Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 17, 2001
Research determines how plants tell which way is up
After being knocked over by wind or hail, many plants quickly grow upward again.

Brain reprograms itself after stroke--Functional MRI reveals brain's innate plasticity and charts a direction for rehabilitation
Functional imaging of the brain demonstrates that this highly complex organ adapts to injury by redistributing its cognitive workload across established neural networks and recruiting local cortical areas to fill in for lost functions like speech and language comprehension.

Mitsubishi Chemical and UC Santa Barbara form $15 million research alliance on advanced materials, solid state lighting and displays
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., headquartered in Tokyo, and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) have entered into a five-year, $15 million alliance to support research and education in advanced materials and in solid state lighting and displays.

Labeling GM food may clear economic jam for farmers
As the rest of the world continues to reject genetically modified (GM) foods, American farmers might look to government-mandated labels as their ticket back into the global market.

Language can fuel, or abate, public fears about bioengineered foods
Frankenfoods or miracle crops to help feed a hungry world?

Genetic therapies for aging will face many challenges
Efforts to help humans live longer will face big challenges: a genetic evolutionary system that has no particular interest in helping people live past their peak productive years, and thousands of genes that can go wrong in different ways in different people.

Humans at work and play in high altitude environments
On Feb. 18, during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Francisco, researchers from the US and Canada discussed the effect of high altitude mountain environments on humans.

Global appetite for farmed fish devouring world's wild fish supplies
Just as the California energy crisis shows what happens when you don't plan ahead for increasing demands on limited resources, we may be headed for a similar crisis in the seas.

University of Illinois at Chicago expert says life expectancy of 100 is unrealistic
Regardless of how many lifestyle improvements we make, vitamins we ingest or hormones we inject, the chances of life expectancy at birth rising to 100 years or beyond are slim to nil, say S.

Ice caps in Africa, tropical South America likely to disappear within 15 years
Many glaciers and ice caps in Africa and South America will probably have melted within the next 15 years because of global warming and little can be done to save them.

Baboon studies suggest strategies for coping with stress
By linking baboons' behavior with their health, Stanford physiologist Robert Sapolsky has learned that some handle stress better than others.

A seafood paradox: Will fish farming save or deplete our ocean fisheries?
The world is dependent on fish farms. In fact, one out of every four fish consumed worldwide was raised on a farm.

University of Cincinnati anthropologist examines the power of water in early civilizations
University of Cincinnati anthropologist Vernon Scarborough will explain how water management systems in early civilizations impacted their growth and power structure during a news briefing Feb.

Genomics portends the next revolution in agriculture
Depending on your point of view, the great promise or peril of modern agriculture has germinated on millions of acres of North American cropland as the genetically modified organism -- or GMO -- has taken center stage.
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