Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 23, 2002
Growing evidence that commonly used medicines may delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease
Have researchers found yet another reason to take an aspirin a day?

World Heart Day spotlights cardiovascular disease pandemic
Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide, is on the rise and has become a true pandemic that

Clemson and Hunley scientists combine expertise to conserve national icon
Clemson University is joining an international effort to conserve the H.L.

Linux Network to build Linux supercomputer for Los Alamos
Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected Linux NetworX to build, integrate and deliver a 1,024-processor Linux cluster computer.

DNA separation by entropic force offers better resolution
Cornell University researchers have demonstrated a novel method of separating DNA molecules by length, using a previously discovered

'Reversible data hiding' embeds data in pictures without distortion
Scientists from the University of Rochester and Xerox Corporation have invented a new way to hide information within an ordinary digital image and to extract it again--without distorting the original or losing any information.

Still mulling over last night's argument? It could affect your heart
Which has the greatest effect on your heart's health: arguing with a spouse or running a marathon?

Circuit transfers four times more power out of shakes and rattle
Penn State engineers have optimized an energy harvesting circuit so that it transfers four times more electrical power out of vibration - the ordinary shakes and rattles generated by human motion or machine operation.

Genome of potential bioterror agent seqenced
Scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), in collaboration with colleagues at Virginia Tech, the National Animal Disease Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, have determined the complete genomic sequence of Brucella suis, a bacterial pathogen and potential bioterrorism agent that could be targeted against humans or livestock.

Maize's starch pathway found limited
In the first look at the molecular diversity of the starch pathway in maize, research at North Carolina State University has found that - in contrast to the high amount of diversity in many of the maize genes previously studied - there is a general dearth of diversity in this particular pathway.

ADHD in a SNAP: The SNAP gene in attention deficit hyperactivity
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neuropsychiatric condition characterized by hyperactive-impulsive behavior and persistent inattention.

UT Southwestern researchers find clue to understanding tolerance to drugs of abuse
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and their colleagues have uncovered new information that will help brain researchers better understand a person's tolerance to drugs of abuse and open new avenues of investigation into the relationship of addictive-drug usage and the biological causes of mood disorders.

Mapping proteins
Two researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are creating a faster, more efficient data-mining technique to determine basic rules of how proteins form.

Celebrex may be safe for preterm labor, preliminary study finds
The drug celecoxib may be a safer alternative for treating preterm labor than traditional therapies, according to a preliminary study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Kin of people with heart disease have tangled clots
Close relatives of people with severe heart disease form abnormally dense and tangled-meshed-like blood clots, making them more prone to clogged arteries, according to the first study of its kind, reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Don't overlook terrorism's long-term effects on elders
A year after September 11, it is time to prepare for and prevent future terrorism, according to Judith A.

Identification of the first gene in posttraumatic stress disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common chronic anxiety disorder that follows exposure to traumatic events.

New education gap emerging in families
A new education gap between the rich and the poor may be being created by the Government's emphasis on home learning says new research.

Diet rich in soy protein lowers estrogens associated with breast cancer
Consuming tofu and other soy-based foods significantly lowers levels of a class of estrogens normally associated with breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to a new study published in the September issue of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

150-ton magnet pulls world toward new energy source
A 150-ton magnet developed in part by MIT engineers is pulling the world closer to nuclear fusion as a potential source of energy.

Undersea data network planned for Monterey Bay
MBARI and partner oceanographic research institutions recently received a $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to set up an undersea data network for oceanographic research in Monterey Bay.

Climate change: 50 years past and possible futures
A new NASA-funded study used a computer climate model to simulate the last 50 years of climate changes, projects warming over the next 50 years regardless of whether or not nations curb their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions soon.

Strong statin therapy reverses plaque build-up in arteries
Reducing bad cholesterol to below

'Futile' cycle both fights diabetes and causes weight gain
If obesity is the leading cause of type II diabetes, then why do effective anti-diabetic drugs, thiazolidinediones (TZDs), actually cause more weight gain?

Elevated leptin in teens linked with dangerous artery changes
Blood vessel changes are already present in teen-agers who have high levels of leptin, a hormone linked to obesity, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. 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