Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 29, 2001
TMC125 demonstrates strong antiviral effect in HIV
Data presented today at the 8th European Conference on Clinical Aspects and Treatment of HIV Infection (ECCATH) demonstrate an average reduction in the amount of HIV in patients' plasma (viral load) of 99% after one week of treatment using Tibotec-Virco's novel, new candidate drug TMC125, a potent non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor.

Anthrax dectectors are coming
A researcher working under an Office of Naval Research grant is just months away from completing a prototype detector designed to sound the alarm when airborne microbes such as anthrax are in the air.

Who ya gonna call?
When landline communications links are on the fritz and the job is too massive for local cellular communications, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C., stands ready to answer the call.

Duke scientists seek genetic clues to heart disease
It was the tragic, sudden death of Olympic skater Sergei Grinkov that triggered Pascal Goldschmidt's quest to solve the intricate genetic puzzle of heart disease.

Spending on R&D continued to rise in 1999
The October 29 issue of Chemical & Engineering News analyzes the trends in R&D that affect chemistry and chemical engineering, including: which federal agencies support chemical R&D and how much money they give, which industries are employing chemists, which universities invest the most in chemical R&D, and how many chemistry-related papers were published last year.

Black raspberries show multiple defenses in thwarting cancer
A cup of black raspberries a day may help keep esophageal cancer at bay.

Work pressures help strengthen the immune system, gory videos do the opposite
Engaging in stressful tasks like trying to meet a deadline may strengthen the immune system while exposure to stress that must be endured passively - like watching violence on TV - may weaken it.

$10 million NSF grant to fund 'National Virtual Observatory'
Astronomers from 17 research institutions have received a $10 million NSFgrant to put the universe online in a National Virtual Observatory.

Movement of single molecules imaged in live organism
Understanding attraction is difficult enough, but it's a little less so these days, at least in amoeba living in the lab of Johns Hopkins scientist Peter Devreotes, Ph.D.

ORNL conducting field test of instruments to detect lead
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 29, 2001 - Instruments and methods to detect lead in house dust will get a tryout at a field verification event conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nov.

Gene silencing produces disease resistance in plants
For the first time, a technique known as

Dupont donates patents to UCSD
DuPont is donating patents, trademarks and other intellectual property to UC San Diego, which will develop some of the technology for applications ranging from flat-panel displays to pollution abatement equipment using photocatalysis.

NSF-funded researchers track Alaska seal migration for the first time
Researchers supported by NSF, working with Alaska Native hunters, have captured, tagged, and tracked a ringed seal in its spring migration as it moved northward with the ice of the Chukchi Sea.

MIT instrument monitors molten materials
The MIT inventor of an instrument that will aid efforts to store radioactive wastes in stable glass has been honored with a 2001 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine.

ACP-ASIM survey finds nearly half of US members use handheld computers
Handheld computers are more popular among younger internists and are used by male and female internists almost equally.

Grant will enable new mouse models of kidney and heart disease complications of diabetes
The Mouse Models of Diabetic Complications Consortium group at Duke University Medical Center has received a five-year grant totaling more than $3.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to create new mouse models for diabetic kidney and heart disease.

Finding a face in a crowd
The hot new tool on the market to ward off future terrorist attacks is a technology nurtured from its very beginnings by the Office of Naval Research.

$10 million NSF grant to fund 'National Virtual Observatory'
The Internet brings its users the world online. Astronomers from 17 research institutions have announced that they're starting an ambitious new project to put the universe online.

New grant will bring genetics curriculum to educators of health providers
Duke University Medical Center has been awarded $1.5 million by the U.S.

Using radio waves to find contraband
Explosives or narcotics concealed in luggage, mailboxes or on a person can't hide from low frequency radio wave pulses which swiftly and safely detect the presence of the offending substance.
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