Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 10, 2001
Phased-out Bt corn variety dramatically cut growth rate of black swallowtail caterpillars
Pollen from a Bt corn variety carrying a now-phased-out genetically inserted pesticide known as event 176 dramatically reduced growth rates among black swallowtail caterpillars in University of Illinois field tests, researchers report.

Cooling vest improves symptoms for MS patients
Wearing a cooling vest can help multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with muscle strength, fatigue and balance, according to a study published in the September 11 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Technology fix for campaign finance reform
Some legal experts have proposed that if all campaign donations were anonymous, there would be no way to buy or sell influence.

From embryo to placenta, gene transfer in primates a success
By successfully inserting a gene from a jellyfish into the fertilized eggs of rhesus monkeys, scientists have managed to make transgenic placentas, where the inserted gene functions as it does in the jellyfish.

Study using human fetal tissue transplants suggests potential for spinal cord repair
A preliminary report of fetal spinal cord tissue transplantation in two patients suggests that the procedure is both feasible and safe in humans, setting the stage for future research seeking better treatments for spinal cord injuries.

Security on the Internet: The name is the key
A simpler, more effective system to protect private information sent over the Internet has been proposed by computer scientists Matthew Franklin at the University of California, Davis, and Dan Boneh at Stanford University.

Harbor Branch scientist aids in Mexico manatee rescue effort
The HARBOR BRANCH Director of Marine Mammal Research and Conservation is asked by the government of Mexico to help out in a manatee rescue effort.

Space weather moves from observation toward prediction
Space weather is the term used to describe conditions caused by the flow of magnetic material from the Sun to the Earth.

DuPont gives agricultural pesticide patent rights to Purdue
It's a gift of potential, which could turn out to be one of the largest gifts in Purdue's history.

APS hosts the 'Sodium-Calcium Exchange' conference
The American Physiological Society gathers international and inter-disciplinary experts to discuss the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger, the mechanism that plays a central role in regulating the function of heart, brain and circulatory sytems.

AIDS virus's ability to mimic other infections weakens the body's defenses against disease
New, three-dimensional images from researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provide the fullest picture yet of how the AIDS virus blunts the immune system's ability to mount an attack against infections and cancer.

Younger, more educated Parkinson's patients more likely to use alternative treatments
Parkinson's patients who use alternative treatments such as vitamins and acupuncture are more likely to be younger, more educated and have higher incomes than patients who don't use alternative treatments, according to a study published in the September 11 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Ecology lab aids Turtle Survival Alliance
Turtles in Asia are facing possible extinction due to their unrestrained use as food, medicines and pet exports.

Alternative therapy use by Parkinson's patients
In a study of more than 200 patients with Parkinson's disease, 40 percent used at least one type of alternative therapy, such as vitamins/herbs, massage and acupuncture.

UGA researcher unlocks links between complex carbohydrates and spread of cancer
A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology has discovered an enzyme that could help unravel the mystery of how cancer spreads in the human body.

$10 Million gift from the William J. Von Liebig Foundation funds Center for Entrepreneurism at UCSD's Jacobs School
UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering is launching a new center to foster commercialization of UCSD research, and to educate students about the process of moving innovations from the laboratory into the marketplace.

Arizona State University research finds recycling cure for used tires
Americans produce more discarded tires per capita than any other industrialized country.

UCLA earthquake network sensors will improve building safety
In an effort to improve the design of structures so they can better withstand earthquakes, researchers at UCLA are developing testing and monitoring equipment that will serve as the

Brain PET scans point to future memory impairment
A new three-year study by New York University School of Medicine researchers predicted which healthy elderly men and women would develop memory impairment based on scans of their brains.

Increase in abnormal heart rhythms in shift workers
Shiftwork increases the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, shows research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

HIV prevention experts say it's time to look at the diaphragm again
Failure to explore the potential of products which provide physical protection of the cervix--such as the diaphragm--for preventing the transmission of HIV is depriving women of a promising prevention mechanism that they can control themselves, according to HIV prevention experts.

Gene therapy may be a tool to prevent blindness
Gene therapy may one day be used to halt or even prevent the overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye that blinds patients with macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, according to two recent studies led by researchers at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute.

Low sperm count linked to organic solvents
Men repeatedly exposed to organic solvents are over twice as likely to have a low sperm count, reports a study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

New 'electronic paper' technology promises more colorful, versatile video displays
Researchers at the University of Rochester are developing a technology that would make flexible, paper-like full color video displays a reality.

Gene variant for protein in 'good' cholesterol keeps jeans loose
Some individuals may have a clear advantage when it comes to keeping their bellies from sagging, according to researchers who have identified a genetic variation of a protein that may reduce the accumulation of body fat.

Quantum computing explored
How to build a super fast computer that uses the bizarre properties of quantum physics is the aim of a project by computer scientists Fred Chong of the University of California, Davis, Isaac Chuang at MIT and John Kubiatowicz at UC Berkeley.

National 9-1-1 Day: September 11 (9/11)
A joint call to action urging physicians to educate their patients about heart attack warning signs - and the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately - was announced today at a news conference by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the American Heart Association.

UF'S Mcknight Brain Institute researchers: Pioneering spinal cord procedure appears safe
University of Florida researchers report in the September issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma that it is both feasible and apparently safe to implant human embryonic tissue in people with spinal cord injuries.

I can't trust you, but I can believe you
Any computer connected to the Internet is potentially open to attack by hackers.

No increased risk of brain cancer from electromagnetic fields
Exposure to electromagnetic fields does not increase the risk of developing a brain tumour, finds a study of electricity industry workers, reported in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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