Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 02, 2000
New genes implicated in neurodegenerative diseases
In the November issue of Nature--Baylor College of Medicine researchers find genes involved in pathways not previously known to be associated with neurodegenerative diseases.

Nosebleeds more likely to occur in the morning
Most nosebleeds seem to occur either in the morning or the evening, suggesting that nosebleeds follow a 24-hour (circadian) pattern similar to that of blood pressure, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Chaos, vagueness, and presidential polls
If the events in this year's presidential campaign seem a bit chaotic, there could be a very good reason for it.

Virginia Tech mathematician named AAAS fellow
Frank S. Quinn, professor of mathematics at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the distinction of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of his

Finding a friend: children's friendships are training ground for adult relationships
All it takes is one best friend to stave off the loneliness and depression of a child, even if that youngster is considered an outsider with the

Turning salt and water into wine
Australian scientists have developed Partial Rootzone Drying; an innovative way of fooling agricultural plants into maintaining full production on half the irrigation.

Soft lithography used to fabricate transistors on curved substrates
Researchers at the University of Illinois have fabricated silicon thin-film transistors - critical components of numerous sensor and display technologies - using soft lithographic block-printing techniques and polymer inks in place of photolithography.

Target cells found to play active role in synapse formation
When axons connect with target cells, synapses form - a pivotal brain development stage that allows for such things as muscle coordination, learning and memory.

Plant scientist named AAAS fellow
Kriton Hatzios, director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognizing his

Newly found bipedal reptile fossil predates dinosaurs by more than 60 million years
The oldest known fossil of an upright, bipedal reptile, which predates the age of the dinosaurs by at least 60 million years, has been discovered by an international team of scientists including two University of Toronto paleontologists.

IIASA research report: Health and Elderly Care Expenditure in an Aging World
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) announces publication of the research report, Health and Elderly Care Expenditure in an Aging World, by Professor Leslie Mayhew.

ANU discovery could change the study of chemistry
Chemists at two Asia/Pacific based universities have used computer modeling on a simple chemical reaction to develop a new methodology for scientists around the world.

Brown-led center receives grant to create lightwave superchip
Researchers in a seven-university consortium led by Brown University will try to add light waves to the microchips used in personal computers, eventually creating a superchip that could replace the electronic microchip.

Celebrating the past and shaping the future
The Millennium Festival of Medicine - a programme of events running throughout 2000 to celebrate innovation and achievement - holds its keynote conference in London next week.

Sensor uses DNA to detect presence of lead, a dangerous contaminant
Lead is a common environmental contaminant that can cause a number of health problems, particularly in children.

Supernovae may give rise to gamma-ray bursts, two Science reports suggest
Exploding stars called supernovae may give rise to at least some gamma-ray bursts, the most intense blasts of energy in the universe.

UT Southwestern wins nationally competitive $13.9 million grant to study genes related to heart disease
Individualized medical treatments for people diagnosed with heart disease may not be too far in the future with the expansion of genomic research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Ancient running reptile was bipedal, say Science researchers
Long before some dinosaurs, birds, and humans began to make their way through the world on two legs, a 290 million-year old reptile beat them to the bipedal starting line.

Business still learning the benefits of online education
The business world has embraced e-commerce as a valuable tool for selling, but it has been slow to develop e-learning as a tool for training, despite some obvious benefits, a University of Illinois professor says.

Neuroscience at NIDA: series of satellite symposia will highlight current neuroscience research during annual Society for Neuroscience meeting
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is sponsoring a series of satellite symposia at Society for Neuroscience 2000, to be held throughout the society's annual meeting in New Orleans on November 4 - 9, 2000.

Are mobile phones reducing teenage smoking?
Is there a link between the sharp decline in teenage smoking since 1996 and the dramatic rise in mobile phone ownership among teenagers over the same period?

Experts to share biotech future world
Experts boldly share future views--how the tidal wave of data from sequencing genes from humans to microbes will revolutionize medicine, agriculture, industry and more.

Men prefer economic-based goals; women, socially satisfying pursuits
They are age-old questions: Who am I? Who do I want to be?

Doctors' fear of side effects for heart failure treatment is unjustified
Doctors' fear of the side effects associated with drugs to treat heart failure may be a major barrier to their use in general practice, despite strong evidence for their effectiveness, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

Studies: delay in seeking stroke treatment can lead to death, permanent impairment
People who think they or someone else is suffering a stroke need to call 911 to summon emergency medical service (EMS) immediately and not wait for any reason, according to two new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studies.
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