Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 04, 2004
Questions on outdoor recreation not seen the same by men & women
When it comes to outdoor recreation, men and women differ not just in the activities they choose, but also in the way they perceive questions about how they spend their free time, according to Penn State researchers.

ASCO honors M. D. Anderson Cancer Prevention head
The vice president for cancer prevention at The University of Texas M.

Patients who broke bones in traumatic accidents frequently suffer from stress disorder
People who have had a traumatic bone break also frequently suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have found.

Tiny tango: Device sorts microscopic particles with speed and precision
In a remarkable collaboration between engineers, physicists and biologists, Princeton scientists have invented a device that rapidly sorts microscopic particles into extremely fine gradations of sizes, opening a range of potential uses.

Regulatable gene therapy may advance treatment of Parkinson's disease
Northwestern University neuroscientists have overcome a major obstacle in gene therapy research.

A quantum mechanical 'tune up' for better measurement
By exploiting the weird quantum behavior of atoms, physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a new technique that someday could be used to save weeks of measurements needed to operate ultraprecise atomic clocks.

CSIRO to webcast rare astronomical event
On the afternoon of 8 June 2004, one of the rarest celestial events will occur - a transit of Venus across the Sun.

Mayo Clinic to host clinical research conference
-- In an effort to continually educate investigators and study coordinators, Mayo Alliance for Clinical Trials will offer the Fifth Annual Current Issues in Clinical Research Conference

Largest study suggests more women have polycystic ovary syndrome than previously estimated
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) causes menstrual and ovulation irregularities, infertility, and skin problems including excess male-like hair growth (known as hirsutism) and acne; and is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

Poor glucose control in over 60% of type 2 diabetes patients increases risk of complications
Control to Goal, a new integrated diabetes education and support initiative, has been launched today by the Global Partnership for Effective Diabetes Management - a taskforce of respected diabetes experts from leading institutions and diabetes organisations worldwide.

'Imagination' helps older people remember to comply with medical advice
A healthy dose of 'imagination' helps older people remember to take medications and follow other medical advice, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health.

Study links diabetes and colorectal cancer
Diabetics are three times more likely to develop colorectal cancer than people with normal blood sugar levels, according to a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge, U.K., reporting in this month's edition of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

Proteins transform DNA into 'molecular velcro'
Proteins critical for compacting DNA in preparation for cell division actually interact with the double helix to fashion it into a kind of

CERN recognizes UK's outstanding contribution to Grid computing
CERN's Director General, Dr Robert Aymar, today formally recognized the UK's exceptional contribution to developing the next generation of computing by presenting awards for outstanding achievement to two British researchers who have been at the forefront of Grid computing at CERN .

'Music2Titan': sounds of a spaceprobe
When ESA's Huygens spaceprobe, travelling on board NASA's Cassini spacecraft en route to Saturn, lands on the planet's largest moon Titan in January 2005, not only will it carry a variety of scientific instruments, but also music 'made in Europe'.

Maybe not so sweet, after all...
Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the University of California, Davis and other collaborating colleagues report that drinking beverages containing fructose, a naturally-occurring sugar commonly used to sweeten soft drinks and other beverages, induces a pattern of hormonal responses that may favor the development of obesity.

Late invasion of infected cells into the brain causes HIV dementia say Temple researchers
Dementia in AIDS patients is caused by a large, late invasion of HIV-infected macrophages into the brain, debunking a longstanding

DCI donor services begins distribution of tissue implants
Clearant, Inc. announced today that DCI Donor Services (DCIDS), an affiliation of organ and tissue recovery organizations across the United States dedicated to providing organs and tissues for transplantation, is making available an initial supply of tissue allografts that have been microbially inactivated to a level consistent with current medical device and pharmaceutical standards using Clearant's groundbreaking pathogen inactivation technology, known as the Clearant ProcessĀ®.

SEEDS program sponsors field trip to Calgary
ESA's Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability (SEEDS) program is sponsoring a Student Field Trip from June 5-11, 2004 with a theme of 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