Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 19, 2001
Biotechnology promises major advances for U.S. Army
A report being released today (Wednesday, 6/20) recommends that the U.S.

Alzheimer's disease and the dementia continuum: New data that may change the way patients are treated around the world
Cerebrovascular disease is a common cause or contributor to dementia.

Quantum spin probe able to measure spins states at individual atoms; could have application in quantum computing
To measure the spin state of isolated atoms, scientists typically trap them and zap them with a laser.

Long-term study sorts out the risks for HPV infection and cervical lesions
UCSF researchers report in the June 20 JAMA that human papilloma virus infects more than half of young women who are sexually active for three years, a risk boosted 10-fold with each new partner.

War of words
While men competed in warfare and physical confrontations, women were forming alliances by having a good natter.

Vanderbilt dedicates cancer building to honor music industry leader Preston
Vanderbilt University Chancellor Gordon Gee dedicated the Frances Williams Preston Building today in honor of the music industry leader's support of research at the Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center.

Exercise effects dependent on time of day
Peak athletic performance may be related to time of day, suggests a University of Chicago study being presented to the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.

Virginia Tech cultural historian receives fellowship to conduct research in India
Peter Schmitthenner will spend a year in India to research technological history and study oral history.

Important pathogens and cures belong to little-known group of fungi
Researchers studying medicinal, pharmacological, antibiotic, carcinogenic and food-production agents should study an often-overlooked group of fungi that once had - but then lost - the ability to form lichen.

Military foods could enhance soldiers' performance by 2025
U.S. soldiers of 2025 will be eating foods that are a combination of hometown comfort and space-age wizardry.

'Hairpin RNA' beats plant viruses
Australian scientists have found a natural genetic mechanism that can change the way plants protect themselves against virus attack.

Older women are more likely to get breast cancer if they have high bone density, say University of Pittsburgh researchers
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School researchers have found that older women with high bone mineral density (BMD) are nearly three times as likely to develop breast cancer as are older women with low BMD, and that their tumors tend to be at an advanced stage at diagnosis.

Multi-university research to explain behavior in laboratory and fieldto be aided by wireless equipment, compatible programs
A $2.3-million National Science Foundation grant to develop infrastructure in social sciences will link research, software development, and web-based teaching techniques developed by economists, anthropologists, political scientists, and others working together on social science and management applications.

Wolfgang Glasser receives ACS award for wood chemistry, bio-based composites research
For his lifetime of research accomplishments dealing with the structure, properties, and use of wood-derived polymers, the American Chemical Society's Division of Cellulose, Paper, and Textiles has honored Wolfgang Glasser, professor of wood science at Virginia Tech, with the Anselme Payen Award.

Rape - an evolutionary strategy?
A single act of rape may be more than twice as likely to make women pregnant as a single act of consensual sex, according to an American study.

Future army could run on alternative fuels, photosynthesis
Getting fuel to soldiers in the field has been a problem since machines replaced horses.

From four-eyes to super-eyes
Improved techniques for corrective laser eye surgery could give people much better eyesight than those with so-called normal vision.

Engineers receive NASA award for aviation safety research
A team of engineers led by Ohio University's Avionics Engineering Center has received a national award from NASA for its aviation safety research.

Childhood viruses pose lifelong burden
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and parainfluenza virus, the chief causes of hospitalization for respiratory illness in young children, may be even more menacing than previously believed.

Montana State University begins major trout and salmonid book collection
Known in some circles as Trout U, Montana State University in Bozeman is assembling a major trout and salmonid book collection at its Renne Library.

Data show new Alzheimer's drug offers hope for broad spectrum of dementia Reminylâ„¢ shown to be effective in patients with 'mixed'or vascular dementia
ReminylTM (galantamine), a new treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease derived from the daffodil, is the first medication of its kind shown to be potentially effective in treating dementia in patients with cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke.

UC Santa Cruz Public Forum on the Human Genome
Leaders in human genetics and biomedical research will hold a public forum on the human genome at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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