Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 01, 2000
Ecology of Infectious Diseases grants jointly announced by National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation
Initial awards have been announced to fund 12 research projects under the new Ecology of Infectious Diseases initiative.

Researchers study oldest oak east of the Mississippi
Studies of a 373-year-old white oak found in an Ohio old- growth forest suggest it is the oldest recorded hardwood east of the Mississippi.

National digital library goal boosted by NSF awards
A national online digital library, considered a key step toward addressing the digital divide, moved closer to reality recently with 29 awards totaling some $13.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

New understanding of hydrogen combustion reaction
A Cornell University research team has uncovered the mechanics of a critical reaction in the combustion of hydrogen that one day could have profound implications for the future of energy production.

Studies show the need for speed in reacting to stroke
The life you save may be your own - if you can react quickly to stroke warning signs.

Ductal lavage helps detect earliest signs of breast cancer in high-risk women
A UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas doctor is performing a new procedure that can detect pre-malignant and malignant breast cells long before they become visible tumors.

Real-time clinical trial information now available on-line
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center today launched a lay language database of high priority trials for its web site.

Two new meds help heroin addicts, study shows; take users off daily dose treadmill
A study of patients addicted to heroin shows that two medications other than the gold standard methadone are effective treatments, even for

UK research study: dietary supplement creatine protects against traumatic brain injury
Creatine, a food supplement frequently used by professional and amateur athletes, may prevent brain damage following traumatic brain injury, according to a new research study led by a University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center researcher.

ZymoGenetics researchers identify novel Interleukin that plays key role in immune system regulation
In the Nov.2 Nature, ZymoGenetics researchers describe for the first time the interaction of the cytokine IL-21 and its receptor, IL-21R.

Purdue engineers develop a chair with 'sense'
Purdue University engineers will present findings this month about a

FDA awards grant to metaphore pharmaceuticals to study septic shock in humans
The FDA has awarded a six-month $100,000 SBIR grant to MetaPhore Pharmaceuticals to study the dramatic and perplexing blood pressure drop that occurs during septic shock.

Plane crash in Taiwan occurs just months before Windshear Alert System is completed
A warning system for detecting windshear at airports might have been able to help the pilot of the Singapore Airlines flight SQ006, had it been completed.

Lawrence Livermore Lab, UC Davis Cancer Center ink alliance to develop integrated cancer program
LLNL and UC Davis are establishing an integrated cancer program.

Study indicates certain rules underlie calling behavior of bullfrogs
Calling by male bullfrogs may be elicited by calls of distant neighbors or even inhibited by calls of neighbors close by, say researchers at Brown and the University of Rhode Island.

Tiny RNA may be universal regulator of developmental timing in animals
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have discovered a tiny RNA gene that may control developmental timing in creatures as diverse as fish, sea urchins, mollusks, marine worms, flies, nematodes and humans.

Web100 project to boost performance of research networks
Partners in a new research collaboration are developing software that automatically

Secret to Listeria's virulence provides clues to workings of other deadly intracellular pathogens, UC Berkeley scientists report
Many deadly microbes have learned that the key to infection is not to kill your host - at least not too quickly.

African Americans fare less well than whites after stroke prevention surgery
African Americans who undergo the most frequently performed blood vessel operation, carotid endarterectomy (CEA), have worse outcomes than whites, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

Evidence links protein damage to Parkinson's
New evidence links oxidative damage in a protein found in nerve cells to the development of degenerative diseases of the nervous system, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

UC Irvine study determines levels of ozone-depleting gases emitted by rice paddies into atmosphere
A UC Irvine study has determined that the world's rice paddies emit a small but significant amount of methyl halide gases that contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion, suggesting that agricultural sources also play a role in this atmospheric phenomena.

Procter & Gamble donates proprietary "super aspirin" technology to Vanderbilt University
Procter & Gamble donated a collection of 196 patents and pending patents for

Flies implicated as vector for Cryptosporidium
There's yet another good reason to keep flies off your food: Both houseflies and filth flies can transmit cryptosporidiosis, and better fly control is one key to decreasing the risk of this disease, Dr.

Doctoral research awards for international development
IDRC today announced the names of Canadian students who have won doctoral research awards.

Being overweight or obese is not destiny
For many overweight people who lose weight, gaining it back is often a matter of time.

Microbial marathon at joint genome institute
High-quality genomic draft sequences of a record-breaking number of economically and environmentally important bacteria were produced and made public during October, the first Microbial Month at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to