Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 19, 2000
CU-Boulder graduate school awarded $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant
The University of Colorado at Boulder has received a five- year, $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, according to Chancellor Richard L.

Study shows air pollution slows lung function growth in children
Common air pollutants slow children's lung development over time, according to results from the University of Southern California-led Children's Health Study.

Vaccine controls AIDS in monkeys, researchers report in Science
A DNA vaccine, combined with an extra immune protein, delivers a one-two punch that appears to control a highly pathogenic AIDS virus and prevent the development of the disease in monkeys.

Ocean sponge source of new drug discovery
Biomedical researchers at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce, Fl., have isolated a series of unique anti-fungal chemical compounds from an ocean sponge found in the Indian Ocean.

Standard sight test for driving is unreliable
Guidelines to assess whether a person's vision is good enough to drive are a poor predictor of an individual's chance of meeting the legal visual standard for driving and need clarification, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

UCSF team reveals how the most selective of all cell gatekeepers works -- a 'three-faced' channel vital to most human organs
Capping a 30-year mission to understand how nerve cells can precisely select what kinds of molecules they allow in, a University of California, San Francisco biochemist and colleagues have revealed the atom-by-atom structure of an ancient and extremely discriminating kind of channel embedded in cell membranes, from bacteria to humans.

Study finds breech babies three to four times safer if delivered via caesarian section
A study funded completely by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which has been fast tracked for publication in the Lancet, has proven that in the case of full term breech presentation, the safest method of delivering babies is via caesarian section.

Researchers announce plans to attempt first unmanned flight across the Pacific Ocean
Researchers at the University of Washington and The Insitu group this week announced plans to attempt the first unmanned flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Researchers measure distinct characteristics
An interdisciplinary research team at Vanderbilt University has identified several acoustic features in the voices of people recorded shortly before they either took their own lives, or tried to do so without success, that differentiate them from recorded voices of normal individuals and those suffering from severe depression.

AIDS vaccine study harnesses 'killer' immune cells to control virus, prevent disease in animals
A team headed by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has shown that AIDS vaccines designed to boost the immune response of

Cybersphere brings Star Trek's holodeck closer to reality
The virtual reality world of Star Trek's Holodeck has been brought a step closer to reality by the development of a Cybersphere (a collaboration between University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group and virtual reality company VR Systems UK).

Flying low-drag trucks: aerodynamic concepts & controls developed for aircraft will cut fuel use, improve control, in tractor-trailers
Bob Englar would like to help tractor-trailer trucks fly...not literally, of course.

Fish and flies caught in the act of speciation, Science researchers report
Two separate studies show that new species might evolve faster than ever imagined.

Preventing falls in elderly people
Falling is a serious problem among elderly people, with a substantial impact on health and healthcare costs.

Fledgling conservation group wins EPA award
Partners in Amphibians and Reptile Conservation (PARC) received an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S.

USGS finds West Nile Virus in North Carolina crow
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Madison, Wisc., confirmed today that a dead crow, found in Chatham County, N.C., near the town of Moncure died of the West Nile Virus.
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