Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 08, 2001
Cornell University to establish medical college in Qatar
Cornell and a private foundation organized by the Emir of Qatar announced April 9, 2001 the establishment of the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Real life skills "retraining" may be a more effective treatment following brain injury than what's currently in use
Treatment programs for people who suffer from attention problems following a stroke or from other traumatic brain injuries often involve abstract cognitive exercises designed to directly restore impaired attention processes.

Saline solution a serious threat to wetlands
Attempts to drain flooded agricultural land in South-east Australia will set at risk one of the nation's most important wetlands, protected under the interrnational RAMSAR agreement.

Cancer virus in sheep may provide clues to understanding human lung cancer, according to Hutchinson Center study
A virus that causes contagious lung cancer in sheep may be instrumental in understanding a similar malignancy in humans that accounts for 25 percent of lung-cancer cases in the United States, according to researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the National Cancer Institute.

Scientists unlock molecular mechanism that controls cell growth
Northwestern University scientists have identified a molecular switch that controls when and how cells grow.

Powerline eyes help prevent bushfires
New Australian technology is set to help protect communities from bushfires and dramatically reduce the cost of keeping trees clear of powerlines.

University Of Pittsburgh surgeons first in U.S. to use Zeus Robot during cardiac bypass surgery on a beating heart
The University of Pittsburgh is the first U.S. center to use the ZEUS™ Robotic Surgical System during a beating-heart cardiac bypass operation.

Research finds a compound associated with Scotchgard® more widespread in environment and wildlife than first thought
The first global survey and the first study to identify perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, in wildlife is reported in the April 1 issue of Environmental Science & Technology.

President's FY 2002 budget for USGS -- contributions to energy security and America's environment
The President has proposed a budget of $813 million for the Interior Department's U.S.

Northeastern University Nu-Trons clinch first place in national robotics competition
BOSTON, Mass. - The Northeastern University

Humanity's oldest mysteries lead to newest site on Web
Arizona State University's Institute of Human Origins, a non- profit institution famous both for numerous important human fossil finds and for making its research accessible to the public, has developed
Hopkins' Young Investigators' Day winners shine in the spotlight
For the past 23 years, The Hopkins School of Medicine has sponsored Young Investigators' Day, a sophisticated science fair for grown-ups, recognizing promising pre- and postdoctoral investigators in the School of Medicine well before most of them could tap sources of acclaim open to more established scientists.

Undergraduate models electrical patterns of the heart
A junior at Johns Hopkins is building computer models that mimic electrical activity in the heart, showing patterns that can have fatal consequences.
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