Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 23, 2005
Orlando meeting highlights work about making systems, tools, and products safe and easy to use
Human factors/ergonomics researchers and practitioners will present papers on issues of current interest, as well as ongoing work in areas such as computer systems, cognitive engineering, human performance modeling, virtual environments, simulation, and automation.

Rutgers-Newark psychology researchers reveal link between body and action perception
With the help of two patients suffering from an extremely rare degenerative neurological condition, a Rutgers-Newark Psychology Professor and his team of researchers have established that the body plays a significant role in helping humans to perceive and understand the actions of others.

CryoSat launch will be blast from the Cold War past
CryoSat's 8 October flight atop its Rockot launcher will be of historical significance in more ways than one.

Artificial cervical disc replacement offered for neck and arm pain problems
Rush University Medical Center is one of the few sites in the country selected to participate in a clinical trial for the Artificial Cervical Disc, the latest technology in the field.

First Neurology EXPO comes to Atlanta on October 22
All are invited to the first Neurology EXPO sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and its Foundation on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Johns Hopkins researchers discover key protein linked to transverse myelitis and multiple sclerosis
Hopkins researchers have discovered a single molecule that is a cause of an autoimmune disease in the central nervous system, called transverse myelitis (TM), that is related to multiple sclerosis.

Homing in on blood pressure genes may lead to targeted therapy
For the first time, researchers have mapped a genetic location that explains why certain blood pressure-lowering drugs aren't effective for some people, according to researchers at the 2005 American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research meeting.

Physicists measure tiny force that limits how far machines can shrink
University of Arizona physicists have directly measured how close speeding atoms can come to a surface before atom wavelengths change.

Mechanism regulating tooth shape formulation found
One of the remaining challenges for evolutionary developmental studies of mammals, whose evolution is best known from their teeth, is how their tooth shape is altered during development.

Lombardi director receives international award for research achievements
Richard Pestell, director of the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University, has received a prestigous award from the Endocrine Society of Australia.

NIST atomic fountain clock gets much better with time
The world's best clock, NIST-F1, has been improved over the past few years and now measures time and frequency more than twice as accurately as it did in 1999 when first used as a national standard, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report.

Jefferson scientists design method to fight artificial implant infections with antibiotics
Infections related to medical implants can be devastating, painful, and cause disability, costing thousands of dollars.

CAD helps detect smaller potentially more aggressive breast cancers in younger women
A computer-aided detection system not only helps radiologists detect more breast cancers, but also helps detect smaller tumors in younger women, a new study shows.

MCW Research Foundation licenses invention for stroke treatment
A new drug to prevent brain damage in stroke victims was licensed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Research Foundation to Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Nanowires can detect molecular signs of cancer, scientists find
Harvard University researchers have found that molecular markers indicating the presence of cancer in the body are readily detected in blood scanned by special arrays of silicon nanowires - even when these cancer markers constitute only one hundred-billionth of the protein present in a drop of blood.

Study to examine the effects of synthetic steroids
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researchers have received a grant of about $5 million from the National Institutes of Health to study factors that may increase premature infants' risk for high blood pressure and kidney disease later in life.

Immigrants, Aboriginals needed to help educate about TB
Knowledge of TB is needed in the high-risk populations, but health professionals tend to meet patients only in the active stages of the disease.

MERIS monitoring tracks planetary photosynthesis levels
Daily multispectral observations from Envisat's MERIS sensor are being combined with a sophisticated processing algorithm and powerful Grid computing to reveal global photosynthesis activity on land.

UQ research to ease suffering from whiplash
New research at The University of Queensland will examine the psychological as well as physical aspects of whiplash in a bid to help chronic sufferers.

Magnetic insoles do not provide pain relief, Mayo Clinic study reports
Magnetic shoe insoles did not effectively relieve foot pain among patients in a study, researchers report in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Mayo Clinic boosts immune system
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a way to dramatically boost the output of immune system cells from the thymus, which may lead to improved cancer vaccines, as well as to ways to otherwise strengthen immune responses.

Envisat and ERS-2 reveal hidden side of Hurricane Rita
As Hurricane Rita entered the Gulf of Mexico, ESA's Envisat satellite's radar was able to pierce through swirling clouds to directly show how the storm churns the sea surface.

Columbia study shows elderly with diabetes at increased risk for falling
Falling is the leading cause of accidental death for elderly people, and a new study suggests that nursing home residents with diabetes are four times more likely to fall than those who are not diabetic.

U.S. House introduces Microbicide Development Act of 2005
The Alliance for Microbicide Development and the Global Campaign for Microbicides are pleased to announce the introduction of the

From shared to distributed memory systems for applications
Shared-memory computing applications have never taken particularly well to operating on distributed-memory systems, at least until now.

Cell signaling discovery yields heart disease clues
A pulsing heart cell is giving Oregon Health & Science University researchers insight into how it sends and receives signals, and that's providing clues into how heart disease and other disorders develop.

ACPM to host web-based conference on adolescent drug use
The American College of Preventive Medicine (
The characteristics of apples and ciders in the Basque Country
The aim of the work taken up in this Report is to contribute to the enhancement of knowledge about the factors that affect the quality of cider produced in the Basque Country.

BIDMC investigators receive award to study pathways responsible for obesity, type 2 diabetes
A team of four researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have been awarded the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Pinnacle Program Project Award for their investigations of the brain pathways that regulate body weight and glucose metabolism, and the role they play in the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Study points to molecular origin of neurodegenerative disorders, including Huntington's disease
New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine points to the possible molecular origin of at least nine human diseases of nervous system degeneration.
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