Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 30, 2001
UNC-CH study indicates special vaccines could prevent insulin-dependent diabetes
Results of a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical study suggest that vaccines can be made using plasmid DNA that would inhibit development of insulin-dependent diabetes, a growing health threat in the United States.

Texas A&M geologist seeks ways to squeeze more oil from mature fields
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Lehigh receives $1 million from state for optical technologies center
Lehigh University announced today (1/31) it has received $1 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to create a Center for Optical Technologies designed to advance research and commercialization of optical technologies.

What may be world's smallest mini-robot being developed at Sandia
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Endowment boosts nanotechnology at Cranfield
Cranfield University in the UK has received a $2.75 million donation to boost nanotechnology research.

Texas A&M University physicists have devised a way to stop light
Texas A&M University physicists have devised a way to stop light, an accomplishment that could help develop super-fast computers, called quantum computers.

Gene mutations found that lead to prostate cancer in mice new mouse model developed to study the disease
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) report in the February issue of Nature Genetics that inactivation of just one copy of a gene called PTEN and both copies of a gene called p27 leads to prostate cancer in mice 100 percent of the time.

Scientists isolate premature ovarian failure gene
A genetic mutation appears to produce eyelid defects in newborns and trigger early onset of menopause decades later.

NEAR ready for first controlled descent to an asteroid
NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission, the first to orbit an asteroid, has met all of its scientific goals and will now attempt another first: a controlled descent to the surface of asteroid Eros on Feb.

American legacy foundation's $15 million gift creates permanent home for tobacco industry documents at UCSF
San Francisco --The American Legacy Foundation (Legacy) has awarded $15 million to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to establish permanent internet access to tens of millions of pages of once-secret tobacco industry documents and to develop a center for scholarly study of the material.

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute suggest novel therapy to limit tissue damage following stroke
TSRI scientists and colleagues at Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, Detroit, report findings in current issue of Nature Medicine that suggest a novel therapeutic target that appears to prevent tissue damage caused by stroke.

Scientists shake up "family tree" of green plants
Apparently, the lowly fern deserves more respect. New research scheduled to appear as the journal Nature's cover story on February 1 concludes that ferns and horsetails are not -- as currently believed -- lower, transitional evolutionary grades between mosses and flowering plants.

Normal salt levels in the lung of the cystic fibrosis mouse
The physical and chemical properties of the airway-surface liquid (ASL) of the lung are believed to be perturbed in cystic fibrosis, but precisely how they differ from conditions in the healthy lung, and why such a disturbance should render the lung sensitive to infections are hotly disputed.

Study of dendritic cell 'vaccine' shows early promise in helping the immune system combat an extremely aggressive type of brain cancer
The existing methods of treating brain tumors have been virtually powerless against an extremely deadly type of tumor called glioblastoma multiforme (glioma).

US and Japanese scientists develop new test for male infertility
US and Japanese scientists have developed a new test for male infertility.

UF research shows that a fern soaks up deadly arsenic from soil
University of Florida scientists report discovering a fern that soaks up arsenic from contaminated soil.

Cell membrane plays crucial role in releasing nitric oxide from red blood cells
Duke University Medical Center researchers report that the membranes of red blood cells are actively involved in storing and releasing nitric oxide, a molecule that regulates blood flow and oxygen delivery in humans.

How did uranium get into space?
A month before the Mir Space Station is due to crash into the Pacific Ocean, tiny radioactive specks of uranium have been found on one of its instrument covers.

Cleaner cars
Most pollution from cars is spewed out in the first few minutes, as the car warms up.

Ovarian stimulation in mice adversely affects embryo development and implantation
Norwegian researchers have shown that, in mice, stimulating the ovaries with hormone drugs to produce more eggs appears to impair the development of the embryo and its likelihood of implanting.

Untangling prostaglandin signaling
Prostaglanin E2 (PGE2)signaling contributes to each of the manifestations that classically define inflammation--redness, heat and pain.

UCSF-led study points to pivotal, early event in cancer development
Researchers led by UCSF scientists report that they may have identified a pivotal event in the development of breast cancer, with an unexpected revelation regarding the behavior of mammary epithelial cells.

Texas A&M field school discoveries may rewrite history of early North American man
New discoveries in a valley on the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country will prompt rewriting the history of early North American man, predict Texas A&M University archaeologists who are co-directing excavations at the artifact-rich site.

For the first time, scientists uncover how breast cancer metastasizes
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have identified a new - and surprising - mechanism by which breast cancer cells metastasize to the lymph nodes and lungs.

What is mass?
What is this thing called mass? Pondering this apparently simple question, two scientists have come up with a radical theory that could explain the nature of inertia, abolish gravity and, just possibly, lead to bizarre new forms of spacecraft propulsion.

Astronomers gain best glimpse yet of what our universe is made of -- and not much of it is matter as we know it
In the most accurate picture yet of the makings of our universe, astronomers have determined that a measly 5 percent of its mass comes from the ordinary matter that makes up planets, stars and gases.

O.R. study suggests safety benefits from free flight routings.
Free flight, which would cut travel time by routing air traffic directly between airports, might be just as safe as the current air traffic control system that holds airplanes to grid paths, according to a preliminary study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Testosterone in women?
Although testosterone is usually thought of as a male hormone, women also need it in small doses, according to the February issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource.

UCB-Bioproducts to provide active pharmaceutical ingredient for FDA approved angiomax (bivalirudin)
UCB-Bioproducts (UCB-Bio) today announced that it will provide commercial quantities of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for a new drug - Angiomax™, a thrombin- specific anticoagulant initially indicated for patients with unstable angina undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty(PTCA).

Advances in Alzheimer's treatment
Alzheimer's disease currently affects four million Americans, and that number is growing.

When kidneys fail
When was the last time you considered your kidney health?

Polly wants a cracker - maybe a big mac, too
It's true that Polly may want a cracker - in fact, she may want some peas and carrots, a tossed salad, rolls and that smoked salmon you were about to chow down on.

Fertility experts urge clinics to consider 'natural cycle' IVF instead of routine use of ovarian stimulants
A UK IVF study has found that basing treatment round a woman's natural menstrual cycle can, in many cases, be as successful as stimulating the ovaries with drugs.They conclude it is safer and much cheaper than stimulated-cycle treatment. 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