Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 12, 2002
Buck Institute researcher identifies new drug targets for Alzheimer's disease
New drug targets that could someday help doctors treat Alzheimer's Disease have been identified by Buck Institute for Age Research Professor Vivian Hook, Ph.D.

Physicists delve into mystery of massive particle
Kansas State University physicists are part of a team receiving a $715,000 U.S.

Nation's only National Healthcare Outreach Mapping Center established
The Indiana University School of Medicine and The Polis Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have been named by the National Library of Medicine to develop the nation's only National Outreach Mapping Center.

Medieval black death not bubonic plague
The Black Death of the 1300s was probably not the modern disease known as bubonic plague, according to a team of anthropologists studying on these 14th century epidemics.

Women talk about sex more than men do
College age women reported talking about sex and sex-related topics with their best friend more than men did in a recent Penn State study and the researchers say these different communications styles could set men and women up for mismatched expectations about conversations with their partner in a romantic relationship.

Association for Tropical Biology, 2002 Annual Meeting
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will host the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology from July 29-Aug.

First permanent broadband earthquake monitor placed in Monterey Bay off California coast
As the first of a planned 20 permanent seismic monitors on the seafloor off the California Coast, UC Berkeley seismologists and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute geologists placed a broadband sensor on the ocean floor this week off Monterey.

Corrosion monitoring technology makes noise in the radioactive liquid waste world
Los Alamos National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists from four other Department of Energy sites and several private companies, is coordinating the development of a technology for real-time monitoring of corrosion within large, underground stainless and carbon-steel radioactive liquid waste storage tanks.

UNC's Intrah providing emergency assistance in West Bank, Gaza
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine's Intrah program is providing emergency assistance to West Bank and Gaza civilians for the next six months through the Maram project, officials said today (April 12).

Chemists discover molecule considered too unstable to exist
Organic chemistry textbooks will need to be revised to recognize a chemical species that chemists have discovered at Northwestern University.

World's largest database reaches 500,000 gigabytes
Last week at DOE's SLAC, the BaBar experiment's database stored its 500,000th Gigabyte making it the largest known database in the world.

Cedars-sinai surgery dept. implements innovative surgical training tool to reduce medical errors
Cedars-Sinai's Department of Surgery has transformed its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conferences into an innovative educational study curriculum - the M & M Matrix.

HMO patients more likely to get health counseling, preventive services
Patients of health maintenance organizations that pay their doctors a fixed amount for each
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