Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 09, 2002
Fantastic Voyage -- Filled buckeyball now a step closer to becoming a drug-delivery device
Virginia Tech Ph.D. student Erick B. Iezzi has developed the first organic derivative of a metallofullerene.

UPCI presents study on dendritic cells in prostate cancer
The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute is presenting findings at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in San Francisco, April 6-10.

Most distant group of galaxies known in the universe
Using the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT), a team of astronomers from The Netherlands, Germany, France and the USA have discovered the most distant group of galaxies ever seen, about 13.5 billion light-years away.

Mayo Clinic researchers find significant renal artery stenosis among hypertensive patients
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that a screening X-ray of the aorta among patients with hypertension undergoing coronary angiography is safe and identifies a significant prevalence of incidental renal artery disease.

A look back: Twenty-five years of recognizing Hopkins researchers-in-training
The pace of discovery at Johns Hopkins is quickened by the sharp and curious minds of

Study reveals British foot and mouth farmers' resilience
A new report has surprisingly revealed that almost all of the farmers in the region worst affected by Britain's devastating foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak do not intend to leave farming - despite suffering severe financial hardship and extreme emotional distress.

Thinner materials improve flexible solar cells, flat panel displays
Virginia Tech researchers' ability to create films in one-nanometer-thick layers is bringing flexible solar cells closer to reality, and has resulted in a thin film that can be changed from transparent to deep violet and back as rapidly as 20 times per second.

An early warning system for dangerous breast cancer?
A tiny protein called RhoC found in breast tumors may someday give an early warning system that could spot dangerously aggressive breast cancer before it begins to spread, and identify the need for aggressive treatment.

Genetic connection in link between permanent hair dye use and bladder cancer risk
Certain women may be more susceptible to bladder cancer associated with the use of permanent hair dyes than other women, based on their genetic makeup, according to study results released today by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues.

Imagine no restrictions on fossil-fuel usage and no global warming
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory are studying a simple, cost effective method for extracting carbon dioxide directly from the air - which could allow sustained use of fossil fuels while avoiding potential global climate change.

Carnegie Mellon experiment reveals impact of fear, anger on American perceptions of terrorism
A national field experiment by Carnegie Mellon University scientists on American emotions and perceptions of the risk of terrorist threats following September 11 reveals a national psyche influenced in opposite ways by fear and anger.

Greatest threat to Asia's wildlife is hunting, scientists say
Citing such examples as Vietnam, where a dozen large mammals and birds have gone locally extinct since the end of the Indochina War, a group of experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have declared uncontrolled hunting and trade the greatest threat to wildlife and wild lands in Asia.

College drinking problems and research solutions
The consequences of college drinking are larger and more destructive than commonly realized, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Mitokor publishes human mitochondrial genome sequencing study - American Journal of Human Genetics
MitoKor publishes a large, wide ranging study analyzing mitochondrial DNA sequences of more than 500 individuals of different ethnic origins in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

McGrath's contribution to chemistry principles continue to impact our lives
Today's tires and tomorrow's fuel-cell powered engines have more in common than association with cars and trucks.

The Johan Skytte Prize in political science to professor Sidney Verba
Sidney Verba, Professor of Government at Harvard University and today the world's leading electoral researcher, has been awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science of 2002 by The Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University, Sweden,

Experts explore neurology and terrorism
Focus on Biological Threats, Chemical Threats, Neuropsychiatric Effects of Terrorism and the Role of the American Academy of Neurology

Medical microspheres provide precision-release drug delivery
The elusive goal of controlling the release rate of encapsulated compounds for the precise delivery of drugs over a prolonged period is finally within reach.

Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can increase breast cancer risk, study finds
Gaining more than 50 pounds during pregnancy, and not losing the excess weight post-pregnancy, could triple a woman's risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, according to a study conducted by researchers at Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC, and in Finland.

National leaders in HIV vaccine research present scientific symposium at Emory University
A group of the nation's most respected scientific leaders in the search for an AIDS vaccine will gather at Emory University on Monday, April 22 to present a scientific symposium.

St. John's wort ineffective for depression
The largest clinical trial performed to date on the popular herbal supplement St.

The next generation of scientists recognized at Johns Hopkins
Clich├ęs may accurately describe the winners of this year's Young Investigators' Day awards at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, but their work is anything but run of the mill.
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