Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 30, 2004
Canada's first space telescope finds stellar 'Flat Liner'
MOST, Canada's first space telescope, celebrates its first birthday today, but its latest surprising results could spoil the party for other astronomers whose earlier results are now being questioned.

Floating university expedition to unravel ocean bed secrets of rapid climate change
Researchers from Cardiff University, UK, have sailed into Cardiff Bay, returning from a major research expedition to to unravel the complex history of ice-ocean and climate change over the past 50,000 years.

Scientists confront the challenges of the Arctic in support of ESA's ice mission
Camping out, for anything up to two months, on vast ice sheets in the Arctic is just one of the challenges scientists faced performing the first of a series of six validation experiments in support of ESA's CryoSat mission.

Engineering progress could cut pollution
An eight month secondment to Australia has enabled a Cardiff, UK, scientist to make significant progress in developing new measurement techniques for combustion processes, which could lead to more efficient use of energy sources and reductions in pollution.

Improving offset printing
Adapting offset printing to make it more flexible and efficient to tackle the lucrative flexible packaging market.

LSU professors developing 'superconducting microfibers' that could advance space travel
A team of LSU Physics and Astronomy professors have found a way to synthesize a layer of superconductor directly onto tiny carbon fibers that are five times smaller than a human hair, and the results could lead to advances in space travel and transport.

Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Program awards grants to three at Yale
The Ethel F. Donaghue Women's Health Investigator Program, administered by Women's Health Research at Yale, granted its 2004 Program Awards to three Yale researchers for new research on women's health and on the sex-specific factors in health and disease.

EU enlargement could lead to fertility tourism from West to East
Fertility tourists could be heading for eastern European countries in the wake of EU enlargement as data revealed today show that parts of the East match the West in terms of the availability and efficacy of assisted reproduction techniques, but cost less.

To grow, stars and planets need space dust . . . and formaldehyde?
Scientists at Ohio State University have found that a formaldehyde-based chemical is 100 times more common in parts of our galaxy than can be explained.

Bacterial protein recycling factor possible key to new class of antibiotics
Using a three-dimensional cryo-electron microscope to directly observe protein structure, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine can now visualize the exact configuration of a molecule called ribosome recycling factor (RRF) in the common bacteria Escherichia coli.

Creation of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration will boost clinical trials in UK
Clinical trials in Britain will receive a major boost from the creation of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC), the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said.

Releasing pet fish into the wrong ocean proves a diaster
Careless aquarium owners releasing exotic pet fish off the US coast, are endangering local species.

Bacteria spill their guts to aid researchers in quest for new antibiotics
New findings about a protein that keeps cells alive by opening and closing pores within a cell's membrane may open the door to the development of new antibiotics.

Race, regular exams influence elderly vaccination rates
Older Americans are less likely to get an annual flu vaccination if they are black or Hispanic or do not receive regular medical checkups, according to a new report in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Highlights of the July Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The July 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest.

Antioxidant controversy: Scientists seek measurement standards
An international gathering of researchers from 19 countries has agreed for the first time to establish uniform measurement standards for antioxidants.

Therapeutic cloning no longer a dream, says scientist who produced first cloned embryonic stem cell
A member of the team who were the first in the world to produce stem cells from a cloned human embryo told the 20th annual conference of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology today that the work could generate potentially unlimited undifferentiated stem cells.

Gene alteration points to longevity, thinness
Imagine that by altering the function of a single gene, you could live longer, be thinner and have lower cholesterol and fat levels in your blood.

Revisiting the Orion Nebula
An international team of astronomers used the Wide Field Imager installed at the ESO/MPG 2.2m telescope at La Silla, to obtain very deep images of Orion Nebula in different wavebands.

If the speed of light can change
The speed of light, one of the most sacrosanct of constants, may have been lower as recently as two billion years ago - right here on Earth.

Book celebrates the Poets of Rock and Roll
A book focusing on the work of 1960s singer-songwriters Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen has been launched in Cardiff, Wales - on the day Dylan played a concert in the city.

Northwestern Memorial named one of nation's top 12 hospital-affiliated infertility clinics
The division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been named one of the top 12 hospital-affiliated infertility clinics in the country and one of the Midwest's top three, according to a list published in the July, 2004 issue of Town & Country magazine.

Electronic game use is associated with childhood obesity
A new study adds to the evidence that sedentary behaviors are linked to childhood obesity and sheds light on the world-wide dimension of the problem.

Low levels of breastfeeding putting children at risk
Children in developing countries are being put at unnecessary risk of disease and death as they are fed on alternatives to breast milk.

New $9 million NSF grant to fund creation of center at LSU
A new $9 million research grant from the National Science Foundation will fund the establishment of the Center for BioModular Microsystems, or CBM2, at LSU.

Why does cloning create abnormalities? Scientists take a step towards finding out
Significant abnormalities observed in cloned mice help reinforce the need to continue to avoid the reproductive cloning of humans.

Technology Confidence Index reflects steady global optimism
On the eve of releasing its fourth Technology Confidence Index report, via its executive research and analysis unit, the Global Technology Confidence Indicators (GTCI), Stevens Institute of Technology revealed some of the report's compelling data and analysis.

LSU researchers examine 100+ years of hurricane hits along East Coast, Gulf Coast
Three LSU researchers have examined more than 100 years of data on hurricane strikes from the coast of Texas to New England and they've found that, historically, the

UNC scientists discover molecular pathway leading to nerve growth and regeneration
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered key steps involved in regulating nerve growth and regeneration that may have implications for spinal cord research.

Telephone counseling helps snuff users kick the habit
Just four telephone counseling calls can make a difference in whether snuff users kick the habit three and six months later, new research suggests. 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