Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 25, 2001
Marshall Center, AMCOM, Space and Missile Defense Command collaborate on technology conference
Three federal agencies will join forces with industry and academia for a two-day conference next month to foster teamwork and collaboration to meet a critical need: drawing and retaining young engineers and scientists to the Huntsville area.

Creating a better mouse model of lung cancer
HHMI researchers have genetically engineered a cancer-prone strain of mice that carry cells that switch on a cancer- causing gene spontaneously, generating lung and other cancers much like humans do.

Not all allergy tests are created equal, study suggests
The results of most commonly used blood tests for allergies can vary widely depending on which laboratory does the actual testing - and which laboratory procedure is used, a new study suggests.

8th annual international discussion meeting on HIV Dynamics and Evolution
The different aspects of the variability and the evolution characteristics of HIV (natural, under drug effects or related to the immune system) will be presented during nine plenary sessions.

Research shows therapeutic cloning technique may work in mice
Researchers are one step closer to the performance of therapeutic cloning in mice, with an eye not toward developing another mouse, but generating an unlimited source of genetically matched therapeutic dopamine cells.

X-40A third free flight successful
The X-40A vehicle successfully performed a third free flight test today at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif.

NIAID events highlight global health research
On Monday, May 7, NIAID hosts 2 events: it will announce its Global Health Research Plan for HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis during the 10th anniversary ICTDR meeting, and it will hold a 2:00 p.m. grand opening ceremony for its new Malaria Vaccine Development Unit.

New main engine promises even safer shuttle ride
The next Space Shuttle crew can expect an even safer ride into orbit, thanks to the completion of a new Space Shuttle Main Engine.

Sleep in early life may play crucial role in brain development
University of California, San Francisco researchers are reporting direct evidence that sleep in early life may play a crucial role in brain development.

UPenn Cancer Center forms strategic alliance with integral PET Associates to create network of PENN PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Centers
The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center and Penn's Department of Radiology have joined with Integral PET Associates, LLC, the nation's leading operator of fixed-site Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning centers, to make one of the most advanced cancer diagnostic tools available to community hospitls throughtout easters PA ane NJ.

Unclogging blockages in retinal veins
When a vein in the retina gets blocked, the build-up of pressure can threaten eyesight.

Old models help new internet retailers in tough times, O.R. article says
As dotcoms face an uncertain future, success on the Internet is still resulting from reliable models born years before the World Wide Web, according to a study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

First dinosaur found with its body covering intact; displays primitive feathers from head to toe
A team of Chinese and American scientists announced today in Nature the discovery of a remarkably preserved, 130-million- year-old fossil dinosaur covered from head to tail with downy fluff and primitive feathers.

'Survivor planets': Astronomers witness first steps of planet growth - and destruction
New Hubble telescope pictures provide the first direct visual evidence for the growth of planetary

Alien-hunters who don't do their homework
The game may be up for people who cheat in distributed- computer projects, such as SETI, where computer owners donate or sell their surplus computer time.

New reserach shows promise in conquering ulcer-causing H. pylori
A new study suggests a treatment using a specific type of immune cell can eradicate the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

Immune system helps prevent tumors after all
Researchers have obtained the first conclusive evidence that the immune system helps prevent tumor formation.

Management gurus have the last laugh
Skilful communication techniques, particularly humour, are key to the popularity of some of the world's leading management gurus, according to ESRC-funded research.

New freight transport system to save billions
Billions of dollars each year could be saved by a new Australian initiative that aims to streamline the transport of freight.

Warp speed
If your dad told you how to go faster than light, would you build a machine to do it?

Medication effective in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents
A multi-site study to evaluate treatments for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), found that a medication was more than twice as effective as the placebo, or sugar pill.

Self-confidence one key to easier labor and childbirth
Pregnant women's fears of childbirth may play a role in how she will handle labor and delivery, a new study suggests.

Presidents' success fleeting when naming Supreme Court justices
When a president appoints a new justice to the U.S.

Solving a Tibetan mystery
It has often been called the

A 'four-piston engine' drives earth from the inside, new study shows
Deep beneath Earth's surface, continent-sized plumes of hot rock are floating upwards, providing a driving force for such phenomena as the movements of whole continents, earthquakes, volcanism, and even climate change, according to a new theory by two earth scientists in Ontario.

Genetically modified earth plants will glow from Mars
In what reads like a story from a 1950s science fiction magazine, a team of University of Florida scientists has genetically modified a tiny plant to send reports back from Mars in a most unworldly way: by emitting an eerie, florescent glow.
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