Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 29, 2002
Fisheries forecasting in the Niger inner delta
Optimal management of fishing zones requires assessment of the stocks potentially available as early as possible into the fishing season, or even before it begins if possible.

NASA's Mercury Orbiter mission passes major milestone
The first mission to orbit the planet Mercury took a big step toward its scheduled March 2004 launch when NASA's MESSENGER project received approval to start building its spacecraft and scientific instruments.

Aventis Pasteur donates approximately 75 to 90 million doses of smallpox vaccine to the U.S.
Aventis Pasteur, the vaccines business of Aventis Pharma, announced today that it will donate its smallpox vaccine inventory to the U.S. government's emergency preparedness stockpiles.

UF research: methyl bromide more effective, economical for killing anthrax
As anthrax and other biological weapons continue to be worrisome threats, a University of Florida researcher has found a common pest control agent called methyl bromide is more effective and cheaper than current treatments in eradicating deadly bacterial spores from buildings.

UCLA study shows contracting HIV can serve as an opportunity for positive change and growth
Contracting HIV would be a devastating experience for anyone. However, a new UCLA study suggests that many HIV-positive individuals believe that their infection and its life-threatening consequence served as a personal milestone that positively changed many aspects of their lives.

Studies of genes in mice and common worm may accelerate research on blood diseases, cancers
Two studies led by a UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas scientist have revealed comparable genes that control what cells become in both mice and a common worm, findings that may lead to expediting research on human-blood diseases.

Rats with partial Parkinson's damage in the brain
Scientists report this week they have demonstrated that the injection of two corrective genes into a specific brain region generated significant restoration of normal limb movement in rats with a chemical-induced form of Parkinson's disease.

UF study shows strength training improves aerobic power in seniors
For healthy older men and women, strength training not only firms muscles, but also significantly improves physical endurance and aerobic power, which can help prevent or delay a number of diseases including heart disease, according to a University of Florida study.

Spinal cord injury and Alzheimer's risk among topics at American Chemical Society meeting
Treating spinal cord injury, predicting Alzheimer's risk, and the roles of government and the chemical industry in responding to terrorism are among the topics scheduled for discussion at a gathering of the world's largest scientific society in Orlando, Fla., April 7-11.

Was El Niño unaffected by the Little Ice Age ?
El Niño events do not always occur with the same strength and the same frequency.
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