Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 12, 2003
Beyond beer, fags and chips
Over 200 health researchers and practitioners from across the UK will gather at the University of Warwick on 15th December 2003 to examine health inequalities and look at where Government policy and health practice need to be improved.

Pest control breakthrough - from a spider's stomach
DNA found in a spider's stomach could herald a breakthrough in the fight against farm pests, which cause millions of dollars of damage to crops.

Study findings question COX-2 drug cost effectiveness
Findings reported in a study published today by The American Journal of Managed Care call into question the cost effectiveness of the new, more expensive COX-2 anti-inflammatory drugs.

Kyoto and beyond
The Kyoto protocol and short-term reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions are an important first step in tackling climate change.

SARS coronavirus part bird, part mammal: study
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is formed by a combination of mammalian and avian viruses, says a new study from the University of Toronto.

'Snowbirds' versus real birds
The destruction of tropical forests to create vacation resorts for human

Are cities changing local and global climates?
New evidence from satellites, models, and ground observations reveal urban areas, with all their asphalt, buildings, and aerosols, are impacting local and possibly global climate processes.

NASA scientists discover spring thaw makes a difference
Using a suite of microwave remote sensing instruments aboard satellites, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., and the University of Montana, Missoula, have observed a recent trend of earlier thawing across the northern high latitudes.

New way to lock DNA-slicing enzyme onto chromosomes could lead to novel anti-cancer drugs
Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered a new way that an enzyme crucial to the cell's ability to decode genes and duplicate chromosomes can be turned into a poison inside cancer cells.

Extremely cold molecules created by Sandia and Columbia University researchers
Using a method usually more suitable to billiards than atomic physics, researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and Columbia University have created extremely cold molecules that could be used as the first step in creating Bose-Einstein molecular condensates.

Genetic testing of embryos
The confluence of advances in human genetics and reproductive science has resulted in the ability to perform genetic tests on embryos produced by in vitro fertilization.

Radioactive potassium may be major heat source in Earth's core
The Earth's iron core churns constantly, acting like a dynamo to generate a protective magnetic field around the planet.

Emerging frontiers genomics grant for blue-green bacteria
Working out the genomics of a remarkable blue-green bacterium is the aim of a new $850,000

How shock waves change glass
Silica glass used in lasers, fiber-optic cables or other high-technology applications is often exposed to extremes of temperature or pressure, which can cause structural changes in the glass.

NSF conference explores the latest advances in nanotechnology
The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites interested media to the 2003 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference, which will highlight the most recent advances in nanotechnology from the Foundation's interdisciplinary teams, centers and networks.

NASA learning to monitor coral reef health from the sky
Coral reef health may be accurately estimated from sensors on airplanes and satellites in the future, according to a NASA scientist who is the principal investigator in a collaborative project to develop a method to remotely sense coral health.

Scientists 'reconstruct' Earth's climate over the past millenium
Using the perspective of the last few centuries and millennia, speakers in a press conference at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco discussed the latest research involving climate reconstructions and different climate models.

NASA's satellites watch world's cities grow
Researchers used NASA's Landsat satellite to measure and analyze urban growth among a global cross-section of 30 mid-sized cities during the 1990s, according to a two-part study presented at the Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting in San Francisco.

FRINGE scientists use radar vision to see the Earth move
Tiny ground movements that occur too gradually to be seen by the human eye can nevertheless be detected by ESA satellites looking down to Earth from 800 km away.

Database study yields new insights into arthritis drug
Researchers at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Research grants available for faculty at minority serving institutions
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) requests applications for eight-week summer 2004 research experience in tropical biology.

ICESaT captures earth in spectacular 3-D images
NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) is sending home important scientific data and spectacular 3-D views of Earth's polar ice sheets, clouds, mountains, and forestlands.
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