Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 12, 2003
U of MN researchers find genetic variations may predict treatment responses for myeloma
Researchers from The Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota have demonstrated that variations in genes may determine the outcome and toxicity of treatments for myeloma cancer patients.

Starve a tumor, or feed a tumor?
Cancer researchers grapple with a conundrum: Starve a tumor of oxygen, and the tumor should die - but without oxygen, pretty much all of today's anti-cancer weapons are useless.

Genetic clues may show which women face breast cancer risk from HRT
A genetic clue may eventually help physicians identify certain women who would face an increased risk of breast cancer from using hormone replacement therapy, according to researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Burning oil cloud above northern Iraq
A burning oil pipeline in northern Iraq produced an immense cloud of black smoke that stretched across thousands of square kilometres, according to the image acquired by Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer.

ESA announces winners of Aurora student design competition
After a keenly fought contest between teams from all over Europe and Canada, the winners of the first Aurora Student Design Competition were announced early this week.

Study finds music can ease labor pain
Many women approach childbirth labor fearful of the pain they may experience, but are also unwilling or unable to take medication to ease the pain.

Tourism to Earth's most threatened areas surges by over 100 percent in last decade
Tourism has increased by more than 100 percent between 1990 and 2000 in the world's biodiversity hotspots, regions richest in species and facing extreme threats, according to a report released today by Conservation International (CI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Physiologist's findings make fishing tournaments safer ... for fish!
New research findings from Queen's University fish physiologist Dr. Bruce Tufts are revolutionizing one of North America's fastest-growing recreational industries: sport fishing tournaments.

Optical detection of anomalous nitrogen in comets
The ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) was used to perform a unique study of Comet LINEAR (C/2000WM1), determining cometary abundances of various elements and their isotopes.

'Buckyball' material brings light into line
Using molecules resembling 60-sided soccer balls, a joint team of researchers from the University of Toronto and Carleton University has created a new material for processing information using light.

Jefferson Lab announces Fall Science Series line up
The Jefferson Lab Fall Science Series kicks off on Tuesday, Sept.

7th Joint Conference on Information Sciences
The 2003 Joint Conference on Information Sciences will be held September 26-30, 2003 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Cary, North Carolina.

Genetic differences revealed by SNPS play a role in risk, prevention and outcome for cancer
Roughly 99.9 percent of your genetic makeup is identical to every other human being, which makes the remaining tenth of a percent all the more interesting.

World's protected areas suffer from $2.5 billion annual shortfall
The budget shortfall for effectively maintaining the world's existing parks and protected areas is estimated to be $2.5 billion annually, according to an international panel of economists, scientists, governments and protected area managers.

New research finds garlic kills slugs
Laboratory tests on nine potential molluscicides - the technical term for substances that kill slugs and snails - revealed that a highly refined garlic product (ECOguard produced by ECOspray Ltd.) was one of the most effective killers.

Men at greater risk of developing prostate cancer when a brother has the disease
It has been well-established that the risk of prostate cancer is increased among men who have a first-degree relative (father, son, brother) with the disease, but new research shows the risk is greatly increased for men who have a brother with prostate cancer.
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