Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 27, 2004
Quark study breaks logjam between theory, experiment
Physicists had long known that something was amiss regarding their understanding of how some quarks interact in the beta decay of particles, a common form of radioactivity.

The future of HIV therapeutics is brightening, according to Gladstone Institutes Director
Recent discoveries about the way that HIV infects cells are propelling the development of a broad spectrum of promising new antiviral drugs, according to an invited commentary on the topic in the current issue of Nature Immunology (August 27, 2004).

Reducing risks to astronauts earns top honors for UH engineer
One of NASA's highest honors was awarded to University of Houston Professor Stanley Kleis for helping reduce space-related risks to astronauts during long-duration missions.

Diabetics face fewer healthy food choices in some urban areas
Diabetics in East Harlem have a much tougher time finding healthy foods at their local stores than diabetics in New York's Upper East side.

Geological Society of America 2004 Annual Meeting
More than 6000 geoscientists will gather at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) in Denver Nov.

One-hundred-fifty year old lessons of John Snow still relevant today
Five Michigan State University professors - who call themselves the

Better living through urban ecology
The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), an interdisciplinary collaboration of over 30 researchers, educators and policy makers, is revealing valuable information about how urban ecosystems function.

Scientists fear new Ebola outbreak may explain sudden gorilla disappearance
Scientists fear that emerging evidence may suggest a new outbreak of the Ebola virus, which, in addition to threatening human lives, would threaten tens of thousands of great apes - in this case gorillas and chimpanzees - in the Republic of Congo.

Media Advisory 1 - AGU Fall Meeting
AGU's Fall Meeting returns to San Francisco, California, 13-17 December.

NIST unveils chip-scale atomic clock
The heart of a minuscule atomic clock -- believed to be 100 times smaller than any other atomic clock -- has been demonstrated by scientists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), opening the door to atomically precise timekeeping in portable, battery-powered devices for secure wireless communications, more precise navigation and other applications.

Children with ADHD benefit from time outdoors enjoying nature
Kids with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) should spend some quality after-school hours and weekend time outdoors enjoying nature, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Light oscillations become visible
An Austrian-German research team has demonstrated for the first time an attosecond

New UCI program in modern cosmology to help address fundamental questions about the universe
The UC Irvine Department of Physics and Astronomy has established a research program in modern cosmology - an entirely new field of research at the university.

Study suggests stress of task determines if estrogen helps cognition
Does estrogen help cognition? Many women ponder that question as a quality-of-life issue while deciding on estrogen therapy since it has been linked to potential disease complications.

Dieter beware: Herbal weight loss ingredient used as a substitute for ephedra may have risks
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