Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 03, 2000
Food poisoning bugs thrive in crop sprays
Eating fresh fruit may make you sick. Researchers in Canada have discovered that pesticide sprays encourage life- threatening bacteria to grow on crops, which could pose a threat to people eating raw fruit and vegetables.

Shorter AZT treatment reduces mother to child HIV transmission as well as longer treatment but for less cost
A shorter course of AZT therapy than currently prescribed for HIV-infected pregnant women may allow women in developing countries to afford the treatment that can reduce their babies' chances of contracting AIDS, but at a much lower cost, according to a study in the October 5 New England Journal of Medicine.

Dartmouth designated Center For Public Health Preparedness
Dartmouth College and the Medical School have been designated a national Center for Public Health Preparedness, one of five to play key roles in a comprehensive network to strengthen the country's frontline against health threats, including epidemics and terrorist attacks.

Dying patients give researchers new insights on care of terminally ill
Despite the progress made by the hospice and palliative care movement in the care of the terminally ill and helping patients achieve a

Powerful telescope array will study the stars
Astronomers dedicated a new observatory in California today that will enable scientists to observe the details of stars with unprecedented clarity.

Gambling with the Earth
If physicists create killer strangelets, we're all doomed. Should we take the risk?

Bio-X awards $3 million in grants for imaginative interdisciplinary research and education projects
Some day, computers will be able to detect diseases inside your body .

Bio-X grant recipient explores link between molecular chaperones and serious diseases
``You`ve got to know when to fold `em,`` says the famous country western song.

High-resolution acoustic system detects objects buried in soil
Archaeologists soon may be using sound waves to survey potential building sites for significant cultural artifacts, say researchers at the University of Illinois.

Chemicals in carpet can linger long after exposure
The release of such substances from indoor sources such as mothballs in closets and cigarette smoke in carpeting is the subject of research presented in the current (October 1) issue of Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Chile And China now linked to U.S. universities, scientific centers
Chinese and Chilean scientists are now connected with U.S. and international colleagues through STAR TAP, the Next Generation Internet data exchange point managed by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

American Chemical Society sponsors Glenn Commission briefing on math, science teaching
The American Chemical Society will co-sponsor a briefing by the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century on Tuesday, October 10 from 5- 7 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SDG-11.

Scientists find potential new target for treatment of pediatric cancer
Antonio Iavarone and colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine demonstrate how three proteins act together to produce uncontrolled cell proliferation in some cancers.

UNC awarded $5 million NIH grant to explore disease that inflames blood vessels
A groundbreaking $5 million federal grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine could help researchers find the cause of an often debilitating blood vessel inflammation of the kidneys, lungs, skin, heart, and other organs.

Exposing polluters
Exposed: the polluters who are poisoning the Inuit. Industrial plants in the United States have been fingered as the main polluters of Nunavut, thousands of kilometres away in the Canadian Arctic.

Helping energy conservation projects survive the budget axe
Companies considering energy conservation measures must balance each measure's price tag with the expected energy savings.

A new age in rheumatoid arthritis: a science writers roundtable
Learn from the experts about new developments in the field of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) research.

Researchers identify two cell-death proteins, obtain new clue to cancer
Researchers have identified two proteins that help immune cells commit suicide.

UCSF audiology clinic offers world's first disposable hearing aids
The University of California, San Francisco Audiology Clinic will launch new research in October to study the world's first disposable hearing aids, costing about $40 and lasting approximately 40 days.

Vapor-recovery system captures and recycles air pollutants
A device for capturing and recovering dilute volatile organic compounds and other hazardous air pollutants has been developed by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Layered polymer films can be 'erased' by external stimuli
Scientists at the University of Illinois have fabricated ultrathin organic films that can be stacked together and

Unique collaborative service established for childhood allergy-related anaphylaxis
Research into the prevalence of anaphylaxis in preschool and school-aged children has resulted in the establishment of a unique program through the Women's and Children's Hospital, South Australia to ensure that school staff are educated in the prevention, recognition and management of allergy - related anaphylaxis.

$14 Million NIH grant launches heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders center at the Jackson Laboratory
The NIH has made a four-year, $14 million grant to The Jackson Laboratory to establish a center for mouse models of heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders to (1) develop new models and databases for biomedical researchers worldwide, and (2) advance understanding of the genetic mechanisms underlying healthy function and diseases of the heart, lungs and blood and the physiology of sleep.
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