Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 23, 2002
Beijing conference to address lung cancer crisis in China
The first international lung cancer conference to be held in China will take researchers to Beijing October 27-30.

Agreements for industry-sponsored clinical trials often fail to protect researchers' independence
Academic medical centers frequently engage in industry-sponsored research that fails to adhere to international guidelines established to protect the integrity of research and the rights and interests of academic investigators, according to a study published in the Oct.

Sandia-aided method to heal wounded and diseased achieves US government acceptance
A disposable plastic bag resembling the common kitchen garbage bag, its interior fed by a simple oxygen canister monitored by inexpensive, deceptively simple plastic instruments, has been licensed by the federal government as a tool to heal the sick and the wounded in the nation's military, both active and retired.

Study: Isoflavone-enriched soy proteins fail to increase bone mineral density in young women
Soy protein enriched with isoflavones appears to have no effect on bone mineral content and bone mineral density in young women, according to a new study.

Men more dependent on exercise than women, UF study shows
Women may worry more about their weight, but it's men who are more likely to become hooked on exercise, a University of Florida study shows.

New England lakes hold clues to lurking storms and floods
Is New England headed for troubled waters? Devastating storms and floods may lurk ahead, according to geologists at the University of Vermont.

Biomedical scientist testing nanoparticles as early cancer detection agent
Biomedical scientist Shuming Nie is testing the use of nanoparticles called quantum dots to dramatically improve clinical diagnostic tests for the early detection of cancer.

John Brauman to receive Linus Pauling Medal for achievements in chemistry
Stanford University chemist John Brauman to receive Linus Pauling Medal for achievements in chemistry

CHF and Pittcon to present the Pittcon Heritage Award to Kathryn Hach-Darrow
Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) today announced Kathryn Hach-Darrow will receive the second annual Pittcon Heritage Award.

Schizophrenia has different sub-types linked to problems in different parts of the brain
Schizophrenia may not be one single disease but rather an array of disorders whose psychiatric and cognitive symptoms vary according to which part of the brain is affected and to what degree.

Physics tip sheet #29 - October 23, 2002
Highlights of this issue include how icicles get their ridges, predicting the speed of virus infections, what happens to spinning coins, and how nuclear submarines could affect neutrino experiments.

Scientist-artist Felice Frankel showcases her work at NSF
Science photographer, author, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research scientist Felice Frankel will present her craft and explain her methods at the National Science Foundation (NSF) on October 28.

Great progress made by seismologists in identifying violations of nuclear test ban treaty
Seismologists are now able to identify virtually all events that might be nuclear explosions of possible military significance under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

NSF establishes five new centers to develop teaching leadership in science and mathematics
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing its investment in five new Centers for Learning and Teaching to answer the need for a new generation of professionals who can inspire and challenge students while engaging in research on how students learn.

Wonderfest science festival returns to Stanford Nov. 2-3
In the spirit of the late astronomer Carl Sagan, the Wonderfest festival of science returns to Stanford for its fourth year Nov.

UCLA study shows water reclamation could become an important source of future water supplies
UCLA's Institute of the Environment Southern California Environmental Report Card 2002 covers how well cities have disposed of their garbage, the protection of Southern California's biodiversity, sustainable building and water reclamation.

Superconducting lithium
Superconductivity in lithium was discovered by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany in collaboration with the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC, USA, as reported in Science (October 17th).

Virtual Jamestown to expand into an Atlantic World Studies site
The award-winning, NEH funded web site, Virtual Jamestown, has garnered another appropriation, from The Andrew W.

Better weather predictions in an avalanche of data
Sometimes getting too much of a good thing may create more problems than not getting enough - especially when it comes to the weather.

Rutgers and Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers seek fountain of youth among the worms
In the pursuit of longer, healthier lives, scientists are studying the lowly roundworm Caenorhabditis (C.) elegans to better understand the molecular mechanisms of human aging.

International Space Station Expedition five science operations
The crew of the International Space Station completed their final data collection with the Renal Stone experiment during the past week.

Researchers discover 'doorways' into brain cells
Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered that neurons take in receptors and other molecules from their surface membranes through discrete

Your brain is teaching your nose new tricks, say UC Berkeley researchers
Any wine connoisseur knows the nose can learn to recognize subtle new aromas, but where does that learning take place?

Paper discusses circuitry for quantum computing
The next radically different means of information processing will be quantum computing, which researchers say will use the principles of quantum mechanics to perform complex calculations in a fraction of the time needed by the world's fastest supercomputers.

Mild injury may render brain cells vulnerable to immune system attack
Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered that a seemingly mild

FIC announces first awards for international collaborative genetics research and training program
The Fogarty International Center and seven NIH partners announce six new research and training grants to support international collaborations in human genetic sciences.

Funding for global protein database
Throwing its financial support behind the concept of a centralized repository for protein data, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in cooperation with five other institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a three-year, $15-million grant to combine three of the world's current protein sequence databases into a single global resource.
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