Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 20, 2002
UC Riverside study suggests placentas can evolve in 750,000 years or less
UC Riverside biologists, David Reznick and Mark Springer, present in the journal SCIENCE a model system for studying the evolution of complex organs.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory names Distinguished Research and Engineering Fellows
John Krommes and Robert Parsells, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), are this year's PPPL Distinguished Research and Engineering Fellows, respectively.

Combination treatment shows promise for schizophrenia
Reporting in the January issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center researchers and colleagues have found that combining the anticonvulsant drug divalproex with either olanzapine or risperidone--two commonly used antipsychotic drugs--significantly enhanced and hastened responses in patients suffering from acute psychotic episodes of schizophrenia.

NSF program provides bandwidth to change how people teach, learn and explore
As the site of the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is one of the most important national centers for research in radio astronomy and planetary radar.

Acorda therapeutics receives NIH Phase 2 grant for central nervous system repair
Acorda Therapeutics has been awarded a two-year Phase 2 Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Researchers warn biotech advances could be misused by terrorists
The same scientific advances in biotechnology, genetics, and medicine that are intended to improve life could also be used to develop biological weapons.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's Kaye named APS Fellow
Stan Kaye, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), was recently named a Fellow by the American Physical Society (APS).

Media influences how we recall our dreams
In the 1950s, dream researchers commonly thought that people dreamt in black-and-white, although both earlier and later treatments of dreaming assert that dreams have color.

Archaeological dig resumes in Egypt -- and online
Armchair archaeologists can witness a dig at an ancient Egyptian temple from the comfort of their home computers.

Stem cells from whole adult bone marrow differentiated into central nervous system cells
Researchers have generated for the first time neural progenitor cells from whole adult bone marrow.

Cost of lavish Christmas lights display offset by simple measures
If you're wondering just how much your neighborhood Clark Griswold is paying to brighten the town with Christmas lights visible from outer space, the answer varies significantly from one part of the country to another.

Society of Nuclear Medicine hosts Mid-Winter Educational Meeting
The Society of Nuclear Medicine will open its annual Mid-Winter Educational Symposium on January 25-26, 2003, at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida.

Segregated neighborhoods lead to poor health
Location, location, location -- the real estate agent's mantra -- might hold the key to health for those who live in a racially segregated and impoverished neighborhood, a new study concludes.

President signs the National Science Foundation Reauthorization Act
In a White House ceremony today, President Bush signed into law H.R.
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