Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 07, 2002
New robotic microscope helps scientists track cells over time
A new invention--a robotic microscope--is opening the way for scientists to track changes in cells over time as genes are expressed and the resulting proteins go into action.

Chicago researchers receive award for innovative HIV drug-making process
A team of chemists from Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Ill., was honored June 3 by the American Chemical Society for developing an innovative process for producing the HIV/AIDS drugs ritonavir and lopinavir.

Students from Boston, Connecticut, Ohio and Minnesota win 2002 US Physics Olympiad
After a week of grueling physics exams, lab experiments and classroom work, five students have been selected as winners of the 2002 Physics Olympiad.

Researchers discover effects of exercise in women taking hormone replacement therapy
Researchers have found that women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) through a skin patch have higher estrogen levels during exercise than women who exercise and take HRT orally.

Study reveals key to making Web sites easier to use
Web site designers should focus on how users mentally organize information that is displayed.

Promising new therapies for deadly form of leukemia
Using the development of the cancer-fighting drug Gleevec as a road map, HHMI researchers are now setting their sights on a form of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) that carries a bleak prognosis.

Recombinant Protein Expression Lab established at CU
Molecular biologists at Cornell University are using a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to establish a Recombinant Protein Expression Laboratory.

Chicago-area chemistry teacher wins regional award
Chemistry teacher Ann Levinson of Chicagoland Jewish High School in Morton Grove, Ill., was honored June 3 by the American Chemical Society for outstanding high school chemistry teaching.

Undergraduate scholarship opportunity: Founder's scholar campaign
AGHE will again administer the AARP Andrus Foundation's Founder's Scholar.

Diabetes drugs may help multiple sclerosis sufferers
Drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes may prove useful for treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neurologic diseases, a University of Illinois at Chicago researcher has found.

DNA shows genetic variability of the nene lost more than 500 years ago, not during the 20th century
Was the isolation of island living to blame for draining the nene gene pool to a puddle, or was it the 20th century population decline?

Government, auto industry and UC Davis partner to create high-mileage, low emissions 'FutureTruck'
University of California, Davis, students are among 15 top North American university engineering schools competing to turn a 2002 Ford Explorer into a low-emissions vehicle with at least 25 percent higher fuel economy -- without sacrificing performance, utility, safety and affordability.

Princeton students reveal U.S.'s natural hazard risk
For the first time, natural hazard data from across the entire United States has been combined into a comprehensive hazard map revealing the areas most at risk for natural hazards.

Montgomery County chemistry teacher wins regional award
Chemistry teacher Elena Andrys Pisciotta of Damascus High School in Damascus, Md., will be honored May 29 by the American Chemical Society for outstanding high school chemistry teaching.

N.C. Health Choice program boosting access to dental care for poor children, study shows
A federal-state health program partnership called N.C. Health Choice has significantly improved access to dental care for children from low-income families across the state, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

Wanted: A coherent strategy on asylum seekers
New research has revealed a lack of coordination among the various bodies dealing with asylum seekers in Britain.

Study of fossils found in arctic shows plants more developed at earlier time
Along with Canadian colleagues, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientist has discovered fossils of plants dating back some 420 million years.
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