Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 17, 2001
NYU holds forum on air quality in NYC following World Trade Center disaster
On Thursday, October 18, NYU School of Medicine will hold a community forum at NYU School of Law in Washington Square to discuss a wide range of environmental health issues relating to the World Trade Center disaster.

MGH surgeon leads national burn and trauma research effort
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has awarded a consortium of investigators a $6.7 million grant to investigate factors that may control recovery from traumatic injury, with the ultimate aim of developing improved treatment strategies.

World poverty is far worse than standard measures indicate
The problem of world poverty is far worse than is indicated by standard measures of the quality of life, such as GNP per capita and the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI).

Bell Labs scientists usher in new era of molecular-scale electronics
Bell Labs scientists have created organic transistors with a single-molecule channel length, setting the stage for a new class of inexpensive and easily assembled molecular electronics based on compounds of carbon.

Why does a worm need nearly as many genes as a man?
The nematode worm, C. elegans, is the focus of an intense research effort in both developmental biology and genetics because it is one of the simplest multicellular organisms with a nervous system.

Rutgers captures millions in NSF information technology research dollars
Five Rutgers research teams have been awarded close to $4 million through the NSF ITR-2 program.

A new development in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) gives new hope to infertile couples
A case report published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth reports the success of a new IVF technique that resulted in a woman, who had been unable to conceive, giving birth to healthy twin boys.

NASA unveils spectacular suite of new global data products
A new collection of Earth science data is now publicly available to advance global studies of how our planet's lands, oceans, atmosphere and life all interact to define our world's water cycle, carbon cycle, and climate system.

Lap Band procedure available at OSU to assist weight loss
Surgeons at The Ohio State University are among the first in the country to use an inflatable silicon ring called the Lap Band as an alternative to traditional gastric bypass surgery for patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight.

NSF awards High Performance Connections to 22 institutions
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded high performance network connections to 19 additional universities, a research museum, and two research institutes, bringing the total of institutions assisted through such grants to 221.

Estrogen receptor-{alpha} antisense decreases brain estrogen receptor levels and affects ventilation in male and female rats
From the Journal of Applied Physiology...

Antidepressants lower heart attack risk: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors lessen chances of heart attacks in smokers
Drugs designed to fight depression may also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

Unique study aims at why blacks get, die from cancer more often
A team of epidemiologists are launching a potentially landmark study to determine why African Americans are more likely than other groups to develop cancer and to die from the disease.

NSF awards $55 million in grants to study biocomplexity in the environment
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $55 million in research grants to scientists, engineers, and educators to discover the relationships between living things and their environment.

Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference: Integrating Complementary & Alternative Therapies
The 4th annual Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference -- the nation's only conference exploring how alternative and traditional therapies can work together for the benefit of cancer patients -- is October 19th-21st at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

UT Southwestern volunteer joins search for test to detect ovarian cancer
Marysol Rojas' mission is to teach women to talk with each other about cancer, especially cancer that attacks their ovaries, the deadliest women's cancer.

Specialty license plate to fund whale research
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Marine Mammal Researchers gather enough signatures for specialty license plate that will raise funds to develop a cetacean research center on Florida's Atlantic Coast.

Rutgers engineer Lisa Klein honored by New York Academy of Sciences
Lisa C. Klein, a professor of ceramic and materials engineering in Rutgers' School of Engineering, has been honored by the New York Academy of Sciences.

Glue and coils help prevent malformations and aneurysms
Surgeons at The Ohio State Universtiy Medical Center are using a unique combination of surgical glue and coils to correct abnormally connecting blood vessels in the brain that are linked to seizures, headaches and sometimes, death.

UCLA scientists prove through genetic analysis that protein plays a role in regulating tumor blood supply formation
A genetic analysis of a protein believed to affect the formation of blood vessels has proved that Thrombospondin-1 does indeed regulate a tumor's ability to form the independent blood supply that cancers need to grow and thrive, UCLA researchers report.

Antarctic seafloor core suggests Earth's orbital oscillations may be the key to what controlled ice ages
Records from the sea floor around Antarctica show ice sheet advances and retreats that match Milankovitch cycles - variations in the Earth's orbit around the sun, in the tilt of the Earth's axis and in the direction the planet's axis is pointing.

ORNL to partner with industry on three new proposals
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Superconductivity program has been selected to partner on three new superconductivity proposals that are being negotiated by U.S. industry.

Reducing the risk of medication errors: Announcing the Penn Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice
A $7 million grant from the AHRQ enables The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center to open the Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice.

Gender differences in cardiovascular regulation during recovery from exercise
Report Among the Highlighted Topics on Gender Differences in the October Edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology

Study examines how prion disease adapts to new species
Although scientists believe that mad cow disease spread from cattle to people in a few instances in the United Kingdom, they know very little about how that happened.

Sex differences in osmotic regulation of AVP and renal sodium handling
Report Among the Highlighted Topics on Gender Differences in the October Edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology

UNC chemists figure out what causes 'skunky beer'
Many people think beer tastes bad all the time, while others, who enjoy the alcoholic malt beverage, believe it turns
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