Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 10, 2003
Deepest wide-field colour image in the southern sky
The combined efforts of three European teams of astronomers, targeting the same sky field in the southern sky, have enabled them to construct a very deep, true-colour image, opening an exceptionally clear view towards the distant universe.

Psychoanalysts to convene winter 2003 meeting
The Winter 2003 Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City from January 21-26, 2003.

Whole-body 18F-FDG PET significantly impacts patient management/radiation therapy
Accurate tumor staging is essential in developing the appropriate treatment strategy for radiation therapy - including the determination of whether such therapy should be undertaken at all.

Research shows less income, education not always top factors in child obesity
Researchers have noticed for years that adolescents who came from higher-income families with more education tended to be less obese in the United States than comparable children from families with less money and less formal education.

Mayo Clinic research in mice finds new role for Interleukin-6
A Mayo Clinic investigation of Interleukin-6, a hormone inside cells often considered a

Tropical Science for the 21st Century
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), the perennial training organization for U.S. and Latin American tropical scientists, will host 200 plus scientists from throughout the world in three-day field-courses, banquet and one-day scientific symposium.

Soccer headgear fails in testing
Foam helmets and padded headbands do little to soften the impact of heading a soccer ball, according to a new study.

Wolf Prize shared by Texas A&M, Missouri researchers
Dr. Fuller W. Bazer, associate vice chancellor of agriculture and life sciences for the Texas A&M University System, has been awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize in Agriculture.

EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly - media advisory 1
For the first time ever, the leading European and American geoscience societies are holding a joint meeting: the 2003 EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly.

Separated before birth: Molecular signals part fetal blood and lymphatic vessels
As a fetus develops, endothelial cells of the growing circulatory system strike out on their own to form the lymphatic system.

Cancer therapy may offer lupus patients new hope
Researchers at Johns Hopkins report success in using high doses of the anti-cancer drug cyclophosphamide to treat patients with moderate and severe forms of lupus, a chronic and sometimes fatal autoimmune disease.

Individuals' medical costs rise with increasing obesity
Overweight and obese individuals incur up to $1,500 more in annual medical costs than healthy-weight individuals, according to a two-year study of nearly 200,000 employees of General Motors.

Mutation in DKC1 gene can cause rare aging disease and cancer
A rare genetic syndrome, Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC), may hold the key to understanding a mechanism that causes premature aging and cancer.

Rice develops nanosensor for precision chemical analysis
Nanotechnology researchers at Rice University have demonstrated the ability to precisely control the electromagnetic field around nanoparticles, opening the door for chemical screening techniques that could allow doctors, life scientists and chemists to routinely analyze samples as small as a single molecule.

Takeda Chemical Industries and Beth Israel Deaconess announce research agreement
Takeda Chemical Industries, LTD, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have signed a research agreement to investigate the molecular basis of diabetes and obesity.

HHS announces research plan to fight autoimmune diseases
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the release of a comprehensive research plan from HHS' National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fight autoimmune diseases, a collection of disorders including multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis that affect an estimated 14 to 22 million Americans.

For determining protein structures, a new method boosts precision and speed in high-dimensional NMR
A University at Buffalo chemist has developed a new, high-throughput method for obtaining nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data that not only has the distinction of potentially performing orders of magnitude faster than conventional methods, but does so more cheaply and with greater precision.

Integrity and Self-Deception in Corporate America
A forum (free and open to the public) on the current crisis of confidence in business,

Manufacturing, life science experiments begin new year aboard Space Station
A second round of petroleum and fuel research, and more study of the human body during long duration space missions, began during the past week aboard the International Space Station.

Gyms fall short of full accessibility for people with disabilities
A new study of 50 gyms and other exercise facilities in western Oregon concluded that none of the facilities were completely accessible to individuals with disabilities as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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