Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 23, 2005
The cosmic Christmas ghost
Just like Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol takes us on a journey into past, present and future in the time of only one Christmas Eve, two of ESO's telescopes captured various stages in the life of a star in a single image.

Rafael Hervada Prize for Biomedical Research
The article, entitled Myocardial Regeneration with Autologous Myoblasts: An Experimental and Clinical Study, whose first author is Dr.

Rerouting of major rivers in Asia provide clues to mountains of the past
Scientists have long recognized that the collision of the earth's great crustal plates generates mountain ranges and other features of the Earth's surface.

Mechanism for Epstein-Barr virus protein's role in blood cancers discovered
Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine identified a link between a critical cancer pathway and an Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) protein.

Food insecurity impairs academic development of children
When young school-age children do not always have enough to eat, their academic development -- especially reading -- suffers, finds a new longitudinal by Edward Frongillo of Cornell University.

Book looks at improving health-care access for disabled
Almost 20 percent of Americans -- and 42 percent of those over age 65 -- live with a disability, and the numbers are growing as baby boomers age.

GIOVE-A ready to join its Soyuz launcher; Launch timeline
With the launch date set for 28 December, work on preparing GIOVE-A for its big day is approaching completion.

Scientifically based research needs to underpin education
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The no sweat exercise plan
Harvey Simon, Harvard Medical School associate professor of medicine and founding member of the Harvard Cardiovascular Health Center, has outlined such a program in his new book,

Potential pharmaceutical drugs in the field of cancer
Raquel Villar Becares, in her PhD thesis at the Public University of Navarre, has developed new derivatives of benzo[b]tiophene 1,1-dioxide that enable their application in the pharmaceutical field.

Researchers: Treated wood poses long-term threat
Arsenic from treated lumber used in decks, utility poles and fences will likely leach into the environment for decades to come, possibly threatening groundwater, according to two research papers published online Wednesday.

The American College of Cardiology calls on Congress to reject cuts to office-based imaging
In an end-of-year sprint to finish budget reconciliation negotiations, conferees turned to office-based medical imaging for quick cost savings after rejecting other Medicare offsets included in the Senate-passed reconciliation bill.

New study expands understanding of the role of RNA editing in gene control
A team of Wistar scientists details the convergence of RNA editing and microRNAs.

DNA self-assembly used to mass-produce patterned nanostructures
Duke University scientists have used the self-assembling properties of DNA to mass-produce nanometer-scale structures in the shape of a 4x4 grids, on which patterns of molecules can be specified.

Studying the fate of drugs in wastewater
Acetaminophen is the most widely used pain reliever in the United States, and a study of 139 streams by the US Geological Survey found that it was one of the most frequently detected man-made chemicals.

A year on from the Asian tsunami, satellites are aiding regional rebuilding
The deadly Indian Ocean tsunami that swept across coastlines on 26 December 2004 took the lives of more than 200,000 people.

SMART-1 uses new imaging technique in lunar orbit
ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft has been surveying the Moon's surface in visible and near-infrared light using a new technique, never before tried in lunar orbit.

Asthma inhalers adopted more slowly for minority patients and children
Inhaled steroid medications for asthma, which have greatly reduced the need for patients to be hospitalized with serious symptoms, were significantly less likely to be prescribed for minority patients and children during the years soon after their introduction.

Risk/benefit analysis of farmed versus wild salmon
The benefits of eating wild Pacific salmon outweigh the risks because it has fewer cancer-causing contaminants than farmed salmon, but the risks of eating farmed Atlantic salmon outweigh the benefits for some people, say Barbara Knuth and Steven Schwager of Cornell University in a benefit-risk analysis in November's Journal of Nutrition.

Searchers key in on ivory-billed woodpecker habitat
The Big Woods of Arkansas provides rare suitable habitat for the ivory-billed woodpecker, including old-growth forest that was decimated from the southern United States after the Civil War. 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