Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 28, 2018
As Canadian oil exports increase, research explores effects of crude oil on native salmon
Oil spills spell disaster for affected wildlife, leading to detrimental outcomes, including suffocation, poisoning and problems related to exposure to crude oil and its components.

Bigger = better: Big bees fly better in hotter temps than smaller ones do
Larger tropical stingless bees fly better in hot conditions than smaller bees do and larger size may help certain species better tolerate high body temperatures.

Imaging collaboration sheds new light on cancer growth
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have uncovered new insights into how the normal controls on cell growth are lost in cancer cells, leading to rapid tumour expansion.

Australia's changing relationship with alcohol
New research from La Trobe University has revealed that 30 per cent of Australians recently reduced the quantity of their alcohol consumption and a further 29 per cent reduced the frequency of their drinking, while six per cent kicked the habit for good.

Diabetes medication may protect against a common cause of blindness
Researchers from Taiwan have shown that people with type 2 diabetes who took a common diabetes medication, metformin, had a significantly lower rate of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Evidence mounts that an eye scan may detect early Alzheimer's disease
Results from two studies show that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer's disease in a matter of seconds.
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