Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 04, 2003
The Rett Syndrome Research Foundation commits $1.3 million for 2003 research awards
The Rett Syndrome Research Foundation (RSRF) has awarded $1.3 million to fund 13 cutting edge projects seeking improved understanding of this debilitating neurological disorder diagnosed almost exclusively in little girls.

Green tea's cancer-fighting allure becomes more potent
Green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists suspected, say researchers who have discovered that chemicals in green tea shut down one of the key molecules that tobacco relies upon to cause cancer.

Another global warming surprise: Grasslands may become wetter as temperatures rise
Grassland ecosystems could become wetter as a result of global warming, according to a new study by researchers from Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Hot spots on Mars give hunt for life new target
Giant hollow towers of ice formed by steaming volcanic vents on Ross Island, Antarctica are providing clues about where to hunt for life on Mars.

Women most effective leaders for today's world
A question that has consumed both academic and popular writers is whether men and women have the same leadership abilities.

Carnegie Mellon partners with Pitt to host Bone Symposium
More than 150 of the world's medical elite will come to Pittsburgh August 20-23 at the Sheraton Station Sqaure Hotel to showcase and discuss some of the latest technologies used in wound healing and tissues engineering developed to improve patient care.

Pandora's box of pathogens
The symposium,

UCF student receives $10,000 prize for semiconductor laser research
The Optical Society of America has named University of Central Florida student Michael Mielke the grand prize winner of the 2003 OSA New Focus Student Award for outstanding achievements in semiconductor laser research.

Inside the Glacier fire
A mobile Doppler radar tracking the twists and turns of air billowing around a wildland fire in Montana has gathered data that will shed light on fire dynamics and could help improve forecasting of these intense blazes and their weather impacts.

World's largest robotic telescope ready for action!
The Liverpool Telescope, the world's largest fully robotic telescope, has snapped its first images of the heavens this week.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study shows retinoids kill childhood brain tumor cells
A study led by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that retinoids killed cancer cells from medulloblastoma tumors that had been surgically removed from patients as well as tumors that had been grafted onto mice.

Down on the farm
Human populations depend upon agriculture for food, fiber and forage to feed livestock.

Purdue Research Park company makes melt-in-your-mouth meds
A Purdue Research Park startup company is ready to market a new drug-delivery technology that will make it easier for people to take medicines in pill form.

CryoSat takes significant step towards final completion
CryoSat, the first Earth Explorer mission within ESA's Living Planet Programme, is now entering the final phase of assembly prior to its scheduled launch next year.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, August 5, 2003
Highlights from the August 5 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine include

Gene mutation found for eye disease that mimics macular degeneration
A gene mutation discovered in a family whose members have an eye disease that looks like age-related macular degeneration, but is inherited by an exceptionally high number of relatives, may help researchers learn more about the molecular basis of AMD.

Grant funds research to develop tissue-engineered solutions for heart disease
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a grant of nearly $5 million to the University of Pittsburgh's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine to fund research aimed at developing unique tissue-engineered solutions for heart disease.

How a little bit of cold can kill a big manatee, and what it might mean for the species
Why water cooled to just 68 degrees Fahrenheit can kill massive Florida manatees has always been a mystery.

Mouse studies reveal immune mechanism involved in bone loss caused by estrogen deficiency
Scientists have uncovered in mice a key mechanism of the immune system involved in the bone loss that results from estrogen deficiency.

Living together before marriage: Now common but still risky
Even though more than half of couples now do it, compared with only 10 percent 30 years ago, living together before marriage still is linked to higher rates of troubled unions, divorce and separation, Penn State researchers have found.

Discoveries made about cellular reaction processes from ancient life
Researchers in Robert H. White's group at Virginia Tech discovered two enzymes that may predate the cell's use of ribosome to build proteins.

Rice and Notre Dame to conduct first panel study of religion and ethnicity
Researchers will study the same adults throughout their lives to monitor how and why their religious beliefs change over time.
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