Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 16, 2005
Gladstone researchers hone in on differentiation of heart stem cells
A team of scientists from the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (GICD) has identified a key factor in heart development that could help advance gene therapy for treating cardiac disorders.

Stevens dean to speak at 2006 ACPA National Convention
Kenneth L. Nilsen, Dean of Student Life at Stevens Institute of Technology, will co-present a talk at the 2006 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., held March 18-22.

A bright outlook for global weather forecasting
A group of national weather centres across Europe are harnessing the power of G√ČANT2, Europe's next generation high-speed research and education network, to create a global weather forecasting system that allow meteorologists to make more accurate and timely predictions quicker.

Kavli Foundation to sponsor Frontiers of Science
The National Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce a $5 million gift from the California-based Kavli Foundation to support its Frontiers of Science symposia.

Some good news for the world's poor
Research shows that, in 1999, for every US$1 million invested at the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), more than 800 and 15,000 rural poor were lifted above the poverty line in China and India, respectively.

Japan reports first coring operations of CHIKYU
The deep-sea scientific drilling vessel CHIKYU, owned by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and provided to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program -- jointly funded by Japan and the United States -- has recently undergone successful testing operations, according to JAMSTEC-CDEX Director-General Asahiko Taira.

Conditions for slavery: New study sheds light on the development of early social hierarchies
An important new study argues that inconsistent weather and spotty resources prevented enduring inequality from emerging in some early hunter-gatherer societies.

Earliest evidence for large scale organized warfare in the Mesopotamian world
A huge battle destroyed one of the world's earliest cities at around 3500 B.C. and left behind, preserved in their places, artifacts from daily life in an urban settlement in upper Mesopotamia, according to a joint announcement from the University of Chicago and the Department of Antiquities in Syria.

Sea slug mixes chemical defense before firing at predators
When threatened by predators, sea slugs defend themselves by ejecting a potent inky secretion into the water consisting of hydrogen peroxide, ammonia and several types of acids.

Gene variation affects tamoxifen's benefit for breast cancer
One of the most commonly prescribed drugs for breast cancer, tamoxifen, may not be as effective for women who inherit a common genetic variation.

Cancer support cells may evolve, fuel tumor growth, study shows
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have demonstrated in a living organism that cancers may cause surrounding supportive cells to evolve and ultimately promote cancer growth.

Mayo Clinic reports tamoxifen benefit for breast-cancer patients tied to inherited gene
One of the most commonly administered drugs for breast cancer, tamoxifen, may not be as effective for women who inherit a common genetic change, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan.

WWF peeks into mysterious life of Borneo's pygmy elephants
This week marks the six-month anniversary of the first pygmy elephant's being captured and outfitted with a collar that can send GPS locations to WWF daily via satellite.

Traditional risk-factor scoring misses one-third of women vulnerable to coronary heart disease
Traditional risk-factor scoring fails to identify approximately one-third of women likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD), the leading cause of death of women in the United States, according to a pair of reports from cardiologists at Johns Hopkins.

UK working with 20/20 GeneSystems
The University of Kentucky has granted exclusive rights to 20/20 GeneSystems Inc.

Switching to new anti-bacterial targets: Riboswitches
The recently emerged field of bacterial riboswitches may be a good hunting ground for effective targets against bacterial infection, according to a report by Yale researchers in the journal Chemistry and Biology, who showed that a riboswitch controlling vitamin B1 (thiamine) levels is disrupted in the presence of pyrithiamine, a toxic compound related to the vitamin.

New EU project on ferroelectric films
Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, has together with five European partners started a three year project, Nanostar, for mastering of nanostructured multifunctional ferroelectric films for low cost mass production of microwave devices.

An obstacle to cancer cells
The circulation of cancer cells through the blood vessels is often the cause of metastasis. 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