Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 07, 2004
Top honors for patient counseling awarded to UH student
Michelle Edwards, a UH College of Pharmacy student, took first place in the Patient Counseling Competition for students at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) national convention in Seattle March 29.

American Society of Plant Biologists offers developing nations free access to science journals
The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) announced today that it is offering scientists in nearly 70 poor nations free access to its plant science journals: Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell.

Scripps Nierenberg Prize awarded to renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall
The fourth annual award honoring the memory of William A.

The American Academy of Microbiology releases report
The American Academy of Microbiology has recently released a report entitled,

Why sloths do not sleep upside down
A new interpretation of established findings regarding the digestion of sloths illustrates that the interplay of posture, anatomy, the density of ingesta and gravity can provide a novel explanation of behavioural and morphological adaptations, as the stomach contents increase from its caudal towards its cranial portion.

Crime scene or nature reserve?
A method used by forensic experts to collect evidence from crime scenes could soon be taken up by biologists studying animals in the wild.

Mind-body connection in placebo surgery trial studied by University of Denver researcher
Patients with Parkinson's disease who thought they had received a transplant of human neurons into their brains--but who really hadn't--reported an improved quality of life one year later.

Introduction of the 'Rett protein' in post-mitotic neurons rescues Rett Syndrome in mice
Rudolf Jaenisch of the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA reports in the April 6, 2004 online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that introduction of the MeCP2 protein into post-mitotic nerve cells of MeCP2 mutant mice rescues the symptoms of Rett Syndrome.

Ice melt may dry out US west coast
As Arctic sea ice melts over the next 50 years due to global warming, towns and cities along the west coast of the US could suffer a serious water shortage.

Molecular analyses of leukemia patients suggest strategies for better treatments
The cure rate for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) might continue to rise with improved use of conventional therapies.

NSF funds summer research program abroad for undergraduates at UC San Diego
Undergraduates from UC San Diego will do research at laboratories in Japan, Taiwan and Australia this summer, as part of a three-year, $156,000 program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help prepare more U.S. engineers and scientists to work on international projects.

23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society to be held May 6-9 in Vancouver
The 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society (APS)will be held May 6-9, at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, held this year as a joint scientific conference with the Canadian Pain Society.

UF study: Barren Siberia, of all places, may be original home to animal life
Trilobites, the primitive shelled creatures considered by many to be among the first animals to appear in the fossil record, may have originated in a place known today largely for its barren lifelessness: Siberia.

Understanding nutrition labels can lead to healthier eating
The nutrition label on packaged foods provides a lot of helpful information, but consumers don't always understand what it means for them.

Time-reversal acoustics research promises medical breakthroughs
By the technology known as time-reversal acoustics, sound waves - in exact reverse order from the original sound - echo directly and very precisely back to their source point.

Long-forgotten samples may help save species
Some 600 vials stored in a University of Michigan freezer for more than 30 years may hold keys to rescuing nearly extinct Tahitian land snails.

Study examines planter costs for various sizes of farms
Planter size has a significant impact on per acre costs, according to a University of Illinois Extension study examining planter costs with different farm sizes.

Freeing Nemo: Aquarium owners releasing non-native fish could endanger marine ecosystems
Researchers have found 16 non-native species of fish - apparently set free from home aquariums - in ocean waters off the southeast coast of Florida.

Post-traumatic stress disorder increases in children with extended ICU stays after cardiac surgery
A study published in the April issue of The Journal of Pediatrics shows that Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) increases significantly in school-age children who experience extended stays in the ICU following cardiac surgery.

Reporters from Science Magazine to receive ASM Public Communications Award
Two journalists from Science magazine have been named the recipients of the American Society for Microbiology 2004 Public Communications Award.

How often does Earth's magnetic field reverse?
Earth's magnetic field reverses every few thousand years at low latitudes and every 10,000 years at high latitudes, a geologist funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded.

AstraZeneca submits regulatory application in Europe for use of Atacand(R) in heart failure
AstraZeneca today announced the submission of a regulatory application in the European Union (EU), as part of the Mutual Recognition Variation Procedure to obtain a new indication for Atacand (candesartan cilexetil), its angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor blocker, for use in the treatment of heart failure.

Diet of worms protects against bowel cancer
Regular doses of worms really do rid people of inflammatory bowel disease.

More than 300 critically endangered species completely unprotected, new study shows
At least 300 Critically Endangered (CR) - as well as at least 237 Endangered (EN) and 267 Vulnerable (VU) - bird, mammal, turtle and amphibian species have no protection in any part of their ranges, according to the most comprehensive peer-reviewed analysis of its kind.

Follow the DELTA launch and docking with the ISS from one of ESA's establishments
The launch of ESA's DELTA mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is currently scheduled for 19 April at 05:18 Central European Summer time (03:18 UT - 09:18 local time).

Study shows lower than expected allergic-like events following second prescription of penicillin
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have concluded the world's largest analysis of penicillin allergy due to re-prescription of the popular antibiotic.

Lack of specific brain protein causes marked deficits in learning, memory
A protein involved in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain is essential to learning and memory in mice, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have found.

Star making peaked five billion years ago; expect darkness
The universe reached the climax of its star-building activity five billion years ago - much earlier than previously thought - according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Edinburgh.

Scientists question reports of massive ant supercolonies in California and Europe
New studies by Stanford University scientists are raising serious doubts about the existence of a single ant supercolony running through the Golden State. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to