Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 25, 2001
Evidence of climate change, icy region observed on Mars
Evidence of water ice has been detected on Mars in a location that indicates the planet's climate has changed relatively recently - during the last 100,000 years, according to Brown University geologist John Mustard.

NASA's Wind spacecraft flies through Earth's magnetic tail and captures rare event in action
When the magnetic field of the sun encounters that of the Earth, strange interactions occur that send jets of plasma flying out in opposite directions.

BioMed Central is pleased to announce the publication of Sydney Brenner's autobiography
BioMed Central publishes the autobiography of Sydney Brenner, one of the most distinguished and influential scientists of the twentieth century.

Expedition discovers new sea current off African coast
Researchers on board the Pelagia, the research vessel belonging to the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), have discovered an interesting rotational current in the sea off the coast of South Africa.

New drug for blood-borne cancer moves into multi-center testing
An experimental cancer drug's promising results in a small number of patients with the blood-borne disease multiple myeloma are prompting a larger clinical trial at major cancer centers, including the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth Wood Science Writing Award presented to Los Angeles Times journalist K.C. Cole
In honor of her work as a science journalist dedicated to communicating science to the general public, tonight the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) will present Los Angeles Times Science Journalist and author K.C.

Carnegie Mellon mathematics professor wins Agostinelli Prize
Carnegie Mellon University Mathematical Sciences Professor Morton Gurtin is this year's winner of the $13,000

Groundbreaking transplantation surgery at Yale attempts to repair central nervous system in MS patients
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have performed the first central nervous system transplantation to repair the myelin-forming cells in a woman with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Study finds opportunities limited in professional, Olympic and college sports
According to a new report issued by Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, only the WNBA and the NBA are close to genuine equity when it comes to opportunities for women and people of color in professional and decision-making positions in pro, Olympic and college sports.

Computer monitors wheezing in asthma patients
NWO researcher Mireille Oud is working on a computer program to evaluate the respiratory sounds made by asthma patients.

Researchers' mathematical model provides chagas disease insights
A mathematical model indicates that the chronic, frequently fatal Chagas disease could be greatly reduced in humans by barring domestic animals from bedrooms.

NYU researchers look at yoga's impact on epilepsy
In a quiet, dark gym, yoga instructor Ramona Shih tells her students to focus on breathing deeply.

Mayo Clinic study shows thalidomide significantly affects early-stage multiple myeloma
The early findings of a Mayo Clinic study, published this month in the journal Leukemia, indicate the drug thalidomide can stop or slow the progression of multiple myeloma in patients newly diagnosed with this cancer of the blood.

For peppers, 'hot' quite literally the spice of life, UF research shows
It adds the fire to chili and the hot to salsa, but what does the zing do for the pepper?

Well before their teens, girls roughly half as physically active as boys
Well before they reach their teens, girls are almost half as physically active as boys, when it comes to regular vigorous exercise, shows research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

New gene-targeted therapy promises improved cure rates for deadly type of Leukemia
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center have developed a new gene-based therapy that they hope will transform one of the most lethal types of adult leukemia to one of the most treatable.

Experimental bus-tram on test
In 2003, an experimental 24-metre-long bus with independent control and drive to all its axles will be introduced in the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

Feeding fish use crossflow filtration
Goldfish might look as if they are just swimming around with their mouths open, but a study published in the journal Nature shows that fish use crossflow filtration, a method widely used in industry, to concentrate food particles.

CLAMS studies ocean and atmosphere for NASA
NASA scientists are using a Virginia lighthouse, research aircraft and a satellite for a unique field study this summer.

USDA awards NC State $3 million for domestication of pine
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $3 million grant to a team of scientists at North Carolina State University to research the breeding and genetics of the loblolly pine, one of the Southeast's most economically important tree species.

Targeting communities with high rates of uninsured children
Many poor children still lack health insurance, despite near-universal eligibility.

Crystallographers meet in Los Angeles
Using chemistry to identify and authenticate historic artwork, a new report on the protein responsible for mad cow disease, and a new chocolate manufacturing process are just a few of the highlights at this week's annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) taking place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Zinc deficiency an underestimated problem
Children in Java have better resistance to disease if they take not only vitamin A and iron supplements but also extra zinc.
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