Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 06, 2004
Good news for anti-cancer drug designers
Pharmaceutical companies seeking to design more effective cancer chemotherapy agents may have an easier road ahead than was previously believed.

Revealing bizarre deep-sea secrets
On Saturday, Aug. 7, Harbor Branch marine biologists and others will set out from Panama City, Fla. on an expedition called Operation Deep Scope to study the fantastic life forms of four alien landscapes in the deep reaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

Simple method may improve computer memory, catalysts, ceramic/metal seals, and nanodevices
A method that creates smooth and strong interfaces between metals and metal oxides without high-temperature brazing has been patented by researchers at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and University of North Texas.

Common call for action on European Research Council (ERC)
'Science magazine' today published a letter co-signed by over 50 European scientific organisations calling for urgent action on the establishment of a European Research Council (ERC) - a pan-European funding organisation for basic research at a European level.

LBP-1a gene mutation linked to disruption of normal fetal development
The lack of a gene called LBP-1a in the mouse embryo prevents normal growth of blood vessels in the placenta.

Scientists prove time flies when you're busy
Every mom and dad can tell you that keeping children busy helps stave off cries of boredom--and now there is scientific backing to prove it.

Discoveries in neuroscience
A common treatment for malaria shuts down two kinds of connexins, protein

Medications and imaginations help reduce post-operative pain in children, new study says
A new study by a nurse researcher shows that imagery - a simple method of distraction - can be used with pain medications to significantly reduce post-operative pain in children.

Deeper-diving human occupied submersible to replace Alvin
After 40 years of scientific research that led to the discovery of new life forms, helped confirm the theory of plate tectonics, and enthralled schoolchildren around the world with seafloor images and video, the research submersible Alvin will be replaced by a new, deeper-diving vehicle.

Alterations in vitamin D receptor gene increase prostate, breast cancer risk
Subtle differences in the receptor for vitamin D reverse the anti-cancer action of the sunshine vitamin, increasing the risk of breast cancer in Caucasian women and prostate cancer in African-American men, according to two new studies.

Why some animals have smaller eyes: Lifestyle matters
A massive study of 300 vertebrates by Cornell biologists explains why eye size doesn't always scale to body size -- and why artists paint those big-eyed babies.

Black men & year-round idleness: An employment crisis ignored
Against the celebratory backdrop of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.

Documents show tobacco industry's attempts to influence journalists' reporting on secondhand smoke
A study based on the tobacco industry's own documents shows the extent of the tobacco industry's efforts to influence the print media on the health effects of secondhand smoke.

NASA extendsTRMM operations through 2004 hurricane season
NASA will extend operation of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) through the end of 2004, in light of a recent request from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Envisat's rainbow vision detects ground moving at pace fingernails grow
Originally developed to pinpoint attacking aircraft during World War Two, today's advanced radar technology can detect a very different moving target: shifts of the Earth's crust that occur as slowly as the growth of your fingernails.

Preschool bolsters early childhood immunity, reduces risk of young adult Hodgkin's lymphoma
Children who attend day care or nursery school for at least one year before going to kindergarten are about 36 percent less likely than those not in preschool to develop Hodgkin's lymphoma as young adults, according to scientists reporting in this month's edition of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

It's your major, not your alma mater, that determines job success
According to a new research from Northeastern University economists Paul Harrington, Neeta Fogg and Thomas Harrington, it's one's college major - rather than the college or university one attends - that may just be the ticket into (or out of) a financially sound and rewarding professional life.

Study links high carbohydrate diet to increased breast cancer risk
Carb-conscious dieters may be lowering their risk of breast cancer while they're shedding pounds, based on the findings of research published in this month's edition of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
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