Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 27, 2019
'Superbug gene' found in one of the most remote places on Earth
Antibiotic-resistant genes (ARGs) that were first detected in urban India have been found 8,000 miles away in one of the last 'pristine' places on earth, a new study has shown.

Parents worried about risks, still think opioids are best for kids' pain relief
News of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry.

NBA players who shine early stay skilled for longer
Speed at which National Basketball Association (NBA) players' performance declines with age after peak depends on early career development, study suggests.

'Bug bombs' are ineffective killing roaches indoors
Total release foggers, commonly known as 'bug bombs,' are ineffective at removing cockroaches from indoor environments, according to a new study from North Carolina State University.

Hens that lay human proteins in eggs offer future therapy hope
Chickens that are genetically modified to produce human proteins in their eggs can offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of drugs, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests.

Putting that free energy around you to good use with minuscule energy harvesters
Scientists at Tokyo Tech developed a micro-electromechanical energy harvester that allows for more flexibility in design, which is crucial for future IoT applications.

Shiftless: Novel host antiviral factor that inhibits programmed -1 ribosomal frameshifting
GAO Guangxia's group at the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a novel host antiviral factor named Shiftless that inhibits -1PRF.

Otago bioethicists call for more robust system of ethical governance in human gene-editing
University of Otago bioethicists are calling for a more robust system of ethical governance in human gene-editing in the wake of the Chinese experiment aiming to produce HIV immune children.

Scientists observe a new form of strange matter
In a discovery that could provide new insights into the origin of mass in the universe following the Big Bang, scientists have used experiments with kaons and helium-3 to experimentally demonstrate, for the first time, the existence of an exotic nucleus containing two protons and a bound kaon.
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