Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 22, 2002
Wildlife researcher captures jaguars with camera
A Virginia Tech researcher uses infrared remotely triggered cameras to photograph jaguars.

Miniature implantable sensor likely lifesaver for patients
Using a tiny wireless sensor developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, doctors will know in minutes instead of hours if an organ is getting adequate blood flow after transplant or reconstructive surgery.

Variation in gynaecological procedure suggests surgery is unnecessary
The most common minor surgical procedure in gynaecological practice may be performed unnecessarily, as evidenced by the large variation across regions, says a University of Alberta researcher.

HIV prevention efforts have curbed the US AIDS epidemic
If not for HIV prevention efforts, it is likely that the number of additional individuals infected with HIV in the United States would be equivalent to the population of a moderate-sized to large city, according to Emory University research.

Darwin Correspondence project receives Queen's Anniversary Prize
The Darwin Correspondence Project, which is publishing the more than 14,500 letters written and received by Charles Darwin throughout his life, has received a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, recognizing the project's outstanding contribution the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social life of the nation.

New mammal species identified in Australia
Biologist Dr. David Lindenmayer of Australian National University has discovered that the mountain brushtail possum, an arboreal marsupial mammal of Victoria's wet forests, is actually made up of two species.

Discoverer of how atom's nucleus works named to new professorship
Fred Gluck, best known for his performance at the helm of McKinsey & Company, has given $1 million to endow the chair of the director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara.

Majority of US adults have some health problems
The total package of good physical and mental health is elusive for most American adults, according to new research.

Researchers identify cause of aggressive childhood cancer
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have generated a mouse model of a new type of tumor suppressor gene that triggers malignant rhabdoid tumors, rapidly advancing cancers that affect children.

Blowing up diseased lungs could save lives
Patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) rely on mechanical ventilation to breathe, however routine suctioning to remove debris that may be blocking their airways can cause lung tissue to collapse.
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