Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 11, 2002
Meeting ecological and societal needs for freshwater
Freshwater is vital to human life and societal well-being, but society has frequently not recognized the full value of healthy rivers, lakes, groundwater, and wetlands.

New studies on Alzheimer's, depression unveiled at geriatric psychiatry conference
The nation's foremost experts in geriatric psychiatry are presenting new studies and the latest findings on Alzheimer's, depression other conditions associated with the elderly during the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry's 15th Annual Meeting Feb.

Global warming lengthens day
Global warming caused by increasing manmade carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will lengthen the day, according to a new study.

Filatov Eye Institute contests validity of recent study
Contesting the interpretation of a recent study by Ohio University suggesting that a large percentage of people having LASIK procedures develop night vision problems and other side effects, the Filatov Eye Institute says that retrospective surveys do not adequately reflect current LASIK results.

Researchers find correlation between older adults' use of speech and the ability to gesture
Researchers have reported that there may be a correlation between older peoples' ability to gesture accurately and how much they speak while gesturing.

Virginia Tech mining engineer wins CAREER award to develop a practical method for predicting failures in rock masses
A Virginia Tech researcher is attempting to give engineers the ability to scan rock for stresses and failures with the same technology that physicians use to scan the human body for medical problems.

NASA's TIMED spacecraft begins data collection
With its post-launch engineering checkouts complete, NASA's TIMED spacecraft is now at work studying one of Earth's final atmospheric frontiers.

American Chemical Society meets April 7-11 in Orlando
Chemical and biological terrorism, potentially life-saving drugs, origins of the solar system and advances in forensic science are among the topics set for discussion at the April 7-11 meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orlando.

Keck Foundation awards $750,000 grant to Northeastern University to fund 3D fusion microscope
Northeastern University in Boston has been awarded a grant from the W.M.

Study shows plants inherit traits from more than gene sequence alone
Washington University in St. Louis biologists find that plants can become dwarfed despite having identical genes of non-dwarf plants The researchers found that the differences between the two plants are not due to genes; rather, to factors outside of genes.

Blood pressure drugs relax heart, reduce heart failure risk
People who take medications to lower blood pressure may also be improving their heart's pumping action, thus reducing their risk of congestive heart failure.

Signs of recovery in Adirondack lakes apparent, say researchers
Over the years acid deposition, commonly referred to as

Physicians warn of nuclear terrorist threat
In the aftermath of September 11, the threat of nuclear terrorism is among the most real - and most dire - of our country's current public health concerns, according to a report in the Feb.

World's largest scientific society announces subjects, dates for 2002 ACS ProSpectives Conferences
ACS Prospectives Conferences features latest interdisciplinary research in drug delivery, proteomics, catalysis and process chemistry.

Stress causes heart-damaging fats to stay in blood longer
A new study has found the first evidence that short periods of psychological stress can cause the body to take longer to clear heart-damaging fats from the bloodstream.

Researchers observe abnormalities in brains of autism patients
Withdrawing from social interaction and communication is a hallmark of autism.

Gene therapy promising for rheumatoid arthritis
Northwestern University researchers have reported the first successful use of interleukin-13 (IL-13) cytokine gene therapy to treat and prevent rheumatoid arthritis in an animal model

Tiny technology to be showcased at Livermore Lab business and investors conference
A one-day conference geared to present Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory programs and capabilities in nanotechology, MEMS (micro-electrical mechanical systems) and microfluidics to the business, entrepreneur and investor community.

New medical system for colon cancer screening
Funding from the Office of Naval Research has helped develop a Virtual Colonoscopy procedure that is an accurate, cost-effective, fast, non-invasive, and patient-comfortable procedure for screening of colon polyps, the precursor of cancer.

Wake Forest establishes Maya Angelou Research Center on minority health
Wake Forest University School of Medicine has established the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health to develop methods to close the health gap between minorities and the rest of the United States population.

Tufts University researchers engineer first 'custom-made' human knee ligaments from adult stem cells
Researchers from Tufts University announced today that they have developed a tissue engineering strategy to repair one of the most common knee injuries-ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL)--by mechanically and biologically engineering new ones.

Novel colorectal cancer trial seeking patient volunteers at leading U.S. cancer centers
Human research studies of a new treatment strategy for colorectal cancer using a therapeutic cancer vaccine technology have begun enrolling patients at several trial sites around the United States and Canada.

Study associates differences in mood with activity in a specific area of the brain
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is one of the first to associate individual differences in emotional behavior with activity in a specific brain region.
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