Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 06, 2003
First company founded on UCF biotechnology formed
A company founded on innovations in biotechnology at the University of Central Florida has secured venture funding to research the possibility of growing therapeutic drugs in common plants like tobacco.

Airbag to keep windsurfer safe on 8000 km voyage
Extreme sports adventurer Raphaƫla Le Gouvello is about to windsurf 8000 km across the Pacific Ocean - from Peru to Tahiti in 80 days.

Gel put springiness back into old lenses
A neat fix for ageing eyes could be tested in humans next year.

HRT fails to stall atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women with pre-existing coronary artery lesions
A daily dose of estrogen, whether given alone or with progestin, failed to keep arteries with pre-existing lesions from narrowing further, according to results of a randomized, controlled trial in postmenopausal women led by investigators at the University of Southern California.

Name that tune
University of Chicago researchers are peering inside the minds of European starlings to find out how they recognize songs and in the process are providing insights into how the brain learns, recognizes and remembers complex sounds at the cellular level.

ESA fund to give students hands-on experience of International Space Station and space
28 August will be an important day for ESA: not only will the SMART-1 spacecraft be launched into space heading for the Moon, but a launch of a different kind will take place at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.

UGA research describes mental health among Guatemalan refugees 20 years after Civil War
Twenty years after the 36-year long civil conflict in Guatemala, a University of Georgia-led research team found many refugees in Mexico still suffering from a variety of mental illnesses including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Mayo Clinic to host clinical research conference
Mayo Alliance for Clinical Trials will host

Early hominids may have behaved more 'human' than we had thought
Our earliest ancestors probably behaved in a much more

Anxiety hits women harder after heart attack
A heart attack can make anyone anxious, but women experience greater anxiety than men do after heart attacks, a pattern that is consistent across four continents, a new study notes.

Controlling body size by regulating the number of cells
Why are elephants bigger than mice? The main reason is that mice have fewer cells.

Health food store recommendations could be bad for your health
Patients with breast cancer may be put at risk if they follow misleading advice from health food store employees.

Professorial Fellowships announced
With the appointment of nine Professorial Fellowships, the ESRC announces today its new scheme that enables some of the UK's best social scientists to research unconstrained by administration and teaching.

Fast-acting ebola vaccine protects monkeys
A single shot of a fast-acting, experimental Ebola vaccine successfully protects monkeys from the deadly virus after only one month.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2003
Story tips include: Stopping bullets cold (military); super bomb sniffer (sensors); less sulfur, cleaner air (environment); watching over a healthy stream (environment); and PASS passes DOE test (preparedness).

Unusual UNC research confirms drivers face multiple distractions
While yacking on cell phones sparks most of the criticism and news stories nowadays, drivers also experience a host of other distractions that steal their attention from the road ahead, new research concludes.

NASA working to take the guesswork out of long-term drought prediction
It's tricky, this weather business -- predicting drought, floods, rain or snow, especially months in advance.

Piracy threatens digitised art
A scheme to digitise famous paintings that was unveiled at the National Gallery in London last week may be placing the collection at risk of digital piracy.

Nearly 3.2 million American women 50 and older suffer from debilitating dry eye syndrome
Nearly 3.2 million American women age 50 and older suffer from dry eye syndrome, a painful, debilitating eye disease, according to an epidemiological study by scientists from Schepens Eye Research Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Most Canadian hospitals below recommended standards
A national survey by a medical researcher at Queen's University - conducted prior to last spring's deadly SARS outbreak in Toronto - shows that as many as 80 per cent of hospitals across Canada fall seriously short in preventing patients from getting hospital infections.

Scientists formulate a heat wave survival guide
Scientists from Imperial College London have found a simple solution to city dwellers' despair as temperatures soar during summer heat waves.

Envisat focuses on carbon-rich peat swamp forest fires
Multiple sensors on ESA's Envisat environmental satellite have been used to peer beneath a vast pall of smoke above tropical Borneo and detect fire hotspots - known to add millions of tons of harmful greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
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