Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 20, 2001
NASA Marshall scientist seeks improved methods for weather prediction in southeast U.S.
A new NASA-developed technique to improve numerical weather prediction - one that looks to the ground as well as the clouds - may one day help forecasters increase the accuracy of spring and summer weather predictions.

Premature babies show poor school performance
Up to a third of children born between 32 and 35 weeks gestation will have some form of school problem, finds a study in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Toshiba establish joint research program, training center, in interventional radiology department
Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Toshiba Corporation Medical Systems Company have formed a joint research program at Hopkins to develop new, minimally invasive procedures using combinations of CT scans and fluoroscopy.

X-ray crystallography at Advanced Photon Source
A Cornell University-led research group comprised of 25 faculty members from six institutions has been awarded a $19.6 million, five-year grant by the NIH/National Institutes of Health to build a structural biology research facility at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source (APS).

Stereotyping the older eyewitness
Accidents and crimes happen all the time and often a witness is there to recount the event.

Invasive procedures still performed on conscious children despite new anaesthetic techniques
Many invasive bone marrow procedures are still carried out in conscious children despite the safety and effectiveness of modern anaesthetic and deep sedation techniques, finds a study in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Energy crisis accelerated, not helped, by increased oil production
Increasing oil production will hasten the day when demand for oil outstrips supply and will make an inevitable oil crisis far more unmanageable.

New digital image retrieval approach reduces search time, improves accuracy
A new approach to automatically sorting, classifying and retrieving digital images -- based on the way people look at and understand pictures -- promises not only faster, more accurate image database searches but also better Web searches too, says a Penn State researcher.

Georgetown researcher links increase in key T cells caused by anti-HIV therapy to T cells traveling through lymph nodes
A Georgetown University Medical Center researcher has found that a certain type of CD4+ T cell - a type which travels through the lymph nodes - increases in HIV patients after they receive antiretroviral (anti-HIV) therapy.

Study: 'Pill' may cancel some bone-building benefits of exercise
Young women who take oral contraceptives and exercise may have increased risks of bone loss, according to a two-year study that suggests women ages 18 to 30 who exercise while using the pill may lose bone density in the hip and spine.

New study of first successful targeted therapy for breast cancer launched; Thousands of volunteers sought
UCLA physicians are seeking more than 3,000 women with early- stage breast cancer for a new study of the breakthrough drug Herceptin, the first successful targeted therapy for breast cancer.

Undiagnosed diabetes and related eye disease in Mexican-Americans -- A call for increased detection
A research study of the Mexican-American population over age 40 found that the rate of diabetes in this group is 20 percent--almost twice that of non-Hispanic Whites--and that 15 percent of those with diabetes did not know that they had the disease before their participation in the study.

Solar eclipse thrills viewers, scientists in Africa; Williams College research expedition conducts experiments
The moon's shadow raced across southern Africa today delighting residents, tourists, and scientists, including an expedition from Williams College.

Study will help protect state funds, archaeological sites at same time
North Carolina's prehistory soon will meet cyberspace, an introduction that eventually could save the state millions of dollars, researchers say.

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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.
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