Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 07, 2003
Family history has limited predictive value for asthma risk
Although a family history of asthma is associated with increased risk of asthma in children, family history does not successfully predict enough cases of childhood asthma to be a useful tool in guiding widespread environmental prevention efforts, a new study concludes.

Computer automation software speeds brain research
The mind works in mysterious ways, and one Rensselaer researcher and his colleagues have created a computer automation tool to help solve those mysteries, speed understanding of how the brain develops, delve more deeply into brain function at the cellular level, and make more reliable conclusions.

EMBO to coordinate EU funded project to support science teachers
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announces the signing of a contract for EURO 710.000 with the European Commission to coordinate a project under the title

Gene loss creates age- and gender-dependent cancer syndrome in mice
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have discovered that loss of a gene already implicated in human cancers also leads to age- and gender-linked cancers in mice.

SLAC scientists help set data transfer speed record
SLAC is part of an international team recently awarded a certified data transfer speed record by the Internet2 consortium.

New drug targets cancer cells
Researchers at the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are, for the first time in human clinical trials, using a new drug designed to sensitize cancer cells for destruction.

Court of appeals dismisses allegations against APA, others
The American Psychiatric Association today announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed a lower court's prior dismissal of allegations against APA in a class action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy between APA, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals to increase the sales of Ritalin.

Mount Holyoke College series examines advances in human reproductive technologies
This series will bring together leading scientists, ethicists, legal experts, science writers, and artists for discussions about existing and emerging human reproductive technologies.

Ground temperature aids in measuring water levels
Research in Vadose Zone Journal, published by the Soil Science Society of America, describes using temperature to measure how fast water moves from the ground surface to the water table.

Extreme ulraviolet lithography
The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer has granted the Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL) project an Excellency in Technology Transfer award for technology that will lead to microprocessors that are tens of times faster than today's most powerful chips.

AstraZeneca seeks mania indication for Seroquel in Europe
AstraZeneca announced today that it has submitted an application to the 14 European Member States involved in the Mutual Recognition Procedure for Seroquel (quetiapine) to be granted a licence for the treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness).

A different kind of spin cycle
As part of the Department of the Navy's continuing efforts to streamline its business practices, the Office of Naval Research's Commercial Technology Transition Officer conducted a technology transition

First-ever conference on depression in college students to be held March 6-7 in Michigan
The nation's first major conference focused on depression in college students will be held March 6 and 7 at the University of Michigan.

Thousands of students to experience Public Science Day at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature
On 13 February, renowned education advocate Dr. Shirley Malcom of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will join more than 1,000 Denver grade-schoolers for Public Science Day, thus launching the annual meeting of the world's largest federation of scientists.

International experts to present at Plant Genetics 2003
The American Society of Plant Biologists has invited more than 20 international experts to speak during seven scientific symposia at its first specialist conference: Plant Genetics 2003, Mechanisms of Genetic Variation.

Low amniotic fluid no risk to normal birth
Doctors may not have to deliver a baby early if it has low amniotic fluid surrounding it, Johns Hopkins obstetricians report.

UC Riverside scientists synthesize new porous materials
UC Riverside scientists have synthesized a large family of semiconducting porous materials that have an unprecedented and diverse chemical composition.

Carnegie Mellon University receives NASA award to develop probes to detect life on Mars
Carnegie Mellon University's Alan Waggoner has received a NASA grant to develop fluorescent-dye-based systems for remote operations to detect life on Mars and in other hostile environments. 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