Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 27, 2003
July GSA BULLETIN highlights
The July issue of the Geological Society of America BULLETIN includes a number of potentially newsworthy items.

Moderate malnutrition kills millions of children needlessly
Very few children die of malnutrition, but the malnourished are up to 12 times more likely to die from preventable diseases, says Jean-Pierre Habicht of Cornell University; one of the child health researchers publishing a five-article

Resistance voices from WW2 throw new light on 21st Century terrorism
The memories of Polish migrants who resisted Nazism in France during World War Two have been recorded and analysed in ESRC-sponsored research which aims to throw new light on what draws people into modern- day terrorism.

Study gauges patient opinions in L.A. County
A new UCLA study - designed to help guide publicly funded health care in Los Angeles County - revealed high patient satisfaction ratings among L.A.

German catalog retailer Rhenania takes 1st place in new INFORMS marketing science competition
Winning in a competition whose finalists spanned three continents, the German catalog retailer Rhenania took first place in a new marketing competition that recognizes the synthesis of marketing theory and practice, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®) announced today.

Knowing risk factors can help identify elderly alcoholics for treatment
Less than half of alcoholics over 65 are diagnosed, a Penn State study has shown, because often the telltale signs of alcohol dependence are masked by patient denial and seeming good health.

Clear limits to a baby's view of the world
Young babies' views of the world are far more basic than many believe.

Male sex hormones cooperate with breast cancer gene to suppress tumors
BRCA-2, a gene linked with breast and ovarian cancer, cooperates with male sex hormones to enhance its ability to activate transcription of genes, which may suppress tumor formation in normal cells.

Student-built pill dispenser gives patient more independence
Four undergraduates designed and built a computer-guided pill dispensing machine that will enable a quadriplegic man to lead a more independent life.

Duke University statement on Supreme Court action in case involving academic research
A statement issued by David Jarmul, Duke's associate vice president of news and communications, on the U.S.

Minimal long-term effects of marijuana use found in central nervous system by UCSD researchers
An analysis of research studies with long-term, recreational users of marijuana has failed to reveal a substantial, systematic effect on the neurocognitive functioning of users.

Stanford researcher links life-saving benefits to traffic
Researchers from Stanford and the University of Toronto have found that receiving a traffic ticket reduces a driver's risk of dying in a crash by 35 percent.

19th century museum specimens help plan reintroduction of endangered tiger beetle
When conservation biologists decided to reintroduce the endangered tiger beetle in New England, they had to determine how many genetically distinct populations are involved, where they came from, and who their ancestors were.

US-EC Biotech Task Force keys on research, collaboration
On topics ranging from mutant mice for biomedicine to pathogens without passports, the U.S.-European Commission (EC) Task Force on Biotechnology Research this week heard the latest on research bridging the Atlantic.

July GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights
Topics include: new evidence from Brazil in support of the Snowball Earth hypothesis; glaciers on Mars that may record ancient Martian climate data; global changes during the Carboniferous-Permian glaciation that argue for global climate control mechanisms over local forcing factors; the relationship of iron seeding of the oceans to carbon dioxide depletion and glaciation; and a possible link between Earth's climate and celestial processes such as solar activity, supernovas, and spiral galaxies.

Academy of General Dentistry's 2003 Annual Meeting
Representatives of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality oral care, will meet in Nashville from July 16 though July 20, for their 2003 annual meeting.

The Italian-French interferometer Virgo will be inaugurated on July 23rd
On July 23rd in Cascina (Italy), the innovative Virgo gravitational-wave-detector will be inaugurated.

UCR entomologists honored for maintaining and enhancing nation's natural resources and environment
Entomologists Nick Toscano and Matthew Blua of the department of entomology at UC Riverside have been recognized for exemplary service and achievements by Agriculture Secretary Ann M.

Human stem cells improve movement in paralyzed rats
In the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins researchers report that injection of human stem cells into the fluid around the spinal cord of each of 15 paralyzed rats clearly improved the animals' ability to control their hind limbs -- but not at all in the way the scientists had expected.
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