Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 16, 2003
Small protein helps special RNA make repairs
Fatal errors sometimes occur in messenger RNA, the blueprint for proteins.

L'Oréal USA launches new science fellowship program
L'Oréal USA will award 5 annual fellowships to young women who are graduate students or post doctoral researchers in the natural sciences, engineering, computer science and mathematics.

Bucket with two ears catches DNA
Dutch PhD student Cathelijne Kloks has discovered that the so-called Cold Shock domain of the human YB-1 protein looks like a bucket with two extra ears.

Diamond layer makes steel rock hard
Dutch chemist Ivan Buijnsters from the University of Nijmegen has successfully produced a diamond layer on a steel substrate.

Greater transparency for clinical trials
Current Controlled Trials Ltd today announced the launch of the International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN) Register.

How councillors can satisfy their voters
London councillors can make their voters happier within their existing budgets.

Some success seen with depression treatment by phone
Phone calls can help primary care doctors and nurses deliver follow-up care to patients who are depressed, a new study suggests.

NIEHS, NTP director receives honorary doctorate
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., will be presented the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Rochester May 18 at commencement ceremonies in Rochester, NY.

NSF-funded scientists study climate change factors at North Pole environmental observatory
The Arctic Ocean circulation and the flowing of waters from the Arctic into the Greenland Sea affect the deep overturning circulation of the Atlantic Ocean and play an important role in regulating the Earth's climate.

Legislation for the anonymous use of the Internet
In the book 'Digital Anonymity and the Law - Tensions and Dimensions', Dutch professor Corien Prins states that the further development of the Internet requires a good balance between anonymity and the possibility to identify users.

Anti-angiogenesis news backgrounder
With cancer, it's all about the body's bounty of blood.

NSF researchers present digital solutions to government challenges
Wireless disaster response, city-sized simulations, computerized legal advice, a law enforcement data-mining tool and wearable database uplinks are among the technologies to be demonstrated at dg.o2003, the annual conference of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Digital Government program.

Student-invented device eases installation of child car safety seats
Three Johns Hopkins University undergraduates have invented a low-tech tool that makes it much easier to properly install child safety seats in automobiles, ensuring a snug fit and maximum protection for the child.

Combined effect of proteins saves lives in cases of pneumonia
An effective host defence to the most prevalent form of pneumonia is only obtained if two proteins combine their forces.

EMBO rewards communicative scientist 5 000 euros
This year's deadline to apply for the EMBO communication award is August 31st.

Chemists create unusual lariat RNA, a key intermediate in biological splicing
The production of lariat RNAs is a key step in biological splicing.

Abstract dance moves young children
Abstract dance performances have been found to enthral children. Furthermore, ten-year-olds used their imagination to interpret abstract dance.

Research casts doubt on the value of Scots' apprenticeship scheme
The Modern Apprenticeship scheme in Scotland is fundamentally flawed, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Conference considers compensating organ donors
Monetary incentives offered to living donors could increase the supply of organs for transplant sufficiently to eliminate the long queues in the organ market without significantly raising the total cost of a transplant.
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