Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 11, 2005
RelayHealth selected by Columbia University to link doctors and patients online
A new agreement between CPPN, Columbia University Medical Center's managed care organization, and RelayHealth.

NASA details earthquake effects on the Earth
NASA scientists using data from the Indonesian earthquake calculated it affected Earth's rotation, decreased the length of day, slightly changed the planet's shape, and shifted the North Pole by centimeters.

Flawed regulation leaves asylum seekers destitute says new research
Many asylum seekers in Leeds are destitute or homeless because of flaws in the benefits system according to researchers at the University of Leeds.

European Union cites excellence of Hebrew University neural computation center
The European Union has designated the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation as a center of excellence.

The Louis-Jeantet-Prize for Medicine 2005
Prize winners are Prof. Alan Hall, Medical Research Council, London, and Prof.

Unusual reproductive behavior of odd ants surprises scientists
A genetically unusual population of ants is changing some of the fundamental ways researchers think about insect colonies.

Optical innovator uses soda-straw-like tubes to solve widespread sensing problems
Sending weak beams of light through inexpensive glass tubes that resemble soda straws, Sandia National Laboratories researcher Jonathan Weiss - dubbed by some the

News tips from the Journal of Neuroscience
This issue contains the following two articles: Differential Action of 5-HT on Frontal Lobe Functions and Blocking Aß-Stimulated Inflammation with Statins.

Carefree people care less about cancer symptoms, endanger health
A little anxiety can be a good thing when it comes to cancer symptoms according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Spitzer space telescope reads solar system's 'Rosetta Stone'
Astrophysicists from the University of Minnesota and the Spitzer Science Center (California Institute of Technology) will present sharp pictures of comets and their dust trails, as well as data on comets' chemical composition, taken during the Spitzer Space Telescope's first year of operation during a poster session and press conference Tuesday, Jan.

Super-star clusters may be born small and grow by coalescing
A trio of massive, young star clusters found embedded in a star cloud may shed light on the formation of super-star clusters and globular clusters.

Mayo Clinic researchers report success in new molecular breast imaging technique
Using a new specially designed gamma camera for breast imaging, Mayo Clinic researchers report in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings their success with a system they call molecular breast imaging.

Study finds no reduction in breast cancer risk with consumption of vegetables and fruits
Contrary to findings in previous studies, new research that includes a large group of women found no link between eating fruits and vegetables and a subsequent decreased risk for breast cancer, according to a study in the January 12 JAMA.

Book explores impact of viruses on evolution
Although viruses technically may not be alive, their contribution to the dynamic web of life is undeniable.

Watching Earth's climate change in the classroom
NASA and other organizations use NASA's global climate computer model (GCM) to see how Earth's climate is changing.

National Academies advisory: Report assesses health implications of perchlorate exposure
A new report by the National Academies' National Research Council on the health effects of perchlorate, a chemical that in high doses can decrease thyroid function in humans and that is present in many public drinking-water supplies, says daily ingestion of up to 0.0007 milligrams per kilogram of body weight can occur without adversely affecting the health of even the most sensitive populations.

Some US soldiers returning from Afghanistan should be screened for malaria
Nearly 40 U.S. Army Rangers returning from Afghanistan in 2002 may have contracted malaria because of inadequate use of preventive measures, according to a study in the January 12 issue of JAMA.

Saharan dust affects thunderstorm behavior in Florida
Scientists have discovered that these tiny particles of dust from the Saharan desert can affect thunderstorms in Florida in various ways.

K-State engineering professor examines factors leading to fatal automobile accidents
Driving in rural areas can be hazardous to your health.

'Temp doctors' choose career for flexibility, easier lifestyle
When people think of jobs that use temporary workers, doctors are probably not one of the first careers to come to mind.

Likelihood of a large vCJD epidemic remains small claim researchers
The likelihood of a large number of future cases of vCJD remains small claim researchers from Imperial College London.

Scientists find climate change is major factor in drought's growing reach
The percentage of Earth's land area stricken by serious drought more than doubled from the 1970s to the early 2000s, according to a new analysis by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo.

Study shows nanoshells ideal as chemical nanosensors
New research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science finds that tailored nanoparticles called nanoshells boost by a factor of 10 billion a key, light-scattering effect known as Raman scattering, which produces a unique optical signature for materials at the molecular scale.

High sugar levels increase cancer and mortality risk
According to researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, elevated blood sugar levels and diabetes are risk factors for developing severa types of cancer and mortality.

First new treatment for alcoholism in ten years, now available Campral(R) (acamprosate calcium)
Forest Laboratories, Inc. announced today that Campral(R) (acamprosate calcium) Delayed- Release Tablets are now available to physicians, patients and pharmacies nationwide.

Satellite data to track wildlife: Elephants in space
Scientists from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York City have been monitoring endangered wildlife populations for more than 100 years.

New treatment guidelines for pregnant women with asthma
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) is issuing the first new guidelines in more than a decade for managing asthma during pregnancy.

Astronomers find gravity's signature in galaxy distribution
In the largest galaxy survey ever, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) confirmed the role of gravity in growing structures in the universe, using the result to precisely measure the geometry of the universe.

Long-term high consumption of red and processed meat linked with increased risk for colon cancer
High consumption of red and processed meat over a long period of time is associated with an increased risk for a certain type of colon cancer, according to a study in the January 12 issue of JAMA.

New comparative toxicogenomics database
The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory has publicly released a prototype of the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD:
Wiley announces the winners of the 2005 Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics Prize
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is proud to announce that the winners of the 2005 Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics Prize are Piotr Kujawa, Annie Audibert-Hayet, Joseph Selb, and Françoise Candau for their paper,

Baby talk: Infants have much to say if adults will only listen
Little is known about baby's talk and just as little is known about how babies perceive and process words and sounds from adults and the world around them.

Huygens sets off with correct spin and speed
On Christmas Day 2004, the Cassini spacecraft flawlessly released ESA's Huygens probe, passing another challenging milestone for Cassini-Huygens mission.

Elevated glucose levels and diabetes are associated with increased risk for cancer
New research involving more than one million people indicates that having high fasting serum glucose levels and diabetes are risk factors for several major cancers, according to a study in the January 12 issue of JAMA.

New lensless imaging technique opens door to nanoscale world
Researchers at SSRL and BESSY crafted a technique to take X-ray images that reveal tiny variations and lightning-quick changes in materials a thousand times smaller than the thickness of a strand of hair.

NJIT astrophysicist who revived earthshine named fellow of American Physical Society
Phillip R. Goode, PhD, distinguished professor of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) who has led the charge to revitalize a 15th century technique for monitoring Earth's climate, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Happy home and social life makes living in a poor neighbourhood more bearable for adolescents
Individual and family attributes may make some adolescents more 'resilient' to the effects of living in a disadvantaged community, according to new research sponsored by the ESRC.

New study reveals treatment for 'silent killer' using diet, not drugs
A new scientific review shows that high blood pressure can be reduced with diet changes, especially a vegetarian diet.

Hebrew University scientist one of four profiled in Nature in connection with Einstein centenary
Dr. Dorit Aharonov, of the Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been chosen by the science journal Nature as one of four young theorists being profiled in the current issue of the magazine to mark the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's publication of three of his landmark theories in 1905, when he was 26 years old.
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