Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 18, 2018
Researchers have created a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole
The black hole at the centre of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualised in virtual reality for the first time.

UK needs to redesign health policies for men
While lots of attention has been given to women's increasing presence in the labor market, there has been less focus on male workers.

New dual-action cancer-killing virus
Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system.

Debate: Is the gut or the brain more important in regulating appetite and metabolism?
Whether gut or brain hormones are more important for the regulation of appetite and metabolism is not clearly defined.

Noise pollution in hospitals -- a rising problem
Noise in hospitals is a common concern among patients, families and staff.

Swarmlike collective behavior in bicycling
Nature is full of examples of large-scale collective behavior; humans also exhibit this behavior, most notably in pelotons, the mass of riders in bicycle races.

Helping Marvel superheroes to breathe
Marvel comics superheroes Ant-Man and the Wasp possess the ability to temporarily shrink down to the size of insects, while retaining the mass and strength of their normal human bodies.

New treatment to protect people with peanut allergies ready for FDA review
The final research results for a new treatment for protection against accidental exposure to peanut was presented today at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Explaining a fastball's unexpected twist
An unexpected twist from fastball can make the difference in winning or losing the World Series.

Bullying and violence at work increases the risk of cardiovascular disease
People who are bullied at work or experience violence at work are at higher risk of heart and brain blood vessel problems, including heart attacks and stroke, according to the largest prospective study to investigate the link, which is published in the European Heart Journal.

Scientists explain how wombats drop cubed poop
How do wombats produce cube-shaped poop? Patricia Yang at Georgia Tech set out to investigate.

Women more resilient to extreme physical activity than previously reported
Women that underwent extreme physical training and completed a transantarctic expedition did not show any more negative health effects than would be expected in men, according to a study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Glasgow.

Researchers propose solutions for urine sample splash dilemma
Urinating into a cup may sometimes be a medical necessity, but it's often uncomfortable, embarrassing and messy -- especially for women.

Alcohol-impaired driving and drinking at private residences
Although drunk driving prevention and enforcement programs often focus on people who drink at bars and restaurants, drinking at home is strongly associated with driving after drinking and impaired driving, and may account for about a third of all drink driving events, according to a new study from the Prevention Research Center at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

Researchers a step closer to understanding how deadly bird flu virus takes hold in humans
New research has taken a step towards understanding how highly pathogenic influenza viruses such as deadly bird flu infect humans. 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