Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 20, 2004
Symposium relates long-term ecological research to ecosystem management
Water management in Florida's Everglades, remediation of acid mine drainage in the western United States, and marine reserves in coastal ecosystems are some of the topics that ecologists will explore February 26th, at a symposium on the

Secondary complications and restoration of function in SCI
The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD), a publication of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is dedicated to spinal cord injury, with a special focus on secondary complications and restoration of function.

Orange juice fortified with plant sterols found to lower 'bad' cholesterol in healthy volunteers
Plant sterols -- recognized for their cholesterol-lowering power when added to margarines, salad dressings and other fats -- are just as effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein, or

Protein inhibits cell growth, may contribute to breast cancer
A protein known as cdk6 inhibits proliferation of some cell types and may play a role in the development of breast cancer.

MayoClinic.com recognized as best overall consumer portal
MayoClinic.com has been named Best Overall Consumer Portal in the 2004 Medicine on the Net Web Excellence Awards.

Asylum applications: Why the role of interpreters is confusing and unfair
Confusion over the use of interpreters in the UK's asylum applications system could affect the fairness of decisions, according to new research sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Blue collar workers more apt to smoke, less able to quit
Americans working in blue collar and some service jobs are more apt to smoke and less likely to quit, a new study suggests.

Researchers receive $9.2 million for heart failure studies
With a $9.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers seek to understand what goes wrong with the heart's power system during heart failure.

Green Foundation, Trust gives $12.8 million for UT Southwestern comprehensive research center
A major grant from the Cecil and Ida Green Foundation, representing the final distribution of the foundation's assets by its trustees, has been combined with a specific bequest from the late Mr.

Ancient desert markings imaged from orbit
Visible from ESA's Proba spacecraft 600 kilometres away in space are the largest of the many Nasca Lines; ancient desert markings now at risk from human encroachment as well as flood events feared to be increasing in frequency.

New systems biology center positions UT Southwestern in vanguard of scientific research
Scientists have spent the past 50 years taking apart biological systems piece by piece.

Robotic, fast fix as effective as full surgery for post-hysterectomy sagging vagina
An initial Mayo Clinic study has confirmed the effectiveness and durability over time of a patient-friendly, robot-assisted procedure that corrects a complication that can follow hysterectomy.

UF team builds rough-and-tumble robot car for LA-to-Vegas race
Designed, built and outfitted by the University of Florida and a Utah company called Autonomous Solutions, it is a robot car built for one purpose: to compete against other

Lehigh researchers hone radiation source for THz devices
By focusing two high-frequency lasers, researchers generate tunable and coherent THz waves in the range of 58 to 3540 microns.

Laws designed to prevent too-short hospital stays allow mothers more time, study shows
State and federal laws passed in the mid-1990s to curtail

Well-stocked, staffed school libraries boost FCAT scores, UCF research shows
Students at schools with well-staffed libraries that circulate the most books and have the most computers outperform their peers on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, according to research at the University of Central Florida.

Antireflection coating for solar collectors patented and undergoing practical tests in California
Scientists at the Institut für Nichtmetallische Werkstoffe of the Technical University of Clausthal have recently succeeded in applying a practical and functional antireflection coating which increases the light transmission of glass tubes by up to seven per cent.

Panel of experts to host Fred Friendly seminar
A Fred Friendly Socratic Dialogue Seminar, moderated by Arthur R.
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