Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 08, 2003
Molecular test proves to be effective in measuring remission and relapse after cancer treatment
An international consortium of researchers from Seattle, London and Australia report the first use of a sensitive molecular test to measure the precise extent of remission or the likelihood of relapse in cancer patients being treated on Gleevec or a combination therapy consisting of interferon and cytarabine.

Two UCSD professors awarded Nobel Prize in Economics
For their pioneering work in statistical modeling of economic data, known as econometrics, Clive W.

Two journalists honored with new WHOI Ocean Science Journalism Award
Two veteran journalists today received the first Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Ocean Science Journalism Award for their contributions to the public understanding of oceanography.

Purdue researchers stretch DNA on chip, lay track for future computers
Researchers at Purdue University have precisely placed strands of DNA on a silicon chip and then stretched out the strands so that their encoded information might be clearly read, two steps critical to possibly using DNA for future electronic devices and computers.

Sleep boosts ability to learn language, University of Chicago researchers find
Scientists at the University of Chicago have demonstrated that sleeping has an important and previously unrecognized impact on improving people's ability to learn language.

World experts present respiratory and critical care research at CHEST 2003, intl scientific assembly
World-renowned experts in cardiopulmonary and critical care medicine will present findings on the latest research related to asthma, lung cancer, critical and end-of-life care, COPD, sleep medicine, sepsis, thoracic surgery, tobacco cessation, and other respiratory conditions during CHEST 2003, the multidisciplinary world congress on diseases of the chest, October 25-30, in Orlando, FL.

NIEHS-funded researchers find low-level ozone increases respiratory risk of asthmatic children
New evidence suggests asthmatic children who require medication are more vulnerable to effects of very low levels of ground-level ozone.

Louise Leakey carries on family legacy in anthropology
Three generations of thriving family leadership is a feat worth noting in any line of business.

Experts to discuss emerging technologies in GI diagnosis and treatment
Important new therapeutic and diagnostic advances in gastroenterology herald a new area, but are these new technologies ready for prime time?

Stages of memory described in new study
A new study in the Oct. 9 issue of the journal Nature describes three distinct stages in the life of a memory, and helps explain how memories endure -- or are forgotten -- including the role that sleep plays in safeguarding memories.

Hopkins' Peter Agre receives 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry
Peter Agre, M.D., 54, professor of biological chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, today was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Unique UNC study reveals that correcting mispeceptions can curb student drinking
Cutting alcohol consumption among college students nationwide is not only desirable, but also possible.

Roderick MacKinnon wins 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Roderick MacKinnon, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at The Rockefeller University, is one of two scientists who were awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes.

Remnants of ancient synagogue in Albania revealed
Impressive remnants from a synagogue dating from the 5th or 6th century, C.E., have been revealed in the city of Saranda, a coastal city in Albania, opposite the Greek island of Corfu.

Research grants program closing
The Whitaker Foundation has awarded its final research grants totaling $10 million, ending 27 years of support for young investigators in biomedical engineering.

Computer game makers kill off piracy
Computer game makers have come up with a radical new anti-piracy strategy to beat illegal copying of its games.

Hebrew University professor world's leading author in financial publications
A Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor of business administration, Haim Levy, is the world's top author in his field in terms of the number of professional articles published, a new study conducted by two American researchers has revealed.

Artemis team receives award for space rescue
The Artemis Satellite Team has been awarded the 2003 Space Operations & Support Award at the AIAA's Space 2003 Conference at Long Beach, California (USA).

Bio-terror, Delta, math-that's-fun lead eclectic list as operations researchers meet in Atlanta
Led by a diverse mix of analysts in information technology, the airlines, and public health, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®) holds an annual meeting in Atlanta from Sunday, October 19 to Wednesday, October 22 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

Carnegie Mellon receives $6M from NSF to enhance talking computer that helps children read
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh Researchers have received a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance an intelligent, automated Reading Tutor that listens to children read and verbally assists them when it hears them stumble.

What can the genomics revolution teach us about global change?
A daylong symposium planned for Nov. 5 as part of the Annual Meeting of the Crop Science Society of America will have scientists collaborating on the linkages between genomics research and research on global change in agriculture.

Edward C. Roy Jr. to receive Ian Campbell award
The American Geological Institute will present its most prestigious award, the Ian Campbell Medal, to Edward C.

Assistance program for families of critically ill patients expands across the U.S.
A multidisciplinary program that provides support for families with loved ones in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) and education to the health-care teams is now expanding across the country.

The genetics of blindness
Treatment for the most common inherited cause of blindness, retinitis pigmentosa, is one step closer, according to investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).

UCSB physicist devises way to observe protein folding
Physicists are getting more involved in the fight against diseases by studying the folding of proteins, which they hope will eventually lead to the development of new drugs.

First study to watch brain patterns when forgiving
In the fist study ever to examine how the brain functions when making judgments about forgivability and empathy, researcher Tom Farrow, B.Sc.

CHEST Foundation recognizes physicians who make a world of difference in lung health
CHEST 2003, the annual scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) is not only an opportunity to share the latest in cardiopulmonary and critical care research, but it also is a time to acknowledge the numerous programs that raise public awareness about diseases of the chest and the importance of lung health.

Temple study identifies molecular mechanisms that may assist gene in blocking lung cancer
The molecular mechanisms that may assist the tumor suppressing gene Rb2/p130 in blocking the progression of lung cancer cells has been clearly identified for the first time according to a study by researchers at Temple University.

Experts to discuss new advances in IBS therapy and its affect on IBS sufferers
GI specialists will address new insights into this disorder, advances in IBS pharmacology and what this means for those with the disorder.

Citizens strike back in intelligence war
Government agencies could come under public scrutiny when a website to be launched later this year allows US citizens to post snippets of information on politicians, officials and organisations.

Does the Universe go on forever?
This week a team of NASA scientists announced tantalising hints that the universe is quite small with a hall-of-mirrors illusion tricking us into thinking the universe is infinite.

New scientific advances in gastroenterology presented at college's 68th annual meeting
Several of the world's preeminent gastroenterologists will gather from October 10 - October 15 for the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 68th Annual Scientific Meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Canadian forest fires affect mercury levels in the northeastern United States
Fires in the Canadian boreal forest may be contributing significant amounts of mercury to the atmosphere above the northeastern United States.

Experts to discuss the affects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Common pain medications both prescription only formulations as well as over-the-counter products grouped together as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause severe GI bleeding and ulcers with heavy use.

Exercise for elders: It's never too late
Older Americans need more motivation to exercise regularly, say a series of studies published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

PNNL wins record $10.2 million NIH grant for proteomics center
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has won a five-year, $10.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support a center for basic research in proteomics, PNNL announced today. 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