Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 02, 2005
Joint pain and estrogen deprivation
A study published in the September 2005 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism examines the evidence linking aromatase inhibitors and, more broadly, estrogen deprivation joint pain.

Communicating science through film
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a program on communicating science through film, the first in a series on the techniques and challenges of communicating about science.

A water tale for all seasons: When it comes to hydration and exercise, the system works
For 20 years, the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) has studied the effect of temperature and the environment on physical performance.

Communicating science through print and radio
As part of a lecture series on communicating about science, the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a program on conveying science through print and radio with Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio.

Pizza and prose with author Robert Hazen
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a lunchtime discussion with Robert Hazen, author of

Discovery will aid identification of misregulated genes in Rett Syndrome
Adrian Bird of the University of Edinburgh and colleagues report today in the online issue of Molecular Cell that the

Cancer drug target Chk1 may also be source of drug resistance
A study published by The Burnham Institute in the September edition of Molecular Cell reports that a cell-cycle checkpoint protein, known to be activated by an important class of anticancer drugs, may play crucial roles in both the hampering of therapeutic actions and aiding cancer cells to

Study finds mixed results on teen sexual behavior from abstinence-only intervention
Abstinence-only education can influence teen sexual behavior and beliefs, according to a study from Case Western Reserve University.

High doses of vitamin E boost rat survival rate 40%; brain function, neuromuscular gains
Two-year-plus study shows vitamin E supplementation from week 28 increased male rats' median lifespan 40% and maximal lifespan 17%,

Chinese-American Frontiers of Science Nov. 2 - 4
This annual symposium brings together outstanding young scientists from the United States and China to discuss their current research projects.

Researchers to test if cannabis ingredient can help COPD patients
Researchers from Imperial College London are looking for volunteers to test whether cannabinoids, the active ingredient of cannabis, can be used to alleviate the sensation of breathlessness caused by illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Adult stem cells from adipose tissue could save lives
National and international scientists, including those from the University of Virginia Health System, will announce findings from a significant number of studies showing that adult stem cells from adipose tissue (fat) could eventually be used to treat injured or damaged tissues.

There's a storm brewing: Hurricane forecasting
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a program on hurricane forecasting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept.

The Antarctic Ocean floor
The biodiversity of the seas and the ocean floors is a mystery for science yet to unravel.

Scientists must offer solutions for conserving tropical forests in a rapidly changing world
As human populations increase, tropical forests change in different ways.

Oct. 27-29 US Frontiers of Science Symposium
This annual symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, brings together outstanding young American scientists to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions.

Is rheumatoid arthritis becoming milder?
Is the course of rheumatoid arthritis becoming milder? If so, why?

Lunchtime discovery: Impact of the Earth-sun system
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a program on the Earth-sun system from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.

Pizza and prose with author Julie Wakefield
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will hold a lunchtime discussion with Julie Wakefield, author of

Physical fitness cuts men's heart disease risk in half, new Queen's study shows
Being physically fit can dramatically reduce men's deaths from heart disease - even when their cholesterol rates are high, says Queen's researcher Peter Katzmarzyk.

New insights into the software of life
A series of discoveries by an international consortium of scientists, including a team from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), will transform our understanding of how our genome works to produce a complex organism like a human being.

K-State researchers study insects' immune system
How insects avoid getting diseases they can carry and spread to humans is the focus of research at Kansas State University.

K-State researchers designing better drug to treat cystic fibrosis
John Tomich, a Kansas State University professor of biochemistry, spends much of his day thinking about how to design a better drug to treat cystic fibrosis.

CryoSat arrives safely at launch site in Russia
After leaving the Space Test Centre in Germany on 29 August, CryoSat has safely arrived at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, about 800 km north of Moscow, Russia.

Transplant rejection drug holds promise for inflammatory eye disease
The immunosuppressive drug mycophenolate mofetil, used to prevent rejection of transplanted hearts, kidneys and livers, may also be effective in controlling inflammatory eye diseases, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute.
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