Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 09, 2004
Can satellites help bridge the digital divide?
The French Senate and ESA are to hold a colloquium this month on

Cancer markers news backgrounder: Future of cancer diagnosis, treatment lies in tumor 'barcode'
It has been said that a human being is a veritable encyclopedia of proteins.

Researchers unlock key secrets showing how tumors hide from immune system
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the University of South Florida have unlocked part of the mystery of how tumors hide their presence from sentries of the body's immune system.

Evolutionary Genomics meeting in Tucson
Journalists are invited to attend and cover the Evolutionary Genomics Conference to be held January 15 through 17 at the Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson, Arizona.

Nation's immigrants account for bulk of labor force growth since 2000
Continuing a trend that took place during the 1990s, new foreign immigrants made up between 50 and 58 percent of labor force growth between 2000 and 2003, a new report from Northeastern University economists asserts.

Researchers show evolutionary theory adds up
All living plants and animals are likely derived from two primitive species of bacteria, a mathematics professor at the University of Alberta has shown.

Medium to large quakes peak every three years on central San Andreas Fault
Seismologists at UC Berkeley have discovered a previously unnoticed three-year cycle in the occurrence of large quakes on a portion of the central San Andreas Fault, providing some hope for forecasting larger quakes along this and other California faults.

Inadequate water and sanitation adversely effects child growth
Inadequate water supplies and sanitation caused Peruvian children to be shorter and have more episodes of diarrea, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions.

Study shows how well heartburn sufferers follow directions for over-the-counter Prilosec OTC
Ever since it was first made available in September 2003, Prilosec OTC has become one of the leading over-the-counter remedies for treating frequent heartburn.

New device can help defend against novel biological agents
The ability to analyze and defend against novel biological agents has been strengthened by the development of a new device that can monitor the metabolism of living cells in near real time.

California pistachio industry threatened by potentially devastating disease
The California pistachio industry produced approximately 300 million pounds of pistachios in 2002 and continues to grow each year at an impressive rate.
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