Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 20, 2005
Canada lags behind in caregiver support
According to a new study, Canada lags behind other western countries in the level of financial support it gives to family caregivers.

Tendency to hair loss inherited from the mother
Scientists from the universities of Bonn and Düsseldorf, Germany, have shown that specific changes in the genetic 'construction manual' of the androgen receptor may result in premature balding.

Secret of smallpox's success may lead to bioterror cure
ASU virologist Bertram Jacobs has received a grant to develop an effective post-exposure vaccine for smallpox as part of Project Bioshield.

NASA helps students in problem-solving competition
Students from all over the world will gather to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind's 26th World Finals, a creative problem-solving competition, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo., May 21 through 24.

Narcotic drugs effective for severe, chronic pain in older patients
Narcotic medications can safely and effectively ease severe, chronic pain in older people with little risk that these patients will seek ever-increasing doses, UCSF medical scientists have found.

Report that delayed motherhood decreases life expectancy of mouse offspring
In what may prove to be a contentious finding, Spanish scientists report in the June issue of Biology of Reproduction that delayed motherhood decreases the life expectancy of mouse offspring.

Arthur Frommer tells America where to stop when they need to go
While most Americans look forward to summer travel, anxiety may replace anticipation for the one out of six adults over age 40 with a condition called overactive bladder (OAB).

Detecting biological threats top goal of UH project
Researchers at University of Houston have been awarded a homeland security grant to develop a method for identifying bacteria and viruses that could be used in bioterrorism.

Industrial energy efficiency: McGuinty to present awards
On May 24, David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, will present the 2005 Industrial Energy Innovators Energy Efficiency Awards to Canadian organizations that have made significant gains in addressing climate change.

News tips: NASA presentations at Annual 2005 Joint Assembly Meeting
NASA and NASA-funded scientists will present findings on a variety of Earth and space science topics at the 2005 Joint Assembly Meeting, to be held at the Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, La., May 23-27, 2005.

Researchers develop assay that could be applied to drug screening
Using state of the art imaging technology a team from Yale School of Medicine has glimpsed one of the cell's most important 'nano-machines' in action.

Red delicious, Northern Spy apples have most antioxidants, chemists find
Red Delicious, Northern Spy and Ida Red contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than other apples studied, Canadian researchers say.

New polysaccharide may help combat multidrug resistance in cancer
In a recent study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, scientists report that a molecule previously thought to play a purely structural and inert role in cells is actually involved in multidrug resistance in cancer.

New scientific and conservation institute launched in Florida
Internationally-known marine scientist Dr. Edith Widder announced the establishment of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association in Ft.

Boston University engineers develop low-cost, highly sensitive underwater listening device
Jason Holmes, a BU mechanical engineering graduate student and guest researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, has devised a low-cost, highly sensitive array of underwater ears that is perking up interest in both homeland security and ocean research circles.

Allergies increase risk for corneal transplant rejection, UT Southwestern study shows
Corneal transplant patients who suffer from eye allergies are at a significantly higher risk of transplant failure than those without allergies, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have shown.

Oldest cranial, dental and postcranial fossils of early modern European humans confirmed
The human fossil evidence from the Mladec Caves in Moravia, Czech Republic, excavated more than 100 years ago, has been proven for the first time, through modern radiocarbon dating, to be the oldest cranial, dental and postcranial assemblage of early modern humans in Europe.

ESMO Minimum Clinical Recommendations
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) is continuing to expand and update its internationally respected collection of Minimum Clinical Recommendations for the treatment of cancer ― a set of documents that provide up-to-date information free of charge for oncologists around the world.

Discovery at UCSB may lead to new drugs to treat cancer, control fertility
A recent discovery in cellular biology at UC Santa Barbara may allow scientists to enhance organ regeneration by stem cells, prevent the progression of cancer, and control fertility.

Web site explains how climate change affects New York City
A new highly-researched Web site provides scientific answers to basic questions about climate change, and how such changes might impact New York City. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to