Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 08, 2003
TSRI professor named industry pioneer in one of the top ten technologies that will change future
The Scripps Research Institute today announced that Professor James Paulson, Ph.D., has been chosen as a global leader in the field of glycomics by Technology Review, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's magazine of innovation.

Astronomers identify new type of star
Astronomers Steve B. Howell of the University of California, Riverside and Tom Harrison of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, announced today at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Seattle, Wash., that they have confirmed the existence of a new variety of stellar end-product.

Ways to reduce death in schools focus of National Center for Early Defibrillation forum
To help reduce the mortality of sudden cardiac arrest in school athletes and adults, the National Center for Early Defibrillation is hosting an issues forum,

Scientists find first active 'jumping genes' in rice
University of Georgia researchers studying rice genomes under a National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program award have identified the species' first active DNA transposons, or

Digital sky survey shedding light on faint Milky Way stars
Tools such as the Hubble telescope let astronomers peer deep into space, but the special-purpose Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope in New Mexico is shedding more light on our celestial neighborhood.

Moon's early history may have been interrupted by big burp, geophysicists claim
Modeling the cooling of the moon from its molten state some 4.5 billion years ago, UC Berkeley geophysicists have come up with a surprising explanation for several lunar mysteries.

Chemicals used to protect soldiers in 1991 Gulf War can damage testes, animal studies show
A combination of chemicals given to protect Gulf War soldiers against deadly diseases and nerve gas may have inadvertently damaged their testes and sperm production, according to animal experiments at Duke University Medical Center.

$24-million grant funds local researchers to create encyclopedia of the innate immune system
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded a multi-year, $24-million grant to a group of researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, Washington, and The Rockefeller University in New York, New York.

Awards allow researcher to read between the ancient lines
University of Cincinnati Professor of Classics William Johnson wants to discover more about how the ancients read and the reasons why they read the way they did.

'Behind The Gas Pump' conference at UH explores America's dependence on Middle East oil
What is the price of Middle Eastern oil - not in dollars, but in the impact on U.S. policies and principles?

Study finds frequent consumption of alcohol linked to lower risk of heart attack in men
Daily or near-daily servings of beer, wine or spirits may help protect men from heart attacks according to the results of a large, long-term study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Rising numbers of patients seeing non-physician clinicians, study finds
In the decade between 1987 and 1997, the proportion of patients in the United States who visited non-physician clinicians rose from 30 percent to 36 percent, says a new study by an Emory University health policy professor and colleagues.

UGA researcher comments on her team's discovery of the first 'jumping genes' in rice
University of Georgia researchers studying rice genomes, under a National Science Foundation Plant Genome award, have identified the species' first active DNA transposons or

Ohio State researchers team up for NASA satellite
Antarctica's McMurdo Station may be about as far from the beaches of Ocean City, MD, as anyone could get.

American Thoracic Society announces first Research Career Development Awards
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has named two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinician-scientists as the first recipients of its newly created Research Career Development Awards.

UNC studies target molecular defects implicated in cancer, genetic diseases
In three separate studies, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown that it is possible to correct defective molecular splicing pathways that would otherwise contribute to cancer, genetic diseases and possibly other disorders.

Frequency of light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease risk in men
A 12-year study of 38,077 male health professionals found that men who drank alcohol three or more days per week had a reduced risk of heart attack compared with men who drank less frequently.

Ramifications of research on society are focus of Science-in-Society awards
The frontiers of human reproduction, the search for an AIDS vaccine, evolution, the challenge of obesity, engineering feats, the perils of e-junk, and a personal search for one reporter's genetic roots are the subjects of this year's best reporting on how science impacts society, as reflected in the 2002 Science-in-Society awards of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).

Hundreds of thousands in poverty with drug-resistant TB could be saved with community care model
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis no longer must be considered a death sentence for infected individuals living in resource-poor nations, according to a study by a consortium of researchers led by Harvard Medical School.

When self-image takes a blow, many turn to television as a distraction
Whether you fancy yourself a jet-setting sophisticate or a down-to-earth outdoorsy type, a fast-track corporate star or an all-around nice guy, new research from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that you probably tune out information that challenges your self-image by tuning in to television.

Black holes form first, galaxies follow
A study at Ohio State University has uncovered more evidence that black holes form before the galaxies that contain them.

Polar bear headed for extinction, says University of Alberta scientist
Unless the pace of global warming is abated, polar bears could disappear within 100 years, says a University of Alberta expert in Arctic ecosystems.

Colorado researchers find stellar cocoons in surprisingly harsh environment
Astronomers from University of Colorado at Boulder have discovered what they believe to be dozens of potential stellar cocoons within a giant star-forming region that may harbor disks of dust and gas that could one day form planetary systems.

University-NGO partnership announces seven research-and-action projects for developing countries
LEAD International and Imperial College London today announce seven new research-and-action project proposals to address critical problems in water and sanitation, energy, healthcare, agriculture and biodiversity in the developing world.

The hard work of vigilance can improve on cue
For a fighter pilot, flagging attention could bring crashing consequences.

Rising cost of cigarettes may help smokers honor new year's resolution to quit
More than ever, a significant number of Americans resolved to ring in a smoke-free New Year when the clock struck midnight on December 31st. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to