Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 11, 2000
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist is named ESA president
Stephen Carpenter has been elected the new president of the Ecological Society of America.

Investigational drug study may determine if lung cancer is preventable in cigarette smokers
Researchers at The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University are seeking participants for a National Cancer Institute-sponsored study of an investigational drug that may prevent cigarette smokers from developing cancer.

Inhaled steroids safe and effective for children with asthma, NHLBI study shows
The NHLBI's 5-year, 8 center Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) showed that inhaled corticosteroids provide superior asthma control.

NSF renews support of Penn's laboratory for research on the structure of matter with a $17 million grant
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $17 million grant to the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) at the University of Pennsylvania.

NSF awards $52.5 million in grants to study biocomplexity
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $52.5 million in research grants to scientists and engineers across the country to foster a better understanding of the interrelationships that arise when living things at all levels from molecular structures to genes to ecosystems. interact with their environment.

Unsafe sex among gay men linked to depression
Adelaide University resaearchers have found that homosexual men with long-term, low-grade depression are almost twice as likely to have had unsafe casual sex in the last six months.

Colwell statement on FY 2001 budget
I am very pleased by the Fiscal Year 2001 funding levels for the National Science Foundation provided in the VA-HUD consensus agreement passed by the Senate today.

Hopkins scientists shed light on how the brain 'thinks'
Bioengineers at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, taking Plato's concept of reality and illusion into the world of robots, have uncovered some of the algorithms of learning, the

Alarming rise in CO2 concentrations presents continuing global challenge
Over the last 200 years, humans have significantly altered the global carbon cycle.

Conference explores how interactive technologies influence child development
In what circumstances, if any, can technology compromise the attainment of child development goals?

New genetic testing service for childhood eye cancer
Retinoblastoma is a rare malignant tumour affecting the eye which is curable if detected at an early stage.

Putting muscle in the nucleus
Scientists have long pondered how, inside the nucleus of a cell, long stretches of DNA are moved through the huge enzyme factories that transcribe DNA's genetic information into messages made of RNA.

Inhaled steroids prove safe and more effective for treating mild asthma than non-steroidal therapies
Children who use inhaled steroids to control their asthma do not have to worry about stunting their growth, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Nation's first clinical neuroscience research center opens at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic has opened the nation's first specialized neuroscience research center to enable scientists to expand their study of severe mental illnesses.

Better tabletop accelerators, fusion in a beer can, and artificial solar currents at upcoming plasma meeting
At one of the largest physics meetings this year, researchers will announce powerful tabletop particle accelerators, improvements in laser fusion, and other new findings involving plasmas, gases of charged particles such as electrons and protons.

UMR professor to discuss new view of solar system in KC
Dr. Oliver Manuel, a chemistry professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla, thinks the solar system started with a bang.

Cancer patients face treatment barriers previously overlooked
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