Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 24, 2004
ESA at the world's largest medical exhibition
At MEDICA 2004, the medical trade fair taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 24-27 November 2004, the European Space Agency will introduce highly progressive methods in space medicine and their application on Earth.

The phone that knows you better than you do
Most cellphones can already get you up in the morning with built-in alarms and tell you what appointments you have that day from a calendar.

UCLA study points to evolutionary roots of altruism, moral outrage
A study by UCLA may help explain the evolutionary roots of altruism and human anger in the face of uncooperative behavior.

FDA tried to discredit whistleblower over drug safety claims
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tried to discredit one of its own experts after he told a US Senate hearing that the FDA had failed to protect the public over rofecoxib (Vioxx), according to two articles published online by the BMJ today.

University of Utah study suggests cellular waste to blame for a form of blinding eye disease
Gene mutations that impair the ability of photoreceptor cells to properly dispose of waste - and as a result cause the blinding eye disease retinitis pigmentosa - have been identified by vision researchers at the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center.

Crater Hale in Argyre basin
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show Crater Hale in the Argyre basin of the southern hemisphere of Mars.

Depression treatment boosts employee productivity
High-quality care for depression can improve productivity at work and lower rates of workplace absenteeism, according to a new report.

Heart protein could be used to repair damage caused by heart attack
A protein that the heart produces during its development could be redeployed after a heart attack to help the organ repair itself, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have found.

Study highlights importance of pesticide worker dermal exposure
The dermal route of exposure to chlorpyrifos, a common agricultural pesticide, contributes substantially to workers' total exposure, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

International study provides culture-by-culture clues to family violence and abuse
What is abuse? According to research in the new book, International Perspectives on Family Violence and Abuse, a country's history and culture strongly influence what its residents consider to be unacceptable -- and acceptable -- examples of domestic violence and abuse.

Basalt Middle School teacher recognized for renewable energy efforts
Jane Douglass from Basalt Middle School has earned the first Renewable Energy Teacher Award from the U.S.

Forensic clock calls time on crime
DNA profiling is a valuable forensic tool for linking a crime suspect to a sample of blood, hair or saliva.

New project takes measure of plastic electronics
Unlike today's largely silicon-based technologies, plastic microchip materials are flexible, can be processed at low temperatures and lend themselves to large-area applications, such as wall-sized electronic murals.

Congress strengthens technical workforce protections
IEEE-USA is pleased Congress strengthened education provisions and technical workforce protections in the omnibus appropriations bill it passed Saturday, but is disappointed it chose to create an additional H-1B visa exemption category.

Leukemia patients survive with stem cell transplant
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms that stem cells derived from the umbilical cords of newborn babies are a viable and effective transplant source for thousands of leukemia patients who have no other treatment option.

Eelgrass provides a refuge from predators for some fish species
An article in the current issue of the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series describes experiments by URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) biological oceanographers Lora Harris, Betty Buckley, Scott Nixon, and Ben Allen to investigate how different habitats affect predator-prey relationships.

Isotron licenses ORNL cancer treatment technology
Patients with cancers previously next to untreatable may have new hope because of a license agreement between Isotron of Norcross, Ga., and UT-Battelle, which manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ARC, Genics Inc. commercialize technology to prevent mold, decay in wood building products
The Alberta Research Council Inc. (ARC) together with Genics Inc., of Acheson, Alberta, have developed a technology to prevent mold, decay and termite attacks in wood composite products such as oriented strandboard (OSB).

Young stars poised for production of rocky planets
One of the currently hottest astrophysical topics - the hunt for Earth-like planets around other stars - has just received an important impetus from new observations with the ESO VLT Interferometer.

NREL recognizes solar pioneer with national honor
The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) presented the 2004 Paul Rappaport Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Award to Robert

Planning for extreme events by understanding risk
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