Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 28, 2005
Hands-on or hands-free, using a cell phone while driving is not safe, researchers find
Human factors researchers say hands-free devices for cell phones will not reduce accidents, fatalities, and damage in a special driver distraction section in Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

After the Tsunami: Virginia Tech professors to provide mental health training in Indonesia
Families are a resource in times of disaster, but the December Tsunami shattered thousands of families.

Monkey 'pay-per-view' study could aid understanding of autism
Researches have found that monkeys will

Article highlights confusion about Homeland Security safety symbols
Magazine article details the limitations of Homeland Security safety symbols and advocates for the inclusion of human factors methods in designing more effective safety symbols and systems

The mysteries of the emotions: The Good, Bad, and the Learned
Today's neuroscientists, using sophisticated imaging techniques, are uncovering the ways in which our emotions are linked to the physical wiring and physiological functioning of the brain.

Scientists studying wintry ice in summer clouds
Ice crystals that form at the top of big summertime clouds may help scientists predict next winter's snowstorm.

Man and mouse share genome structures
In the most detailed large-scale study to date of the proteins that package DNA, researchers have mapped a family of switches that turn genes on and off.

Reviewing scientists say proposed conservation measures unlikely to help whales
In a Policy Forum article forthcoming in the journal Science, reviewing scientists argue that the Internation Whaling Commission's current sanctuary plan is not scientifically sound because it does not sufficiently consider the migratory behavior of most whale species, does not factor in threats to whales besides whaling, and would be difficult to evaluate once implemented.

ASU students host first annual Western Regional Bioethics Conference
Arizona State University students have organized the first annual Western Regional Bioethics Conference to be held on February 25 and 26, 2005 at ASU's Tempe Campus.

Computer memory, MRI technology benefit from student research at UH
Furthering research in computer memory storage devices, magnetic resonance imaging technology and advanced electronics, University of Houston students in science and engineering showcased their original research in a campus competition.

Association of herpesvirus with lung disorder questioned
Contrary to the results of a recent U.S. study, investigators in Japan found no association between a herpesvirus infection and a potentially life-threatening form of high blood pressure, as reported in the March 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online.

Superfluid helium-4 whistles just the right tune
It's not every day that an experiment whistles at you.

International science team measures Arctic's atmosphere
An international team of scientists embarked this week on a journey to improve modeling of global-scale air quality and climate change predictions by conducting high quality measurements of the Arctic region's atmosphere.

Lottery funding to aid research into superbugs
A consortium of UK scientists and clinicians is to begin new research to tackle the problem of lung infection amongst Cystic Fibrosis (CF) sufferers.

Good medicine, good economics: African-Americans need equal treatment for pain, SLU study finds
Saint Louis University research finds the cheaper treatment and smaller settlements typically given to African-Americans and the poor for work-related back pain lead to greater dissatisfaction with the Workers' Compensation system, which in turn creates more long-term disability and costs.

Highlights of the February Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The February 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest.

NASA asks Lehigh engineering students to analyze debris from failed Columbia shuttle
Seniors seek to determine how materials behave in the intense conditions of atmospheric re-entry, and why, during launch, pieces of insulating foam broke away from fuel tank.

'Future Vision 2005' to feature innovation in endoscopy
Innovation, research and emerging endoscopic techniques are some of the topics that will be discussed at

Views from space help oil prospectors see deep underground
It takes seismic force to make the ground give up its secrets.

American Chemical Society plans March ProSpectives meeting on integrative drug discovery
The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will hold an ACS ProSpectives Conference on Interplay of Chemistry and Biology in Integrative Drug Discovery in Miami, Fla., at the Hyatt Regency Coral Cables, March 6-9, 2005.

Preschoolers not getting enough fiber
A Penn State analysis of the diets of a nationally representative sample of U.S. preschoolers, ages 2 to 5, shows that more than three-quarters of the children are not getting enough fiber.

NJIT hosts Biomedical Engineering Showcase and Career Fair
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is hosting the second annual New Jersey Biomedical Engineering Showcase and Career Fair - an annual event that unites industry professionals and academics interested in the applied-life sciences.

How many comparative genomes are enough?
Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers put pencil to paper to develop a mathematical model to determine how many species' genomes need to be sequenced to know whether evolution has conserved a given stretch of DNA.

Regular computer use for work, but not play, aids student test performance
A new Boston College/UMass study reveals that the more students used computers for school work, the better they performed on a state language/arts test.
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