Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 18, 2001
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Wellcome Trust to hold joint genome research conferences
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Wellcome Trust announce the establishment of a joint international scientific conference series to be held at Hinxton, UK.

Naples Yellow: An old pigment adds a new shade to authenticating art
In efforts to aid the authentication of art, crystallographers have constructed a

Public schools may face shortage of speech-language pathologists
North Carolina's supply of speech-language pathologists and their assistants appears adequate at present, but a shortage looms that could hit the state's public school system particularly hard, a new study shows.

New musk ox and reindeer feed now available in Alaska
The University of Alaska Fairbanks recently signed a licensing agreement with Ken Sherwood of Alaska Garden and Pet Supply to produce reindeer and musk ox food for captive herds in Alaska.

New explanation of metal behavior may lead to stronger alloys
An INEEL-led research suggests that imperfections preferentially form on twin grain boundaries-areas where the atoms of one crystal grain lie in mirror image position to the atoms of a neighboring crystal grain.

Chemicals in frying pan a potential hazard to environment
The next time you reach for your non-stick frying pan to scramble some eggs, you may want to think again.

Exploding eggs and rare human disorder help explain water regulation
Acting on a scientific hunch, Hopkins medical sleuths set out to find individuals with an extremely rare disorder affecting their ability to internally process water.

Form of matter discovered in 1995 shows ability to collapse, explode
group of Colorado physicists who made worldwide news in 1995 by creating a new form of matter called Bose-Einstein condensate have developed a new

Experimental lymphoma vaccine tested at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center
Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center are seeking volunteers for a final phase clinical trial that will test the safety and effectiveness of individually tailored vaccines to fight a common type of lymphoma.

First vaccine to protect against vaginal transmission of HIV-like virus
University of California scientists have developed the first vaccine that protects against vaginal transmission of a virus closely related to HIV.

Lightning and electric shocks may increase the risk of motor neurone disease
Some cases of motor neurone disease may be sparked by an electric shock or lightning, suggests research in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.

Lung cancer surgery patients have better outcomes at high volume hospitals
Patients with lung cancer live longer if they have surgery at hospitals with experience, according to a study conducted by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Polyunsaturated fats implicated in rise in asthma in pre-school children
A diet high in polyunsaturated fats seems to double the risk of asthma, reveals research in Thorax.

Global consortium announces plans to sequence banana genome
Scientists from 11 countries today announced the founding of an international consortium to sequence the banana genome within five years.

School kids as master gardeners
On the grounds of H. L. Johnson Elementary School in Palm Beach County Florida, you'll find the usual set of swings, monkey bars and slides.

Effective surgery fails to attract patients unless costs are low
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who assessed the willingness of people in the Republic of The Gambia to undergo surgery to correct their trichiasis (a blinding disease common in some developing countries) have found that many people with the condition choose not to have the simple and relatively successful operation, and that the procedure's costs may be a barrier.

Banking on the right decision
British commercial banks acted wisely when they elected not to do business in central and eastern Europe (CEE) after communism collapsed more than a decade ago, according to a new ESRC-funded study.

Quadrennial joint annual meetings of American Society of Plant Biologists and Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists in Providence July 21-25 will present latest advances in plant science
Nearly 1,300 scientists will attend the Quadrennial Joint Annual Meetings of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists July 21 to 25, 2001 in the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

Digital organisms used to confirm evolutionary process
Using a revolutionary computer program that gives scientists the opportunity to watch evolution take place before their eyes using

Urgent need for new campaigns to combat soaring rates of sexually transmitted infections
HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns in the mid and late 1980s in the UK cut rates of sexually transmitted infections.

First evidence of gene therapy for abnormal blood vessel growth in newborns
The first evidence of the potential for gene therapy to treat eye disease that stems from abnormal blood vessel growth is revealed in research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

A whiff of pheromones
A small whiff of pheromones could banish premenstrual syndrome for hours.

Illegal drug users should not be denied treatment for Hepatitis C, say UCSF researchers
UCSF researchers are recommending that illicit drug users should be eligible to receive treatment for the hepatitis C virus.

Yale researcher testifies in support of embryonic stem cell research
Yale researcher Diane Krause testified today before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee urging Congress to continue federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
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