Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 18, 2002
Research may lead to jump-starting damaged nerve cells
New research from University of Houston scientists may lead to techniques for jump-starting the faulty

Grant extends economist's study of out-of-wedlock births
A Johns Hopkins economist will be able to continue his groundbreaking study of the relationship between welfare and out-of-wedlock child bearing with a prestigious MERIT grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Ramanathan wins American Meteorological Society's highest honor for atmospheric science
V. Ramanathan, professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2002 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Another transmembrane protein structure solved by Rockefeller scientists
Rockefeller University professor Roderick MacKinnon leads the research lab that solved the structure of the ClC chloride ion channel, Nature's Jan.

Blood markers may reflect newborns' potential of contracting HIV
Preventing HIV-infected pregnant women from transmitting the virus to their newborns has long been a major concern for obstetricians.

New safety regulations reduced injuries requiring treatment for children, study suggests
Regulations North Carolina adopted in 1996 to improve safety on daycare playgrounds appear to have contributed to fewer injuries serious enough to send children to doctors or hospitals across the state, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.

New gene therapy shows promise for hemophiliacs
University of Minnesota researchers have demonstrated that it may be possible to treat hemophilia A through the use of human blood outgrowth endothelial cells, or BOECs, as a vehicle for gene therapy.

Economic reform leads to environmental changes in Lithuania
His Excellency Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania, will address a seminar entitled

Gemini Observatory celebrates historic first
The National Science Foundation (NSF) joined its international partners today in dedicating Gemini South, the second of the two Gemini telescopes to become operational.

VA study: 'Opportunistic' screening for diabetes pays off
A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study indicates that performing diabetes tests on people visiting the doctor for other health concerns may be a helpful and cost-effective screening strategy.

Perception is stored in single neurones
Perception is something that must be learned. Brain researchers now ask how different kinds of information are integrated in the brain and what principles govern how perceived objects are represented there.

Gondwana split sorts out mammalian evolution
Mark Springer of the Department of Biology, the University of California, Riverside, and colleagues report in Science that, among placental mammals, the split between Afrotheria and other placentals occurred ~103 million years ago, which coincides with the separation of South America and Africa in Gondwana, suggesting that the common ancestor of living placental mammals occurred in the southern hemisphere and not in the northern hemisphere as is widely held.

Therapy found to relieve fatigue of multiple sclerosis patients
For the first time, researchers here have found an effective therapy that can alleviate the fatigue often accompanying multiple sclerosis.

Cell-surface molecules have possible role in development and birth defects
During pregnancy, an egg composed of one cell develops into a baby with more than 200 types of cells and all the tissues and organs needed for life.
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