Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 25, 2002
VLT images the Horsehead Nebula
A new VLT colour image of one of the most photographed celestial objects, the famous

On a spot smaller than a dime, UB chemists print sensors that may detect hundreds of chemicals
By borrowing a page from the genomics revolution, University at Buffalo chemists have taken a major step toward placing hundreds, and possibly even thousands, of reusable chemical sensors in an area smaller than a dime.

Antioxidant prevents type 1 diabetes in mice
A new study shows that a synthetic antioxidant can delay and prevent the onset of autoimmune diabetes in mice.

Philosophy of the guessing game of geology: How do we guess?
What do Karl Marx and Adam Smith have to do with geology?

Math and science partnership connects schools and higher education to boost learning
The National Science Board (NSB) executive committee approved Thursday a program developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen science and mathematics education in the nation's schools by initiating new linkages among institutions of higher education, preK-12 schools and other partners.

Marijuana-derived drug less effective than standard drug for improving appetite and weight in patients with advanced cancer
A drug derived from marijuana is not as effective as a standard drug for curbing loss of appetite and weight in patients with advanced cancer, according to a study conducted by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG).

Consumer issues in the spotlight of new research
Global consumer protests, the impact of e-commerce, metropolitan life-style, truckers striking due to inflated petrol prices, and the debate over sustainable consumption are some of the issues that will be looked at under the new 'Cultures of Consumption' £5 million research programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Board.

Clamping down on a cancer-causing protein
Scientists hope to custom-design drugs to block the activity of specific molecules.

Reserve creates model for science-based indigenous stewardship of land
Ecuador will sign a decree Jan. 30 creating a globally outstanding protected area in the Andes.

A rising force: new study on ancient mantle plumes
Mantle plumes are bodies of hot buoyant material that rise through Earth's mantle.

No association between fertility drugs and ovarian cancer, say University of Pittsburgh researchers
Fertility drugs do not put women at a higher than average risk of ovarian cancer, according to the largest analysis to date on the topic, conducted by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) researchers and published in the February 1 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

What killed King Herod?
New evidence suggests that Herod the Great (or King Herod as he is called in the Bible's New Testament) died of chronic kidney disease.

Magnetic moments in a crystal mosaic
The mechanism responsible for high temperature superconductors is still elusive.

Vascular dementia patients taking ARICEPT® show significant treatment benefits in cognition and function
ARICEPT® (donepezil hydrochloride) significantly improved the cognitive and overall function of patients with vascular dementia (VaD), compared to placebo, according to a first-of-its-kind clinical study presented at the Second International Congress on Vascular Dementia in Salzburg, Austria. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to