Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 29, 2003
Navy enlists microbes to cut costs
Microbes have been exploited for thousands of years to help us make bread and alcohol, and more recently, to make antibiotics and clean up toxic spills.

Cedars-Sinai researchers identify a gene that causes insulin resistance in Mexican Americans
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in collaboration with investigators at UCLA, have found that lipoprotein lipase (LPL), a gene that controls the delivery of fatty acids to muscle and tissues in the body, is linked to insulin resistance in Mexican-Americans.

'Smart bomb' delivery destroys tumors in mice
Weizmann Institute scientists have destroyed malignant tumors in mice using a chemical that occurs naturally in garlic.

Midlife brain crisis spawns late-life Alzheimer's
A novel model of human brain aging developed by a UCLA neuroscientist identifies midlife breakdown of myelin, a fatty insulation coating the brain's internal wiring, as a possible key to the onset of Alzheimer's disease later in life.

Smart materials for a next-gen vehicle
The Office of Naval Research initiated the Expeditionary Systems Material program to develop new materials to make future fighting vehicles lighter, tougher, and smarter.

New study identifies inhibitor of anthrax toxin
A research team led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School has identified a group of small molecules that inhibit a deadly toxin associated with inhalational anthrax.

First Double Star satellite successfully launched
This evening, the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully launched TC-1, the first of two scientific satellites known as Double Star.

Blog, Blog, Blog
The Office of Naval Research and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) are testing out the idea that weblogs can be powerful communication tools to bring together teams of people.

Genetic master switch sends bacteria toward 'seafood dinner'
Chitin, the Earth's second-most abundant biological material, is a major component in the flurry of skeletal debris discarded daily by crustaceans in the world's oceans.

Mars exploration and the search for life is a priority says UK science minister
The latest attempts to communicate with Beagle 2 via the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank and the Mars Odyssey spacecraft have been unsuccessful.

Anthrax toxin inhibitor identified
A research team led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has identified a group of small molecules that inhibit a deadly toxin associated with inhalational anthrax.
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