Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 12, 2002
Teens today are children of renaissance, scholar believes
A University of Toronto professor has his own theory about teenagers, and he's going way back in time to prove it.

New England's missing male workers and the region's limited labor force growth
New research from Northeastern reveals that women made up the bulk of labor force growth during the 1990s in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions

Musical interlude helps sleep quality, research shows
Sleep scientists at the University of Toronto are pursuing research that's music to insomniacs' ears.

Gaskell awarded the 2001 SURA Thesis Prize
The 2001 Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) Thesis Prize was awarded to David Gaskell, author of

USDA symposium on natural resource management to offset greenhouse gas emissions
Hosted by the SRS Southern Global Change Program (SGCP), the symposium will present the latest research on management options for increasing carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems.

Women with PCOS and their siblings with hormone problems have same gene defect
Siblings of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have metabolic and hormonal abnormalities that are linked to the same gene defect that causes PCOS, a disorder associated with irregular periods, infertility, excessive body hair and increased risk for diabetes.

Armed with AEDs, police save lives by cutting response time
In communities where police are equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs), people who have a sudden cardiac arrest have a better chance at survival.

New technique has earthquake resistance all wrapped up
A University of Toronto Department of Civil Engineering team has devised a strong, cost-effective method of structural reinforcement that is already proving its worth on highways and other concrete structures around the Greater Toronto Area.

US Women scientists from Latin America to encourage colleagues from south
Three women scientists of Latin American descent, Araceli Espinosa, Nora Sabelli, and Josefina Coloma been chosen to tell their stories at a meeting of scientists in Costa Rica on August 28, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and CONICIT, Costa Rica's national research agency, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Palliative practice blurs ethical lines, physician says
The use of neuromuscular blockers to stop the appearance of laboured breathing at the end of a patient's life raises ethical concerns and should not be permitted, says a University of Toronto researcher specializing in palliative care.

Department of Energy recognizes Jefferson Lab's tech transfer program
The Department of Energy selected Jefferson Lab as having the best Small Business Technology Transfer program for 2001.

Will a banana a day keep a stroke away?
People with a low amount of potassium in their diet may have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study published in the August 13 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Hiding in the noise and chaos
A new and novel way of communicating over fiber optics is being developed by physicists supported by the Office of Naval Research.

Plant detectives seek sources of invasive trees
Like modern day Sherlock Holmeses, plant biologists at Washington University in St.

Latest tissue engineering research discussed at Rice
With Congress debating a potential ban on the use of cloning in biomedical research, the nation's foremost tissue-engineering experts are meeting at Rice University in Houston this week to discuss the latest scientific research aimed at growing cells, tissues and organs for transplantation.

Rutgers spinoff success yields $4.3 million payback to university
The Rutgers spinoff company, Phytomedics Inc., has signed a new research agreement that will bring almost $4.3 million in grant funding from the company to the university during the next five years.

Jefferson Lab's Hall C experiment delves into nature's blueprints
In an experiment that began on January 21st and concluded on March 3rd of this year, researchers take a closer look at matter's blueprints with a study of the spin-structure functions of the proton and the neutron, collectively known as nucleons.

High mental stress linked with increased risk of cardiovascular death
Japanese women who report high levels of mental stress have double the risk for stroke-related and heart-related deaths than those reporting low stress levels.

Intensive care treatment may be bad for your health
Two articles in the latest issue of Critical Care reveal how intensive care therapy may be beneficial in the short but not in the long term.

Colorectal cancer drug provides important option for patients with advanced disease
The approval of a new drug for advanced colorectal cancer provides an important new option for patients whose disease has defied other therapies, says the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigator who led a key North American study of the drug.

Study points to depression as a risk for developing Alzheimer's disease
A long-term study of people over age 65 suggests that severity of depressive symptoms is related to risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Reversing the sounds of silence
For the last several years, the Office of Naval Research has funded research on the prevention and restoration of hearing loss - loss due to traumatic noise exposure, or to chemical therapies.

Potent experimental drug shown to slow the growth of breast and prostate cancer tumors in mice
Laboratory studies conducted by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Genentech have found that a potent experimental drug called 2C4 slows tumor growth in both breast and prostate cancer tumors in mice even when small amounts of HER-2/neu are expressed.

Nanometer-scale light source is first to show single-molecule electroluminescence
Using photon emissions from individual molecules of silver, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created what may be the world's smallest electroluminescent light source.

Better than barcodes
That bar code on your cereal box holds just enough information to let the supermarket take your money, follow consumer trends, and restock its shelves.

Subtract a gene and feasting mice add no fat
By subtracting a single gene from the genome of a mouse, scientists have created an animal that can eat a rich, high-fat diet without adding weight or risking the complications of diabetes.
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