Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 11, 2002
Terror warning over laptops
Simple modifications to the circuitry in everyday electronic gadgets could bring down an airliner.

UT Southwestern researcher studies causes, treatment of bipolar disease coupled with drug abuse
The lasting effects of Sept. 11 on everyday citizens caused Dr.

Moffitt Cancer Center to sponsor the Second Biennial Molecular Targets for Cancer Therapy Symposium
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will sponsor the Second Biennial Molecular Targets for Cancer Therapy symposium.

Neural signal that helps wire up brain's movement circuit identified
Scientists from Imperial College London and King's College London have identified a molecule that helps to wire up the neural circuitry responsible for controlling the movement of muscle.

Higher nocturnal blood pressure predictive of kidney disease in diabetes
Monitoring nighttime blood pressure is a simple, painless and noninvasive method of identifying patients with type 1 diabetes who are at increased risk for kidney disease, according to a study published in the Sept.

Research may take the 'anti' out of antioxidants
In the quest to repair damaged DNA - a process believed crucial in combating ailments ranging from cancer to aging - antioxidant has been the Holy Grail.

Los Alamos to host international lunar science meeting
The Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting an international gathering of lunar scientists in Taos, N.M. beginning Thursday, September 12.

DNA's oscillating double helix hinders electrical conduction
DNA has an oscillating double-helix structure. This oscillating means that the DNA molecules conduct electricity much less well than was previously thought.

Vitamins C and E support breathing following an operation
Patients who have recently undergone an operation experience less breathing problems after being given a cocktail of vitamins C and E.

First biologic pacemaker created by gene therapy in guinea pigs
Working with guinea pigs, Johns Hopkins scientists have created what is believed to be the first biologic pacemaker for the heart, paving the way for a genetically engineered alternative to implanted electronic pacemakers.

Hopkins researchers study heart defect that kills athletes
Physicians at Johns Hopkins, with colleagues around the globe, are seeking families to help them learn more about a rare heart condition that kills athletes and seems to run in families.

Technologists develop robust soot filter for diesel engine
In a Technology Foundation STW project, Coen van Gulijk has developed a new concept for a robust soot filter for diesel engines.

UC Riverside's Alexander Raikhel awarded $4.3 million grant from NIH to study mosquitoes
The National Institutes of Health has just awarded a ten-year, $4.3 million research merit grant to Dr.

Introvert persons are more likely to become tired at work
Introvert people have a higher risk of becoming tired than their extravert colleagues.

Personal body part grown in a dish
In an impressive feat of tissue engineering, American researchers have managed to replace major parts of the penis of several rabbits with segments grown in the lab from the rabbits' own cells.

Waddenzee fresher than ever
The seawater in the Waddenzee is becoming fresher. More river water is reaching the Waddenzee via the outlet sluices of the IJsselmeer Dam.

Slightly stressed carp succumb easily to parasite
Researchers from Wageningen have discovered that slightly stressed carp are much more susceptible to parasites than unstressed carp. 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