Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 29, 2003
Newly discovered cellular process helps cells respond to DNA damage
Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered a novel biochemical process that plays a critical role in helping cells in the body respond to DNA damage, such as that caused by exposure to radiation, environmental toxins or free radicals.

New study shows tea extract protects skin
Scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University have proven that ingredients in white tea are effective in boosting the immune function of skin cells and protecting them against the damaging effects of the sun.

An automated observation system to analyse the behaviour of laboratory rodents
An automatic observation tool that helps researchers record and classify the behaviour of laboratory rats to speed the development of new drugs.

Young Scholars Social Science Summit
Five social scientists from psychology, economics, demography, anthropology and geography will discuss the topic of refugees to demonstrate to high school students how each discipline contributes to solving important human problems.

Clean air act reduces acid rain: UMaine research shows recovery in New England elusive
The federal Clean Air Act of 1990 appears to be successful in reducing two major types of air pollutants that contribute to acid rain, and signs of recovery are beginning to occur in lakes and streams in the Midwest and East, according to a report from the U.S.

Regeneration Technologies introduces advancements at AAOS
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting will be held February 5-7, 2003 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Ocean surface saltiness influences El NiƱo forecasts
NASA sponsored scientists have discovered by knowing the salt content of the ocean's surface, they may be able to improve the ability to predict El Nino events.

NASA joins snow study over the sea of Japan
NASA and two Japanese government agencies are collaborating on a snowfall study over Wakasa Bay, Japan.

Rice University announces nanotechnology research agreement with IBM
Rice University today announced a research agreement with IBM that will provide nanotechnology researchers at Rice's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) with a supercomputer powerful enough to decipher the quantum phenomena of carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials.

Webcast of NSF Director Rita Colwell's Chafee Memorial Lecture
National Science Foundation Director Dr. Rita Colwell's presentation of the third John H.

New protocol speeds up Internet resource sharing
A Penn State researcher has developed a faster method for more efficient sharing of widely distributed Internet resources such as Web services, databases and high performance computers.

Surfactant curtails nanotube clumping in water, removing a major barrier to many applications
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have found that a readily available chemical disperses nanotubes in water with remarkable efficiency, a finding that may prove critical to the wider application of nanotubes.

Virginia Tech professor Marjorie Grene is the first woman in The Library of Living Philosophers
The Library of Living Philosophers has published The Philosophy of Marjorie Grene.

NIH study shows MRI provides faster, more accurate way to diagnose heart attacks
Advanced MRI technology can detect heart attack and unstable angina in emergency room patients with chest pain more accurately and faster than traditional methods - including electrocardiogram and blood enzyme tests -- according to new study results.

Antibodies critical for fighting West Nile Virus infection
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that immune cells called B cells and the antibodies they produce play a critical early role in defending the body against West Nile Virus.

Distant attraction
An article in Ecology Letters reports chemical stimulus from galls change plant morphology and physiology.

Vitamins C and E may enhance effectiveness of insulin for diabetes
Boosting insulin with vitamins C and E may improve the drug's effectiveness for treating diabetes.
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