Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 05, 2001
USGS finds mixing between California spotted owls and northern spotted owls
Findings published in June's edition of the journal Conservation Genetics indicate that a significant zone of genetic mixing is occurring between northern spotted owls and California spotted owls, particularly in extreme northern California and southern Oregon.

Star factory near galactic center bathed in high-energy X-rays
Near the crowded core of the Milky Way galaxy, where stars shine so brightly and plentifully that planets there would never experience nighttime, astronomers have found a new phenomenon: a cauldron of 60-million-degree gas enveloping a cluster of young stars.

Internet often a land of missed opportunity for tourism bureaus
Tourism is the largest industry in the world, and the largest seller of products and services through the Internet, says Daniel Fesenmaier, director of the National Laboratory for Tourism and eCommerce at the University of Illinois.

Farmers flock to block burps
Australian farmers are signing up their sheep and cattle in droves to take part in a proposed methane vaccine program offered by CSIRO Livestock Industries, a division of Australia's national science agency.

Women's health on wheels
On July 13, an 18-wheeler will leave Maryland, bound for the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona.

Johns Hopkins Working Group on Civilian Biodefense warns tularemia-rabbit fever-could be bioweapon threat
The Working Group on Civilian Biodefense, an expert panel convened by the Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, says the disease tularemia--also known as rabbit fever--could pose serious consequences if used as a biological weapon.

Lifesaving treatment often not administered to elderly with colon cancer
The use of potentially curative chemotherapy following surgery for stage III colon cancer declines precipitously with patients' advancing age.

Microphone array necklace aids the deaf in discerning speech
Stanford electrical engineering Professor Bernard Widrow demonstrated the Directional HEaring ARray (D-HEAR) June 5 and 6 at a Chicago meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, at which he delivered the society`s distinguished lecture.

Newly available tool makes the Web search a graphic experience
The campus that produced Mosaic, the graphical browser that helped produce the explosive growth of the World Wide Web, now has a graphical solution for searching the Web's vast resources.

Scripps scientists, diving officer receive honors
Three scientists and a diving officer with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, recently received distinguished honors from a variety of organizations.

Toxic compound opens potentially important cell gates
A compound previously noted mainly for its role in disease and the self-destruction of sick cells is more than just a jobless, toxic transient in healthy cells, researchers have found.

Colourful e-paper
It will soon be possible to surf the Web on colourful sheets of electronic paper.

Researchers develop white wine with health benefits similar to red
Researchers in Israel say they have developed a method to boost the antioxidant content of white wine so that it has health benefits similar to red wine, considered the healthiest of all wines due to its reputed ability to fight heart disease.

Williams College solar expedition
On June 21 a band of total darkness will travel across southern Africa and Madagascar.

Thanks to a new artifical disc, 41-year-old triathlete retains mobility after back surgery at Cedars-Sinai's Institute for Spinal Disorders
For patients with back problems, a new, experimental artificial disc currently being tested at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and nine other centers nationwide, may prove a viable alternative to disc fusion surgery, especially for young, active patients.

Heavy consumption of tainted fish curbs adult learning and memory
PCB-laden fish from Lake Michigan affect not only young children but also adults over age 49, researchers say.

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Sandia supercomputer program released to public
Computer program that enables a collection of off-the-shelf desktop computers to rank among the world's fastest supercomputers was released to the public by Sandia National Laboratories.

Age-based cancer screening guidelines not sophisticated enough for most elderly, SFVAMC paper argues
Cancer screening guidelines that recommend a test based on age are too simplistic, argues a new study from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

New drug-resistant HIV strain can escape detection
A new study presented today at the 5th International Workshop on HIV Resistance and Treatment Strategies shows that a mutation in the genetic code of HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) cannot be detected by most resistance tests and can cause high levels of resistance to one of the three classes of HIV drugs.

Enzyme therapy shown effective and safe for Fabry disease
Enzyme replacement therapy effectively and safely reduces neuropathic pain in patients with Fabry disease, corrects the metabolic defect in patients' cells, and improves their heart and kidney functions, a new study shows.

Antibiotics for asthma
If bugs really do cause asthma, it might be possible to develop a vaccine that prevents it.
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