies
By learning how a recently discovered immune cell works in the body, researchers hope to one day harness the cells to better treat allergies and infections, according to new Cornell University research.

Canadian-led study akin to antimatter forensics
A Canadian-led investigation has opened a new chapter in antimatter research.

Understanding how persuasion works can make consumers more savvy
When someone offers a free sample, it's not really free.

Scientists discover unknown virus in 'throwaway' DNA
A chance discovery has opened up a new method of finding unknown viruses.

Prior dengue or yellow fever exposure does not worsen zika infection in monkeys
Rhesus macaques previously infected with dengue or yellow fever viruses appear to be neither more nor less susceptible to severe infection with Zika virus, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens.

Seasonal effects: 'Winter foals' are smaller than foals born in summer
Although seasonal effects such as reduced metabolic activity in winter are known even in domesticated horse breeds, effects on pregnant mares and their foals have not been investigated.

UIowa study examines altered gene expression in heart failure
Heart tissue from patients with heart failure exhibits increased levels of Cdk8 protein.

New therapeutic approaches for musculoskeletal diseases highlighted in tissue engineering
In a forthcoming special issue of Tissue Engineering on 'Strategic Directions in Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering,' Guest Editors Megan Killian, PhD, University of Delaware, MD and Anne Gingery, PhD, Mayo Clinic, MI have compiled a diverse group of scientific articles by leading researchers who are using novel approaches to tissue engineering to develop treatments for musculoskeletal disorders.

Researchers working on blood test to detect brain metastases while still treatable
Cancer researchers are closer to creating a blood test that can identify breast cancer patients who are at increased risk for developing brain metastasis, and also monitor disease progression and response to therapy in real time.

Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
In a recent study, researchers examined how people react to robots that exhibit faulty behavior compared to perfectly performing robots.

Cultural activities may influence the way we think
A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that cultural activities, such as the use of language, influence our learning processes, affecting our ability to collect different kinds of data, make connections between them, and infer a desirable mode of behavior from them.

Clues about immune resolution identified in blood
Using a new profiling procedure invented by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital permitted them to elucidate the role of immunoresolvents -- molecules that help resolve inflammation and infections -- in blood coagulation, identifying a new cluster of these molecules that are produced when blood coagulates.

New biosensor stimulates sweat even when patient is resting and cool
One big drawback to biosensors that measure sweat is you have to sweat.

New mindfulness method helps coaches, athletes score
When it comes to success in sports, coaches and athletes understand that there's a mental component, but many don't have an understanding of how to prepare psychologically.

How do birds get their colors?
Birds exhibit an extraordinary diversity of plumage pigmentation patterns. It has been overlooked, however, that complex patterns can be produced only with the contribution of melanins because these are the only pigments under direct cellular control.

UM postdoc fellow takes advantage of cold snap to study natural selection in lizards
The study found a cold snap caused significant increases in cold tolerance at the southern range of green anole lizards.

Microbot origami can capture, transport single cells
Researchers at North Carolina State University and Duke University have developed a way to assemble and pre-program tiny structures made from microscopic cubes -- 'microbot origami' -- to change their shape when actuated by a magnetic field and then, using the magnetic energy from their environment, perform a variety of tasks -- including capturing and transporting single cells.

$820 million wasted in failing to attempt Type 2 diabetes prevention efforts
Lifestyle intervention is the best approach in preventing Type 2 diabetes. 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