Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 29, 2005
Bullying in middle school may lead to increased substance abuse in high school
Over the past decade, parents, educators and policy makers have become increasingly concerned about verbal and physical harassment in schools and the subsequent effects of peer victimization on teens.

MDCT angiography for cardiac imaging: Reliable tool, less invasive, fewer complications
A new procedure for the imaging of coronary veins proves to be 'less invasive, have less complications, and improves the quality of diagnosis and treatment' for individuals undergoing surgical procedures on the heart and particularly the coronary veins, a recent study found.

Tiny pikas seem to be on march toward extinction in Great Basin
The tiny rabbit-like pika, an animal species considered to be one of the best canaries in a coal mine for detecting global warming in the western United States, appears to be veering toward the brink of extinction in the Great Basin.

New Years Eve party tip
This New Years Eve almost everyone, including professional bartenders, will pour 20 to 30 percent more liquor into short, squat glasses than into tall, thin ones, finds a study by Cornell Professor Brian Wansink, published in the current December 24-31 issue of the British Medical Journal.

Marian Koshland Science Museum receives NIH funding for infectious diseases exhibit
The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Awards.

What big eyes you have...the better to hear you with
The six ships, one submarine, and more than 5,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group are getting the chance to test and evaluate a new low cost, low power, optical communications system.

New method for examining cost-effectiveness of new drugs for chronic illnesses
In a comprehensive analysis and mathematical model of the available scientific data, researchers at the University of York on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom found that newer drugs used to treat the most common forms of epilepsy are more expensive than older drugs, but produce similar health benefits.

Vertebroplasty improves back pain, activity level, Mayo Clinic study reports
A Mayo Clinic study has found patients report less back pain at rest and while active following vertebroplasty, a procedure in which medical cement is injected into painful compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae due to osteoporosis.

Stroke risk returns when children with sickle cell disease stop transfusions
Stopping regular blood transfusions in children with sickle cell disease who are at risk for a stroke means their stroke risk likely will return, researchers have found.

Ambivalence about migration may contribute to poor mental health in Latino men
Men migrating to the United States from Mexico and Central America often face competing desires: wanting to remain with their families while realizing that migration offers the promise of a better future.

Chemical Heritage Foundation to present Petrochemical Heritage Award to J. Virgil Waggoner
The Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Founders Club today announced that J.

A FASTT first from the Office of Naval Research
At an altitude of 63,000 feet, the Freeflight Atmospheric Scramjet Test Technique (FASTT) vehicle became the first air-breathing, liquid hydrocarbon fuel-powered scramjet engine to fly.

Chandra looks back at the Earth
In an unusual observation, a team of scientists has scanned the northern polar region of Earth with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

New technique points to safer, more efficient vaccination
Researchers have shown that boosting the production of an immune system component has the potential to make smaller doses of vaccines more effective.

Study finds genes that 'fine-tune' muscle development process
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found two genes that are essential for the proper development of muscle.

Jefferson scientists discover mechanism tying obesity to Alzheimer's disease
If heart disease and diabetes aren't bad enough, now comes another reason to watch your weight. 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