Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 28, 2002
Genetica, Inc. develops high throughput RNAi tool for drug target validation
Genetica, Inc has developed a powerful, high throughput tool for target validation in the drug discovery process based on research carried from scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Derrida's deconstruction to help safety industry
A technique used by academics to analyse poetry and books may soon help industry to find out whether computer safety systems really ARE safe.

Gene for neat repair of DNA discovered
Researchers from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam have demonstrated that a gene helps in the neat repair of DNA.

How to unclog the Internet? Put it in reverse
A new computation technique, developed by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, could lead to more effective Internet traffic management and congestion control.

New transgenic rat model of ALS expands research possibilities
A team of scientists led by drug maker Wyeth-Ayerst and Johns Hopkins have engineered and tested a new rat model of Lou Gehrig's disease they say is far easier to work with than earlier mouse models.

MIT professor to receive the 2002 Othmer Gold Medal
MIT Professor, Robert S. Langer will receive the 2002 Othmer Gold Medal Award to be presented on June 28, 2002 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Researchers receive $1.7 million to study exercise therapy and effects on aging, heart failure
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of aging on the heart and to determine if an endurance exercise-training program can prevent or treat congestive heart failure in the elderly.

Aftermath of September 11th on creativity: Psychoanalysts host major literary figures
The NYU Psychoanalytic Institute (NYUPI) and its affiliated society the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) with additional funding from the American Psychoanalytic Foundation are launching their new Creative Writers and Psychoanalysts Series with a panel entitled The Apocalyptic Imagination: Daydreaming in an Era of Nightmares.

Arts, science and ethics meet
At a time when it is increasingly clear that the life sciences are changing everything about the way we live and work, University of Michigan will use two upcoming University Musical Society performances as the springboard to illustrate the degree to which the arts provide a context for a richer, more nuanced understanding of the life sciences.

David Nelson to receive the first annual PITTCON Heritage Award
David Nelson will receive the First PITTCON Heritage Award at the 2002 Pittsburgh Conference held in New Orleans on March 17, 2002.

Mutant gene causes deadly heart enlargement
Scientists have unraveled how a defective gene can cause dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that leads to heart failure, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

What was it like to sail on an 18th century square-rigger?
University of Michigan Assistant Prof. Vanessa Agnew spent six weeks aboard a replica of Captain Cook's 18th century ship---the Endeavour---retracing a portion of Cook's first voyage and learning firsthand the rigors and rewards of working on a square-rigger as it sailed from Cairns, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia.

Cal-(IT)2 & CalNGI collaborate on next-generation Internet
Two California research centers based at UC San Diego are teaming up to develop and test applications that will run on the next-generation Internet.

New study reports how math and science teachers increase their own knowledge and skills
Each day, hundreds of math and science teachers throughout the United States stand before eager students to help them meet the high standards that states and school districts have adopted.

Long term lessons from Amazonia
A new book features results from one of the longest ongoing studies of forest fragmentation in the Amazon, the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments project, a joint effort of Brazil's National Institute for Research in Amazonia and the U.S.

College freshmen more politically liberal than in the past, UCLA survey reveals
More college freshman identify themselves as politically liberal, according to the results of UCLA's annual survey of the nation's students entering undergraduate schools.

U-M Medical School complementary and alternative medicine curriculum an interdisciplinary model
U-M Medical School launches a three-tiered approach to CAM education.

New rat resource and research center to help investigators understand human disease
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today the official opening of the Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC) at the University of Missouri (Columbia).

'Zapping' the heart can eliminate source of irregular heart beat
Smart bombs are touted for their ability to precisely target and destroy an enemy.

Dosage appears to be a critical factor in cocaine vaccine
Dosage appears to be a critical factor in the effectiveness of a cocaine vaccine being tested by Yale researchers that is designed to block the euphoria drug abusers experience.

More precise solar neutrino production figure determined by UW scientists
Scientists have made major strides in understanding neutrinos during the last three years.

Men with higher levels of PCBs more likely to father boys
A Michigan State University study indicating that men with higher levels of PCBs in their bodies are more likely to father boys than girls is more evidence of the effects environmental contaminants can have on the human body.

Gene discovery shows heart failure cause, suggests treatments and screening potential
United States and German scientists have discovered how a genetic defect causes dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a form of heart failure that claims 10,000 American lives each year.

Coal flyash tested as building block material
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are testing a new wall system utilizing an extremely lightweight concrete building material that could be used in wall systems of future construction of homes and businesses.

Researchers at TSRI turn viruses into enhanced nanochemical building blocks
Using a combination of chemistry and molecular genetics, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology have found a way to attach a wide range of molecules to the surface of a virus, essentially enhancing the virus with the properties of those molecules.

National experts to debate the law and ethics of public health responses to bioterrorism
The University of Minnesota will host a panel of national experts debating the law and ethics of public health responses to bioterrorism, including quarantine, compelled treatment and the use of force.

Multiple eyes for the VLT
The ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory will soon be equipped with the Fibre Large Array Multi-Element Spectrograph (FLAMES).

UNC expands national clinical trials of schizophrenia and Alzheimer's drugs
The University of North Carolina's Department of Psychiatry is expanding its large-scale effectiveness trials of anti-psychotic medications for schizophrenia and behavioral problems in Alzheimer's disease to include a newly-approved drug.

New satellite maps reveal where in the world lightning strikes
Lightning. It avoids the ocean, but likes Florida. It's likely to strike in the Himalayas and even more so in central Africa.

Nanomaterials expert wins Franklin Medal in Earth Sciences
Alexandra Navrotsky, director of the cross-disciplinary nanoscience initiative at the University of California, Davis, has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Sciences for her work on the thermochemistry of minerals, high pressure materials, and nanomaterials.
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