Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 03, 2001
INEEL requests design proposals for new subsurface geosciences laboratory
The Subsurface Geosciences Laboratory (SGL) at an estimated total project cost of $140 million to $170 million, will offer unique research capabilities needed to address the Department of Energy's environmental missions.

UM's Greenebaum Cancer Center among first nationwide to test promising new drug in kidney cancers
The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center has begun to study a new drug called Iressa that has shown promising results in treating lung and prostate cancer patients.

Astronomers report galactic baby boom
A pair of young astronomers has found a bumper crop of

Massive star clusters swaddled in huge cocoons during infancy
New observations with the Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicate three of the youngest massive star clusters yet detected each are swaddled in dust cocoons at least 600 trillion miles across, providing new clues to the evolution of the early universe.

UCLA astronomers identify evidence of asteroid belt around nearby star: Findings indicate potential for planet or asteroid formation
Identifying what may be a galactic replay of how our own solar system was formed, UCLA astronomers have found evidence of an asteroid belt around a nearby star -- findings that could indicate that planets are forming there or have already formed.

Possible improved ways to starve tumors
In findings that may enhance efforts to starve tumors, Duke University Medical Center researchers say they have generated antibodies in rabbits that inhibit the same cellular target as angiostatin and actually surpass the natural protein's ability to prevent cell growth in the laboratory.

Build your own space scrapbook
Want to learn more about your favorite star or galaxy?

Glucose deficit affects young and old, could impact school schedules
Next time an older person says that thinking is exhausting, believe it.

Variety in diet could be a factor in obesity problem in the U.S., according to a review of the research
Eating a limited variety at mealtime may be a good way to control weight, according to a new study that reviews the research on diet, food intake and repercussions to body composition.

Disagreement - not harmony - is key to business success, study says
In money-making organizations, respectful disagreement among colleagues - not close friendships - is the ideal, according to a new study by Brown sociologist Brooke Harrington.

Bigger, better catalog unveils half a billion celestial objects
Completing a seven-year effort at digitizing the entire sky for a second time, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, are releasing the Guide Star Catalog II (GSC-II).

Putting randomness to work: unique form of nanoscale random motion may drive key cellular functions
New research into the activity of a key

New U. of Colorado astronomy study indicates planet formation may be rare in universe
The vast majority of wannabe planets in the universe are likely destroyed by cosmic forces long before they have a chance to evolve from dusty disks circling their parent stars, according to University of Colorado at Boulder researchers.

Lower dose hormone replacement therapy just as effective as often prescribed doses
Lower doses of hormone replacement therapy are just as effective at reducing hot flashes and vaginal changes in postmenopausal women as currently prescribed doses, according to a study published in the June issue of Fertility and Sterility.

We've got rhythm: Research into finger-tapping reveals how a presumed internal mechanism guides motor actions
Keeping up with the beat: People are quite good at it, even when the timing changes at a nearly imperceptible level.

Crackling noise in cereal and magnets aids study of earthquakes
When Karin Dahmen hears the crackling noise in a bowl of crisped-rice cereal, her thoughts turn to earthquakes.

Fathers become involved in classrooms when teachers better trained
Intensive sensitivity training aimed at teachers has put a hole in the myth that father figures aren't there or don't care when it comes to kids enrolled in early education programs geared for low-income, at-risk households.

Penn professor uses basketball, martial arts to help young men learn to control anger
A University of Pennsylvania professor is teaching troubled boys to control their aggression through basketball, martial arts and cultural pride.

New plan to force greenhouse gases underground
A MAJOR proportion of the world's greenhouse gases may be pumped underground, according to researchers at Adelaide University, Australia.

Researchers find 'north pole' of the molecular world
Researchers have devised a method to determine the alignment of a molecule's axis, the

As young as 8-1/2 months, babies seem to know where words begin and end, an early marker of language development
When do babies start to understand words as words? A series of eight experiments with infants has provided evidence that even at eight-and-a-half months, they seem sensitive to word boundaries.

Prostate cancer patients may expect better outcomes from surgery
A new study indicates that prostate cancer patients who have their prostate removed today have a better prognosis than patients who underwent the procedure ten years ago.

New research at EVMS shows that lower dose hormone replacement therapy is as effective as standard dose
Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) has found that a lower dose of estrogen-progestin combination is effective and safe, while minimizing the bleeding side effect hormone replacement therapy causes in some post-menopausal women.

NIH launches online AIDS oral history project
To commemorate the 20th anniversary on June 5th of the first publication about AIDS, NIH launches a Web site--
New study questions role of ginseng as mood enhancer
The popular dietary supplement ginseng is purported to improve one's mood and all-around vigor, but a new study published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association suggests that ginseng has little if any effect on psychological health.

Enhanced model better assesses impact of climate variability
By adding topographic features to their hydrologic model, researchers at the University of Illinois can better assess the impact of climate variability and global warming on terrestrial systems such as stream ecology, water quality and water resources management.

Joint research project to improve butterfly identification system
That environmental scientists are working to find better ways to identify butterfly species in the wild is perfectly reasonable.

Peer pressure to smoke depends on ethnicity
Not all teen-agers are created equal, at least when it comes to smoking and peer pressure, according to a study led by preventive medicine researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

The cult - and culture - of anorexia
A NEW study into anorexia has found people with this condition often form secretive

Atlantic Ocean no barrier to transplant pathologists in Pittsburgh and Sicily doing routine consults through unique telepathology system
A unique telepathology system developed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been found to be an effective means for a transplant pathologist working alone in a UPMC-managed facility in Palermo, Sicily, to receive real- time consults from transplant pathologists located in Pittsburgh.

Compact mileage from an SUV: It's FutureTruck
A sports utility vehicle that gets up to 30 miles to the gallon is being built by engineering students at the University of California, Davis.

Climate sensitivity may be higher than many think, researchers say
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