Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 11, 2003
NCAR observing system finds high-level moisture with global implications
Hard-to-detect clouds and water vapor, hidden until now from most atmospheric sensors, could be helping to shape global climate.

New milestone for gene silencing
In 1997, Dr. Andrew Fire of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Dr.

School of Public Health awarded $30 million to develop and introduce pneumococcal vaccine
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and its financing arm, The Vaccine Fund, will award the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health $30 million dollars to accelerate the development and use of life-saving pneumococcal vaccines for children in the world's poorest countries.

ASM biodefense meeting scheduled for March 2003
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will host a scientific conference,

HIV-positive inmates say they frequently have unprotected sex before, after release
Inmates infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, engaged in unprotected sex both before imprisonment and after their release at

New study shows narcissism plus social rejection equals aggression
A new study by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of Georgia reveals that people with narcissistic personalities who experience social rejection are more aggressive than those who are not so self-absorbed, a finding that may help explain why some teens resort to violence while others do not.

48-wk resistance data comparing GW433908 boosted & unboosted with nelfinavir
Forty-eight-week data were presented today from two Phase III studies (NEAT and SOLO) of treatment-naïve patients with HIV infection, evaluating the resistance profile of the investigational protease inhibitor (PI) GW433908 (908) dosed twice a day (BID) or 908 boosted with the PI ritonavir (908/r) dosed once a day (QD) compared to the PI nelfinavir (NFV) BID.

NSF, science journal announce science visualization contest
The National Science Foundation and the journal Science are now accepting entries for the inaugural 2003 Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

Space camera blazes new terahertz trails
New imaging technology came to life when ESA's StarTiger team captured the world's first terahertz picture of a human hand.New imaging technology came to life when ESA's StarTiger team captured the world's first terahertz picture of a human hand.

Exercise and imaging tests predict heart events in high-risk families
Combining an exercise stress test with an image of blood flow through the heart may be an effective method to predict and prevent heart attacks and other events among adult siblings of heart disease patients, a Johns Hopkins study has found.

Genetic 'signature' linked to severe lupus symptoms
A team of scientists supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and other parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the private sector, have discovered a genetic

Cognitive abilities increase significantly with time in most prematurely born children
Many studies have found that children born prematurely with very low birthweight have an increased risk of many neurological problems, including cognitive handicaps.

UNC ecologists find floodplains particularly vulnerable to invasion by exotic plant species
One might think that because they are irregularly drowned and flushed with water, floodplains -- despite their fertility -- would contain fewer plant species than more protected upland areas.

OHSU management expert details how leaders can maintain integrity in the workplace
Slippery accounting, shady business deals, excessive salaries for corporate executives, and increased public scrutiny.

EFFEXOR® XR approved for the treatment of social anxiety disorder
Wyeth (NYSE:WYE) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EFFEXOR® XR (venlafaxine HCl) for the treatment of patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD), which may affect up to 13 percent of Americans at some point in their lives.

A decade later, gene discovered by Temple researchers found to be multi-functional
In the decade since its discovery by Temple University researchers in 1992, the gene cdk9 has proven to be multi-functional, with the discovery of its important roles in cell differentiation, HIV transcription, and tumorigenesis.

AGU journals highlights - 11 February 2003
Icebergs may have caused a dip in the North Atlantic Oscillation.

NASA discusses future space mission
A NASA official and a U.S. Congressman will visit the University of Michigan College of Engineering on Friday, Feb.

Anti-bacterial spice that kills food germs on agenda for ACS meeting in New Orleans
An antibacterial

Falling prey to machines
It's coming, but when? From Garry Kasparov to Michael Crichton, both fact and fiction are converging on a showdown between man and machine.

Pacemaker therapy halves heart failure deaths
Using specialized pacemakers to recharge the weakened hearts of heart failure patients can halve the death rate from the disease and reduce hospitalizations by nearly a third, a Johns Hopkins study has found.

Nabi Biopharm's nicotine vaccine
Nabi Biopharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: NABI) today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S.

Workshop prepares robotics researchers to participate in emergency response training
A platoon of robotics researchers, usually more comfortable with laptops and lab equipment, will don hard hats and steel-toed boots at a one-day workshop to prepare them to work in the field with professional emergency response teams.

Caregiving raises risk of heart disease in women
Women who spend nine or more hours a week caring for an ill or disabled spouse have an increased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study. 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