Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 19, 2018
The environmental cost of contact lenses
Many people rely on contact lenses to improve their vision.

A paper battery powered by bacteria
In remote areas of the world, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries.

Largest oral HPV study in England shows infection rates lower than expected
Infection rates of high risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) oral infection in England are lower than expected, compared to previous US studies.

Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease
The life-threatening bacteria MRSA can cripple a medical facility since it is resistant to treatment.

A study by MSU scientists will help specify the models of the Earth atmosphere circulation
A team of scientists from the Institute of Mechanics, MSU demonstrated how random fluctuations in the rotation speed and noises influence the number of vortexes in the Couette spherical flow.

Thrombospondin-1 as a potential therapeutic target for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
Researchers centered at the University of Tsukuba and Kansai Medical University in Japan reveal matricellular protein Thrombospondin-1 (Thbs1) contributes to the development of aortic aneurysm in mice and humans.This study reveals that Thbs1 is not only a critical component of mechanotransduction, but also a modulator of elastic fiber organization and actin cytoskeletal remodeling.

Mother tongue versus father tongue: a new study reconciles the two hypotheses
Mother or father who has a stronger influence on their children's language has puzzled linguists for many years.

STAT3 can be a therapeutic target for chronic active EBV infection, a fatal disorder
Chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection (CAEBV) is an inflammatory disorder with potential for tumor development.

Mechanism behind orchid beauty revealed
Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have identified the gene related to the greenish flower mutation in the Habenaria orchid.
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