Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 13, 2001
World's largest scientific society convenes its regional meeting June 11-13 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
More than 450 research findings will be presented from June 11-13 at the 33rd Central/Great Lakes joint regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Microbes and the dust they ride in on pose potential health risks
Potentially hazardous bacteria and fungi catch a free ride across the Atlantic, courtesy of North African dust plumes.

Viewpoint: global warming natural, may end within 20 years
Global warming is a natural geological process that could begin to reverse itself within 10 to 20 years, predicts an Ohio State University researcher.

Scientists describe variation in oceanic bacterial photopigments that convert light into biochemical energy
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) microbiologists report in the 14 June 2001 issue of the journal Nature the discovery of the widespread occurrence and depth-specific adaptation of a new energy-generating, light- absorbing pigment, proteorhodopsin.

Spin moves with unexpected ease from one semiconductor to another
Researchers report in June 14 Nature experiments showing spin transfer through interfaces between two semiconductors.

Rutgers genetics professor wins $240,000 Pew Award for brain research
Professor Christopher Rongo of Rutgers Waksman Institute of Microbiology has been awarded a four-year $240,000 Pew Scholars Award for his work in shedding new light on how messages are routed through the brain.

Laser 'scalpel' improves popular eye surgery
Researchers have developed a procedure for using an ultrafast laser to make clean, high-precision surgical cuts in the human cornea.

Discovery: Scientists find new reason red blood cells cut blood flow in sickle cell disease victims
In April, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers reported discovering how misshapen red blood cells could stick to capillary walls as they block blood flow and cause excruciating crises in patients with sickle cell disease.

UCSF hosts first National Lesbian Health Conference
The first National Lesbian Health Conference, to be held at UCSF in conjunction with the city's Pride Week Celebrations, will focus on a wide range of physical, mental and social issues that affect the health of lesbians.

Virtual reality studies allow creation of original 'paintings' without all the mess
A new electronic system developed by graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a twist on existing commercial computer-based painting software.

Recurrent vaginal thrush should be treated more aggressively
Women who suffer recurrent vaginal thrush should use more prolonged courses of antifungal treatment initially to increase the chances of complete eradication of the yeast, finds a study in Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sunny days at the stock exchange give lift to market, study says
When the sun shines on Wall Street, it does more than put the brokers in a good mood - it also gives a lift to the stock market.

Patients' poor knowledge of their heart condition may have harmful consequences
Adults with congenital heart disease have important gaps in their knowledge about their condition, finds a study in Heart.

Pulmonary hypertension in newborns linked to nitric oxide production
Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have discovered a link between the ability to generate the compound nitric oxide and development of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a common disorder affecting one in 500 infants.

Microwaves to reveal ocean weather, locate land mines
Microwave technology under development at Ohio State University may improve global weather mapping and even detect buried land mines.

Satellites measure bulging earth to map water resources
Scientists at USGS have used interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) techniques to study the amount of water in aquifers.

Height has been linked to long life for many centuries
It is now well known that tall people tend to live longer, but has this always been the case?

Burning now an option to clean up ocean oil spills previously thought incombustible
Penn State researchers have shown in laboratory experiments that some open water oil spills previously thought to be incombustible potentially can be cleaned up via burning, the most efficient, rapid and environmentally friendly option.

Nonprofits, corporations can collaborate to improve environmental management
A new breed of nonprofit and corporate leader is trading tension and distrust for collaboration to improve corporate environmental practices in significant and lasting ways, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say.

Software to make testing of new generic drugs more thorough
Drug companies may evaluate new generic drugs more thoroughly than ever before, with software developed at Ohio State University.

Microbes and the dust they ride in on pose potential health risks
Potentially hazardous bacteria and fungi catch a free ride across the Atlantic, courtesy of North African dust plumes.
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