Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 17, 2001
The National Academy of Sciences honors Scripps professor with Agassiz Medal
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Professor Emeritus Charles S.

Research improves treatment of bladder cancer
Researchers found a simple way to dramatically improve the cancer-killing capacity of a drug often used to treat superficial bladder cancer, nearly doubling the number of people who were cancer-free after five years, compared to those receiving the standard therapy, and lengthening the time before tumors recurred in these patients.

The big thaw
As the ice thaws and ice edge shifts and moves around, there are also politics, geographical boundaries, and business commerce to start wondering about.

E-nose noses out mines
The sensor works by picking up air puffed across the E-nose.

Researchers study muscle cell damage that occurs when astronauts return from space
Astronauts returning from a bout of weightlessness experience painful tearing of muscle cells when they set foot on earth.

Damaged chimneys and unexpected liquefaction from Nisqually temblor yield earthquake insights, University of Washington scientists say
Using damaged chimneys to track the intensity of the Feb.

Moderate drinking linked to decreased risk of heart failure
Moderate alcohol use is linked to a reduced risk of heart attack.

Rural students experience longer, rougher bus rides
Young children who attend rural schools may spend from 30 to 90 minutes on a one-way school bus trip, according to a new study of 1,194 elementary school principals in five states.

Findings may boost efforts to destroy pollutants with ultrasound
Engineers at Purdue University, in efforts to develop an effective system that uses ultrasound to clean polluted water, have pinpointed the frequency that degrades certain kinds of pollutants most efficiently.

Taller than a dragon's eye
Imagine the marine on a reconnaissance mission who must know now just what's over the hill in front of him.

Dried-out human cells can come back to life
Human cells have been dried out and revived eight days later.

A dose of prions might slow the progress of prion diseases.
It might one day be possible to slow the progress of prion diseases--by adding yet more prions.

Dalai Lama visit highlights emotion research events
The Dalai Lama will spend two days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing his deep interest in the science of emotion by meeting with scientists who will be examining how practices such as meditation influence brain function, emotions and physical health.

Study finds that moderate drinkers may have lower risk of mortality after a heart attack
People with heart disease who consume moderate levels of alcohol may have a lower risk of mortality after suffering a heart attack than those who abstained from alcohol, according to study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Folate intake counteracts breast cancer risk associated with alcohol consumption
The risk of postmenopausal breast cancer increases among women who regularly consume alcoholic beverages if they have a low intake of folate, a B vitamin, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.

Science, engineering and technology newstips
* Web surfing at the speed of light * Building better optical networks * Taking manufacturing to the microscale * Physicists hot on trail of superconductors * Ticks carry 'cat scratch' bacteria * Math professor wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Study shows promising treatment for women with low sex drive
A study published in the May-June issue of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that bupropion hydrochloride sustained-release tablets may be an effective treatment for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in females, a deficiency or absence of sexual desire and fantasies for sexual activity.

Superbug genes are getting into soil and water
Farmers should stop using antibiotics as growth promoters, say researchers in the US.

USGS issues wildlife health alert for foot-and-mouth disease
USGS wildlife health officials recently released a wildlife health alert advising natural resource and conservation managers that if foot-and-mouth disease were to arrive in the country, some wildlife species are susceptible to the disease.
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