Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 05, 2000
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to lead international team to accelerate investigation of immune-related genes
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to lead a $20 million NIH initiative cataloging the HLA gene complex and explore its differences.

Scientists help end sewage discharges to Boston Harbor
An extraordinary interdisciplinary scientific effort started in 1987 has helped the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority end sewage discharges to Boston Harbor.

UC Santa Cruz astronomers forge ahead on giant telescope project
The University of California and the California Institute of Technology have teamed up to design and build a 30-meter telescope, dubbed the California Extremely Large Telescope (CELT).

NCAR 'Auto-nowcaster' forecasts Olympics weather
An automated, short-term forecast tool developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will predict the birth, growth, and decay of Sydney-area thunderstorms every five minutes during the Olympics.

Satellite imagery pinpoints El Niño's disruption of marine ecosystem
New studies have detailed El Niño's extensive consequences in the ocean environment.

UK researcher discovers drug that shows promise in treating rare cancer
New research published recently in the journal Thyroid shows that paclitaxel (Taxol®) has significant clinical activity against anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC).

Study provides direct evidence of cannibalism in the Southwest
The first evidence of human tissue in prehistoric human waste dating back about 850 years shows that people of southwestern Colorado engaged in cannibalism during a long drought, according to a new study.

Biotechnology research to grow from embryonic start
A South Australian Company is about to import human embryonic stem cells for research.

Crowded homes stressful for every ethnic group
Even though various ethnic groups may perceive crowding differently, Asian and Latin Americans are just as distressed in crowded homes as Anglo- and African-Americans are, regardless of income, says Gary Evans, a Cornell University professor.

New study: football players with concussion three times more likely to suffer another one
Football players who suffer the dangerous head injury known as concussion are three times more likely than other players to suffer a second concussion in the same season, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.

UC Davis research helps state air board set auto-emission rules
The California Air Resources Board, whose limits on vehicle emissions influence air-quality policies around the world, will decide Thursday whether to make any changes in the state's current zero-emission vehicle mandates.

Review article highlights tiny motors driving cell division
In this week's issue of the journal Nature, a UC Davis research group studying the intricacies of cell division provides an overview of the current science.

Seven inventors to be inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame
The National Inventors Hall of Fame will honor the 28th class of inductees at a formal black-tie ceremony, hosted by noted actor Danny Glover, at its world class museum on Saturday, September 9, 2000.

International team accelerates investigation of immune-related genes
NIH is heading an intiative to catalog the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene complex and explore its differences among populations worldwide.
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