Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 17, 2003
Chocolate treats for the heart
Happy Valentine's Day! Research suggests that chocolate may have some redeeming health features.

Saint Louis University researchers make breakthrough towards solving the cause of cancer development
Results published today in the journal Molecular Cell by Ali Shilatifard, Ph.D., and colleagues show for the first time how a protein known to be involved in the development of cancer functions in normal cells.

Ant agriculture: 50 million years of success
Fungus-growing ants practice agriculture and have been doing so for the past 50 million years according to research published in the Jan.

Evolving slower gets you the bigger piece of the pie
Evolutionary biologists have long believed that evolving faster, adapting better, and learning more quickly should always be beneficial for a species.

Patient simulator will enhance training for medical emergencies in space
A lifelike mannequin will teach astronauts, flight surgeons and other mission personnel how to effectively manage medical emergencies in space.

Longest ice cores retrieved from Canadian Yukon
In their quest to understand what drives the climate of North America, a team of U.S., Canadian and Japanese scientists is studying ice cores collected from the highest mountain range in Canada.

Major technical advance in astronomy improves diagnosis of eye diseases
A major technical advance in astronomy is making it possible for scientists at Indiana University to see individual living cells of the human retina clearly for the first time.

UAF Institute of Arctic Biology researcher featured in Science
Daniel Mann, a researcher at UAF's Institute of Arctic Biology, was invited by the journal

Researchers identify protein that kills cancer cells
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a protein called cytidine uridine guanosine binding protein-2 (CUGBP2) can destroy several different types of cancer cells.

Scripps scientists discover rich medical drug resource in deep ocean sediments
Although the oceans cover 70 percent of the planet's surface, much of their biomedical potential has gone largely unexplored.

Researchers find a genetic connection in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center have found evidence supporting a relationship between SIDS and the 5-HTT gene in both African-Americans and Caucasians.

Prescott Prize to Diane and Mark Littler
The Phycological Society of America (PSA), a scientific society that promotes the study of algae, will present its 2002 Prescott Prize to Diane Littler, Research Associate, and Mark Littler, Senior Scientist, of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Department of Systematic Biology, for their book Caribbean Reef Plants: An Identification Guide to the Reef Plants of the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and Gulf of Mexico.

Influences on quality of life in early old age
A golden early old age is within sight for many people, says new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which demonstrates that the good life is much less influenced by your past - the job your father had, for instance - than by the present, when two of the most important influences are having choices about working or not working, and having friends in whom you can confide.

The sporting engineer: How science can train better athletes
Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.

From slime to saviors: Sorting out the fungal family tree
We've called them scum, lifesavers, and even hors d'oeuvres, but only since 1995 has anyone called fungi 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