Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 09, 2002
Livermore scientists create highest resolution global climate simulations to date
Atmospheric scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have performed the first global climate simulations with spatial resolutions of roughly 50 km (30 miles).

U-M scientists to develop nanosensors for astronauts
Along with space suits, freeze-dried food and barf bags, tomorrow's astronauts may travel with nanomolecular devices inside their white blood cells to detect early signs of damage from dangerous radiation or infection.

Washington University receives $2.2 million funding from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Washington University in St. Louis will receive $2.2 million over four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to provide wide-ranging services and support for undergraduate and K-12 science education.

Hotels with fewer frills may be lodging industry's darlings in 2003
As flashy, upscale hotel properties from the

Study asks how clinicians treat overweight kids
Health care professionals should do a better job of treating obesity in children and adolescents, Saint Louis University researcher finds.

National study halted since health risks exceed benefits in postmenopausal women on estrogen
Researchers nationwide have halted the part of a 40-center study that involved trying to determine the risks versus the benefits of healthy postmenopausal women taking the hormones estrogen and progestin.

Investigators stop part of drug-taking in Women's Health Initiative
Women on one major study group of the massive Women's Health Initiative -- those who are taking a combination of estrogen plus progestin as hormone replacement therapy -- are being told to stop taking their study drugs.

Caloric restriction research: moving from lab animals to humans
Should scientists subject humans to research studies on caloric restriction?

Deformed frogs form when parasites and pesticides combine
Deformities in Pennsylvania wood frogs are linked to a parasite infection combined with a weakened immune system caused by pesticide exposure, according to a study to be published in the 9 July issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Stroke patients with high blood sugar at higher risk of death
Stroke patients who have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) at the time of admission to the hospital for treatment of the stroke are at higher risk of death than stroke patients with normal blood sugar levels, according to a study published in the July 9 issue of the journal Neurology by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Richard L.

Creating better businesses
A new research centre, launched in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals, aims to help make business more ethical.

Converging technologies can improve human performance, report says
The convergence of nanoscale research with other sciences and technologies has created a vast opportunity to enhance human performance, scientists say in a report released today titled

American Sociological Association holds 2002 annual meeting in Chicago
The American Sociological Association's (ASA) 97th Annual Meeting will convene August 16-19th at the Hilton Chicago and the Hilton Palmer House in Chicago, IL.

Zimbabwean women very willing to use diaphragms-potential HIV prevention method
Almost all (98 percent) Zimbabwean women who were unable to persuade their male partners to use condoms consistently, used the diaphragm as an alternative method of contraception and disease prevention, though its effectiveness against HIV remains unknown, UCSF researchers have found.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards $80 million for undergraduate science education
Forty-four research universities will receive $80 million from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support programs to expose undergraduates to emerging scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary science, to encourage graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to consider undergraduate teaching, and to attract more minorities into the sciences.

Roger scramjet
In a wind tunnel in Hampton, Virginia , on the 30th of May this year, a new kind of cruise missile engine, called a scramjet, was fired up.

Detection of bioterrorism viruses brought closer to local sites
In the July issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers outline new methods for safely and accurately identifying a suspected bioterrorism agent and detail what physicians should know about the symptoms and treatments needed for the highest priority level of infectious agents, such as anthrax, smallpox, botulism, tularemia and plague.

Hormone therapy study stopped due to increased breast cancer risk, lack of overall benefit
NHLBI has stopped early a major clinical trial of the risks and benefits of combined estrogen and progestin in healthy menopausal women due to an increased risk of invasive breast cancer.

Satellite sees double zones of converging tropical winds around the world
NASA's QuikSCAT satellite has confirmed a 30-year old largely unproven theory that there are two areas near the equator where the winds converge year after year and drive ocean circulation south of the equator.

Tipsheet on XIV International AIDS Conference
The XIV International AIDS Conference will feature research presentations from scientists around the world.

20th Anniversary Conference of the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS)
Hundreds of scientists from around the globe will gather on the campus of Northeastern University from July 21 - 26 for the 20th Anniversary Conference of the International Humic Substances Society.
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