Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 06, 2000
FDA clears Berlex Laboratories' Mirena (R), new form of long-acting contraception meets need for U.S. women
U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved MIRENA (R)(levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system), a convenient, innovative contraceptive that is as effective in preventing pregnancy as tubal ligation (better than 99 percent) and lasts for five years or until removed.

DNA research reveals new bird species in Colorado
Neither a tree-dweller nor a night bird, and roughly the size of a chicken, the Gunnison sage-grouse is not a particularly secretive bird yet just recently has it been identified as a new species of bird.

Florida scientist finds protein that regulates brain's reaction to injury
A University of Florida researcher is among a team of scientists who have discovered a protein's role in controlling the brain's inflammatory response to injury and disease.

Study reveals structure of DNA packaging motor in virus
A detailed look at one of nature's smallest motors is providing scientists with new insights on how some viruses package their genetic material and reveals a new type of biological motor system.

Voyage of the space veggies
If people are planning to live on different planets, they'll need to think about growing plants in space.

Campaign to protect critically endangered beluga sturgeon
In response to the triple threat to sturgeon posed by overfishing, habitat loss and pollution, three leading environmental groups today announced a campaign to protect and help restore the world's remaining sturgeon populations.

MIT develops filters for wastewater treatment, more
Membranes that filter larger materials from others are key to wastewater treatment and other processes.

Team identifies first drug therapy for rare, precancerous stomach illness
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center scientists have identified the first drug therapy that appears to be effective in reversing the

Earth's continental land masses created in short, fast bursts, scientists say
Scientists believe they have unraveled one of geology's most enduring mysteries about how the Earth's continental crust was built, and they say it happened in a relative blink of an eye.

USGS: Contaminants may play important role in California amphibian declines
Scientists have confirmed that agricultural contaminants may be an important factor in amphibian declines in California.

UCLA-UCSB California NanoSystems Institute awarded funding to pursue breakthroughs in the science of the very small
The California NanoSystems Institute - a wide-ranging research enterprise poised to make a major impact in areas ranging from information technology and household lighting to medical treatment - was named today as one of the three research efforts statewide to receive $100 million in state support to help propel the future of the state's economy.

Bizarre new way to propel a spacecraft
A juddering magnet has inspired a US scientist to investigate a bizarre new way of propelling a spacecraft.

Leading Indian research institute partners with Monsanto and Michigan State University to develop 'golden mustard'
Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), a leading Indian research institute in New Delhi, India, today launched a multi-year project, working in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU) and Monsanto Company, to develop a

Credit counseling increases productivy, lowers financial stress, study finds
After one year, clients of credit counseling reported decreased concerns about personal finances, lower levels of stress from money problems, and improved personal financial wellness; and they demonstrated increases in work productivity and job outcomes, according to researchers at two universities.

Calcium channel blockers not as effective as other drugs
Three standard drug treatments for high blood pressure - ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and diuretics - are significantly more effective than the newer, widely prescribed calcium channel blockers (CCBs) at preventing heart attacks and heart failure, report researchers in this week's The Lancet.

The copycat mating game
Why spend time going out looking for a quality mate when you can just copy somebody else's choice?

Coastal urban sprawl projected to consume 5.8 million acres in next 25 years
Urban sprawl will consume by the year 2025 about 5.8 million acres of coastal land that today is either agricultural land or open space according to an Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant researcher at the University of Chicago's Great Cities Institute.

How do I love whales? Let me count the ways
Insomniacs count sheep, bankers count money, umpires count balls and strikes.

Scientists develop method to speed hepatitis C research
Scientists studying the virus that causes hepatitis C have found a way to grow it rapidly in the lab so they can perform genetic studies on it.

Antiviral drug works by causing "genetic meltdown"
The antiviral drug ribavirin works by creating such extreme mutation rates in viruses that it drives them into

Researchers identify key to genetic replication in hepatitis C virus
Researchers at Rockefeller University and Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Earthquake shakes Evansville area
A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.9 according to the U.S.
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