Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 25, 2004
Micro nano breakthrough conference planned for Portland, Oregon
A diverse group of people interested in the evolving growth of nanoscience and microtechnology will participate in the Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference 2004 scheduled for July 28-29 at the Sheraton Portland Airport.

Media Advisory 2 - Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting
All 122 sessions and 941 abstracts for 2004 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting (WPGM) have been posted on the AGU web site and are searchable.

Natural selection at work in genetic variation to taste
A genetic variation seen worldwide in which people either taste or do not taste a bitter, synthetic compound called PTC has been preserved by natural selection, University of Utah and National Institutes of Health researchers have reported.

Biologists ID defense mechanism of leading fungal pathogen
Molecular biologists at Rice University have discovered a key defense mechanism of Candida albicans, the most common human fungal pathogen.

First proof that cutting Rx drugs due to cost harms health
A new prospective study shows for the first time what many senior citizens who struggle to pay for their prescription drugs might suspect: Cutting back on your medications now because of cost means your health might suffer down the line.

Perceptual Baggage
Airline passengers don't seem to think of security as a superhuman task - that extra step on the way to their gates is more of a bother than anything else.

Underusing medications because of cost may lead to adverse health outcomes
Middle-aged and older Americans with heart disease who cut back on their prescribed medications because of cost were 50% more likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, or angina than those who did not report cost-related medication underuse, according to a new study funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Sakai Project releases open source collaboration and learning environment software
The Sakai Project releases its collaboration and learning environment software today, marking a six-month milestone for the consortium formed to create open source software for higher education.

Finding the hole in the defenses of cavity-creating microbes
Forcing the bacteria in our mouths to choke on their own acids may offer one way to stop cavities, say microbiologists who have discovered a chink in the armor that bacteria use to survive the hostile environment of the human mouth.

Pain medications found to impair healing in shoulder surgery
Preliminary research suggests that widely prescribed pain medications may possibly delay healing in rotator cuff repair, a common shoulder operation, according to a new study by a team of doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Most powerful laser to date produced at U-M; technology could revolutionize cancer treatment
University of Michigan researchers recently produced what is believed to be the highest-intensity laser pulse ever obtained.

Researchers examine oleic acid in atmosphere
Researchers at Ohio State University are studying how oleic acid - a heart-healthy fat touted for lowering cholesterol levels - interacts with other molecules once it gets into the atmosphere.

Sunquakes and starquakes: Astronomy conference at Yale in July 2004
The Astronomy Department at Yale University will host 125 astronomers from the USA and 18 countries abroad at its largest conference in nearly three decades, from July 12 to July 16, 2004.

Underground carbon dioxide storage reduces emissions
A new technology that is one of the first to successfully store carbon dioxide underground may have huge implications for global warming and the oil industry, says a University of Alberta researcher.

A fly's taste experience is much like our own
That fly buzzing around your sandwich is after the same taste sensation you are.

Open Access journals proven to compete on quality
Open Access journals published by BioMed Central have received impact factors that compare well with equivalent subscription titles, it was announced today.

UCSF HIV mother/child education CD-ROM targets Third World
With the aim of reaching the thousands of health care workers in developing countries who do not have ready access to the Internet, a CD-ROM containing the latest information on HIV/AIDS will be disseminated to the 19,000 delegates attending the International AIDS Conference in Bangkok in July.

Hope Clinic of Emory Vaccine Center receives CDC contract
The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center has received a contract of approximately $2.2 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct clinical trials of promising topical microbicides to prevent HIV.

Yale researchers receive $4.5 million grant to study spinal cord repair
Yale researchers Stephen Waxman, M.D., and Jeffery Kocsis have received a $4.5 million grant from the Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development Service to continue their internationally recognized research training program on restoration of function in spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis (MS).

Yale scientists decipher odor code
Yale scientists, working with the fruit fly as a model, have discovered how odors are encoded by the olfactory system into the complex messages that are sent to the brain.
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