Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 24, 2004
Wealth does not create individual happiness and it doesn't build a strong country, either
A study in the recent issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest addresses how economic status is no longer a sufficient gauge of a nation's well-being.

ESA at the International Astronautical Congress in Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada, hosts the 55th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from 4 to 8 October this year.

Lennart Nilsson Award
The Lennart Nilsson Award for 2004 has been won by the Swedish researcher Göran Scharmer, a professor at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm University.

Study reveals function of lipid in neuronal synapses
Yale researchers demonstrate the crucial role of a membrane lipid in the communication of information between synapses in the brain.

Live, from Peconic Bay, it's National Estuaries Day
National Estuaries Day Web Cast features eastern Long Island as one of seven estuaries from around the U.S.

CHEP '04
Next week, CERN will be hosting CHEP'04, a major conference for Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (September 27 - October 1).

IU research team to study whether cleaning teeth reduces risk of heart disease
An Indiana University School of Dentistry researcher will study whether dental patients whose teeth are cleaned regularly may be getting far more than a sparkling white smile: they also may be reducing their chances of developing heart disease.

New sequence involved in DNA replication timing may aid in cancer detection
Scientists have discovered a DNA sequence that is involved in controlling the timing of DNA replication.

UMaine anthropologist wins Solon T. Kimball Award
University of Maine anthropology and marine sciences professor James Acheson has been named the 2004 winner of the American Anthropological Association's Kimball award for effecting change in public policy.

Researchers create nanotubes that change colors, form 'nanocarpet' and kill bacteria
University of Pittsburgh researchers have synthesized a simple molecule that not only produces perfectly uniform, self-assembled nanotubes but creates what they report as the first

ORNL engineer recognized for contributions
Johney Boyd Green Jr., a researcher with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been recognized as one of the 50 most important black research scientists in America, according to the September issue of Science Spectrum magazine.

US Presidential Candidates' Forum
On September 30, AAAS will host a special Candidates' Forum on Science & Technology Policy, at which representatives of the U.S. presidential campaigns of incumbent George W.

ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source 'warms' up for 2006
With the recent

Study addresses Maya women of Chiapas, Mexico
For centuries, the Zinacantec Maya women of Chiapas, Mexico, have woven and embroidered clothing that expresses their values.

Imagery reduces children's post-operative pain, study finds
A study aimed at giving health care providers a better understanding of the multidimensional nature and effects of school-age children's post-operative pain concludes that using imagery with analgesics reduced tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy pain and anxiety following surgery.

Rice finds 'on-off switch' for buckyball toxicity
A new study in the journal Nano Letters describes a simply way to make buckyballs ten million times less toxic.

UK company way ahead of the market in creating green hydrogen
British company Hydrogen Solar has doubled the performance of its technology, which converts light and water directly into hydrogen fuel.

Umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells given intravenously reduce stroke damage
Stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood, then given intravenously along with a drug known to temporarily breach the brain's protective barrier, can dramatically reduce stroke size and damage, Medical College of Georgia and University of South Florida researchers say.

Alaska scientists find Arctic tundra yields surprising carbon loss
Institute of Arctic Biology ecologists Donie Bret-Harte, Terry Chapin and colleagues working in northern Alaska discovered that tundra plants and soils respond in surprisingly opposite ways to conditions that simulate long-term.

Bronfenbrenner book sums up human development
Urie Bronfenbrenner, one of the best-known psychologists alive, has published

ICTP celebrates 40th anniversary, 'Legacy for the Future'
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, in Trieste, Italy, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 4-5 October by examining future challenges in high energy and condensed matter physics, mathermatics and a host of related fields (for example, climate and biological systems, where physics and mathematics play a critical role).

Recovering 'lost' oil topic of lecture at UH
Improving oil recovery to meet near-term energy challenges will be discussed at the University of Houston Sept.

Briefing, discussion and exhibits explore the new technology of sensors
From tiny robo-spies designed to prowl unseen through hostile territory, to wireless networks of chemical sniffers monitoring pollution in the wilderness, ultra-high-tech sensors have begun to link the cyberspace of bits and bytes with the analog world we actually live in.

NREL selects contractor for new Science & Technology Facility
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has signed a subcontract with the M.

UCI scientists successfully target key HIV protein; breakthrough may lead to new drug therapies
In what may be a first step toward expanding the arsenal against HIV, UC Irvine researchers have successfully targeted an HIV protein that has eluded existing therapies.

Spun from bone
Bone and enamel start with the same calcium-phosphate crystal building material but end up quite different in structure and physical properties.

Student advocates, school districts can avoid deadlock if agree on core values first
Each year, controversies can arise in a school district pitting the administration against individual parents and students over such issues as the handling of learning disabilities, textbooks thought morally subversive or the wearing of religious symbols.

First study to show SEROQUEL may be effective in rapid-cycling bipolar disorder
AstraZeneca announced important new data presented today at the 4th European Stanley Foundation Conference on Bipolar Disorder, which show SEROQUEL is significantly more effective than placebo in treating patients with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder and is also well-tolerated in this difficult to treat patient population.1 The results are from the first large-scale, placebo-controlled study of an atypical antipsychotic in the treatment of bipolar I or II depression including patients with rapid-cycling. 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