Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 24, 2017
Flies' disease-carrying potential may be greater than thought, researchers say
Flies can be more than pesky picnic crashers, they may be potent pathogen carriers, too, according to an international team of researchers.

High-speed quantum encryption may help secure the future internet
Quantum encryption may be one step closer to wide-scale use thanks to a new system developed by scientists at Duke University, The Ohio State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

To address hunger effectively, first check the weather, says new study
Understanding the climate context is important is determining how to best respond to food insecurity, according to a study of nearly 2,000 smallholder farms in Africa and Asia.

Immune deficiency explains rampant caries in some children
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have made a novel discovery connecting genetic innate immunity deficiencies to rampant caries and increased risk of dental caries affecting about one in five children.

Breakthrough in tornado short-term forecasting could mean earlier, more accurate warnings
Researchers at Western University, Canada, have have developed a tornado-prediction method they say could buy as much as 20 minutes additional warning time.

Scientists reveal new avenue for drug treatment in neuropathic pain
New research from King's College London has revealed a previously undiscovered mechanism of cellular communication, between neurons and immune cells, in neuropathic pain.

The origin of a new species of Darwin's finches
Darwin's finches in the Galápagos archipelago provide an iconic model for the evolution of biodiversity on earth due to natural selection.

Climate change: Earth-air heat exchanger best to protect animals in livestock buildings
Without countermeasures, climate change will negatively impact animals in pig and poultry production.

The electronic origins of fluorescence in carbon nanotubes
A Japanese research team at Kyushu University studied the infrared fluorescence of carbon nanotubes (rolled-up sheets of graphene).

Graphene oxide making any material suitable to create biosensors
TPU scientists report on development of sensor suitable for single cell immobilization.

Biologists studied cellular cannibalism in cancerous growths
Researchers from Lomonosov MSU Faculty of Biology have studied the stages of entosis, a process of cell death when one cell invades the other and gets digested inside of it.

When magma prevents volcanic eruptions
Calderas are huge topographic depressions formed by large volcanic eruptions.

Tuning the wavelength of fluorescent carbon tubes
A research team at Japan's Kyushu University studied the fluorescence of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) made from graphene sheets a single atom thick.

Fault-tolerant quantum computation: Attraction of all-optical control
Quantum computation is one of the ways to break the bottle-neck of modern IC.

Flies could help to monitor disease outbreaks by acting as 'autonomous bionic drones'
An international research team led by NTU Singapore have proposed that swarms of flies can be used to help monitor disease outbreaks.

'Holy grail' for batteries: Solid-state magnesium battery a big step closer
A team of Department of Energy scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research has discovered the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor, a major step towards making solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe.
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