Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 16, 2020
Old Irish 'clachan' found in South Australia
The oldest known Australian example of a communal type of Irish settlement has been 'unearthed' in a dusty paddock in rural South Australia.

The dinosaur in the cupboard under the stairs
The mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland has been solved after more than a half a century.

HPV vaccine hesitancy in Japan could result in 5,000 additional death
The precipitous drop in HPV vaccination rates after suspension of proactive recommendations by the government in 2013 could result in an additional 25,000 cervical cancer cases and more than 5,000 additional deaths among females born between 1994 to 2007 in Japan.

Facial expressions don't tell the whole story of emotion
Facial expressions might not be reliable indicators of emotion, research indicates.

Researchers create new tools to monitor water quality, measure water insecurity
A wife-husband team will present both high-tech and low-tech solutions for improving water security at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Feb.

Scientists unlock low-cost material from solar cells to manipulate light for industry
Crystal materials used in the solar-cell industry known as perovskites have been discovered to be cheap alternatives to shape laser light with potential application in industries as diverse as telecommunications, medical diagnostics and consumer electronics.

Environmental solutions to go global
New Australian technology that could fix some of the world's biggest environmental pollution problems -- oil spills, mercury pollution and fertiliser runoff -- will soon be available to global markets following the signing of a landmark partnership with Flinders University.

Immunity key to motor neurone disease treatment
Customised immune-blocking medication may be the key to treating patients with motor neurone disease (MND), which currently has no cure and limited therapeutic options.

Examining how often care, ICU admissions were consistent with treatment-limiting orders near end of life
Patients with chronic life-limiting illnesses often have medical orders with treatment limitations in place regarding medical interventions and intensive care unit admissions near the end of their lives.

Our digital afterlife
It's a problem unique to the 21st century: What happens to your digital self after you die?
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