Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 27, 2019
NASA finds heavy rain potential in tropical storm Sarai
NASA analyzed the cloud top temperatures in Tropical Storm Sarai using infrared light to determine the strength of the storm.

Snowmageddon warnings in North America come from tropics more than Arctic stratosphere
Scientists conducted the first ever study to identify how the four main winter weather patterns in the US and Canada behave depending on the strength of the stratospheric polar vortex.

Diet has rapid effects on sperm quality
Sperm are influenced by diet, and the effects arise rapidly.

Targeting cholesterol metabolism in macrophages to eliminate viral infection
A new study published in Immunity now provides important new information.

Researchers identify new therapeutic target for colorectal cancer
Researchers at the University of Toronto have identified a key protein that supports the growth of many colorectal cancers.

Women with single dose of HPV vaccine gain similar protection as multiple doses
A new study revealed that one dose of the HPV vaccine may prevent infection from the potential cancer-causing virus, according to research published in JAMA Network Open from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

MRI predict intelligence levels in children?
A group of researchers from the Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE) took 4th place in the international MRI-based adolescent intelligence prediction competition.

Progressive gender beliefs in teen boys may be protective against violence
Teenage boys who witness their peers abusing women and girls are much more likely to bully and fight with others, as well as behave abusively toward their dates, compared to teenage boys who don't witness such behaviors, according to a new analysis.

Evolution: Revelatory relationship
A new study of the ecology of an enigmatic group of novel unicellular organisms by scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich supports the idea hydrogen played an important role in the evolution of Eukaryota, the first nucleated cells.

New insights into the earliest events of seed germination
Plant seeds can store their energy in a dry state for years, only to suddenly release it and germinate.

Children born preterm are more likely to be placed outside the home
Children born prematurely, i.e. before week 37, are more likely to be placed outside the home as a supportive child welfare measure than their full-term counterparts, according to a population study conducted by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

NASA finds an elongated Phanfone now a tropical storm
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of Phanfone as it continues moving through the South China Sea.

Using deep learning to predict disease-associated mutations
A research team led by Professor Hongzhe Sun from the Department of Chemistry at HKU, implemented a robust deep learning approach to predict disease-associated mutations of the metal-binding sites in a protein.

Proton therapy as effective as standard radiation with fewer side effects
Cancer patients who receive high-tech proton therapy experience similar cure rates and fewer serious side effects compared with those who undergo traditional X-ray radiation therapy, according to a study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Severity of autism symptoms varies greatly among identical twins
Identical twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience large differences in symptom severity even though they share the same DNA, according to an analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health.

On nitroglycerin, cardiovascular homeostasis and...bam, migraine!
Researchers in Leiden, The Netherlands, found an exaggerated cardiovascular response to nitroglycerin infusion in migraine patients, suggesting an elevated systemic sensitivity to this compound in this population.
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