Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 10, 2001
Climate change affecting even remote arctic environment, study says
The remoteness of one of the world's largest ecosystems has not made it immune from global environmental problems, according to a major new report on the state of Arctic biodiversity, funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Study stirs old debate about galaxies
Using a technique that peeks over obscuring rings of dust and gas and into the hearts of distant galaxies, a researcher has found evidence suggesting that as many as half of the bright, active galaxies known as Seyfert 2 galaxies may have significantly less active central black holes.

'I tawt I taw' a bunny wabbit at Disneyland: New evidence shows false memories can be created
In a new study showing false memories can be created, about one-third of the people exposed to a fake print advertisement about Disneyland later recalled meeting Bugs Bunny, according to University of Washington researchers.

Physicists join fight against cancer
Physicists at Texas A&M University have joined the battle to fight cancer by studying collisions between particles.

Hutchinson Center researchers first to induce state of suspended animation in model vertebrate organism
Scientists at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have developed a method to induce a state of suspended animation in the zebrafish, a relatively new model of vertebrate developmental biology.

Nominations sought for 2002 Sullivan and Perlman awards; Several rule changes announced
Nominations are sought for the 2002 Sullivan and Perlman Awards for Excellence in Science Journalism.

At the Ends of the Earth: A History of the Polar Regions by Kieran Mulvaney
The Arctic and Antarctic--regions that are so similar yet so distinct.

Rensselaer effort to 'pull mussels' at Lake George looks promising
The number of zebra mussels found in Lake George has declined dramatically since last year, when Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers and volunteers began manually pulling the troublesome mollusks from the water.

Women whose breast cancer spread to the lungs twice as likely to be smokers, says UC Davis study
Here's another reason for women to avoid smoking: breast cancer patients who smoke have a much higher risk of the disease spreading to their lungs than nonsmokers, says Susan Murin, an associate professor of medicine at UC Davis Medical Center.

New materials' odd traits to help improve computer memory
Scientists have created the first example of a new type of material known as a half-metallic ferromagnet, and researchers say the development will provide invaluable help to an effort already underway to revolutionize the way computer memory works.

UCSF research featured at international meeting on bone and calcified tissue
An analysis of eight recent observational studies suggests a reduction in hip and non-spine fractures among individuals taking statins, medicines commonly prescribed for the treatment of elevated cholesterol levels, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco reported today.

Micro-organ technology developed by Hebrew University scientist wins first-place Kaye Award
A living bioartificial liver located outside of a person's body -- composed of an array of

Ohio State researchers win major grant to study lupus
A multidisciplinary research team at The Ohio State University has received a $4.6 million dollar grant from the NIH to study the causes and progression of sytemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), better known as lupus.

Ohio University to design control systems for space launch vehicle
The next generation of government and commercial space launch vehicles could be powered by flight control systems designed by an Ohio University-led engineering research team.

UAF part of university without walls
The University of the Arctic (UArctic), a cooperative effort that was initiated nearly four years ago, is an independent international network of universities, colleges, researchers and indigenous peoples in the Far North dedicated to sharing knowledge on circumpolar subjects.
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