Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 11, 2004
EDCTP welcomes G8 support for HIV/AIDS vaccine development
On 10th June 2004, the G8 Leaders called for the establishment of a Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise: a virtual consortium to accelerate HIV vaccine development by enhancing coordination, information sharing, and global collaboration.

Optimal time to treat migraine pain with Relpax®; is early in the attack, new study finds
To evaluate prospectively the efficacy and tolerability of eletriptan administered during the early stages of a migraine.

Studies on electric polarization at Argonne
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Northern Illinois University have shown that very thin materials can still retain an electric polarization, opening the potential for a wide range of tiny devices.

Skatepark pitfalls create 'guerilla tenants'
Throughout North America a current debate is raging over the ineffectiveness of skateboard parks--created to curb the loitering of skaters in the streets.

Study finds dramatic increase in thyroid cancer
The Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI) today called on the Bush administration to reassess its commitment to the expansion of nuclear power; based on new study reported in the June edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology.

190 end-stage renal disease patients die each day: Epogen usage questioned
Seminars in Dialysis, a peer-reviewed journal published by Blackwell Publishing, is featuring the much-publicized* controversial editorial authored by Dennis Cotter in its May issue, despite outright rejection from a competitive journal, Dialysis and Transplantation.

European agreement on James Webb Space Telescope's Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) signed
An agreement between ESA and seven Member States to jointly build a major part of the MIRI instrument, which will considerably extend the capability of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), was signed, 8 June 2004.

Yale researchers discover new potential asthma therapeutic targets related to parasites and insects
An unusual protein called acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase), is markedly increased in mouse models of asthma, making it an important link in finding the pathways that lead to asthma, Yale researchers report in today's issue of Science.

Newly devised test may confirm strings as fundamental constituent of matter, energy
Whether string theory correctly portrays fundamental reality is one of the biggest questions facing physicists.

Encounter with Phoebe
The most complex interplanetary mission ever launched is about to meet one of our Solar System's most enigmatic moons.

3D technology pinpoints origins of irregular heart beats, improving patient treatment
The findings of a new study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology demonstrate that the use of high resolution imaging can greatly aid physicians who are treating patients suffering from a particular type of irregular heart beat.

Pumping energy to nanocrystals from a quantum well
University of California scientists working at Los Alamos National Laboratory with a colleague from Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new method for exciting light emission from nanocrystal quantum dots.

Fox Chase Cancer Center's Alfred Knudson Jr. named 2004 Kyoto Prize winner
Alfred G. Knudson Jr., M.D., Ph.D., of Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa., has been named winner of a prestigious Kyoto Prize for 2004.

Changes to insect-seeking calls of horseshoe bats may drive new species formation
A new study by Tigga Kingston, a research associate in the Department of Geography at Boston University, and Stephen Rossiter, a National Environment Research Council research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London, finds that a species of bat in Southeast Asia is diverging not because of geographical barriers, but because of acoustic differences in the calls its members make to locate the insects they eat.

Seeing is believing, even when what we see is ambiguous or misleading
Seeing is believing, even when what we see is ambiguous or misleading.
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