Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 01, 2001
Parents not locking up guns, new study shows
Parents do a reasonably good job of making their homes safe for children -- with one major exception, new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research indicates.

Study finds new link to child abuse
A new study by researchers at Oregon State University suggests that parents who have a negative view of their child are more likely to abuse them, and that this negative view of the children is a more important indicator of potential child abuse than whether the parents are abusive to each other.

Climate shift linked to rise of Himalyas, Tibetan Plateau
By probing ancient dust deposits in China and deep ocean sediments from the North Pacific and Indian Oceans, scientists have constructed the most detailed portrait to date of the effects on climate of the Himalaya Mountains and the great Tibetan Plateau.

Women's access to birth control should be streamlined, UCSF study finds
There are more than three million unintended pregnancies each year in the United States, a widely recognized public health problem that entails adverse personal, health, economic, and social consequences.

Genes and gene delivery for diseases of alcoholism: a symposium at UNC
A symposium on genes and genes delivery for diseases of alcoholism is attracting an international gathering of scientists to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Neuroscientist studies brains of bizarre-looking mammals
Studies of the brains of some of the strangest-looking mammals alive--the star-nosed mole and the naked rat mole-- are shedding new light on the sense of touch

Emory cardiologists close hole in hearts without surgery
A new procedure being used by Emory University physicians, called CardioSEAL®, can close a variety of intracardiac holes in about half an hour.

Low-income, hungry children sick more often
It is generally accepted that not getting enough to eat has severe consequences for children in countries poorer than the United States, but this is the first national U.S. study to determine if the level of food deprivation domestically is severe enough to affect children's health status.

Gene therapy for diabetic neuropathy
Blisters to the feet, a mere annoyance for most people, are a grim and sometimes life threatening danger for diabetics, whose ulcerations can be so serious that they require amputation of the lower leg.

Researchers pinpoint how tubeworm babies are dispersed to colonize new vent sites
Scientists have wondered how tubeworms, which are sessile creatures and can't move about, wind up at new hydrothermal vent sites on the ocean floor.

Research project to help pharmaceutical industry examine molecular structure of pills
Two Syracuse University researchers are conducting research to develop a new tool for the pharmaceutical industry that will more closely examine the molecular structure of pills -- potentially aiding companies in developing safer and more effective medications.

LSU program for graduate education could become model for U.S.
LSU is developing a new multidisciplinary, craft-based approach to graduate education that could serve as a model for graduate programs around the country.

UF researchers find ethnic differences in reports of pain perception
The intensity with which pain is felt varies widely, colored by past experience, insomnia, cultural conditioning, and fundamental biologic or psychological makeup.

Latest investigations of Orion nebula lower odds of planet formation
Latest studies of the Orion nebula--the star nursery closest to Earth--have revealed a planet stopper: The youngest and brightest stars produce ultraviolet radiation so powerful that it should blast away the dust and gas surrounding newly formed stars before they can form planets.

Seabirds still not recovered from Exxon oil spill
Most seabird populations hit by the Exxon Valdex oil spill in Alaska have still to show signs of recovery over a decade after the disaster.

Trapping metalloproteinases in a serpin's coils
Serpins are a family of proteinase inhibitors that bind to the catalytic sites of serine dependent proteinases.

Listen with grandma
An interactive rocking chair that persuades elderly people to tell tales of their childhood will help preserve family stories.

Researchers target natural heparin's role in promoting infection
Heparan sulfate, the natural heparin-like molecule that prevents blood from clotting, has been targeted by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston as an agent that plays a role in promoting infection.

Chemical education in the United States and Germany: A look into the 21st century
Experts from Germany and the United States discuss successes and challenges in chemical education, Thursday, May 3, 1 p.m., Boston University.

Study raises questions about relationship between sudden infant death syndrome and events detected by home monitors
The use of home monitors to detect prolonged cessation of breathing or a slower than normal heart rate in infants are not an effective means of preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a study by a Yale researcher has found.

Lipoprotein lipase: Location, location, location.
Many extracellular proteins bind avidly to heparin in vitro, reflecting their affinity, in a physiological setting, for the long polysaccharide side chains of heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs).

Proteins are vastly more complicated than previously realized
Proteins and cells are locked together at numerous contact points.

Space elevator
Rockets, schmockets! If you want to get into orbit, just take the space elevator.

Candidates in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections
During the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections, political parties began to use a variety of ways to choose candidates and to ensure the adequate selection of women.This produced differing results and caused considerable conflict within the politcial parties, according to new ESRC-funded research.

Increased prostate cancer diagnoses tied to access to screening
When cases of prostate cancer rose in the last two decades, more accessible testing and early detection most likely prompted the increase in incidence, conclude researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Housing the homeless mentally ill pays for itself, according to University of Pennsylvania study
Huge amounts of money are being spent in ways that keep the homeless mentally ill on the streets - even though the same amount of money could provide them with housing.

Antidepressant and stress management cut headache pain by half
Findings from a clinical trial of chronic tension headaches suggest a combination of an antidepressant and stress management therapy can cut the frequency of headaches by as much as half.

Ohio State chemists synthesize possible new anti-tumor agent
Using a frothy brew of soil bacteria as a guide, chemists have created a synthetic version of azinomycin A, a chemotherapy drug discovered in bacteria in 1986.

Researchers to evaluate potential of new drug combined with standard chemotherapy in treatment of stage III ovarian cancer
University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research leads nationwide phase II clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of combining standard chemotherapy with IM862, a peptide that appears to have cancer-fighting properties.

Study uncovers clue to severe PMS, scientists seek more N.C. volunteers
Women who experience an especially debilitating form of premenstrual syndrome -- premenstrual dysphoric disorder -- show abnormal responses to stress, according to new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research. 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