Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 07, 2002
Disabled seniors formerly on SSDI hit hardest by drug costs
Spending on prescription drugs increased more than 60 percent over three years for two million disabled Medicare recipients over 65 who were formerly on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a recent study has shown.

UC Riverside to share in $240 million federal math and science partnership program
The University of California, Riverside announced today that it will receive one of 24 awards under the $240 million Federal Math and Science Partnership program.

Opioid medications a good bet for shingles-related pain
Despite worries over side effects, morphine and other opiates appear to be effective in treating shingles-related nerve pain in older adults, a study at Johns Hopkins suggests.

Privatisation, Chinese-style
'Corporatisation', the latest phase of reform of China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs), aims to reduce government interference in the running of these companies and turn them into Western-style corporations, complete with boards of directors and shareholder control over operations.

Science picks - leads, feeds and story seeds (October 2002 edition)
Looking for hot science stories? This new monthly compendium of USGS science news, facts, events, and contacts is designed to help you cover the ongoing earth and natural science research and investigations at USGS.

Los Alamos' SCORR technology a tech award finalist
A Los Alamos National Laboratory technology that may one day change the way integrated circuits are manufactured - eliminating almost all waste products - has been chosen as a finalist for the 2002 Tech Museum Awards given by San Jose, California's Tech Museum of Innovation, in cooperation with the American Council for the United Nations University and Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society.

Genome of potential bioremediation agent sequenced
Scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and collaborators elsewhere have deciphered the genome of a metal ion-reducing bacterium, Shewanella oneidensis, that has great potential as a bioremediation agent to remove toxic metals from the environment.

Polishing the crystal ball: risk prediction methods need update
Calculating the risk that a heart attack patient will die or have another heart attack is physicians' attempt at peering into a crystal ball, but their view is clouded.

Most definitive study of its kind shows that sleeping on the stomach increases infant SIDS risk
Researchers have conducted the most definitive study of its kind to show that sleeping on the stomach increases the risk of U.S. infants for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Airport noise impairs long-term memory and reading
The first long-term study of the same children before and after airports near them opened and closed concludes that excessive noise interferes with children's reading ability and long-term memory.

Foot pressure device may stamp out muscle loss
These boots weren't made for walkin', but

Technology could use moon dust to capture sun power
New technologies designed to harness the power of the sun may hold the key to successful moon colonies, cheaper and lighter-weight satellites, cleaner-burning, and more efficient car engines.

Opioids, narcotic analgesics effective in treating post-herpetic neuralgia
Opioids -- narcotic analgesics -- have recently been shown to be effective in treating post-herpetic neuralgia.

Data reanalysis shows cranial measurements are hereditable
A reanalysis of the data of an early 20th century study by the father of modern American anthropology has shown that Franz Boas was wrong and that there is a substantial genetic component to cranial form that can be used in modern forensics, according to Penn State and University of Tennessee anthropologists.

Robotic model monster truck pushes boundaries of computer technology
Computer scientists at OHSU's OGI School of Science and Engineering have stripped down a radio-controlled monster truck and turned it into a robotic vehicle that's helping them perfect the latest generation of ultra-reliable computer software.

Texas spaceports, Mars colonies on drawing board at UH
Construction of commercial spaceports in Texas and plans for the first human settlement on Mars have University of Houston (UH) architecture faculty and students focused on the future of the nation's space program.

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.

Cholesterol fighting drugs may also have protective effects against multiple sclerosis
A group of cholesterol-lowering drugs may also effectively interfere with the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).

From moon rocks to space food: UH research spans 40 years
From the earliest analysis of moon rocks and today's operation of the International Space Station, to future missions to Mars and beyond, the University of Houston has a long tradition of advancing space research and contributing to the development of the aerospace community.

New breast cancer gene discovered
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the University of Washington have discovered a new tumor suppressor gene that is missing or inactive in as many as 60% of breast cancers, and is also altered in lung cancer.

California high school chemistry teacher wins regional award
Chemistry teacher Gareth Wong of Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif., will be honored Oct.

'Fly me to the moon' for clean, reliable electricity
The key to a prosperous world is clean, safe, low-cost electrical energy, according to University of Houston physicist David Criswell.

Former Washington Post reporter wins top chemistry reporting award
Boyce Rensberger has been named the 2003 recipient of the American Chemical Society's James T.

One in every three primates now threatened with extinction
New evidence of the peril facing the world's apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates, with one in every three now endangered with extinction, is revealed in a new report, The World's Top 25 Most Endangered Primates - 2002, released today by Conservation International (CI) and the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN-The World Conservation Union.

National Science Board to meet (Oct. 10)
Journalists are invited to attend the next open session of the National Science Board (NSB) on Thursday, Oct.

Combining two types of radiation therapy better for treating brain cancer
Adding stereotactic radiosurgery after whole brain radiation therapy helps certain patients with cancer that has spread to the brain live longer.

Chemists create synthetic cytochromes
When animals metabolize food or when plants photosynthesize it, electrons are moved across cell membranes.

Sydney Brenner, Molecular Sciences Institute founder, awarded the Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2002 has been awarded to Molecular Sciences Institute founder, Dr.

Salk Institute professor Sydney Brenner receives 2002 Nobel Prize for medicine
Sydney Brenner, a distinguished professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, is one of three recipients of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine for his contributions toward discoveries about how genes regulate organ growth and the process of programmed cell death.
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