Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 21, 2002
Lipid abnormalities linked to Lou Gehrig's disease
Abnormal accumulation of two common lipids in motor nerve cells could play a critical role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to investigators at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in Baltimore.

Media advisory 1 - 2002 Fall Meeting
The 2002 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union takes place Friday morning through Tuesday afternoon, December 6 to 10, in San Francisco, California.

Three dimensional structure of a protein transport machine
Protein traffic is an essential process in all cells. Certain proteins are secreted or targeted to a specific compartment by membrane translocation or insertion.

PNNL gathers most complete protein map of 'world's toughest bacterium'
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have obtained the most complete protein coverage of any organism to date with the study of a radiation-resistant microbe known to survive extreme environments.

UCLA medical group receives national certification
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) granted the UCLA Medical Group a two-year Certification for Credentialing and Recredentialing, effective July 9, making it one of a handful of U.S. medical groups to receive such an honor.

'Nanoantennas' could bring sensitive detectors, optical circuits
Researchers have shown how tiny wires and metallic spheres might be arranged in various shapes to form

UCI researchers leading the effort to understand the causes and effects of air pollution
UC Irvine researchers are leading the effort to understand the causes and effects of one of the world's leading environmental problems -- air pollution.

Emergency medicine research findings to be released at ACEP scientific assembly in October
Make plans now to learn about the latest in lifesaving, emergency medicine research, at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2002 Scientific Assembly Research Forum, Oct.

Scripps oceanographers probe deep into the world of breaking wave bubbles
For Grant Deane and Dale Stokes, oceanographers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, the seaside sounds of hundreds of millions of air bubbles bursting at the shoreline represent an important key to understanding a variety of ocean phenomena.

One of earliest Buddhist manuscripts acquired by University of Washington
A birch bark manuscript from a Buddhist monastery, believed to have been written in the first or second century A.D., has been acquired by the University of Washington and will become a key component of the Early Buddhist Manuscript Project.

Natural-born killers enlisted to fight anthrax
Researchers at The Rockefeller University have hit upon a promising method for rapidly and effectively treating people infected with the deadly anthrax bacterium - including feared drug-resistant strains.

New center to expand on lessons learned from successful school reforms
A new Data Research and Development Center being established at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago will enhance the ability of researchers to understand how changes in the classroom improve education and to promote the use of their findings throughout the nation's schools.

Injury death rate for Canadian farm children aged 1-6 higher than national average
The injury death rate for young children who live on farms is almost twice that for all young children in Canada, according to a study released today by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program (CAISP), a national initiative coordinated from Queen's that monitors and identifies farm injury patterns.

New antibacterial coating may prolong contact lens life
The hassle of removing and cleaning your contacts every night, or even every month, could become a thing of the past, based on a study involving a new contact lens coating that kills bacteria.

Sandia helps public health officials with anti-terror 'decision analysis' tool
Imagine the unimaginable: terrorists have released a biological agent throughout the San Francisco Bay Area that threatens local residents.

New way to make dense complex-shaped ceramics at lower cost
A new way researchers have developed to make dense ceramics in complex shapes could lead to light, tough, and hard ceramic parts at lower cost.

How animals work
More than 600 scientists and researchers meet at the upcoming conference of the American Physiological Society (APS) to discuss evolution, integration and other pertinent issues involving animals and how these findings relate to humans.

New cancer drug possible from compound found in common food
A compound found in many foods and drinks could form the basis for new drugs to defeat cancer and heart disease, scientists at UCL claimed today.

NIDA experts to discuss drug abuse, treatment, and prevention at APA Convention in Chicago
At this year's American Psychological Association (APA) convention being held in Chicago from August 22-25, 2002, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Acting Director, Dr.

Emergency physicians to convene in Seattle in October
More than 5,000 emergency physicians and others are expected to attend the annual Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which begins Sunday, October 6, and ends Wednesday, October 9, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

Potential cause of arthritis discovered
Certain types of naturally occurring carbohydrates in the body may cause rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating, painful disease affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide according to research being presented at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston.

Marine biodiversity essential to preserving species
A new study of marine ecosystems suggests that the preservation of biodiversity is more than just a lofty goal - it's an absolute necessity to keep the system healthy and prevent local or regional extinction of multiple species.

Physics tip sheet #26 - August 21, 2002
Highlights of this issue include how the planets got their stripes, when avalanches occur, how photons might once have had mass and how the universe's dark energy has been confirmed in independent experiments.

Study finds link between common neurological disorder and Alzheimer's disease
A new study by scientists at The Wistar Institute links the genes responsible for neurofibromatosis, a common neurological disorder, to a protein thought to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

27th ESMO Congress
More than 6,000 physicians and scientists will attend over 500 presentations on the latest developments concerning the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, progress in research, and promising new technologies.

Marijuana-derived compound targets pain, inflammation
Researchers are developing a marijuana-derived synthetic compound to relieve pain and inflammation without the mood-altering side effects associated with other marijuana based drugs.

Fresno chemist George Kauffman wins ACS Helen M. Free award
George B. Kauffman, Ph.D., of Fresno, California, was honored August 20 by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, for helping people understand how chemistry affects their lives. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to