Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 29, 2002
New horizons in cortical cartography
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed computerized atlases and associated tools for visualizing and analyzing two major components of the brain, the cerebral cortex and the cerebellar cortex.

Study helps explain gene silencing in the developing embryo
New research at the University of North Carolina sheds light on the process that silences a group of genes in the developing embryo.

A moonwalker's perspective 30 years later
On December 11, 1972, Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt was the only scientist and the last of 12 men to step onto the lunar surface.

When Media, Science and Public Policy Collide: The Case of Food and Biotechnology
This full day workshop sponsored by the Pew Initiative and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard will discuss how media coverage has influenced and been influenced by science, industry, policymakers and advocacy groups on the topic of agriculture biotechnology and food and human health.

Transforming brain research with jellyfish genes and advances in microscopy
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are transplanting jellyfish genes into mice to watch how neural connections change in the brains of entire living animals.

New technique reveals structure of thin films with high resolution
Scientists have developed and tested a new imaging technique that reveals the atomic structure of thin films with unprecedented resolution.

Brain images from patients with schizophrenia will be shared in first nationwide imaging network
Brain images from hundreds of people with schizophrenia at 10 research sites nationwide will be shared in a first-of-its-kind research project funded with $10.9 milion from the National Center for Resources (NCRR), a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

Research on lentiviruses to continue at Ohio State
A major research project which found that methamphetamine greatly speeds a virus' ability to infect neural cells will continue at Ohio State University.

International consortium launches genetic variation mapping project
An international research consortium today launched an approximately $100 million public-private effort to create the next generation map of the human genome.

Studies offer new treatment option to prevent kidney rejection
A new study of the most commonly prescribed post-kidney transplant drug suggests it may not be the most effective weapon to fend off organ rejection and may even damage some donor kidneys.

UGA student questions why snakes cross roadways
Student Kimberly Andrews -- when challenged by UGA ecology professor Whit Gibbons to come up with a research project that would add to the scientific literature on herpetology -- she asked the old riddle:

Education is strongest predictor of smoking for pregnant women
The most comprehensive national study to date of smoking before, during and after pregnancy shows that women with less education are more likely to smoke before delivery, less likely to quit during pregnancy and more likely to relapse after delivery.

Researchers get first look into antimatter atoms
It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but NSF-sponsored researchers working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have probed the properties of whole atoms of antimatter, the

Chemist shoots chemistry 'in the act'
A physical chemist at Washington University in St. Louis is combining powerful lasers with clever timing schemes to characterize how chemical reactions occur with very precise atomic and time resolution.

First glimpse inside cold antimatter atoms
For the first time scientists have been able to peer inside an atom made entirely of antimatter, to get a glimpse of its internal structure.

Scripps student awarded Chrysalis Scholarship from the Association for Women Geoscientists
Scripps Institution of Oceanography doctoral student Nancy Bowers has been awarded the 2002 Chrysalis Scholarship from the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG).

Carnegie Mellon announces update of capability maturity model for software
Carnegie Mellon has initiated a project to produce and support an updated version of the Capability Maturity Model for Software, a guide for improving software development and management used in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Geologists work to understand how Hawaiian volcanoes age
University of Cincinnati geologists will explain how

Protecting the public from earthquake hazards - Advanced National Seismic System comes to Memphis
October marks a new milestone in the installation of modern seismic stations in seismically active urban areas across the country.

Important information to consider about non-systemic cholesterol lowering agents
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Oregon power companies offset carbon through investment in Ecuador's rainforest
To combat global warming while conserving biodiversity, Conservation International and the Jatun Sacha Foundation, an Ecuadorian conservation organization, have launched a carbon offsets project to reforest 680 acres of degraded pastureland in northwest Ecuador.

Molecular imaging: diagnosing diseases before symptoms strike
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are developing methods to track molecular events in the body to diagnose disease long before symptoms appear and to predict the effectiveness of drug therapies.

Fortified orange drink eases 'hidden hunger' in 3rd world
A cheap fortified orange-flavored drink and dietary supplement can dramatically improve nutrition, growth, and the health of children and pregnant and lactating mothers in developing countries, says Michael C.

The Clay Mathematics Institute 2002 Annual Meeting
The Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) is hosting its forth Annual Meeting next week in Cambridge, Massachusetts to celebrate the achievements of mathematicians who have made major contributions to the field.

Experiment could reveal 'extra dimensions,' exotic forces
Physicists have devised a new experiment that will be used in the question for exotic forces in nature and

Model for common type of cancer developed by UCLA scientists
Scientists at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center have developed the world's first animal model for mature human B-cell lymphomas, a discovery that may lead to the uncovering of the genetic mutations that cause these types of cancer.

Coral reefs serve as records for reconstructing climate and storm patterns
A recent study of coral formations in different tropical locations will be used to help geologists reconstruct climate and storm patterns of the past and to learn more about reef preservation.

'Ping-Pong' mechanism seen in gene-controlling enzyme
An enzyme that plays a pivotal role in controlling genes in yeast acts through a more versatile mechanism than was previously thought to be the case.

DuPont, Sarnoff and Bell Labs to collaborate on developing advance technology for displays
As part of a federally-sponsored research and development initiative, DuPont and Sarnoff have agreed to develop new organic-thin film transistor (TFT) technology on plastic substrates for organic light emitting diode (OLEDs) displays.

The pay-to-print web book
When their book went out of print, two engineering experts decided to create a new version themselves - on the world wide web.

Using the ocean's living light shows to fight terrorism or track the planet's most massive migration
Today at the Oceans 2002 conference, HARBOR BRANCH bioluminescence expert Dr.
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