Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 06, 1999
Cedars-Sinai pediatrician to receive award for his contributions to international child health
Augusto Sola, M.D., director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Division of Neonatology, will be honored next week in Washington D.C. by the American Academy of Pediatrics for his long-standing efforts to improve the lives of newborns and infants throughout the world, particularly in under-served areas of Central and South America.

African ants' self-defense takes a heavy toll on hosts
A little-known species of African ant prunes its home trees into leafy islands, preventing murderous takeover raids by other ant species but castrating the trees in the process, suggests a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

Omaha to host International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium
More than 265 transplant experts from around the world will be coming to Omaha Oct.

Long-QT syndrome
According to a study by Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiology and pathology specialists published in this week's edition of New England Journal of Medicine, a genetic defect known as long- QT syndrome may be the cause of many unexplained drownings.

NYU workshop will bring together leading researchers on nano-technology, DNA computing, and genomics
On October 9-10, NYU's Courant Institute will bring together a select group of outstanding researchers to share their most recent work on nano-technology, DNA computing, and genomics.

Astronomers sight an asteroid's moon
Astronomers this week announced their discovery of a moon orbiting an asteroid, in the first images ever obtained of such an object from Earth.

New materials from glass threads
A new type of glass material for use in future opto- electronic devices has been fabricated at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Tech students, faculty members develop software tools for wireless access to the Internet
Virginia Tech students and faculty members from engineering, business, and the social sciences are developing a suite of software tools for wireless network system design and layout.

Estrogen may play role in prevention of cataracts
Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have shown that optic lens cells may be added to the growing list of parts of the body found to be sensitive to the hormone estrogen.

'Rainbow metal,' similar to opal, suggests light-steering computer parts and catalysts
Porous, rainbow-colored metal --inspired by opal-- may suggest new materials to steer light inside superfast computers, or to more efficiently catalyze chemical reactions, University of Delaware researchers report Oct.

New model suggests that AIDS drugs may not abolish HIV infection
Current AIDS drugs may never eradicate HIV from infected individuals, according to a new model of the decline in HIV levels during treatment.

Lasers see red
The first room-temperature operation of an interband III-V laser diode emitting at a wavelength beyond three microns was demonstrated recently at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

Researchers advocate improved breast cancer screening techniques
Standardized examination techniques are needed to improve physicians' accuracy in screening for breast cancer, Harvard researchers report in the October 6 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Tiny tubes have a big future
Carbon nanotubes -- a remarkable form of soot that is stronger than steel at the weight of a plastic -- has unique electronic properties that may hold the key to making flat- panel displays the monitor of the future.

Major grants support immunology, transplant and diabetes research at the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago has received funding for two major, closely related, multi-year research projects: $7.5 million from the JDF to establish a Center for Islet Transplantation (with the University of Minnesota), and $144-million from NIAID to establish the multi-center Collaborative Network for Clinical Research on Immune Tolerance.

Study shows that hydrothermal vents release mercury
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor release mercury into the sea, geologists from Canada have found while analysing samples from vents in New Zealand.

Virtual education? Critical perspectives
Symposium On Virtual Education, October 15, 1999, Hunter College, CUNY, 68th Street at Lexington Avenue.

National Cancer Institute awards UNC-CH $5 million for unique prostate cancer studies
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received $5 million from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging to investigate prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States.

We do 'feel with the mind's eye,' confirm Emory researchers in Nature
For the first time, researchers have verified that the part of the brain involved in processing the sense of sight is also necessary for the sense of touch.

NSF approves district-wide education awards in five U.S. cities
The National Science Foundation (NSF) today named three cities in Texas (Brownsville, Dallas and El Paso), along with Detroit, Mich. and San Francisco, Calif. to receive awards ranging from $7.5 $11.5 million each over five years for district-wide reform in K-12 science, mathematics, and technology education

NIAID spearheads collaborative network for clinical research on immune tolerance
NIAID is spearheading a $144 million initiative to develop new ways of inducing immune tolerance.

The wonderful world of waves
Off the shores of Duck, N.C., researchers will soon gather for an experiment aimed at improving wave forecasting.

Clever software spots invisible animals
How can you study birds and animals in the wild when they are hidden in dark rainforests or oceans?
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