Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 12, 2004
Molecular technique shows promise in destroying drug resistance in bacteria
A new approach to outwit resistance to antibiotics has been discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Illegal tuna fishing and farming leads to demise of species
In advance of a critical meeting of government and industry leaders on the fate of vulnerable Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today called on participants to make urgent, far-reaching moves to end mismanagement and stop illegal fishing and farming methods.

Endocrine Society urges NIH to delay public access plan
The Endocrine Society today asked the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to delay implementation of its plan to enhance public access to scientific research.

Lyme disease receptor identified in tick guts
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have identified a Lyme disease receptor called TROSPA that is used by disease agents to invade ticks.

Satellite view highlights Europe's changing landscape
A new tool based on satellite data shows trends in the way Europeans use our landscape.

New female sterilization technique not only quicker and easier for patients, but cheaper
Mayo Clinic gynecologists have discovered that hysteroscopic sterilization, a new method of plugging the fallopian tubes to prevent conception, will save patients money compared to laparoscopic tubal ligation, the most commonly used method of sterilization for women.

New studies regarding the efficacy of antioxidants and their impact on standard cancer treatment
The December 2004 issue of the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies, entitled

Elderly cancer patients are significantly under-represented in cancer clinical trials
A new study finds that only 36% of cancer patients ages 65 and older participate in clinical trials, despite making up 60% of the U.S. cancer population.

Ancient fossil offers new clues to brown bears past
While nosing around the Quaternary mammal collection at the Provincial Museum of Alberta two years ago, Paul Matheus, a paleontologist with the Alaska Quaternary Center, came across a brown bear fossil that seemed out of place.

NJIT professor receives award for outstanding on line teaching
Roxanne Hiltz, PhD, a distinguished professor of information systems at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), today received the Sloan Consortium 2004 Award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Teaching and Learning by an Individual.

Denmark makes national Open Access commitment
Denmark has made a nationwide commitment to Open Access for the biomedical research it funds.

More mobility for researchers in Europe
Recently, the European Union Research Organisation's Heads of Research Councils signed an agreement allowing researchers within the European Research Area to preserve existing research opportunities, and to bridge the period until an application for funds in the new country has been successful.

Avian cholera could spread from Great Salt Lake
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center are concerned that avian cholera, which recently killed about 30,000 eared grebes--small, diving water birds--at Great Salt Lake, Utah, could spread as birds migrate south for the winter, the agency announced today.

Research with red tide toxin yields potential therapies for cystic fibrosis
Researchers working with Florida red tide discovered two new compounds that may treat mucus build-up associated with cystic fibrosis and similar lung diseases.

Investigating the Columbia River and Estuary: A primary focus of research
What is considered perhaps the northwest's most valuable natural resource will be the primary focus for hundreds of environmental science professionals as they convene for the Fourth Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry World Congress conference in Portland this November.

Very low-carbohydrate diets work for men and upper body fat
Scientists say that low carbohydrate diets, like the Atkins and South Beach Diets, may actually be the best option for men who want to slim.

Study shows hands-free cell phones dangerously distract drivers' attention
Driving with one hand on the wheel and another on a cell phone has led to legal restrictions and proposals to require drivers to use hands-free phones.

Vegetable lovers should be viewed as different from fruit aficionados
Health educators and dietitians ought to be more precise the next time they advise Americans that

TEAM designs world's highest resolution microscope
The country's best microscopists are teaming up to build the highest resolution microscope in the world.

Millions who suffer from nut and milk allergies could benefit from Stanford researcher's test
A team led by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed vaccines that vastly reduce or eliminate dogs' allergic reactions to three major food allergens: peanuts, milk and wheat.

Tropical birds sensitive to environmental cues that can be impacted by global warming
Seasonal changes in northern birds' song control systems have been demonstrated, but what about tropical birds, where day-length changes are minimal?

Yale environmental journal translated into Chinese
The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE), an international peer-reviewed English-language quarterly, owned by Yale University and published by MIT Press, has recently translated summaries (abstracts) of all its articles into Chinese.

Academy eBriefings offer comprehensive reports on more than 100 cutting-edge scientific issues
Since July 2003, the Academy's eBriefings at
NIEHS to develop new RNAi library to help fight disease
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is undertaking a $3 million, three-year effort to see how specific genes might contribute to environmentally-related disease.

Answer to how winter seasonal forecasts can be improved
Energy prices are at all-time highs, so winter weather, which significantly affects the U.S. economy, may have an even greater impact this season.

Sandwich clusters may improve magnetic memory storage
A new type of molecular magnet known as a
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