Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 11, 2005
'Italy at Cern': Italian high technology industry protagonist at Geneva research centre
The 'Italy at Cern' exhibition takes place every two or three years.

New 'eye movement' test may help treat fetal alcohol syndrome
A simple test that measures eye movement may help to identify children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and ultimately lead to improved treatment for the condition, say Queen's University researchers.

'Creationism is not science' - making the case for Darwin at UCL
Can the hold that Intelligent Design theorists have in America be broken by the evolutionists?

Increased dampness causes vegetation change
The Dutch dune area has dried out at a number of locations as a result of water extraction and drainage of adjacent polder areas.

DNA technique measures suitability of soil for onion crops
Nematodes, such as the stem nematode, and fungi, such as white rot, are particularly harmful for onion crops in the Netherlands: they cause rot.

Harnessing genomic research
Regeneration of spinal nerve cells, a new way to personalise breast cancer treatment, rapid near-patient diagnosis of meningitis, MRSA and Chlamydia and effective vaccines to protect against salmonella are all important applications to have benefited from a £30M research programme built around harnessing knowledge of the human and other genomes.

Research helps identify precursors to foot disease in diabetes patients
Foot ulcerations are one of the most serious complications of diabetes, resulting in more than 80,000 lower-leg amputations each year in the US alone.

Business Process Management lecture series at Stevens
The Center of Excellence in Business Process Innovation (CEBPI) at Stevens Institute of Technology will present a four-part Business Process Management (BPM) lecture series.

NSF grant supports Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
The National Science Foundation has awarded Brown University $9.4 million to continue the work of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, a project aimed at creating new or more reliable materials for industries such electronics and aerospace.

Setting the stage for science in schools
How can you weigh the Earth with a straw, a paperclip and a piece of thread?

Cincinnati Children's scientist wins achievement award for advances in heart disease research
Jeffrey Robbins, Ph.D., a molecular cardiovascular biologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, will be honored with one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Heart Association, the 2005 Research Achievement Award, which is presented annually for achievements in cardiovascular research.

Ranks of 'environmental refugees' swell, calls grow for better definition, recognition, support
Amid predictions that by 2010 the world will need to cope with as many as 50 million people escaping the effects of creeping environmental deterioration, United Nations University experts say the international community urgently needs to define, recognize and extend support to this new category of 'refugee.'

Tuberculosis still a risk for patients receiving HIV drugs
People taking highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV infection remain susceptible to tuberculosis, though the risk is lower than for HIV-infected patients not on HAART, according to an article in the Dec.

Positive study results for methylphenidate transdermal system
Shire announced at the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada, that its investigational methylphenidate transdermal system (MTS) demonstrated statistically significant reductions in the symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was generally well tolerated in patients aged 6 to 12 in two clinical trials.

Satellites support Kyoto Protocol through forest mapping service
A prototype service utilising satellites for mapping forests to aid compliance with the Kyoto Protocol has been endorsed by end users from European countries - one environmental ministry representative called the baseline carbon stock information provided a

Brown University scientists testing toxicity of nanomaterials
Nanomaterials can be found in everything from cosmetics to concrete to car bumpers.

New RSV treatment for at-risk infants under study
A new, enhanced-potency monoclonal antibody designed to keep the sniffles from turning into a devasting illness in at-risk babies is under study at the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

University of Utah hydrogel plays critical part in organ 'printing' study
A hydrogel developed by University of Utah medicinal chemist Glenn D.

ORNL leading effort to help harness power of Shewanella
Tremendous amounts of data being generated about a microbe adept at bioremediation will be more efficiently organized and shared through a new $3 million project headed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Book about Papuans' right to self-determination
On 15 November 2005, the Institute of Netherlands History will present a study about the right to self-determination of the Papuans from western New Guinea.

Open Science Grid technology and applications featured at SC|05
The Open Science Grid, a nationwide community grid built by research groups from United States universities and national laboratories, will showcase advanced grid technologies and innovative scientific applications at Supercomputing 2005 (SC|05).

Natural chemistry finds its way to market
Faster reaction rates, a substantially higher yield and a cleaner production process than is currently possible in the chemical industry.

Space service for wetlands protection on show at Ramsar COP
This week ESA has joined around a thousand participants from 146 countries at the main policy making forum of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Kampala, Uganda.

Australia's best health journalism recognised
Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty today presented Hedley Thomas of the Courier Mail with the prize of the National Press Club and Medicines Australia's 2005 Health Journalist of the Year.

Meditation associated with structural changes in brain
The regular practice of meditation appears to produce structural changes in areas of the brain associated with attention and sensory processing.
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