Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 25, 2018
UTA researcher participates in Nature paper on early human survival
UTA researcher Naomi Cleghorn has participated in a Nature paper that describes how humans thrived in South Africa through the Toba volcanic eruption about 74,000 years ago, which created a decades-long volcanic winter.

Telemedicine aided people hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Telemedicine has been used during disasters for many years, but providing such care directly to consumers only has become viable because of the widespread growth of smartphones and the creation of services that allow consumers to directly access thousands of US physicians.

Breaking bottlenecks to the electronic-photonic information technology revolution
Researchers at the University of Washington, working with researchers from the ETH-Zurich, Purdue University and Virginia Commonwealth University, have achieved an optical communications breakthrough that could revolutionize information technology.

New study: What happens when sea levels rise and coastal land gets flooded?
Don't just expect a disaster: coastal land has a strong potential to develop into well-functional marine ecosystems, if it gets flooded with seawater.

Positive Phase 2 results of NovaDigm TX's NDV-3A vaccine published in Clinical Infectious Diseases
NovaDigm Therapeutics, a company developing innovative immuno-therapeutics and preventative vaccines for fungal and bacterial infections, today announced the publication of data from a Phase 2a study of its NDV-3A vaccine program in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Transparent eel-like soft robot can swim silently underwater
An innovative, eel-like robot developed by engineers and marine biologists at the University of California can swim silently in salt water without an electric motor.

Corn with straw mulch builds yield, soil carbon
How do you boost soil water content and soil health without irrigating?

World's smallest optical implantable biodevice
Researchers in Japan have built a new optical device no bigger than the edge of a coin.

How does urban-induced warming in Beijing interact with air temperature in summer?
Beijing has undergone several important urbanization development stages since late 1978.

Ancient galaxy megamergers
The ALMA and APEX telescopes have peered deep into space -- back to the time when the universe was one tenth of its current age -- and witnessed the beginnings of gargantuan cosmic pileups: the impending collisions of young, starburst galaxies.

Efficient universal quantum channel simulation in a cloud quantum computer
The study of quantum channels is the fundamental field and promises wide range of applications, because any physical process can be represented as a quantum channel transforming an initial state into a final state.

Study links night exposure to blue light with breast and prostate cancer
A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reports a link between exposure to blue light at night and higher risk of developing breast and prostate cancer.

MSU scientists found the seeds of domestic plants in the burial sites of ancient nomads
An international team of scientists including a professor of the Faculty of Soil Science, MSU studied burial sites dated back to the Bronze Age at the border between Kalmykia and Stavropol Territory and found traces of domestic barley on the walls of vessels.

Balancing nuclear and renewable energy
Argonne researchers explore the benefits of adjusting the output of nuclear power plants according to the changing supply of renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

Massive study across western equatorial Africa finds more gorillas and chimpanzees than expected
A massive decade-long study of Western Equatorial Africa's gorillas and chimpanzees has uncovered both good news and bad about our nearest relatives.

Antidepressants and bladder medicines linked to dementia in landmark study
Long-term use of some anticholinergic medications are associated with an increased risk of dementia -- according to a new study led by the University of East Anglia (UK).

When the weather is good, we are happier on social networks
When the weather is nice, posts on social networks are more cheerful, according to an international scientific study in which the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) took part.

NIH study: No chronic wasting disease transmissibility in macaques
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) did not cross the species barrier to infect cynomolgus macaque monkeys during a lengthy investigation by National Institutes of Health scientists exploring risks to humans.

Nuclear radiation detecting device could lead to new homeland security tool
A Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory research team has developed an exceptional next-generation material for nuclear radiation detection that could provide a significantly less expensive alternative to detectors now in commercial use.

Who (really) wants gaydar to be accurate anyway?
Heterosexual men want their sexuality to be known when meeting someone for the first time more than any other sexual orientation group, a new study in the Journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, reports.

Astronomers witness galaxy megamerger
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international team of scientists has uncovered a startlingly dense concentration of 14 galaxies that are poised to merge, forming the core of what will eventually become a colossal galaxy cluster.

To see the first-born stars of the universe
ASU-led team aims to use new NASA space telescope to capture light from the first stars to be born in the universe.

Risks to babies of mothers with HIV from three antiretroviral regimens appear to be low
The risk for preterm birth and early infant death is similar for three antiretroviral drug regimens taken by pregnant women with HIV according to a new study from Harvard T.H.

Novel ecosystems provide use for some native birds
Ecosystems that have been altered by human activities can provide suitable habitat for native birds, according to scientists in the United States and Australia.

SCAI releases consensus guidelines for PVD device selection
SCAI released new guidelines to address the selection of specific categories of devices when endovascular therapy (EVT) is indicated.

JFK was not shot from the grassy knoll, suggests new research
The long-held conspiracy theory that John F. Kennedy was shot by a second gunman on the grassy knoll is wrong, according to a new analysis of video footage of the shooting, published in the journal Heliyon.

Russian Arctic glacier loss doubles as temps warm
Ice mass loss in the Russian Arctic has nearly doubled over the last decade according to Cornell University research published in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.

In China, traits related to traditional rice or wheat farming affect modern behavior
After observing the behaviors of customers in cafes in several modern Chinese cities, researchers report that people from rice-growing regions -- many of whom aren't involved in farming at all -- showed interdependent behaviors, like sitting in groups or squeezing themselves through narrowly placed chairs, whereas people from wheat-growing regions (again, many of whom didn't farm) more often displayed individualistic behaviors, sitting alone or actively moving chairs that blocked their way.

Emergency treatment by older surgeons linked to slightly lower death rates
Patients undergoing emergency surgery who are treated by older surgeons (aged 60 or over) have slightly lower death rates in the first few weeks after their operation than patients treated by younger surgeons (aged less than 40) within the same hospital, finds US study published by The BMJ today.

Brain cell's Achilles' heel may prompt hydrocephalus
Viruses may spark hydrocephalus by exploiting a surprising weakness of cells that circulate fluid in the brain, called ependymal cells, report Duke University scientists.

Hospital staff experience 'sea change' in addressing substance use disorder
Despite high need, most hospitals lack systems to engage people with substance use disorder, initiate life-saving treatment or connect people to care after hospitalization.

Want new medicines? You need fundamental research
Ideological debate over support for science sometimes pits 'curiosity-driven' against 'utilitarian' research.

Endangered petrels and trawl fishing clash in Tasman sea
Today's shifting environmental conditions are creating an uncertain future for many top predators in marine ecosystems, but to protect the key habitat of a species, you first have to know where that habitat is and what threats might be affecting it.

How do marine mammals avoid the bends?
Deep-diving whales and other marine mammals can get the bends -- the same painful and potentially life-threatening decompression sickness that strikes scuba divers who surface too quickly.

Consuming protein supplements with meals may work better for weight control
A new systematic review of available evidence appearing in Nutrition Reviews indicates that consuming protein supplements with meals may be more effective at promoting weight control than consuming supplements between meals in adults following a resistance training regimen.

Cheaper and easier way found to make plastic semiconductors
Cheap, flexible and sustainable plastic semiconductors will soon be a reality thanks to a breakthrough by chemists at the University of Waterloo.

Labeling alcoholic drinks as lower in strength could encourage people to drink more
Wines and beers labelled as lower in alcohol strength may increase the total amount of alcoholic drink consumed, according to a study published in the journal Health Psychology.

Skewed sex ratios causes single fathers to bring up the young
When the balance of the sexes is skewed towards one gender, parents are more likely to split up, leaving the father to care for the offspring, says a study from an international team of scientists studying bird populations.

Napping can help tired teens' performance in school
A University of Delaware researcher led a team that found a positive relationship between midday-napping and nighttime sleep.

Inducing labor at 39 weeks reduces risks of C-section and other complications
Little has been known about what happens to a fetus between 39 and 41 weeks.

Certain drugs for muscle conditions may be linked to increased risk of dementia
Use of certain anticholinergic drugs -- that help to control involuntary muscle movements for conditions such as Parkinson's disease -- is associated with an increased risk of dementia, finds a UK study published by The BMJ today.

Geologists assist in solving the mystery of a gold treasure
The UPV/EHU's Geochronology and Isotopic Geochemistry Service has an internationally state-of-the-art laboratory that conducts isotopic analyses of lead for archaeological studies using minimally destructive techniques.

Molecular evolution: How the building blocks of life may form in space
In an experiment that mimics astrophysical conditions, with cryogenic temperatures in an ultrahigh vacuum, scientists used an electron gun to irradiate thin sheets of ice covered in basic molecules of methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide, the building blocks of life.

A Yellowstone guide to life on Mars
A University of Cincinnati geology student is helping NASA determine whether life existed on other planets.

Why we need erasable MRI scans
Gas-filled protein structures could one day be used as 'erasable' contrast agents for MRI scans.

NIST team shows tiny frequency combs are reliable measurement tools
In an advance that could shrink many measurement technologies, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and partners have demonstrated the first miniaturized devices that can generate desired frequencies, or colors, of light precisely enough to be traced to an international measurement standard.

Brain folding provides researchers with an accurate marker to predict psychosis in high-ri
By using images of the brain to look at how the grey matter is folded on itself, researchers can predict which high-risk patients will develop psychosis with more than 80 per cent accuracy.

Research identifies easier way to predict how chemical compounds will interact
New research has revealed that simple, commercially available computer programmes could be used to design next generation drug-delivery systems by predicting more easily how different chemical compounds interact.

A portable test identifies populations vulnerable to infectious diseases in remote settings
Researchers have created a compact and portable device that can test human blood samples for the presence of antibodies against measles and rubella in only 35 minutes.

Brain structure linked to symptoms of restless legs syndrome
People with restless legs syndrome may have changes in a portion of the brain that processes sensory information, according to a study published in the April 25, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Cell membrane inspires new ultrathin electronic film
Japanese researchers have developed a new method to build large areas of semiconductive material that is just two molecules thick and a total of 4.4 nanometers tall.

Sunlight reduces effectiveness of dispersants used in oil spills
Two new studies have shown that sunlight transforms oil spills on the ocean surface more significantly and quickly than previously thought.

Researchers create precision optical components with inkjet printing
Researchers have developed an inkjet printing technique that can be used to print optical components such as waveguides, an approach that could advance a variety of devices such as optical sensors used for health monitoring and lab-on-a-chip devices.

Maternal binge drinking linked to mood problems and alcohol abuse in offspring
A new study is the first to show that binge drinking by expectant mothers can impair the mental health of their offspring.

Millennial men value altruism and self-care above traditional male qualities
Contrary to popular stereotypes, young men today are likely to be selfless, socially engaged and health-conscious, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia and Intensions Consulting, a Vancouver-based market research firm.

Novel technique achieves 32-fold increase in nanometric bactericide's activity
Silver nanoparticles used in hospital materials and cutting-edge medical research can be obtained by a method that intensifies their potency and also reduces production costs, as demonstrated by Brazilian researchers in a Scientific Reports article.

Engineers get a grip on slippery surfactants
A Rice University group's innovative surfactant theory removes limitations of a 100-year-old model for interfacial behavior in enhanced oil recovery.

Antibody 'cocktail' can prevent Zika infection but is not effective for treatment of fetuses
A 'cocktail' of monoclonal antibodies that can prevent Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in primates was not effective for treatment of fetuses, according to a new collaborative study led by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team.

No future for egoists -- that's what their brain says!
Some people are worried about the consequences of climate change, while others consider them too remote to have an impact on their well-being.

Culprit in reducing effectiveness of insulin identified
Scientists at Osaka University discovered that Stromal derived factor-1 (SDF-1) secreted from adipocytes reduced the effectiveness of insulin in adipocytes and decreased insulin-induced glucose uptake.

Assembly of massive galaxy cluster witnessed for the first time
For the first time, astronomers have witnessed the birth of a colossal cluster of galaxies.

Turning graphene into light nanosensors
Graphene has many properties, but it does not absorb light very well.

Researchers redefine the origin of the cellular powerhouse
In a new study published by Nature, an international team of researchers led by Uppsala University in Sweden proposes a new evolutionary origin for mitochondria -- also known as the 'powerhouses of the cell.' Mitochondria are energy-converting organelles that have played key roles in the emergence of complex cellular life on Earth.

Study suggests older surgeons produce lower mortality rates in emergency procedures
Researchers found surgeries performed by older surgeons -- age 50 and up -- have lower patient mortality rates than those performed by younger surgeons, and that patient mortality rates do not differ significantly based on whether the surgeon is male or female.

Einstein's 'spooky action' goes massive
The elusive quantum mechanical phenomenon of entanglement has now been made a reality in objects almost macroscopic in size.

Hair products for black women contain mix of hazardous ingredients
A new report shows that black women are potentially exposed to dozens of hazardous chemicals through the hair products they use.

Analyzing insect performance
A team of researchers from the University of Missouri looked at the role neonicotinoid insecticides play in arthropod abundance, behavior, condition, reproductive success and survival.

Bacteria boost antifungal drug resistance in severe childhood tooth decay
Some young children experience severe tooth decay that resist normal therapies.

SCAI updates consensus on length of stay for percutaneous coronary intervention
Revised guidelines incorporating new data on discharge criteria for patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) will allow for flexibility in length of stay while ensuring patient safety.

What happens to stolen guns?
Only about 1 percent of all gun transactions in the US are thefts, and there is no evidence that theft is an important source of guns to those who use them to commit violent crimes.

Belief in fake causes of cancer is rife
Mistaken belief in mythical causes of cancer is rife according to new research jointly funded by Cancer Research UK and published today in the European Journal of Cancer.

Looking past peer influence: Genetic contributions to increases in teen substance use?
Parents spend a lot of time worrying about the influence of peers on teen substance use.

Oxidative stress makes difference between metabolically abnormal and healthy obesities
Scientists at Osaka University clarified that deletion of adipose oxidative stress (Fat ROS) decreased lipid accumulation in the liver, clinically improving insulin resistance and inducing metabolically healthy obesity.

Switch controls light on a nanoscale for faster information processing
Purdue researchers have helped design a compact switch that enables light to be more reliably confined to small computer chip components for faster information processing.

Purdue archaeologists on ancient horse find in Nile River Valley
An ancient horse burial at Tombos along the Nile River Valley shows that a member of the horse family thousands of years ago was more important to the culture than previously thought, which provides a window into human-animal relationships more than 3,000 years ago.

Agent 007: Organic Molecules as bearers of secrets
In the digital age, security of sensitive information is of utmost importance.

Influence of aquatic plants on long chain n-alkanes in lake sediments
Long-chain n-alkane in lake sediments has been widely applied to reconstruct terrestrial paleoclimatic and paleohydrological changes, which is, however, few reported whether they are affected by aquatic-derived n-alkanes.

Rice U. turns deep-learning AI loose on software development
Computer scientists at Rice University have created a deep-learning, software-coding application that can help human programmers by writing chunks of code in response to keywords.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope could potentially detect the first stars and black holes
The first stars in the universe blazed to life about 200 to 400 million years after the big bang.

Rabies trick could help treat Parkinson's Disease
The rabies virus wreaks havoc on the brain, triggering psychosis and death.

Many low-lying atoll islands could be uninhabitable by mid-21st century
Sea-level rise and wave-driven flooding will negatively impact freshwater resources on many low-lying atoll islands in such a way that many could be uninhabitable in just a few decades.

Statistical designs accelerate the optimization of layered 2-D crystals
Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design have demonstrated that statistical optimization techniques provide substantial efficiency increases when engineering layered van der Waals heterostructures.

When do problems with memory and decision-making affect older adults' ability to drive?
Recently, a team of researchers designed a study to learn more about cognitive health and older drivers' crash risks.

Retirement transition increases sitting during free time
According to Finnish longitudinal cohort study, the amount of sitting during free time increases after transitioning to retirement.

E. coli -- are we measuring the wrong thing?
Work to improve sepsis detection, supported by the Bevan Commission Academy, suggests that hospitals may be measuring the wrong metrics for success.

Fetal immune system rejects the mother in preterm labor
Preterm labor, a common pregnancy complication, has long been a mystery to scientists.

Exercise could make the heart younger
After a heart attack, patients must create new heart muscle cells to heal.

Watching nanomaterials form in 4-D
A team from Northwestern University and University of Florida has developed a new type of electron microscope that takes dynamic, multi-frame videos of nanoparticles as they form, allowing researchers to view how specimens change in space and time.

One in every six deaths in young adults is opioid-related: Study
One out of every six deaths among young adults in Ontario is related to opioids, suggests a study led by researchers at St.

Sunlight reduces effectiveness of dispersants used to clean up oil spills
A new study shows that sunlight transforms oil spills on the ocean surface more quickly and significantly than previously thought, limiting the effectiveness of chemical dispersants that break up floating oil.

Implantable islet cells come with their own oxygen supply
Researchers at MIT and a company, Beta-O2 Technologies, have designed and tested an implantable device for treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

Long-sought structure of telomerase paves way for new drugs for aging, cancer
Telomerase, because of its role in cancer and aging, has long been a target of drug companies who want to block it to stop the uncontrolled cell growth characteristic of cancer, or boost it to create a fountain of youth.

Move over Tupac! Life-size holograms set to revolutionize videoconferencing
A Queen's University researcher will soon unveil TeleHuman 2 -- the world's first truly holographic videoconferencing system.

Targeting telomerase as therapeutic strategy for melanoma
Targeting telomerase was effective at killing NRAS-mutant melanoma cells, and the impact was further enhanced when the strategy was paired with an inhibitor of mitochondrial function, according to study results by the Wistar Institute published in Oncogene.

Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease
A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say.

UNC researchers identify promising delivery method for immunotherapy combination
Researchers report in the journal Advanced Materials on a nanotechnology-based delivery method for an immunotherapy combination.

After a volcano erupts, bird colonies recover
Where do seabirds go when their nesting colony is buried by a volcano?

Should doctors recommend e-cigarettes to help smokers quit?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers guidance for doctors to advise people who are trying to quit smoking -- that e-cigarettes are helpful tools when trying to quit.

Stress hormones spike as the temperature rises
A new study in medical students finds that summer, not winter, is the season when people are most likely to have higher levels of circulating stress hormones.

Imaging may allow safe tPA treatment of patients with unwitnessed strokes
A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators may lead to a significant expansion in the number of stroke patients who can safely be treated with intravenous tPA, the 'clot busting' drug that has greatly reduced stroke-related disability and deaths in eligible patients.

Study shows a new approach to treating patients with stage IV Wilms tumor
A new study showing significantly improved survival rates for patients with stage IV Wilms tumors with lung metastases was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Bento browser makes it easier to search on mobile devices
Searches involving multiple websites can quickly get confusing, particularly when performed on a mobile device with a small screen.

Protect forest elephants to conserve ecosystems, not DNA
New University of Illinois research has found that forest elephant populations across Central Africa are genetically quite similar to one another.

Study: Drug-filled, 3-D printed dentures could fight off infections
University at Buffalo researchers have developed 3-D printed dentures filled with antifungal medication to better treat oral fungal infections.

BU: Obese patients underrepresented in cancer clinical trials
A new review by Boston University School of Public Health researchers found that less than one-fifth of participants in cancer-related clinical trials are obese.

Back in black for singletons trying to find love
Black beats red as the color of choice when it comes to finding new love, according to new research based on the hit TV series 'First Dates,' which shows that single people wear more of the darker hue when meeting a potential partner for the first time.

Students' social relationships in the last year of secondary education
Establishing friendships in the university context helps students to gain independence and to manage their lives in their new environment with more self-confidence.

Study examines denigration when people call a place a 's---hole'
By tracing the use of the word and hashtag 's---hole' on Twitter, researchers have examined who is engaged in the stigmatizing discourse of denigration, the types of place that are stigmatized, and the responses to stigmatized places.

New link between sleep arousals and body temperature may also be connected to SIDS
What is the origin of these arousals? Scientists from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, together with colleagues from Boston University, have discovered that brief arousals are probably triggered by the intrinsic electrical noise from wake-promoting neurons (WPN) in the brain.

NASA finds Tropical Cyclone Fakir weakening
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Fakir was getting weaker as it moved through the Southern Indian Ocean.

An ionic black box
While we embrace the way the Internet of Things already is making our lives more streamlined and convenient, the cybersecurity risk posed by millions of wirelessly connected gadgets, devices and appliances remains a huge concern.

New testing provides better information for parents of children with form of epilepsy
New ways of sequencing the human genome mean geneticists and genetic counselors have much more to say to parents who wonder if future children might carry the disease,

Common class of drugs linked to dementia even when taken 20 years before diagnosis
The largest and most detailed study of the long-term impact of anticholinergic drugs, a class of drugs commonly prescribed in the United States and United Kingdom as antidepressants and incontinence medications, has found that their use is associated with increased risk of dementia, even when taken 20 years before diagnosis of cognitive impairment.

Researchers develop new tools in the fight against diabetic blindness
Estimates are that 600 million people will have some sort of diabetic retinopathy by 2040.

Researchers 3-D print electronics and cells directly on skin
In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota used a customized, low-cost 3-D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time.

New uses for existing antiviral drugs
Broad-spectrum antiviral drugs work against a range of viral diseases, but developing them can be costly and time consuming.

Sunlight works against oil clean-up efforts
Oil spills, whether minor leaks or major environmental disasters, are bound to happen.

Will warm-water events in the Gulf of CA reduce seabird populations?
Oceanic warm-water events in the Gulf of California have increased in frequency during the last three decades, passing from a historic mean of one or two warm anomalies per decade to five events in the 2007-2016 period.

There is more than just saving money when it comes to fake goods
While some may think a 'knock-off' product is morally wrong, new research from UBC's Okanagan campus demonstrates that for some cultures 'unethical' consumption is a virtue.

As tellurium demands rise, so do contamination concerns
As technology advances, demands for tellurium, a rare element, are on the rise.

We still don't know how strange celibate animals evolve
A new study has cast doubt on leading theory for how tiny creatures have evolved for 50 million years -- without ever having sex.

TERRAs, the non-coding RNAs that protect telomeres, are important epigenetic regulators
Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have taken an important step forward by discovering that TERRAs play a decisive role in the assembly of telomeric heterochromatin by interacting with components of the Polycomb complex 2 (PRC), an important epigenetic regulator of gene expression.

Generic drug manufacturers see new opportunities ahead
Declining prices and a saturated market could spell doom-and-gloom for the generic pharmaceutical industry, but some in the business are turning lemons into lemonade, seeing opportunities instead.

The equine herald of a new age
As they had for more than a decade, Stuart Tyson Smith and his colleagues were excavating a tomb in what was Upper Nubia in their years-long UC Santa Barbara-Purdue University mission to understand the history of an ancient village on the fringes of Egyptian dominance.

Synaptic communication controls neuronal migration
Development of the mammalian neocortex requires the precise migration of billions of neurons.

Human impact on sea urchin abundance
In a 50-year study, researchers record the dynamics of three common species of sea urchins in Hatakejima Island, Wakayama.

UCLA research may explain some causes of infertility and miscarriage
A new study in the journal Nature Cell Biology has uncovered information about a key stage that human embryonic cells must pass through just before an embryo implants.

Lab-on-a-chip delivers critical immunity data for vulnerable populations
A team of researchers from the University of Toronto has applied a hacker mentality to developing a portable, reconfigurable lab-on-a-chip diagnostic platform and field-tested the system in remote Kenya.

Indications of psychosis appear in cortical folding
Imaging techniques can be used to detect the development of psychosis in the brains of high-risk patients at an early stage, as reported by researchers from the University of Basel and Western University in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Mediterranean diet boosts beneficial bacteria
Here's another reason to eat a Mediterranean-type diet: it's good for your gut.

Drinking kefir may prompt brain-gut communication to lower blood pressure
Drinking kefir may have a positive effect on blood pressure by promoting communication between the gut and brain.

Nanowires could make lithium ion batteries safer
From cell phones and laptops to electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are the power source that fuels everyday life.

Inadequate health literacy associated with poorer postoperative recovery for patients undergoing day surgery
Lower health literacy in patients undergoing day surgery was associated with poorer postoperative recovery and health-related quality of life two weeks following surgery.

Noninvasive spinal stimulation method enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands
A UCLA-led team of scientists reports that six people with severe spinal cord injuries -- three of them completely paralyzed -- have regained use of their hands and fingers for the first time in years after undergoing a nonsurgical, noninvasive spinal stimulation procedure the researchers developed. 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