Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 13, 2001
Outreach critical to the future of agriculture education
Universities of the future must be connected globally, yet be locally accountable.

Scientists gather seeking ways to stop insects from transmitting disease
Around 60 scientists will gather from July 14-15 for the Cleveland Vector Encounter, which seeks to gather prominent vector researchers from around the United States, Canada, and South America and to provide a forum for the free discussion of ways to combat the spread of devastating insect-transmitted diseases such as malaria.

Greater solar activity may bring US more gray days
NASA-funded Earth Science researchers have discovered that during periods of increased solar activity much of the United States becomes cloudier.

BioMed Central to consider charging authors for paper submissions
BioMed Central is currently assessing the possibility of charging a moderate fee of about $500 for publication.

Most Americans like home, sweet home, survey finds
Most Americans like where they live and think where they live is a good place for children, according to a new national telephone survey of 1,007 adults by the Scripps Survey Center at Ohio University and the Scripps Howard News Service.

Columbia physician to receive White House Fellowship
Dr. Howard Zucker, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical anesthesiology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, has been selected for this year's White House Fellowship program, widely recognized as one of America's premier programs for leadership and public service.

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Using hard science to protect fragile seas
Marine scientist Fiorenza Micheli has spent more than a decade observing life in the world`s oceans.

American Sociological Association to present awards to distinguished sociologists
The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the winners of the ASA Awards for 2001.

Earthquakes reveal diamonds' origins
By studying vibrations caused by earthquakes, researchers have been able to visualize the earth at depths of hundreds of kilometers and have found that the mantle directly below the most productive diamond mines looks distinctly different than in the surrounding areas.

Gene link to increased risk of coronary heart disease found by scientists
Scientists have found that a common gene variant, when carried by cigarette smokers, can significantly increase the risk of coronary heart disease - Britain's single biggest killer.

Researchers discover how immune system rids nervous system of mosquito-borne viruses
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have determined that neurons in the central nervous system react differently to the body's immune defenses to rid themselves of viruses that cause encephalitis, such as West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis viruses.

The hopes and reality of young people in Bradford
A study of young people and their entry into work in Bradford as part of the major 'Cities Programme' funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) throws important light on the current situation in the city.

Researchers find how TB bacterium evades detection by immune system
A new study published in the July 15 issue of the 'Journal of Immunology' may unlock a door in the search for a vaccine for tuberculosis, which infects about one-third of the world's population, or two billion people, and kills an estimated eight million people annually.

Author: E-commerce failures should caution m-commerce advocates
The shine may be off of e-commerce in the American economy, but that hasn't stopped some business people from getting excited about the Next Big Thing.

Mother's drug use increases risks for male offspring
Exposure before birth to methamphetamine, an increasingly popular 'club' drug, renders males, even as adults, much more susceptible to the drug's brain-damaging effects.

Rising fuel costs: UCLA engineers turn to Nature to solve human problem
UCLA engineers are turning to nature to help solve a very human problem: the rising costs of fuel for air travel.

Columbia asthma researcher awarded prestigious research grant
Columbia medical instructor R. Graham Barr, M.D. has been named to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Generalist Faculty Scholars Program--receiving a four-year, $300,000 grant to study the relationship between asthma and the usage of over-the-counter pain relievers.

New standard set for scientific visualizations -- Data rendered into art in seconds
A 10-foot-high, 13-foot-wide screen that makes high-definition television look as grainy as an old TV in a cheap motel has been unveiled by Sandia National Laboratories.

Get 'Research on the move' with BioMed Central
BioMed Central launch new AvantGo research channel, an innovative new service, which offers researchers free access to biological and medical research abstracts on handheld computers

Faculty of 1000 - Highlighting quality scientific research
Faculty of 1000 is a new online service that will systematically highlight the most interesting papers published in the life sciences based on the recommendations of over 1000 selected leading scientists.

Scientistis say 'business-as-usual' is not an option with global change
Scientists from all over the world have signed their name to an

Chinese health care charts new course, thanks to Rochester nurse
Nurses from the University of Rochester and from China are collaborating on a type of nursing research new to China. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to