Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 11, 2003
International astronomy conference opens Tuesday 15 July in Sydney, Australia
Two thousand astronomers from 65 countries will converge on the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in Sydney next week for the 25th triennial General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

UC Riverside professor is fellow of the National Humanities Center
Thomas Cogswell, a professor of history at UC Riverside, will spend the coming academic year in North Carolina as one of 41 scholars appointed as Fellows of the National Humanities Center for 2003-2004.

'Unzipping' double helix to study protein-DNA interaction
Cornell University biophysicists are literally

Researchers search for cause of delayed sleep phase syndrome
Two new research studies to determine the cause of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), a serious sleep disorder thought to affect between 500,000 and several million Americans, are being undertaken by researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St.

A precursor of PSA detects more aggressive prostate cancer
An inactive precursor form of PSA, prostate specific antigen, may prove better than the current standard of testing at detecting prostate cancer and identifying more aggressive forms of the disease, according to a study presented today at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Rutgers geneticists redefine the nature of hybrid corn
Researchers at Rutgers' Waksman Institute of Microbiology have redefined the nature of heterosis or hybrid vigor, the phenomenon underlying corn's remarkable success.

Physics tip sheet #35
Highlights of this tip sheet include heartbeat analysis to predict mortality rate, a new type of superconductor, growing nanobubbles and clouds, and new research on carbon nanotube transistors suggesting that size doesn't matter.

Plant pathologists to discuss strategies for global crop protection at the APS Annual Meeting
Current international crop protection programs and the opportunities for additional strategic alliances in international research and development programs will be the focus of a symposium at the APS Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC on August 9-13, 2003.

Geoscience community outlines cooperative activities
The American Geological Institute recently convened the second annual Leadership Conference to discuss key issues affecting the future direction of the Earth sciences.

Ecological Society of America 88th annual meeting
Members of the media and freelance writers are invited to attend the joint meeting of the Ecological Society of America and the International Society for Ecological Modeling - North American Chapter in Savannah, Georgia August 3-8, 2003.

Astronomical X-ray bursters measured at Argonne
Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have precisely measured the masses of nuclear isotopes that exist for only fractions of a second or can only be produced in such tiny amounts as to be almost nonexistent in the laboratory.

Tracking protein patterns may cut biopsy rates for prostate cancer
An innovative technology based on analysis of protein patterns in blood samples may ultimately save thousands of men suspected of having prostate cancer from needless biopsies, according to data presented today at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug applied to skin lessens muscle soreness after exercise
Researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine have shown that a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug applied as a creme directly to the skin is safe and effective in lessening muscle soreness experienced 24 to 48 hours following exercise, when soreness reaches its peak.

Nickel, the environment and biodiversity in New Caledonia
This international symposium is organized by the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), the New Caledonian Institute of Agronomy (IAC-CIRAD) and the University of New Caledonia (UNC) in conjunction with the mining industry federation.

Galileo: Contracts for the first satellites
The contracts for the first Galileo satellites were signed on Friday 11 July at ESTEC, the European Space Agency's research and technology centre.

Researchers study interpersonal effects of hypochondriasis
Hypochondriasis, or excessive worry over one's health, is a psychiatric disorder that can affect every aspect of a person's life -- especially interpersonal relationships.

National open access archive for Germany
BioMed Central, the open access publisher, and the University of Potsdam have come together to create a new archive of open access research.

ASU law professor receives NIH grant
Gary Marchant, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Center for Law, Science and Technology at the College of Law at Arizona State University has been awarded a $500,000 grant over two years from the National Institutes of Health to analyze the legal, ethical and policy effects that sequencing the human genome will have on federal environmental policy and regulation.

UC Riverside's Derek Roff says global warming may threaten endangered species
In a perspective article entitled

Institutions and locations of scientific excellence
The largest proportion of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) grant approvals go to the regions of Berlin and Munich.

Researchers identify molecular signaling system that is crucial for plant fertility
A substance that functions as a neurotransmitter in humans also plays a crucial role in plants, guiding growth of the tube that transports sperm from a pollen grain on a flower's surface to the egg cells within a plant's ovules.

New opportunities for accelerating the conquest of human cancer
To describe how the genetics revolution -- and other scientific and policy-related issues - are presenting new opportunities to accelerate the conquest of cancer, Dr.

Physicists in Japan and US find new form of matter
A physics research collaboration based in Japan recently published scientific results demonstrating evidence for the existence of a five-quark state that many physicists felt could not exist. 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