Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 11, 2004
CompSci expert Wetzel spots weaknesses in Wi-Fi security
A research team led by Dr. Susanne Wetzel, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, has produced a study of the weaknesses of Wi-Fi networks.

Blood stem cell gives rise to bone in mice points to therapies for bone disease, injuries
A single type of primitive stem cell transplanted from donor mice gave rise to both blood-forming and bone-forming cells in recipient mice.

Applied Mathematical Models in Human Physiology
Applied Mathematical Models in Human Physiology introduces mathematicians to real applications from physiology.

Joslin Diabetes Center launches research section on developmental and stem cell biology
Joslin Diabetes Center, the global leader in diabetes research, care and education, today announced that it has established a new Section on Developmental and Stem Cell Biology.

New survey reveals surprising insights into parental attitudes toward teenage sexual behavior
To help raise awareness about the importance of adolescent health - including sexual health - SAM is launching a national campaign today to help educate parents on how to protect their teens from various health risks including hepatitis B.

Leukemia stem cells identified by Stanford researchers
A handful of leukemia cells constantly replenish the supply of cancerous cells, according to new work by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers.

New OHSU lab will speed drug discovery process
Oregon Health & Science University researchers will quickly move benchtop discoveries toward drug discoveries with the help of a new, service-oriented laboratory focused on bioanalysis and pharmacokinetics.

RNA could form building blocks for nanomachines
Microscopic scaffolding to house the tiny components of nanotech devices could be built from RNA, the same substance that shuttles messages around a cell's nucleus, reports a Purdue University research group.

Tobacco promising factory for biopharmaceuticals
Research on protein separation techniques is critical to the economics of producing biopharmaceuticals from transgenic plants.

Cluster spacecraft catch crashing waves in Earth's magnetic bubble
The Northern Lights are fed by charged particles from the sun that sneak inside the Earth's protective magnetic bubble and spiral into the poles.

Evolution of whale hearing unfolds in fossil record
An international team of scientists has traced the evolution of hearing in modern cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).

Near-zero-energy buildings blessing to owners, environment
An electricity meter that sometimes runs backwards is just one of the cool aspects of Department of Energy near-zero-energy homes.

APS announces the winners of its 2004 postdoctoral fellowship in physiological genomics
The American Physiological Society awards more than $140,000 to two postdoctoral research scientists in the field of physiological genomics.

Special journal issue furthers exploration of anti-aging claims
Continuing its series of publications and events related to anti-aging treatments, The Gerontological Society of America has released the second and final special section of The Journals of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences (Vol.

For kids who may never outgrow bee sting allergies: Shots reduce risk
Although the majority of children outgrow allergies to bee, wasp and other insect stings, almost one in five who had allergic reactions when stung as children - especially those who had serious allergic reactions -- are likely to have reactions later in life, according to a study by Johns Hopkins scientists.

News tips from the Journal of Neuroscience
News tops for Journal of Neuroscience includes the following: Perceived controllability modulates the neural response to pain, and neuronal nicotinic receptor antibodies and autonomic neuropathy.

University-industry alliance to advance Virginia Tech fuel cell discoveries
Virginia universities will partner with Battelle and other industry partners, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and Los Alamos National Laboratory to build upon Virginia Tech discoveries in a program called

Nanotechnology to supercharge internet
Canadian researchers have shown that nanotechnology can be used to pave the way to a supercharged Internet based entirely on light.

Newcastle scientists get UK's first stem cell license
British scientists have been given permission to perform therapeutic cloning using human embryos for the first time.

Flame retardant levels much higher in farmed salmon
Farm-raised salmon contain much higher levels of flame retardants than most wild salmon, and some wild Chinook have the highest levels of all, according to new research.

Study finds near-term infants at risk for significant health problems
In their report in the August issue of Pediatrics, researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children describe finding that babies born at 35 or 36 weeks gestation were more likely to have jaundice, low blood sugar, difficulty maintaining body temperature, and other problems than were full-term infants.

Rutgers-Newark scientist: Mosquitoes may carry lethal parasite
Mosquitoes may carry a type of parasite potentially lethal to humans, which researchers believe may have killed a Pennsylvania woman after she swatted a mosquito and ground the parasite into the wound on her skin left by the insect's bite.

T. rex owes its giant size to the ultimate teenage growth spurt
For the first time, scientists have determined the lifelong growth pattern for the Tyrannosaurus rex, which reached its massive size due to an extraordinary growth spurt 14-18 years of age.

New York City clinics improve primary care for low-income patients by redesigning how they operate
Patients at Union Health Center in New York City can see their own provider within 24 hours of calling for an appointment--a vast improvement over the average 15-day wait experienced before the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) helped Center staff revamp their scheduling process.

Children with serious insect-sting allergies should get shots to avoid life-threatening reactions
Children who have severe allergic reactions when stung by bees, wasps and other insects should receive venom immunotherapy, or allergy shots, to reduce the chance of future life-threatening reactions if a repeat sting should occur, said an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

MGH cancer specialists propose new approval track for targeted drugs
In the July 29 New England Journal of Medicine, two specialists from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center propose an expansion of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Rutgers-Newark biologist links presence of protein to spread of cancerous cells
Biology researchers at Rutgers-Newark have identified a new link between a specific protein and its role in determining how cancerous cells divide, spread and form new tumors in other parts of the human body.

New drug combination appears promising for those with HIV and hepatitis C
A multi-center study in the July 29 New England Journal of Medicine has found that the newest treatment for patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) alone also helps those infected with both HCV and HIV by significantly improving the clearance of HCV from the bloodstream.

Self-assembling and biologically active artificial pores may lead to a future full of holes
Chemists at the University of Pennsylvania detail the creation of a library of small peptides that can self-assemble to form hollow corkscrew-like pores that could mimic pores seen in living systems.

Growing pains: T. Rex was teenage giant
Most teenagers have growing pains, but none probably compared to those of Tyrannosaurus rex as it ascended to adulthood more than 65 million years ago, according to a Florida State University researcher. 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