Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 18, 2005
Newborn screening for childhood hearing impairment leads to early detection
Screening newborn babies for permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI) can improve early detection of the condition by 43%, according to a research letter in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Study shows some types of military interventions can slow or stop genocide
A new study shows that interventions that directly challenge perpetrators of genocides and politicides save lives.

Study finds that school-funding loopholes leave poor children behind
The major funding arm of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Program is hampered by loopholes that prevent the money from reaching low-income children, researchers found.

Monkey wrench in solar system evolution
A U of T scientist has found unexpectedly 'young' material in meteorites - a discovery that breaks open current theory on the earliest events of the solar system.

Effects of pediatric brain tumors and their treatment haunt survivors for years, study finds
Children who survive brain cancer struggle for years with the malevolent echo of the disease and its treatment, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Bacteria recognize antimicrobials, respond with counter-defenses
University of Washington (UW) and McGill University researchers have revealed a molecular mechanism whereby bacteria can recognize tiny antimicrobial peptide molecules, then respond by becoming more virulent.

U. T. Dallas-led research team produces strong, transparent carbon nanotube sheets
University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) nanotechnologists and an Australian colleague have produced transparent carbon nanotube sheets that are stronger than the same-weight steel sheets and have demonstrated applicability for organic light-emitting displays, low-noise electronic sensors, artificial muscles, conducting appliqués and broad-band polarized light sources that can be switched in one ten-thousandths of a second.

New research backs reform of EU farming subsidies
The first-ever comprehensive study of the effect of the Common Agricultural Policy on Europe's regions provides further support calls for the CAP to be reformed.

New microprinting technique improves nanoscale fabrication
Scientists will announce next month a new technique called microdisplacement printing, which makes possible the highly precise placement of molecules during the fabrication of nanoscale components for electronic and sensing devices.

Heat stress and injury among young athletes can be prevented
Progressively increasing practice time and intensity and ensuring that football players are replacing lost fluids during training are two ways to significantly reduce the risk of heat stress and injury during preseason practice, a recent expert panel convened by the American College of Sports Medicine found.

Energy management in cells may hold key to cancer defense
In an ongoing effort to fight disease by manipulating energy regulation of cells, a collaborative study led by Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) has demonstrated that cells lacking a tumor-suppressing kinase called LKB1 can still maintain healthy energy levels when they become stressed.

Looking at autoimmune diabetes, literally
A major problem for understanding and treating type1 diabetes is that we are unable to directly, but non-invasively, visualize the inflammatory lesions in the pancreas that cause the disease.

Despite gains, women still face bias in science careers
Despite gains in the training of women scientists and the implementation of programs to help women overcome ingrained barriers, the career path of most women scientists at universities remains a difficult trek, fraught with roadblocks of bias, a sometimes chilly campus climate and the challenge of balancing family and work.

Encouraging more women in science & technology
In order to remain technologically and scientifically competitive in an increasingly global society, the United States needs all the brainpower it has.

Team of international scientists departs today to discover the unknown in China's Himalayan region
In the quest to discover new species, a team of international scientists leaves today on a month-long expedition to explore the undiscovered treasures in the Mountains of Southwest China, an extension of the great Himalayan mountain range.

One bacteria stops another on contact
Scientists have discovered a new phenomenon in which one bacterial cell can stop the growth of another on physical contact.

Plastic Surgery 2005 showcases span of plastic surgery
From emerging minimally-invasive options for facial rejuvenation such as trumpet suture facelifts and mesotherapy to treat eye bags, to advances in combat injury management and new data on breast cancer recurrence after mastectomy, the hottest topics and technologies in plastic surgery will be presented at Plastic Surgery 2005, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation and American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Boosting the BCG vaccine to beat tuberculosis
In a new JCI study scientists describe a novel vaccine strain with high efficacy against tuberculosis.

A national plan for the R&D needed to protect U.S. critical infrastructure is released
In a world at war with terrorism, where the future may likely contain a terrorism attack on our own soil, America's great infrastructures remain prime targets.

UCR chemists prepare molecules that accelerate chemical reactions for manufacturing drugs
Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have synthesized a new class of carbenes - molecules that have unusual carbon atoms - that is expected to have wide applications in the pharmaceutical industry, ultimately resulting in a reduction in the price of drugs.

Researchers discover ancient origins of tuberculosis-causing bacteria
In the new open access journal PLoS Pathogens, researchers report that M. tuberculosis and related strains recently emerged from a much more ancient bacterial strain.

Neuroscientist's work helping opiate-addicted babies
MBL summer researcher Dr. Kimberlei Richardson is currently working to help babies born with opiate addition.

APA gives media recognition award to CBS News' The Early Show
CBS News' popular morning news program, The Early Show, will receive the 2005 News Media Recognition Award for excellence in reporting of psychological research and information.

Many choose more aggressive breast cancer surgery despite breast-sparing option
When women, not their surgeons, have control over the type of surgery they receive, they are more likely to choose a more aggressive surgery that removes the entire breast, even though survival rates are the same for surgery that removes only the tumor.

President signs transportation bill
In approving the Transportation Equity Act -A Legacy for Users, (TEA- LU), late Friday evening, the U.

Pubs in poorest areas of England most likely to be exempt from smoking ban
Pubs in the poorest areas of England are more likely to be exempt from the smoking ban than those in affluent areas, concludes a study published online by the BMJ today.

Scientists link genetic pathway to development of hearing
New research findings detail how sensory hair cells in the ear develop unique shapes that enable the perception of sound.

Research suggests fitness of Florida panthers improved by limited breeding with Texas animals
The number of living Florida panthers has grown from a previously estimated 30 to a recently counted 87 as a result of a controversial breeding effort to improve the genetic health of the endangered and inbred animals, according to a new assessment.

Contracting NGOs to provide health care in developing countries improves services
Contracting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to deliver health services in developing countries could provide better results than government provision of the same services, state the authors of a public health article in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Otter adaptations: How do otters remain sleek and warm
How do otters stay warm without a thick layer of body fat?

Energy-efficient retrofits: Two Quebec companies to receive financial incentives
Two commercial building owners are being rewarded for the strides they have taken to make their buildings more energy-efficient.

Obesity linked to graffiti in the local neighbourhood
City dwellers living in areas with little greenery and high levels of graffiti and litter are more likely to be obese than those living in pleasant areas with lots of greenery, say researchers in a study published on
New imaging technology shown to detect pancreatic inflammation in type 1 diabetes
A key obstacle to early detection of type 1 diabetes - as well as to rapid assessment of the effectiveness of therapeutic intervention - has been the lack of direct, non-invasive technologies to visualize inflammation in the pancreas, an early manifestation of disease.

International move to train more forensic medicine and science experts
A new degree designed to equip doctors and scientists with the expertise needed to investigate deaths resulting from acts of genocide, terrorism, natural disasters such as Tsunami, transport accidents and drug abuse will be launched next week at an international Forensic Science conference in Hong Kong.

Book 'Asbestos and Fire' explores risk trade-offs
Asbestos has saved thousands of lives in the short run, but in the long run it has serious health risks.

Microbe has huge role in ocean life, carbon cycle
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that the smallest free-living cell known also has the smallest genome, or genetic structure, of any independent cell - and yet it dominates life in the oceans, thrives where most other cells would die, and plays a huge role in the cycling of carbon on Earth.

Simple sea sponge helps scientists understand tissue rejection
Xavier Fernàndez-Busquets, an MBL researcher visiting from the University of Barcelona, has found the perfect ally in this quest Understanding why some transplant patients reject their new organs - the red beard sea sponge. 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