Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 20, 2018
New study shows video games can improve health in children with obesity
A new study from LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center showed for the first time that video games, in combination with fitness coaching and a step tracker, helped overweight children lose weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol and increase their physical activity.

Drug now in clinical trials for Parkinson's strengthens heart contractions in animals
A drug currently in clinical trials for treating symptoms of Parkinson's disease may someday have value for treating heart failure, according to results of early animal studies by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.

From pollutants to human health: Key questions for a better environmental future in Europe
A new study, published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, wants to shape a new guideline --with a more global and coordinated perspective-- for several social and economic sectors in the field of chemical products and management of environmental risks in Europe.

Houseplants could one day monitor home health
In a perspective published in the July 20 issue of Science, a team of University of Tennessee faculty and a student from two unrelated disciplines -- plant sciences and architectural design -- explore the future of houseplants as aesthetically pleasing and functional sirens of home health.

Effect of twice-weekly calorie restriction diet for glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes
A diet with calorie restriction two days per week was comparable to a diet with daily calorie restriction for glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Scientists reverse aging-associated skin wrinkles and hair loss in a mouse model
Researchers have reversed wrinkled skin and hair loss, hallmarks of aging, in a mouse model.

Can greening vacant urban land improve mental health?
Physical conditions in a neighborhood matter. Trash, a lack of sidewalks and parks, and vacant or dilapidated spaces have been associated with depression, while living near green spaces has been associated with less depression, anxiety and stress.

Doctors rely on more than just data for medical decision making
A study from MIT computer scientists finds patients with similar medical profiles receive different treatments based on doctors' 'gut feelings.'

Greening vacant lots reduces feelings of depression in city dwellers, Penn study finds
Greening vacant urban land significantly reduces feelings of depression and improves overall mental health for the surrounding residents, researchers show in a new randomized, controlled study published in JAMA Network Open.

Eagle-eyed machine learning algorithm outdoes human experts
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have trained computers to quickly and consistently detect and analyze microscopic radiation damage to materials under consideration for nuclear reactors.

NASA prepares to launch Parker Solar Probe, a mission to touch the Sun
No earlier than Aug. 6, 2018, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy will thunder to space carrying the car-sized spacecraft, which will study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has.

Wearable device from Stanford measures cortisol in sweat
By drawing in a bit of sweat, a patch developed in the lab of Alberto Salleo can reveal how much cortisol a person is producing.

Wave energy converters are not geared towards the increase in energy over the last century
Wave energy converters are designed to generate the maximum energy possible in their location and take a typical year in the location as a reference.

Urgent change needed to regulate the environmental impacts of chemicals
International study has identified the most important questions that researchers must address in order to help protect our planet over the next decade.

SF State study compares athlete and truck driver, identical twins
Identical twins share over 99 percent of the same genetic material, which can make them ideal subjects for studying how other factors besides genetics can affect health.

Texas A&M study: Sahara dust may make you cough, but it's a storm killer
The bad news: Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa -- totaling a staggering 2 to 9 trillion pounds worldwide -- has been almost a biblical plague on Texas and much of the Southern United States in recent weeks.

The cause of prostate cancer progression to incurable stage has likely been uncovered
Researchers at the University of Oulu in Finland have discovered novel genes and mechanisms that can explain how a genomic variant in a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs11672691 influences prostate cancer aggressiveness.

Two NASA satellites confirm Tropical Cyclone Ampil's heaviest rainfall shift
Two NASA satellites observed Tropical Storm Ampil in six and a half hours and found the storm's heaviest rainfall occurring in a band of thunderstorms shifted from north to south of the center.

The genes are not to blame
Individualized dietary recommendations based on genetic information are currently a popular trend.

When political ideology shapes luxury buying
Those with conservative leanings tend to favor preservation of socio-economic order and social hierarchy.

People love to hate on do-gooders, especially at work
Highly cooperative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive environments, new University of Guelph study finds.

A peek into the interplay between sleep and wakefulness
The ventrolateral preoptic nucleus (VLPO) in the brain plays a critical role in the initiation and maintenance of sleep, while the lateral posterior part of the hypothalamus contains neuronal populations implicated in maintenance of arousal.

Speed up solving complex problems: Be lazy and only work crucial tasks
A new improvement to a programming technique called 'lazy grounding' could solve hard-set and complex issues in freight logistics, routing and power grids by drastically reducing computation times.

Supplemental oxygen eliminates morning blood pressure rise in sleep apnea patients
Supplemental oxygen eliminates the rise in morning blood pressure experienced by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients who stop using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the standard treatment for OSA, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Frailty may be more deadly in younger heart patients, study finds
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association examines the prevalence of frailty and its association with long-term mortality in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

A molecular key for delaying the progression of Multiple Sclerosis is found
In the lab it was possible to improve the symptoms in the chronic phase of the disease while encouraging the repair of the nervous tissue, and the challenge now is to move the research forward in humans.

World's fastest man-made spinning object could help study quantum mechanics
Researchers have created the fastest man-made spinning object in the world, which they believe will help them study material science, quantum mechanics and the properties of vacuum.

Mother-child communication in plants
Researchers decipher how plants steer the development of their embryos using hormones.

Scientists identify most pressing issues posed by chemicals in the environment
Chemicals released into the environment by human activity are resulting in biodiversity loss; increased natural hazards; threats to food, water and energy security; negative impacts on human health and degradation of environmental quality.

How to weigh stars with gravitational lensing
Astronomy & Astrophysics publishes the predictions of the passages of foreground stars in front of background stars.

The need for speed: Why malaria parasites are faster than human immune cells
Elementary cytoskeleton protein is different in parasites and represents a starting point for a possible new therapy against malaria infections.

Current noises of Majorana fermions
Majorana fermions, also named 'Angel particles', has become a hot topic in recent years for their potential application in topological quantum computation.

Parakeet pecking orders, basketball match-ups, and the tenure-track
Researchers from the Santa Fe Institute describe a new algorithm called SpringRank that uses wins and losses to quickly find rankings lurking in large networks.

New findings on intercellular communication
This is a nice example of a rather unexpected discovery: by studying the development of the blood vessels of the brain, researchers at Université libre de Bruxelles have just shed light on a question that was pending for 10 years!

SPIE journal announces public access to largest multi-lesion medical imaging dataset
A paper published today in the Journal of Medical Imaging - ''DeepLesion: Automated mining of large-scale lesion annotations and universal lesion detection with deep learning,'' -- announced the open availability of the largest CT lesion-image database accessible to the public.

Secondhand smoke causing thousands of still births in developing countries
Exposure to secondhand smoke is causing thousands of still births in developing countries, according to new research carried out by the University of York.

Deep learning cracks the code of messenger RNAs and protein-coding potential
Researchers at have used deep learning to decipher which ribonucleic acids have the potential to encode proteins.

Gault site research pushes back date of earliest North Americans
Archaeological evidence has increasingly called into question the idea of 'Clovis First.' Now, a study published by a team including DRI's Kathleen Rodrigues, Ph.D. student, and Amanda Keen-Zebert, Ph.D., associate research professor, has dated a significant assemblage of stone artifacts to 16-20,000 years of age, pushing back the timeline of the first human inhabitants of North America before Clovis by at least 2,500 years. 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