Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 07, 2018
Scientists developing new blood test to screen for secondary heart attack
A blood test that quickly and easily detects whether a person is at risk of a secondary heart attack is being developed by scientists at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.

Spying on the virus: Development to increase effectiveness of viral cancer therapy
Scientists have learned how to observe the processes of oncolytic viruses in cancer cells in real time.

Holography, light-field technology combo could deliver practical 3-D displays
Researchers in Japan and Belgium has begun to explore a combination of holography and light field technologies as a way to reduce the size and cost of more people-friendly AR/VR devices.

Evaluation of fitness for transport of cull cows varies
In a test to see how farmers, livestock drivers and veterinarians assess the fitness for transport of cull cows based on lameness there were different opinions.

Superbugs jumping frequently between humans and animals
In a recent study, researchers found that cows are a source of resistant staphylococcus strains causing infections in humans today.

Evolution of psychiatric disorders and human personality traits
How and why human-unique characteristics such as highly social behavior, languages and complex culture have evolved is a long-standing question.

Immunotherapy may be efficacious in patients with HIV-associated Kaposi's sarcoma
Among a small cohort of patients with HIV-associated Kaposi's sarcoma treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors, more than 65 percent had partial or complete remission.

What is shared decision-making and how does it work for allergists?
A new article published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, walks allergists and other health care practitioners through the steps involved in shared decision-making (SDM).

Army research takes proactive approach to defending computer systems
A team of researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea have taken a step toward the development of moving target defense techniques in software-defined networks.

Coal plant offsets with carbon capture means covering 89 percent of the US in forests
Researchers found that using bio-sequestration to capture carbon produced by US coal-fired plants even after carbon capture and storage would require using 62 percent of the nation's arable land for that process, or 89 percent of all US land with average forest cover.

Tropical Depression Gordon still lingering over Arkansas
Tropical Depression Gordon just doesn't want to give up. Gordon is meandering in the southern US and satellites pinpointed its center over Arkansas on Friday, Sept.

Toddlers prefer winners -- but avoid those who win by force
Toddlers aged just 1 1/2 years prefer individuals whom other people yield to.

Classification of extreme precipitation events and associated flood risk in central China
Extreme precipitation events (EPEs) generally trigger flood disasters. The combination of evolving EPEs and rapid expansion of urban agglomeration is most likely to change urban flood risk distribution in the future.

Hot streak: Finding patterns in creative career breakthroughs
You've likely heard of hot hands or hot streaks -- periods of repeated successes -- in sports, financial markets and gambling.

Smiling doesn't necessarily mean you're happy
Smiling does not necessarily indicate that we are happy, according to new research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

Study reveals night-time habits of captive flamingos
What do captive flamingos do at night, when their zoo or wildlife park is closed?

Chronic diseases driven by metabolic dysfunction
Progress in treating chronic illness, where the cause of the problem is often unknown, has lagged.

Protocell guests flee the nest
Researchers at the University of Bristol have shown that resident artificial cells abandon their protocell hosts by displaying antagonistic behavior on receiving a chemical signal.

Researchers identify pitfall in popular prostate cancer PET imaging method
Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has become a popular method for determining the stage of a patient's prostate cancer.

Family genetics vital for understanding autism progression
Research published today in Genetics in Medicine shows that the total amount of rare mutations--deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence--in a person's genome can explain why individuals with a disease-associated mutation can have vastly different symptoms.

'Mindful people' feel less pain; MRI imaging pinpoints supporting brain activity
Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others?

New research suggest Pluto should be reclassified as a planet
The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Hurricane Olivia's eye obvious from NASA's Aqua satellite
Hurricane Olivia's eye was clear in infrared imagery taken by NASA's Aqua satellite from its orbit in space.

Latest Structural Heart issue features research on TAVR and Mitral VIV and VIR procedures
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team features original research articles on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with aortic stenosis and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and the safety and efficacy of percutaneous mitral valve-in-valve and valve-in ring procedures.

Harnessing the power of the crowd could improve screening accuracy
Averaging the results from two independent participants improved screening accuracy, whether participants were looking at baggage scans or mammograms, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

A joint effort to understand cartilage development
Anyone with arthritis can appreciate how useful it would be if scientists could grow cartilage in the lab.

Hsp90: More than just a chaperone
Researchers from the Verstreken lab (VIB-KU Leuven) have identified a completely novel function for Hsp90, one of the most common and most studied proteins in our body.

RUDN biochemists described a new mechanism for autoimmunity suppression
RUDN biochemists suggested a new mechanism following which a human body prevents the development of autoimmune diseases (i.e. conditions caused by the damaging influence of the immune system on a body's own organs and tissues), allergies, and implant rejection.

Bravery cells found in the hippocampus
Why do some people comfortably walk between skyscrapers on a high-wire or raft the Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel whereas others freeze on the mere thought of climbing off escalators in a shopping mall?

NASA finds Hurricane Norman hammered by wind shear
NASA's Aqua satellite obtained a visible image of Hurricane Norman northeast of the Hawaiian Islands and found the storm weakening and battling wind shear.

Dangerous blood pressure spikes among blacks happen five times more often than average
Blacks with high blood pressure experience hypertensive crisis, a life-threatening condition where blood pressure surges severely and quickly, at a rate five times the national average.

Clinton lost US election because Democrats were too inclusive -- study
Hillary Clinton may have lost out to Donald Trump in the battle for the US Presidency because the Democrats were too willing to welcome others with differing views to theirs into their political party, a new study reveals.

Emotional scars increase the risk of sports injury
Active top-flight athletes who have experienced sexual or physical abuse at some time in their life run a greater risk of sports-related injury.

New York State sepsis reporting mandate appears to improve care, reduce deaths
A New York State requirement that all hospitals report compliance with protocols to treat severe sepsis and septic shock appears to improve care and reduce mortality from one of the most common causes of death in those who are critically ill, according to a new study published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Shared lifetime of grandmothers and grandchildren significantly increased since 1800s
The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren has changed.

This is how the brain forgets on purpose
Researchers have analysed what happens in the brain when humans want to voluntarily forget something.

Single molecule control for a millionth of a billionth of a second
Physicists at the University of Bath have discovered how to manipulate and control individual molecules for a millionth of a billionth of a second, after being intrigued by some seemingly odd results.

NASA's Aqua satellite finds Florence temporarily fighting wind shear
Tropical Storm Florence appeared weaker in infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite, with warmer cloud top temperatures.

National survey shows ocean and coastal recreation is big business
A new report by social scientists at NOAA Fisheries reveals that viewing or photographing the ocean was the top activity for ocean lovers in the U.S. in number of participants, days spent, and how much people paid to do it.

Bioadhesive, wirelessly-powered implant emitting light to kill cancer cells
A new wirelessly-powered light-emitting device, which sticks onto animal tissue like a sticker with tissue-adhesive and elastic nanosheets, could possibly facilitate treatment for hard-to-detect microtumors and deeply located lesions that are hard to reach with standard phototherapy.

Engineers of Samara University presented a propulsion system for nanosatellites
The scientists of the Inter-University Department of Space Research of Samara University presented a prototype of a propulsion system for the maneuvering nanosatellite SamSat-M.

New blood pressure app
Michigan State University has invented a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone -- with no special equipment.

Finding that links ALS/ataxia to cellular stress opens new approaches for treatment
Scientists at University of Utah Health report for the first time that a protein, called Staufen1, accumulates in cells of patients suffering from degenerative ataxia or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Electron microscopy provides new view of tiny virus with therapeutic potential
Researchers from the Salk Institute and the University of Florida are reporting how they used cryo-EM to show the structure of a version of a virus called an AAV2, advancing the technique's capabilities and the virus' potential as a delivery vehicle for gene therapies.

A new generation of pain medications
Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Zuse Institute Berlin have developed a new generation of pain medications.

New discovery on T cell behavior has major implications for cancer immunotherapy
Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that disease-fighting T cells, elicited from vaccines, do not require glucose for their rapid reproduction, a finding with major implications for the development of immunotherapies for cancer patients.

New guidelines for traumatic brain injury -- Built with input from rehabilitation professionals
Clinical practice guidelines play a critical role in promoting quality care for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A study of ants provides information on the evolution of social insects
A major characteristic of eusocial species is the division of labor between queens and.

TGen-led canine melanoma study identifies genetic basis of disease; potential drug targets
TGen and its collaborators from across the nation used multiple genomic analysis techniques to identify several gene mutations that could be the keys to what drives melanoma in dogs.

Changes in the architecture around cancer cells can fuel their spread
UCLA researchers have found that the extracellular matrix, the dense network of proteins and carbohydrates that surround a cell, can influence how cells move within the body by regulating their sugar consumption. 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