Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 28, 2000
Grant of the Max Planck Research award 2000 in Berlin
On November 29th 2000 the Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are granting the Max Planck Research Award for the year 2000 to four scientists working abroad and eight scientists working in Germany.

Scientists reveal details of brain cell communication: implications for learning & memory
The extremely tiny size of synapses and the limitations of conventional experimental techniques have hampered detailed studies of these essential structures.

Weeding out better wines
Australian winemakers are known worldwide for the high quality of their wines and the lack of contaminants in them.

Wireless technology spins off to serve private sector
A wireless communication technology capable of tracking items ranging from honeybees to soldiers will be the foundation of a new company launched today.

Live recombinant vaccine protects against fungal disease
For the first time, scientists have used recombinant DNA technology to create a live vaccine that protects against a fungal infection in mice.

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center to host "curing and coping with spinal cord injury," a symposium and fundraiser
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center is hosting a symposium and fund raising event for spinal cord injury research on Thursday, Nov.

Untangling the web of yeast protein interactions
As researchers deal with the massive amount of data left after large-scale gene sequencing efforts, they must begin to assign functions to myriad proteins produced by the genes.

Scientists find gene that fuels 'sexual arms race'
Thanks to the lowly fruit fly and a team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Washington University in St.

Function follows form in developing myocytes
Cells undergo complex changes in morphology and gene expression as they differentiate, but the relationship between these changes has long been obscure, with hints that cell shape per se can control cellular patterns of gene expression in some cases.

Insects caught in a nutrient-poor food web
In a study that compares the chemical contents of aquatic and terrestrial plants and the nutritional needs of herbivores, researchers found that terrestrial plants are the natural equivalent of junk food -- plant-feeding insects are provided with a diet so poor in nutrients that it impairs growth.

Recombinant yeast as an antifungal vaccine
To date, only one antifungal vaccine, designed to prevent ringworm in cattle, has progressed beyond the experimental stage.

Two routes to FAK activation and cancer cell migration
Changes in the distribution and activity of the focal adhesion kinase (FAK) help induce cancer cells to become invasive.

Novel vaccine protects monkeys from Ebola infection
A team of researchers led by scientists from NIH has developed a novel vaccine that prevents Ebola virus infection in monkeys.

Finding a market for 'ecosystem services'
It's easy to put a price tag on timber harvested from the forest, but can we put an economic value on the less tangible services ecosystems provide, such as water purification and flood control?

LLNL astrophysicists discover most distant galaxy known is not as far away as once believed
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory astrophysicists Wil Van Breugel and Wim De Vries, with colleagues from several universities and observatories, have stripped a galaxy near the Big Dipper, commonly known as STIS 123627+621755, of its title as the

Yale study finds 90 percent accuracy rate for needle biopsies in estimating severity of cancer in the breast
A study by Yale researchers shows that a needle biopsy conducted with a higher gauge needle equipped with a vacuum suction device underestimates the severity of cancer, on average, in less than 10 percent of the cases.

UCSF analysis suggests strengthening conflict of interest policies governing clinical trials at nation's major medical research centers
A new University of California, San Francisco study of the nation's leading medical research centers calls on the institutions to strenghen rules governing disclosure and management of financial conflicts of interest - particularly in regard to clinical trials.

Report says hot steam dramatically increases ginseng's potency
Steaming ginseng at higher temperatures can boost its potency dramatically, according to research reported in the current (November 21) issue of the Journal of Natural Products, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Ancient South African soils point to early terrestrial life
Remnants of organic matter in ancient soil more than 2.6 billion years old may be the earliest known evidence for terrestrial life, according to a team of Penn State astrobiologists.

Penn researchers find new marker for Alzheimer's disease
Penn Medical Center researchers have determined that a form of isoprostane found in urine could help chart the course of Alzheimer's disease in victims, allowing doctors to better diagnose and treat the disease.

Taking the show on the road - Leading researchers to conduct hands-on science symposium for 500 San Francisco area high school students
500 San Francisco area high school students will participate in a hands-on science symposium hosted by the American Society of Hematology.
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