Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 14, 2002
COBRA engine, an option for Space Launch Initiative propulsion, completes milestone review
COBRA, one of the engines being considered for the next generation reusable launch vehicle, has recently completed its preliminary design review for NASA's Space Launch Initiative - a technology development effort to establish reliable, affordable space access.

National stem cell conference in Bar Harbor
National stem cell conference sponsored by Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and The Jackson Laboratory to be held in Bar Harbor Maine in August.

Hair loss syndrome created in mice
Inactivating just one of more than two dozen similar genes can cause temporary but profound hair loss, known as alopecia, in mice, researchers from Johns Hopkins and the Pasteur Institute in France report in the June issue of Genes & Development.

Fried green tomatoes: Transgenic tomatoes reveal critical component of thermotolerance
Scientists at Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) have discovered a master genetic regulator of heat sensitivity in tomatoes, whose activity is critical for tomato fruit ripening at high temperatures.

Buszaki neuroscience research published in current journals 'Science' & 'Nature'
Recent scientific advances by Rutgers-Newark neuroscience professor Gyorgy Buzsaki have been published in the journals

Potential of regenerative medicine explored
Research on ways to decrease the risk of organ rejection, increase the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood using artificial components and the results of more than a dozen other studies are being presented by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the 48th annual meeting of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs this week.

Death by color: Spiny spiders' bright stripes attract prey
The orb-weaving spiny spider flashes its colorful back to lure quarry into its web, Cornell researchers find, contrary to the long-held belief that in the animal kingdom color is used generally to attract mates rather than to entice prey.

NASA selects Georgia Tech to lead institute to develop new aeropropulsion and power technologies
In a move to forge stronger relationships with academia, NASA this week announced it has designated Georgia Tech as one of seven new

Study finds genetic aberrations linked to lung cancer; Could help in early diagnosis
Researchers have identified more than two dozen genes that behave abnormally in cancerous lung cells.

Intensification therapy studied in head and neck cancer
Patients with advanced head and neck cancers may stand a better chance of long-term disease control if they are willing to undergo

Direct thought control
The long-sought ability to control the movement of prosthetic limbs with brain waves has edged a little closer to reality.

University of California, Riverside to host spider experts
This year's national meeting of the American Arachnological Society, scheduled for June 25th through June 29th, will take place at the University of California, Riverside.
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