Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 20, 2004
Clemson University spin-off uses corn to make plastics, provide cleaner air
Plastic has changed lives, now a Clemson spin-off company is changing plastics -- and the environment

Moist soil 'hot spots' may affect rainfall
While the Earth is moistened by rainfall, scientists believe that the water in soil can, in turn, influence rainfall both regionally and globally.

Pfizer's DETROL(R) LA effectively treats overactive bladder symptoms of mixed incontinence
Women with mixed incontinence, a combination of overactive bladder and stress incontinence, reported a greater treatment benefit for overactive bladder symptoms from DETROLĀ® LA (tolterodine tartrate extended release capsules) than placebo, according to new study results published in the August issue of Urology.

Virus known for its photo ops makes its movie screen debut
Biologists have obtained clearer pictures of how the T4 virus alsters its shape as it prepares to pierce its host's cell membrane.

OHSU study reveals many seriously consider physician assisted suicide
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have published the first study of dying Oregonians' attitudes towards physician assisted suicide (PAS).

Aggressive tendencies may be revealed by asymmetry in body parts, study finds
Researchers may get some indication of how aggressively an angry person will react by measuring the size relationship between a person's ears and other body parts, according to a new study.

The Mount Sinai Hospital receives Magnet award for nursing excellence
The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has received the prestigious Magnet award for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) of the American Nurses Association.

Statement from the American Gastroenterological Association on colonoscopy surveillance study
Colonic surveillance, as opposed to screening, is the periodic examination of the colon after polyps and/or cancer has been identified.

Livermore research in accelerator mass spectrometry highlighted at ACS meeting
DNA damage formed during carcinogenesis is just one of the topics researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will discuss during the 228th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.

Managing occupational exposures to potential bioterrorist agents
A multifaceted policy of continued safety training, careful laboratory practices and procedures, use of personal protective equipment, vaccination, and early assessment of potential exposures (with the initiation of antibiotic prophylaxis as needed), has been successful in minimizing the risk of disease in laboratory workers at the U.S.

Basic research producing new anthrax therapies
Thanks to new screening tools, and some luck, researchers at the University of Chicago have discovered three unrelated compounds that inhibit the two toxins - edema factor and lethal factor - that have made anthrax one of the most feared of potential bioterror agents.

Dynamic lighting system colors 3-D environments
An automatic lighting system that can speed up the development of interactive stories and videogames can enhance players' experiences, too, by adding more tension and emotion to a scene, says the Penn State researcher who developed the system.

Asian elephant sex pheromone transporter revealed
Lazar and colleagues report an unexpected finding about pheromone transport in the Asian elephant.

Disease-resistant papaya saves Hawaiian papaya industry
A new papaya, genetically resistant to papaya ringspot virus (PRSV), has rescued the Hawaiian papaya industry and may have the potential to do the same in other papaya-growing regions of the world, say plant pathologists with The American Phytopathological Society (APS).

Implantable device designed to detect, stop seizures under study at MCG
A small electronic device implanted in the skull that detects oncoming seizures then delivers a brief electrical stimulus to the brain to stop them is under study at the Medical College of Georgia.
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