Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 18, 2005
Leslie Roberts of Science wins ASM Public Communications Award
Leslie Roberts has been named the winner of the 2005 ASM Public Communications Award.

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
The current issues include the following three articles: 'Norovirus Prevalent in Those Suffering from Traveler's Diarrhea'; 'DNA Vaccine Protects Against AIDS, Not HIV'; and 'Newly Identified Protein May Inhibit Hepatitis Virus.'

NIH skate choice follows MDI Bio Lab white paper
With the National Institutes of Health announcing recently that the genome of the skate is going to be sequenced, the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory is poised to play an important role in this large-scale project.

'Hourglass' shaped craters filled traces of glacier
This image, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, shows flow features most likely formed by glaciers or 'block' glaciers.

Physicists find patterns within seemingly random events of physiological systems
Finding patterns behind seemingly random events is the signature of a recent trio of research studies coming from the statistical physics group in Boston University's Department of Physics.

Tiny porphyrin tubes developed by Sandia may lead to new nanodevices
Sunlight splitting water molecules to produce hydrogen using devices too small to be seen in a standard microscope.

The Norwegian Fund for Research and Innovation to be increased to 8,2 billion USD
The Norwegian Government plans to raise total investment in research to three per cent of GDP by 2010, one per cent of which will come from public funding.

Giant iceberg B-15A edges past floating ice pier
Envisat radar imagery confirms that the B-15A iceberg - the world's largest floating object - is adrift once more after two months aground on a shallow seamount.

Energy ambassadors find energy efficiency pays
Forty-three university students from across Canada have seen their future and it is green -- in more ways than one.

College alcohol problems exceed previous estimates
The harm caused by alcohol consumption among college students may exceed previous estimates of the problem.

Eating seafood that contains toxic substances can affect the nervous system
Eating seafood containing toxic substances can have serious neurological as well as gastrointestinal effects, reveals a review in the April issue of The Lancet Neurology.

UVM geologists explore link between human action and landscape change
UVM geologists use a large, searchable, Web-based image archive containing historical photographs to study Vermont landscape change over time.

Energy efficiency: Canadians honoured
The best and brightest advances in energy efficiency across the country were honoured today.

LISE 5: The 5th annual Leadership Initiative in Science Education
The 5th annual Leadership Initiative in Science Education conference (LISE 5) will showcase methods for improving students' understanding of science.

Storage time and temperature effects nutrients in spinach
That seven-day-old bag of spinach in your refrigerator may not make you as strong as your grandma told you, because, according to Penn State food scientists, spinach stored for a long time loses much of its nutrient content.

Scientists discover how fish evolved to float at different sea depths
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered how fish have evolved over the last 400 million years to stay motionless at different water depths.

VUMC researchers find drug-resistant bacteria MRSA a growing threat
Infectious diseases researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are noticing a significant increase in the number of infections due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and the number of asymptomatic individuals who harbor the organism in their bodies.

Genomic analysis to become tool for studying trauma patients
Genomic analysis may one day be a primary diagnostic tool for physicians deciding on a course of treatment for trauma and other critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to a new study by a national collaboration of more than 70 physicians and scientists.

Envisat enables first global check of regional methane emissions
The SCIAMACHY sensor aboard Envisat has performed the first space-based measurements of the global distribution of near-surface methane, one of the most important greenhouse gases.

Researchers go into action after Tsunami
British researchers have launched urgent research programmes in order to learn lessons from the recent Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster.

NIH should take decisive steps to promote independence, originality
The National Institutes of Health can foster independence among postdoctoral scholars, entry-level faculty, staff scientists, and other new investigators in biomedical research by improving their training and giving them more resources to pursue their own projects, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council.

Taking the terror out of terror: Sandia team re-thinks physical security for homeland defense
Anticipating attacks from terrorists, and hardening potential targets against them, is a wearying and expensive business that could be made simpler through a broader view of the opponents' origins, fears, and ultimate objectives, according to studies by the Advanced Concepts Group (ACG) of Sandia National Laboratories.

NJIT taps into solar energy to power new campus center
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is saving money and energy while also protecting the environment.

A regulatory network analysis of phenotypic plasticity in yeast
Molecular biologists have found that in the yeast gene regulatory network, some genes are turned on and off by just one 'regulatory gene' while others are influenced by ten or more regulatory genes.
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