Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 21, 2001
Benefits of quality child care last into elementary school
High quality child care during the preschool years is linked to improved language, academic and social skills when children later enter elementary school, according to a new study of children from across the United States.

Can we defy nature's end?
An international team of leading conservationists calculate that protecting enough biological diversity to sustain a healthy planet will cost some $30 billion, and maintain that the money and measures to do so are attainable.

Monarch butterflies, corn pollen coexist in cornfields
Milkweeds growing in cornfields sometimes support monarch butterfly larvae at the same time the corn is shedding its pollen.

A step forward in nanotechnology
A technique that will greatly improve the study of nanostructures and help shorten the development time for quantum computers and similar devices has been demonstrated by a team of University of Michigan researchers.

Immune cells SLAP internal signals together
Researchers for the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the Penn Cancer Center describe the role of the SLAP-130 adapter signal in T Cell activation.

International summit to be held at UB to assess "digital frontier," how digital technologies impact our lives
The University at Buffalo will sponsor a major international forum on Nov.

National conference focuses on drug abuse and addiction in minority communities
On September 24-26, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host

Researchers use statistical gene profiling to predict breast cancer clinical status
Researchers at Duke University have developed a new statistical approach to classifying breast cancers based on profiles of their gene expression.

Ending poverty, not just welfare, may be key to helping mothers and kids
Without programs to help women who no longer receive welfare earn a living wage, families will continue to be caught in a cycle of poverty, suggests a new study published in the September/October issue of Child Development.

Women with good diets eat more fruit, greater variety, according to healthy eating index study
Dietary scores of middle aged women were compiled using the Healthy Eating Index.

High calcium intake may increase risk of prostate cancer
Chan et al. investigated the connection between dairy product and calcium consumption and prostate cancer in a large group of male U.S. physicians.

Robots at work make highways safer
Making highways safer is the aim of the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology: September 2001
Mosquitoes not a likely vector for hepatitis C. Pathogenic fungi last over a month in common hospital items.

Television can enhance children's intellectual development, study finds
Television is so commonly criticized as being bad for children that an important fact sometimes gets overlooked: some types of television viewing may actually enhance children's intellectual development, according to a study.

APS August/September journal hot picks
This month's journal highlights from the American Physiological Society include: children with burn injuries and exercise, cloning a 200-million year old vertebrate for research on newborn liver disease, asthma and allergy sufferers and bronchial responses, exercise studies on elite athletes, differences among black and white females exercisers, and effective techniques for teaching science.

n-3 fatty acids in traditional Inuit diet significantly reduce cardiovascular risk
Among the Inuit people of Northern Canada, high consumption of tradition marine foods results in high plasma levels of n-3 fatty acids and significant reductions in cardiovascular risk.

STARSHINE launches tonight
Covered by more than 1000 student-polished mirrors, the Starshine 3 satellite launches tonight from Kodiak Alaska.

Physical activity levels affect weight in school age boys, but not girls
A study of calorie intake and physical activity levels in a group of Australian school children found that physical activity had a primary influence on weight measurements in boys, but not girls.

Leptin treatment of obese men reduces appetite but not body weight
In a study of middle-aged obese men, a treatment group that received weekly injections of leptin experienced subjective changes in appetite.

New Penn State approach steadies floors too flexible for comfort
A Penn State architectural engineer has developed a less disruptive, more cost-effective, active control approach to steadying floors that move excessively and annoy or frighten people who walk, work, exercise or dance on them.
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