Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 12, 2018
How social media helps scientists get the message across
Analyzing the famous academic aphorism 'publish or perish' through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists wanted to see whether communicating their new research discoveries through social media -- primarily Twitter -- eventually leads to higher citations years down the road.

Student develops gaming technology for environmental scientific research
A Ph.D. student at The University of Manchester has developed a new method and software for using computer game technology for complex scientific and engineering simulations.

Most widely prescribed diabetes drug improves nicotine withdrawal symptoms in animal model
Metformin, the most widely used medication for diabetes, has also been shown to help treat dementia and some cancers.

Alectinib provides longer symptom improvement than crizotinib in ALK-positive lung cancer
The findings of the ALEX trial presented at the ELCC (European Lung Cancer Congress) 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, support the use of alectinib as the new standard of care in the frontline treatment of ALK-positive lung cancer.

The hidden health cost of that extra drink
Regularly drinking more than the recommended UK guidelines for alcohol could take years off your life, according to new research published today in the Lancet.

Mediterranean-style diet improves gut microbial diversity and reduces hospitalization
ILC 2018: Diets rich in vegetables, fermented milk products, tea, coffee and chocolate may improve outcomes in patients with liver cirrhosis.

Keeping an eye on the health of structures
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) used synthetic-aperture radar data from four different satellites, combined with statistical methods, to determine the structural deformation patterns of the largest bridge in Iran.

Healthy soil lifts animal weight
Individual pastures on livestock farms yield surprisingly dissimilar benefits to a farm's overall agricultural income, and those differences are most likely attributable to the varying levels of 'soil health' provided by its grazing livestock.

Understanding barriers to mental health care for urban black men who experience trauma
Psychological distress is common in the aftermath of a traumatic injury.

Better quality of life and cancer patients' satisfaction with a coordinating nurse
Investing in the continuity of care for lung cancer patients can bring tremendous benefits in terms of patient satisfaction and quality of life.

Missile strikes against Syria 'as serious as triggering events,' expert says
The University of Notre Dame's Mary Ellen O'Connell says reprisal attacks are a serious breach of the United Nations charter.

Viruses can evolve in parallel in related species
Viruses are more likely to evolve in similar ways in related species -- raising the risk that they will 'jump' from one species to another, new research shows.

Deeper understanding of species roles in ecosystems
A species' traits define the role it plays in the ecosystem in which it lives -- this is the conclusion of a study carried out by researchers at Linköping University, Sweden.

Screening for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with hepatitis C-related cirrhosis achieving sustained virological response is likely to be cost effective
A Canadian study suggests that biannual or annual ultrasound screening for HCC is likely to be cost effective after a sustained virological response in those with hepatitis C-related cirrhosis, but not in those with advanced fibrosis without cirrhosis.

Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks
Many of the world's most charismatic animal species -- those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public -- are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic stature guarantees their survival.

Mississippi River diversions will produce new land, but more slowly than shoreline is lost
The best solution to sustaining portions of the Mississippi Delta may be river diversions that bring sediment to shrinking coastlines.

RNAs help molecules come together in liquid-like droplets within living cells
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill collaborated to determine how proteins and messenger RNAs condense into liquid-like droplets within cells.

Deep learning transforms smartphone microscopes into laboratory-grade devices
Researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have demonstrated that deep learning, a powerful form of artificial intelligence, can discern and enhance microscopic details in photos taken by smartphones.

Inhibiting metabolism found to be effective in treating aggressive form of lung cancer
Researchers from UCLA and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center have found that two targeted therapies could be more effective if used in combination to treat squamous cell carcinomas of the lung

How mitochondria cope with too much work
Researchers have uncovered a mechanism by which mitochondria, essential organelles within cells that create energy, cope with an overload of imported proteins.

Sitting is bad for your brain -- not just your metabolism or heart
Studies show that too much sitting, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death.

Pluto's largest moon, Charon, gets its first official feature names
Legendary explorers and visionaries, real and fictitious, are among those immortalized by the IAU in the first set of official surface-feature names for Pluto's largest moon, Charon.

Statins associated with reduced morbidity and mortality in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitischolangi
An award-winning register-based study reports a reduced risk of all-cause mortality, liver transplantation, liver cancer, and variceal bleeding in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis exposed to statins.

Scientists teach computers how to analyze brain cells
In the early days of neuroscience research, scientists painstakingly stained brain cells and drew by hand what they saw in a microscope.

Sensitive new assay detects hepatitis B infection in single liver cells and serum
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Personalized T cell therapy shows signs of clinical effectiveness against HBV-related HCC
ILC 2018: HBV DNA integration profile of tumour cells used to guide T cell adoptive immunotherapy in a liver transplant patient with HBsAg-negative HCC metastases in the lungs.

Linkage to care specialist facilitates access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs
A longitudinal study involving more than 1,000 individuals reports promising role for linkage to care specialists in expanding access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs.

All pooped out -- this is how norovirus does it
Researchers have long sought to identify the cells in the gut that are susceptible to infection by norovirus, the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide -- and now one team has pinpointed the type of cell that falls victim.

A third of bacterial infections in patients with cirrhosis across the world are multi-drug resistant
An international study reports a high prevalence of multi-drug-resistant bacteria in hospitalized patients with cirrhosis and significant regional differences in risk.

Study suggests ways to close CEO pay gap
Recent research from UT Dallas' Naveen Jindal School of Management examines how cultural perceptions affect the compensation of female CEOs in China, where women CEOs earn significantly less than their male counterparts.

New insight into how Giant's Causeway and Devils Postpile were formed
A new study by geoscientists at the University of Liverpool has identified the temperature at which cooling magma cracks to form geometric columns such as those found at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland and Devils Postpile in the USA.

The neurons the power parenting
Harvard researchers have described, for the first time, how separate pools of neurons control individual aspects of parenting behavior in mice.

Study explores carbohydrates' impact on head, neck cancers
Consuming high amounts of carbohydrates and various forms of sugar during the year prior to treatment for head and neck cancer may increase patients' risks of cancer recurrence and mortality, a new study reports.

After tax, Philadelphians 40 percent less likely to drink soda every day
The first study to look at what Philadelphians actually drank instead of sales at local stores since the city's 'Soda Tax' came into play, the study found that residents stopped drinking soda every day at a significant rate.

Immunotherapy provides long-term survival benefit: Further evidence in lung cancer
Further evidence that immunotherapy provides long-term survival benefit for patients with lung cancer was presented today at ELCC 2018 (European Lung Cancer Congress) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Punjab, India: Mass treatment of a population with chronic hepatitis C infection produces high rates of cure
A program of decentralized public healthcare achieves high rates of cure regardless of genotype or the presence of cirrhosis: the Punjab Model.

Lavas in the lab could lead miners to new iron ore deposits
Geologists have discovered that some magmas split into two separate liquids, one of which is very rich in iron.

Novel combination therapy effective for NRAS mutant and therapy resistant melanoma
Wistar researchers have identified a novel therapeutic vulnerability in NRAS mutant melanoma and an effective strategy to address it, using a combination of two clinically relevant inhibitors, according to study results published online in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

HEPAHEALTH Project Report -- risk factors and the burden of liver disease in Europe and selected Central Asian countries
The HEPAHEALTH Project Report, which was presented today in a press conference at The International Liver Congress trade; 2018 in Paris, France, is the second overview commissioned by EASL on the burden of liver disease in Europe.

Peptide-based biogenic dental product may cure cavities
Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities.

One string to rule them all
EPFL scientists have engineered a tiny guitar string that vibrates 1 billion times when plucked.

Calling for better police body cam design
Better-designed body cameras could improve the quality of evidence in cases of police use of force and potentially reduce the frequency of such interactions.

New affordable hepatitis C combination treatment shows 97 percent cure rate
The sofosbuvir/ravidasvir combination treatment for hepatitis C has been shown to be safe and effective, with extremely high cure rates, according to interim results from the Phase II/III STORM-C-1 trial presented by DNDi at the International Liver Conference in Paris.

Faster, cheaper wastewater treatment through improved oxidation reactions
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a method to dramatically improve the way pollutants are removed from wastewater using Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs).

How highly contagious norovirus infection gets its start
Researchers have shown, in mice, that norovirus infects a rare type of intestinal cell called a tuft cell.

ArunA biomedical study published in Stroke, exosomes improved recovery in stroked pigs
ArunA Biomedical announces publication of study in Stroke that reports exosomes improved tissue and functional recovery in pig model of ischemic stroke.

Tiny microbes make a surprisingly big contribution to carbon release
As erosion eats away at Earth's surface, some types of rocks release carbon they contain back into the atmosphere -- and now a new study suggests that microbes play a substantial role in this release.

A simple tool for doubling down on disease control
A team of Georgetown global health researchers have created a web-based tool that allows public health officials to assess the cost-effectiveness and benefits of disease control initiatives in countries around the world.

Soluble antibodies play immune suppressive role in tumor progression
Wistar researchers have found that soluble antibodies promote tumor progression by inducing accumulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) in preclinical cancer models.

Remnants of antibiotics persist in treated farm waste, research finds
Each year, farmers in the US purchase tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics approved for use in cows, pigs, fowl and other livestock.

Continuous glucose monitors proven cost-effective, add to quality of life for diabetics
A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine, based on a 6-month clinical trial, finds that use of a CGM is cost-effective for adult patients with type 1 diabetes when compared to daily use of test strips.

Deep learning: A superhuman way to look at cells
A team at the Gladstone Institutes teamed up with computer scientists at Google.

Why alcohol, sugar lead to thirst
UT Southwestern researchers identify a hormone that acts on the brain to increase the desire to drink water in response to specific nutrient stresses that can cause dehydration.

Wiggling atoms switch the electric polarization of crystals
A time-resolved x-ray experiment now elucidates that tiny atomic vibrations shift negative charges over a 1000 times larger distance between atoms and switch the macroscopic polarization on a time scale of a millionth of a millionth of a second.

Immune-engineered device targets chemo-resistant lymphoma
Cornell University researchers have developed a 'lymphoma micro-reactor' device that exposes human lymphomas to fluid flow similar to that in the lymphatics and parts of the lymph node.

Cytochrome P450 3A4 induction: Lumacaftor versus ivacaftor?
Cystic fibrosis is a disease caused by genetically defective CFTR proteins.

From the cloud to the clinic, wide range of St. Jude research presented at AACR 2018
The 2018 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting features research, resources and expertise from St.

Scotland: Direct-acting antiviral agent therapy reduces the burden of HCV-related decompensated cirrhosis
National surveillance data and cost-effectiveness modeling provide complementary evidence to support the scale-up of DAA therapy in Scotland.

First seeds of kidney cancer sown in adolescence
The earliest critical genetic changes that can lead to kidney cancer have been mapped by scientists.

Duel of the inflammatory master regulators: Insights for drug discovery
Anti-inflammatory drugs such as dexamethasone can have harmful side effects on the skin, bones and metabolism.

Equal earnings help couples say 'I do' and stay together
Recent work by Patrick Ishizuka, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University's Cornell Population Center, is the first to offer empirical evidence that cohabitating couples are likely to get married only when they earn as much as their married peers.

Researchers optimize lung stem cell engineering process
The Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) at Boston University and Boston Medical Center has engineered two new categories of lung epithelial cells in vitro using pluripotent stem cells.

LJI researchers are one step closer to an effective anti-atherosclerosis vaccine
A new paper published in Circulation by researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology reports successful vaccination of atherosclerotic mice with a small chunk of protein snipped out of 'bad cholesterol.' Vaccination reduced plaque levels in test mice, and other experiments with human blood samples identified the class of T cells likely responsible for positive outcomes.

Italy: Ongoing hepatitis A virus outbreak among men who have sex with men is linked to current outbreaks in Europe
ILC 2018: Phylogenetic analysis of circulating viruses in an ongoing acute hepatitis A outbreak in Lombardy, Italy links the majority of cases to two virus strains responsible for recent outbreaks in the UK and the Netherlands.

The secret to being cool: Try smiling
People often assume that being inexpressive makes them appear more cool, but new research suggests that smiling is considered more cool than an inexpressive attitude.

Understanding a cell's 'doorbell'
A multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of human drug design has produced new insights into how structural communication works in a cell component called a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCRs), basically a 'doorbell' structure that alerts the cell of important molecules nearby.

Algae-forestry, bioenergy mix could help make CO2 vanish from thin air
An unconventional mélange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe.

First real-world studies report glecaprevir/pibrentasvir to be effective and well tolerated in chronic HCV infection
Studies conducted in Italy and Germany confirm the effectiveness and safety of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, with viral suppression rates similar to those observed in clinical trials.

An amazingly wide variety of disks
With an instrument at the Very Large Telescope in Chile scientists of ETH Zurich observed planet-forming disks around young stars similar to the sun 4,5 billion years ago.

The raw power of human motion
Standalone power modules that harvest and convert vibrations from their surroundings into electricity could soon fuel future microsystems.

Discovery of switchblade-like defensive system redraws family tree of stonefishes
A study from the University of Kansas appearing in the journal Copeia details for the first time evolution of a 'lachrymal saber' unique to stonefishes -- a group of rare and elaborately dangerous fishes inhabiting Indo-Pacific coastal waters.

Is the 'queen bee' phenomenon a myth?
Portrayals in the media and academic research suggest that females act like queen bees.

NASA still eyeing ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris' remnants
The remnant low pressure area that was once Tropical Cyclone Iris continues to linger in the South Pacific Ocean.

The severity of neurocognitive impairment
Neurocognitive impairment is frequently encountered in multiple sclerosis patients affecting between 40-65 percent of these individuals, irrespective of disease duration, severity of physical disability, and at both the earlier and later disease stages, with a tendency to worsen over time.

Protein moonlighting
A class of proteins involved in essential cell functions has an unexpected role, UCSB scientists discover.

Sexual objectification influences visual perception
It has been suggested that sexually objectified women or men are visually processed in the same fashion of an object.

Superiority complex? People who claim superior beliefs exaggerate their own knowledge
No one likes smug know- it-all friends, relatives or co-workers who believe their knowledge and beliefs are superior to others.

Bad antibodies made good: The immune system's secret weapon uncovered
The 'bad apples' of the immune system are also its secret weapon, according to major Australian research published today in the world-leading journal Science.

Dietary lipids play diverse roles in disease
This month's issue of the Journal of Lipid Research features studies examining how fats in the diet affect health, including whether the ketogenic diet is a reasonable cancer therapy; how the type of unsaturated fats in a mouse's chow affects inflammation; and how cells respond to nutrient signals.

An unexpected discovery in a central line
An otherwise healthy 6-year-old had a central line that tested positive for a type of fungal infection that typically strikes adults with compromised immune systems.

Large wildfires bring increases in annual river flow
Large wildfires cause increases in stream flow that can last for years or even decades, according to a new analysis of 30 years of data from across the continental United States.

Tsunamis could cause beach tourism to lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year
Going to the beach this summer? European tourists are more frequently going to places with significant tsunami risk, researchers have found.

ACR responds to HHS benefit and payment parameters final rule
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today expressed concern that the 2019 Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule allowing states to select their own Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark plans on federal health exchanges could jeopardize care access for patients with complex rheumatologic conditions.

Circumbinary castaways: Short-period binary systems can eject orbiting worlds
Planets orbiting 'short-period' binary stars, or stars locked in close orbital embrace, can be ejected off into space as a consequence of their host stars' evolution, according to new research from the University of Washington.

As hummingbirds dive, twisting tail feathers direct sound at potential mates
Rather than singing to their mates, Costa's hummingbird males court females with musical, high-speed dives.

Newly identified gene mutation results in intellectual disability and developmental delay
An international group of researchers led by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Assistant Professor Gholson Lyon has identified a new genetic mutation associated with intellectual disability, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, abnormal facial features, and congenital cardiac anomalies.

New study finds genetic evidence that magnetic navigation guides loggerhead sea turtles
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides valuable insight into the navigation and nesting behaviors of loggerhead sea turtles that could inform future conservation efforts.

Lung stem cells repair airways after injury
Working in mice, University of Iowa researchers have identified a new population of lung stem cells that appear to be important for regenerating the airway following severe injury.

Optical tweezers steer a chemical reaction from just 2 atoms
Highlighting the fine level of control modern chemists possess, researchers have trapped two single atoms -- sodium and cesium -- in separate 'optical tweezers' and then maneuvered them together, resulting in a single molecule of sodium cesium (NaCs) with unique properties.

UNH researchers find combination for small data storage and tinier computers
It may sound like a futuristic device out of a spy novel, a computer the size of a pinhead, but according to new research from the University of New Hampshire, it might be a reality sooner than once thought.

Signs of early aging more likely among adolescent & young adult cancer survivors
Researchers have reported a higher prevalence of frailty, pre-frailty, and comorbidities such as depression and anxiety that may indicate accelerated aging among adolescent and young adult survivors of cancer.

Mountain erosion may add CO2 to the atmosphere
Scientists have long known that steep mountain ranges can draw carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere -- as erosion exposes new rock, it also starts a chemical reaction between minerals on hill slopes and CO2 in the air, 'weathering' the rock and using CO2 to produce carbonate minerals like calcite.

Scientists unlock path to use cell's own nanoparticles as disease biomarkers
Developing a method to identify individual cell messengers, called extracellular vesicles, means they can now be used to detect cancer and other disease and be engineered for regenerative medicine.

'Killer' kidney cancers identified by studying their evolution
Scientists have discovered that kidney cancer follows distinct evolutionary paths, enabling them to detect whether a tumor will be aggressive and revealing that the first seeds of kidney cancer are sown as early as childhood.

'Water-in-salt' electrolyte yields stable cathode for lithium-air battery operations
Despite more than two decades of research, improvements to lithium-ion batteries have stalled short of their theoretical potential.

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes
Deep space is not as silent as we have been led to believe.

Complexity, fidelity, application
UCSB/Google researchers in quantum computing professor John Martinis' group outline their plan for quantum supremacy in the journal Science.

Night owls have higher risk of dying sooner
Night owls -- people who prefer to stay up late and sleep late -- have 10 percent higher risk of dying sooner than larks, people who go to bed early and rise early, reports a new study.

Mechanism of oxidative unzipping of multiwall carbon nanotubes to graphene nanoribbons
Unzipping multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) attracted great interest as a method for producing graphene nanoribbons (GNRs).

Research shows how genetics can contribute for advances in 2G etanol production
The study focused three fungi species which produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation; scientists in Brazil reveal how these substances are regulated and how they can interact synergically.

What makes someone believe or reject science?
when people listen to recordings of a scientist presenting their work, the quality of audio had a significant impact on whether people believed what they were hearing.

Hepatitis E virus infections can be life threatening and transmitted through blood products
ILC 2018: Hepatitis E virus infections are associated with significant morbidity and mortality in both immunocompromised and immune-competent individuals - blood products are confirmed as an important source of infection.

The Trolley Problem version of autonomous vehicles
The Trolley Problem is a very well-known ethics dilemma about actively killing one or sometimes even more persons in order to save more persons.

For repeat-spawning steelhead, more than once is worth the risks
New research shows steelhead trout that spawn repeatedly have greater than double the lifetime reproductive success of fish that spawn a single time, the benefit for making the daunting journey to sea more than once.

Look! Down in the petri dish! It's a superplatelet!
A University of British Columbia bioengineer has endowed platelets with extra powers to make the clotting process more resilient in the face of trauma.

Team finds a mechanism for the composition of liquid droplets in cells
It was big surprise in 2008 when participants in the Marine Biological Laboratory physiology course realized that simple phase separations -- like oil separating from water -- may be one important way to create order inside a cell.

Marker substance for research into brain diseases
A new substance makes particular molecules in the brain visible using imaging, enabling better research into brain diseases.

Sweet potato history casts doubt on early contact between Polynesia and the Americas
Evidence reported in the journal Current Biology on April 12 shows that sweet potatoes arose before there were any humans around to eat them.

Cure for fission yeast genes could have bigger things ahead
New OIST study of mystery chemical has uncovered potential new medical treatments for genetic disorders.

Nutrition, physical activity guidelines and survival after colon cancer diagnosis
A lifestyle consistent with the American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines to maintain a healthy weight, engage in regular physical activity, and eat a diet rich in nutritious foods was associated with a lower risk of death in patients with colon cancer.

More than just menageries: First look at zoo and aquarium research shows high output
Most of us think of zoos and aquariums as family destinations: educational but fun diversions for our animal-loving kids.

Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique
Researchers have measured CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use in California and compared them to reported emissions.

Theoreticians finally prove that 'curly arrows' tell the truth about chemical reactions
Team used theoretical modelling, looking at wave functions in new ways to show why curly arrows work.

New study results from Uganda strengthen the case for contraceptive self-injection
Results from a PATH study in Uganda, now published in the journal Contraception, show that self-injection of subcutaneous DMPA may help women to continue using injectable contraception longer than women who receive traditional intramuscular injections from providers.

Discovery of 4 subtypes of melanoma points to new treatment approaches
UCLA researchers have found that melanomas can be divided into four distinct subtypes according to their stages of differentiation.

For fewer cast-related ailments in dogs, researchers find taller casts a better fit
Dogs fitted with longer casts for hind-leg injuries or ailments should see fewer pressure sores and soft tissue complications than dogs with shorter casts, said Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

RAND identifies new strategies for countering Russian social media
A new RAND Corporation report finds that Russia is waging a social media campaign in the Baltics, Ukraine and nearby states to sow dissent against neighboring governments, as well as NATO and the European Union.

Overestimated mutation rate
At the start of the epidemic in West Africa, the Ebola virus did not change as rapidly as thought at the time.

'Scaffolding' method allows biochemists to see proteins in remarkable detail
UCLA biochemists have achieved a major goal in biology: seeing at near atomic detail the smallest protein ever visualized by the technique whose development won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

To impress females, costa's hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers
Male Costa's hummingbirds perform a high-speed dive during which they 'sing' to potential mates using their tail feathers.

Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer
Two common iron compounds increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer, according to a new study of cancer cells from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Genetically modified cornea safely and effectively prevents rejection post-transplantation
Researchers engineered a donor cornea, introducing two genes intended to prevent new blood vessel formation following transplantation, and have shown this novel approach to be safe, well tolerated, and effective at reducing the risk of tissue rejection in a high-risk rabbit model.

Tiny probe can see and take body temperatures
University of Adelaide researchers have invented a world-first tiny fiber-optic probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body.

'Molecular microscope' system safer, more effective in heart and lung transplant biopsies
A transplant biopsy system that uses gene chips to read molecules is far safer and more effective than existing approaches used for heart transplant biopsies and is showing promising results for lung transplant biopsies, new University of Alberta-led research shows.

NASA finds Tropical Cyclone Keni dropped heavy rain on Fiji, direct hit to Kadavu
As expected, Tropical Cyclone Keni followed a track similar to Tropical Cyclone Josie and passed to the southwest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu on April 10, 2018 (UTC).

How advanced nanotechnology can improve cancer care
A new Tel Aviv University study addresses the challenges of nanoparticle-based cancer-targeting strategies and suggests ways of refocusing the collaborative work of cancer researchers and clinicians.

Imagining an object can change how we hear sounds later
Seeing an object at the same time that you hear sound coming from somewhere else can lead to the 'ventriloquist illusion' and its aftereffect, but research suggests that simply imagining the object produces the same illusory results.

Recycling experts hit milestone in quest for zero-waste phone
UBC researchers have perfected a process to efficiently separate fiberglass and resin -- two of the most commonly discarded parts of a cellphone -- bringing them closer to their goal of a zero-waste cellphone.

Art is in the eye of the beholder
A researcher from James Cook University in Australia has found that a person's mental state affects how they look at art.

The fewer the deadlier
Kyoto University researchers report on a novel molecular mechanism that explains how HTLV-1 survives in human cells.

The fight for clean emissions continues
It is exactly 20 years since experts from Empa and VERT published the first test results on diesel particle filters. 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