Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 25, 2001
Fatty plaque more likely to cause a heart attack than calcified plaque
In the first study of its kind, researchers found that lipid deposits within artery plaques have more structural stress - and are more likely to rupture - than plaques containing calcium, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Up in flames: Patented technology makes valuable nanoparicles
A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a patented technology that makes nanoparticles smaller, faster, cleaner, and cheaper than existing commercial processes.

Biologists create a new tool for observing a "messenger" molecule in living cells
Researchers have developed an important tool for understanding how one key molecule regulates a wide range of physiological activity in mammals.

Altered mice provide model of rare childhood disease, NIH and Georgetown researchers find
Scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health and Children's National Medical Center have created genetically altered mice with symptoms resembling those of human patients with

Gene therapy success in the laboratory buoys hope for cancer treatment and prevention
Can simply swallowing a gene actually treat and prevent cancer?

NSF official describes hunt for antarctic meteorites related to new meteorite evidence of primitive life on Mars
A researcher supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has published new evidence in the Feb.

Methamphetamine abuse leads to long-lasting changes in the human brain that are linked to impaired coordination and memory
Methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant drug, whose abuse has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the United States, causes long-term changes in the human brain that are associated with impaired memory and motor coordination, according to a study published in the March 2001 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Rockefeller University Centennial Symposium to explore biology of drug abuse and addiction
On March 30, 2001, six leaders in the field of addiction research will present an overview of the latest scientific findings on cocaine, opiate and alcohol addiction, exploring how genetic research and new brain-scanning technologies are shedding light on risk factors and treatments.

Environmental health burdens of poor Asian, Native American, African American and Hispanic communities featured at special session of Soc. of Tox.
The NIEHS will sponsor a workshop on environmental health and health disparities issues from noon to 1:30pm March 29 at the SOT meeting, room 135 Moscone Convention Center.

Organgutan numbers plummeting worldwide; species may vanish in ten years, study says
The orangutan - the only great ape found in Asia - may vanish from the wild within a decade, unless illegal logging of its habitat and poaching can be greatly reduced, according to research funded by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

NIEHS inititates clinical center research group to study and treat autoimmune muscle disorders
Research group to continue studies on the cause and treatment of the autoimmune disease myositis.

Fathers of Finland
Geneticists trying to decipher anthropologically murky origins have been limited by cumbersome methods for genetic sampling.

U OF T study finds significant unmet need for arthroplasty, even in high utilization areas
A significant number of people in Ontario who might benefit from joint replacement surgery to ease the pain and functional limitations of severe arthritis are not receiving the procedure, according to a landmark University of Toronto study of clinical severity and patient preference in total joint replacement.

ARICEPTĀ®(donepezil hydrochloride) may reduce caregiver burden
Caregivers of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease reported less time spent assisting patients receiving ARICEPTĀ®, compared to caregivers of placebo-treated patients, according to a one-year study.

Rohm and Haas uses O.R. supply chain model to make paint more efficiently
Pressured by giant raw-material suppliers and powerful retailers at opposite ends of the supply chain, Rohm and Haas saved millions of dollars by using operations research to organize its production schedule, according to a study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Honey for oral health
Researcher will discuss honey's effect on the bacteria responsible for dental caries at University of Illinois symposium on

Physicians, researchers & families battle devastating mitochondrial disease
On Feb. 28, physicians and researchers from throughout the world will meet in San Diego for

Enzyme is key to hallmark of Alzheimer's-- moves to block it underway
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have shown that a specific enzyme in the brain is essential for nerve cells to form a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) -- the so-called amyloid plaques that collect and surround brain cells.

Stress, chaos form tallest mountains in the solar system
It takes a lot of stress, and a little chaos, to create some of the tallest mountains in our solar system.

Computers used differently at home than at school, says new report
Teachers need to recognise children are using computers in a variety of different ways.

Antarctic remediation underway
A joint U.S and New Zealand team has completed an environmental survey of a former Antarctic research station at Cape Hallett and has recommended steps to safeguard penguin chicks at a nearby rookery from melt pools contaminated with oil from an unknown source. 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