Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 19, 2004
Are nanobacteria alive?
After four years' work, an American team has come up with the best evidence yet that nanobacteria - a possible new life form - do actually exist.

Alzheimer's pathology reduced, longevity improved in mouse model, Gladstone study shows
Removal of an enzyme that regulates the activity of many proteins can suppress key features of Alzheimer's disease in experimental models, researchers at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease (GIND) recently reported in the Journal of Neuroscience (May 12, 2004).

When bosons become fermions
A new quantum state of matter has been revealed by scientists in Munich and Mainz.

Super-effective 'jumping gene' created
Johns Hopkins scientists have transformed a common

University of Pittsburgh finds that people would trade longevity for quality end-of-life care
An overwhelming number of people surveyed would trade a longer healthy life span in order to receive better end of life care, according to University of Pittsburgh researchers.

Tightly focused laser light generates nonlinear effects and rainbow of color
Researchers use photonic crystal fibers that compress light waves into a tiny solid glass core.

Cosmic dark age found in shadows
The earliest structures in the universe may be visible by the shadows they cast in the afterglow of the big bang.

20 May AAAS lecture: Computers that Respond to Human Emotion
Researchers are building computers that can detect and respond to a person's emotions.

New findings on climate show gradual shift to modern but increased sensitivity to perturbations
Earth's climate system is more sensitive to perturbations now than it was in the distant past, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature.

Parent, guardian job loss may boost smoking among adolescent family members
According to a new study, adolescent children have an almost 90 percent greater chance of becoming smokers within a year of a grownup's job loss than young people whose families haven't suffered this blow.

Pancreatic cancer blood test & gene studies show promise
New research may give pancreatic cancer patients a better chance at early detection, firm diagnosis and better treatment options.

MBL researcher and science teacher visit Siberia to study climate, excite children about science
Thanks to Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) researcher Max Holmes and Vermont schoolteacher Amy Clapp, a whole new crop of scientists is budding in Salisbury, Vermont.

A new booklet from FINUPHY (Frontiers in Nuclear Physics) Nature at the femto-scale
To explain the exciting programme of European nuclear research, FINUPHY has produced a booklet which presents the science and applications at a non-expert level.

Broken halide lamps could cause sunburn
Sunburns and Welders'-arc type burns can result if the outer glass on a Halide light bulbs becomes damaged.

Plant pathologists to meet in Anaheim, CA to discuss agricultural security, food safety, and more
On July 31 - August 4, 2004, thousands of plant pathologists (plant disease experts) from across the world will gather at the Anaheim Convention Center for The American Phytopathological Society (APS) Annual Meeting.

NIAID forms network to tackle potentially fatal reaction to smallpox vaccine
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today launched the Atopic Dermatitis and Vaccinia Network (ADVN), a nationwide research group that seeks to reduce the risk of eczema vaccinatum (EV), a severe and potentially deadly complication of smallpox immunization.

Oral History Research Office and NYU Child Study Center receive grant for oral history project
The Oral History Research Office (OHRO) at Columbia University and the New York University (NYU) Child Study Center have partnered to create

Key immune system protein reduced in HIV-associated dementia patients
Researchers at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UCSF have discovered that an important protein normally secreted by macrophages, the scavenger cells of the immune system, is secreted at significantly reduced levels in patients with HIV-related dementia.

From fryer to fuel tank, U-M students make a case for waste elimination and energy recovery
University of Michigan engineering students have discovered a redeeming quality in junk food: waste grease produced in campus cafeterias can be used to make biodiesel fuel for U-M buses.

NIH awards $20.7 million to make smallpox vaccine safer
People with atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, face an increased risk of developing a serious, potentially fatal reaction to the smallpox vaccine.

Historian identifies time when politicians were heroic and popular
New research from the University of Warwick reveals the celebrities and heroes of 17th century England were politicians.

Tigecycline - antibiotic evaluated in surveillance trial
International Health Management Associates, Inc. (IHMA) has been commissioned to conduct the Tigecycline Evaluation and Surveillance Trial (T.E.S.T.), a global in vitro surveillance study for tigecycline, a new class of broad-spectrum antibiotic currently under investigation.

Climate change heralds thirsty times
A new climate model suggests that as temperature rises with global warming, the world will be in shorter supply of fresh water.

Iron supplements help only certain non-anemic women
Among women who are not anemic, only those with tissue-iron deficiencies can benefit from taking iron supplements, concludes a new study by Cornell University nutritionists.

Pool-bound plyometrics help you get stronger with less pain
If you want to turn your workout routine up a notch with the explosive, muscle-building exercises called plyometrics, take your regimen to a swimming pool, researchers at Ohio State University suggest.

Gradual shift led to modern climate mode with increased sensitivity to perturbations
Earth's climate system is more sensitive to perturbations now than it was in the distant past, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature.

Geophysicist to speak in Montreal on why the Earth 'wobbles'
University of Nevada research geophysicist Geoff Blewitt will present his findings on why the Earth wobbles in a lecture,

Gene expression profiling may predict head, neck cancer recurrence
Results from a new study of tumor genetics may give doctors valuable information in deciding how aggressively to treat patients with head and neck cancer.

HIV takes cellular opportunities to aid infection
Scientists will have a new view of how the AIDS virus (HIV) enters a target cell and begins its process of infection, thanks to a technique created by researchers at the Salk Institute.

Genetic barrier to self-pollination identified
Many flowering plants prevent inbreeding and increase genetic diversity by a process called self-incompatibility, in which pollination fails if the pollen is identified as its own by the pistil.

CERN collaborates with Voltaire on grid technology project
Geneva, Switzerland and Bedford, Massachusetts, US, 17 May 2004. The European Particle Physics Laboratory CERN and Voltaire, a leading provider of InfiniBand solutions for high performance Grid computing, announced today that Voltaire is contributing to the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications.

New data supports CellCept's position as a world leader in solid organ transplantation
New data presented this week in over 70 abstracts at the American Transplant Congress in Boston, USA strengthen even further the body of evidence that CellCeptĀ® (mycophenolate mofetil, MMF) is the most reliable, efficacious, low toxic immunosuppressant for adult and paediatric kidney, heart and liver transplant patients. 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