Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 26, 2003
Scientists: Cloak of human proteins gets HIV into cells
Three Johns Hopkins researchers propose, for the first time, that HIV and other retroviruses can use a Trojan horse style of infection, taking advantage of a cloak of human proteins to sneak into cells.

Dental procedure may reduce risk of premature birth
A non-surgical dental procedure may reduce the risk of preterm birth in pregnant women with periodontal disease, according to new study findings.

Laboratory 'theme park' re-creates RNA world for study
People love theme parks, giant playgrounds that usually offer patchwork renditions of either an evocative historical moment or a particular future vision.

Energy companies, conservation groups issue biodiversity recommendations for oil & gas development
The Energy and Biodiversity Initiative (EBI), a partnership of four energy companies and five conservation organizations, released its collaborative report,

Schwab foundation names Victoria Hale a social entrepreneur for 2004
Victoria Hale, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of the Institute for OneWorld Health, San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A., has been selected as one of 10 of the world's most

UCLA receives NSF award for plasma research
UCLA researchers have received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award from the National Science Foundation to build a 256-node, 512-processor computer cluster to advance research and education in broad and diverse areas of Plasma Science.

Patients with atrial fibrillation undertreated for stroke risk
A study published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests new guidelines for determining a patient's risk of having a stroke or dying after being newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm problem affecting more than two million Americans.

Progeria: Facing old age is hard - facing it during childhood is unthinkable
An in-depth and moving documentary on Fleur Tobutt, a 19-month-old baby who suffers from the degenerative disease, Progeria.

Forest preservation work turns to Carolina hemlock
Since its founding, CAMCORE has worked with 38 different forest species, and collected seed in nearly 400 locations and from more than 10,000 trees.

Wireless technology may help doctors treat patients
Wireless technology may put doctors who don't rely on desktop computers and paper charts in a better position to treat their patients.

Nuna II ready for its debut
On 19 October 50 racing cars will be in Darwin, Australia warming up for the start of the 7th World Solar Challenge.

Less invasive kidney transplant technique spurring donations
In keeping with a national trend, surgeons at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, say a less invasive approach to removing a kidney from a living donor is prompting more people to give one of their kidneys to someone in need of a transplant.

Wireless workshop examines trends
What's new in wireless communication research, system deployment, and applications?

NSF invites science journalists to conference
Science journalists are invited to attend a National Science Foundation (NSF) Principal Investigator's meeting for researchers exploring the links between biocomplexity and the environment.

Assessing and repairing roads and pavements
A new kind of software toolbox can help municipalities assess damage in roads and pavements and find the most cost effective means to repair or replace.

New tool for weather forecasters
A new processing system now operational in ESA ground stations will help weather forecasters to benefit once more from unique all-weather data from the ERS-2 scatterometer.

Audience pick: Older violin, sweeter music?
Call it a reality concert. There's a highfalutin $4 million 1720 Rochester Stradivarius violin that some would tell you can not be beat.

Lupus Today: Research into Action
National leaders in lupus research will gather to discuss the latest scientific discoveries about this autoimmune disease and what they mean for the current and future management of lupus.

Coronary artery calcium can be a warning sign of fatal cardiac event
The amount of calcium accumulated in the coronary arteries can help predict whether an individual with no symptoms of heart disease will suffer a fatal event within five years, according to a large, multi-center study appearing in the September issue of the journal Radiology.

Visionaries who pioneered modern cataract surgery to present at AAO's Annual Meeting
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association, invites its members to attend a free retrospective spotlight session titled

First relapsing fever outbreak in Montana identified
A 2002 outbreak of tick-borne relapsing fever in Montana--the first confirmation of relapsing fever in the state--has led to the discovery of a bacterium and species of tick not known previously to exist in Montana.

New software eliminates boredom between sports plays
The play starts, the quarterback passes deep for a gain of 30 yards, and....

A cloud-free Europe captured by MSG-1
As most Europeans breathe a sigh of relief as this record-breaking summer draws to a close, the extreme weather conditions experienced in recent weeks have given us a rare view of an almost cloud-free Europe, taken by Europe's weather satellite MSG-1, launched a year ago this week.

New digital technique improves mammography results
Radiologists are experimenting with contrast digital mammography to better diagnose cancer in dense breasts, according to a study appearing in the September issue of the journal Radiology.

2003 Medicine for the Public
The 2003 Medicine for the Public event, sponsored by the NIH Clinical Center, will take place September 16-October 28.

Children with sickle cell anemia often don't receive antibiotics to prevent deadly infections
Children in two states only got enough antibiotics for 41 percent of the year.

New navigation tool offers a virtual world for the blind
Innovative students and professors at the University of Rochester have created a navigational assistant that can help inform a visually impaired person of his whereabouts, or even bring new dimensions to museum navigation or campus tours for sighted individuals.

PNNL supercomputer fastest open system in U.S.
The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is now home to the United States' fastest operational unclassified supercomputer - an 11.8 teraflops HP Integrity system. 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