Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 04, 2003
DOE, Battelle agree to new contract
Scientific stretch goals are among the hallmarks of the new operating contract at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

First international conference on women and blindness
A call for public health action, increased funding for research, and creative educational programs in both the developing and developed worlds may be an outcome of the first international conference on women and blindness.

ESA and Rosaviakosmos sign up for two Foton flights
A procurement order for two unmanned Foton capsule flights was recently (21 October) signed at the European Space Agency's Moscow Office by ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight, Mr Jörg Feustel-Büechl, and Mr V.I.

DuPont to locate Asia Pacific R&D center in Shanghai
DuPont today announced it will construct a $15 million corporate research and development facility near Shanghai to support growth in the Asia Pacific region.

Updated data compares DOXIL (R)/CAELYX (TM) (doxorubicin HCl liposome injection) to Topotecan
Researchers have presented updated data comparing DOXIL (R)/CAELYX (TM)(doxorubicin HCl liposome injection) to topotecan HCl in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer.

Mayo Clinic researchers discover genetic syndrome linked to inherited birth disorder
Mayo Clinic researchers have identified a genetic syndrome -- an inherited birth disorder characterized by learning disabilities, facial malformations, impaired organs and mental retardation.

Dietary supplement many not lower prostate cancer risk
A tomato a day may help keep prostate cancer at bay -- but a widely used dietary supplement derived from tomatoes may not be sufficient.

PNNL supercomputer achieves full operations
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is home to the United States' fastest operational unclassified supercomputer.

Natural disasters illuminated by B-movie clips
Movie clips, town meetings, debates and backgrounders for public affairs departments do not seem like assignments for a course on natural hazards, but in Penn State's

World's most alkaline life forms found near Chicago
Sometimes the most extreme environment for life isn't at the bottom of the ocean or inside a volcano.

La Niña influences Amazon flooding
Work published in Nature announces a significant correlation between sediment deposition in the Amazon and the ENSO.

Controversial UK badger killings analyzed by UC Davis expert
A UC Davis professor is co-author of a report released today in Great Britain that says the controversial practice of killing wild badgers to prevent tuberculosis in cattle apparently does no good -- and may make matters worse.

Whole tomato powder effective in preventing prostate cancer
Whole tomato power--but not lycopene alone--may inhibit the development of prostate cancer, according to an animal study in the November 5 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Exercise, not diet, may be best defense against heart disease
Despite widespread attention to diet, calorie intake may not be a major factor in causing death by heart disease, according to a 17-year study of almost 9,800 Americans.

Activity detailed for sirtuins, involved in metabolism, aging, gene expression
Sirtuin enzymes play critical roles in a wide array of vital life processes.

Plans finalised for satellites to help safeguard gorilla habitats
A project to employ Earth Observation products to help protect endangered mountain gorillas has moved forward with a Paris-based gathering of all those who will use the data in Central Africa's remote rainforests.

Gender differences in brain response to pain
A new UCLA study shows that different parts of the brain are stimulated in reaction to pain depending on gender.

Explanation offered for Antarctica's 'blood falls'
Researchers here have discovered that a reddish deposit seeping out from the face of a glacier in Antarcticas remote Taylor Valley is probably the last remnant of an ancient salt-water lake.

Lycopene's anti-cancer effect linked to other tomato components
New research suggests that lycopene -- a carotenoid in tomatoes that has been linked to a lowered risk of prostate cancer -- does not act alone.

Direct link found between chronic inflammation, colon cancer
Investigators in the A.B. Hancock Jr. Memorial Research Center at Vanderbilt have identified a type of DNA damage caused by chronic inflammation as a potential risk factor for colorectal cancer.

Summa Health System improves stroke care using ace model of care
The Journal of American Geriatrics Society today published an article discussing the outcomes and description of an innovative model for stroke care developed by Summa Health System.

Study explores safety of low-dose radiation
Whether there is a safe dose of radiation is a question that scientists at the Medical College of Georgia want to answer.

Red sea urchins found to live up to 200 years
A new study has concluded that the red sea urchin, a small spiny invertebrate that lives in shallow coastal waters, is among the longest living animals on Earth.
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