Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 05, 2003
Neighborhood residence tied to mental health
A new study of an innovative federal housing program found that parents who moved to neighborhoods with low levels of poverty reported significantly less mental distress than parents who remained in high-poverty areas.

Cells' ability to live without oxygen give clues for treating major diseases
Some cells in the kidney can not only survive without sufficient oxygen, but actually begin stretching and multiplying to make up for their fallen brethren, says a Medical College of Georgia researcher.

UC Riverside study indicates mosquito coils may cause cancer
The mosquito coil made in some Asian countries that people often use to ward off mosquitoes may be releasing cancer-causing smoke, UC Riverside entomologists Bob Krieger, Travis Dinoff, and Xiaofei Zhang report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute central to Regional Center of Excellence
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech will serve as the genomics and bioinformatics core for the 15-university collaboration led by the University of Maryland.

Watching social behaviour evolve
The evolution of bacterial cooperation has been observed first-hand by Max Planck scientists in the laboratory.

Dutch diet contains too little folic acid
The average Dutch person consumes about 85% of the recommended daily intake of folic acid.

Scripps Nierenberg Prize awarded to renowned marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco
The third annual award honoring the memory of William A.

UCSD engineers win student chip-design prize
A UCSD student and his advisors took 2nd place in the most prestigious student chip-design contest, for technology to reduce power consumption in 3G cell phone transmitters.

Advertising age
Although direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription medicines is prohibited in Canada, it is nonetheless pervasive in this country, partly owing to the influence of the US media.

Exploring oil rigs and an ancient shoreline in the Gulf Of Mexico for new disease cures
On Sept. 8, HARBOR BRANCH researchers will embark on a mission to explore deep-sea sites in the Gulf of Mexico, including abandoned oil rigs and an ancient shoreline.

Nanotubes surprise again: Ideal photon emission
Carbon nanotubes, recently created cylinders of tightly bonded carbon atoms, have dazzled scientists and engineers with their seemingly endless list of special abilities--from incredible tensile strength to revolutionizing computer chips.

One use every seven years makes automated external defibrillators a good buy
Researchers at the University of Iowa and University of Michigan evaluated the value -- in terms of saving lives and the necessary costs to rescue people with cardiac arrest -- of installing automated external defibrillators in various public locations.

New study aims to prevent heart disease in pediatric lupus patients
Researchers from Duke University Medical Center will study the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent heart disease in pediatric patients with lupus erythematosus.

Smoking linked to osteoporosis in women
Smoking appears to be the most important lifestyle risk factor for bone loss in older women, a new Australian twin study has found.

UGA receives $6.7 M grant that will add knowledge in fights against cancer, Parkinson's disease
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a five-year grant of $6.7 million to a team headed by scientists at the University of Georgia for research that could eventually help in the treatment of certain kinds of cancer and Parkinson's Disease.

Could rice be the source for a natural herbicide?
The growth of rice is of great agricultural importance but it is affected by the common weed, barnyardgrass.

Sand-mud model could predict effects of opening sluices
Dutch Ph.D. student Mathijs van Ledden has demonstrated that the often used rule of thumb 'the calmer the water, the finer the bottom sediment' is not always true.
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