Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 03, 2017
Alterations in blood-based miRNA in veterans affected with combat-related PTSD
A small pilot study shows that Individuals affected with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) demonstrate changes in microRNA (miRNA) molecules associated with gene regulation.

Algorithm unlocks smartwatches that learn your every move
Scientists at the University of Sussex have invented a new algorithm that enables smartwatches to detect and record your every move, without being told beforehand what to look for.

ICON8 trial reaffirms standard dosing in ovarian cancer chemo
European women with ovarian cancer can safely stick to the standard three-week dosing schedule for paclitaxel rather than boosting up to a weekly dose-dense regimen, according to results of the phase III ICON8 trial to be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid.

Heavy alcohol use alters brain functioning differently in young men and women
Scientists have found that brain functions in young men and women are changed by long-term alcohol use, but that these changes are significantly different in men and women.

World Sexual Health Day: Study raises concerns about drug-resistant STI
Greater understanding of testing and treatment is needed to mitigate the rapid increase in drug resistance of a common sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to a study by the University of Bristol, published in the BMJ journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Korean researchers discover the biomechanism behind the formation of mother-of-pearl
Professor Hyung Joon Cha and Dr. So Yeong Bahn at Pohang University of Science and Technology, in collaboration with Professor Yoo Seong Choi at Chungnam National University, have shed light on the key mechanism behind the formation of nacre.

Call for arts to keep up with Asia
A James Cook University researcher says Australia lacks a proper strategy for developing the arts sector, as Asian nations pour money into developing their cultural power.

Antivenoms ineffective for common fatal snakebite
University of Queensland researchers have found that antivenoms produced using snakes from one region may perform poorly or fail completely against the same species of snakes from other regions. 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