Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 10, 2006
'Big Science': Top funding for EU lung research project PULMOTENSION
As of January 1, 2006, the European Union funds the Lung Research Project PULMOTENSION with Euro 11, 4 Mio over the next four years.

Breakthrough computer chip lithography method developed at RIT
A new computer chip lithography method under development at Rochester Institute of Technology has led to imaging capabilities beyond that previously thought possible.

Study sets treatment standard for elderly with colon cancer
One of the newest and most potent chemotherapies for colon cancer is as safe and effective for the elderly as it is for younger patients, based on a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-led data review.

Study finds some people in pain unlikely to seek treatment
A Rochester-based study has found more than 20 percent of people with chronic pain did not seek physician help for their pain.

Neuronal receptor response may help explain Alzheimer's memory loss
Based on laboratory research, scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center have a new theory as to why people with Alzheimer's disease have trouble performing even the simplest memory tasks, such as remembering a family member's name.

Facial characteristics indicative of personality traits, say experts
A new study to examine facial preference, has found that people are attracted to facial characteristics indicative of personality traits similar to their own.

Stevens professor to speak during Princeton lecture series
Michael S. Bruno, Director of the Center for Maritime Systems and Professor of Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, will present the talk,

Another failed New Year's resolution? New study shows how self-prophecies may help
New research shows that when people predict that they will do a socially good deed, the chances of them actually doing the good deed increases.

Australian first to save sight
A new system of storing eye tissue, to be launched on Tuesday 14 February at the Lions Corneal Donation Service (LCDS), will help save the sight of hundreds of Victorians a year by extending the time between donation and needing to perform the transplant.

Controlled corrosion
The corrosion of technically relevant alloys, like stainless steel, causes damage that amounts to about 3 percent of the global gross national product.

Skiing toward the future of mobile services
Coinciding with the Winter Olympics, the MobiLife project will showcase its innovative array of third-generation mobile services and applications at an exhibition in Turin, demonstrating to winter sports fans how emerging technologies can improve their lives on the piste and off it.

PITT research integrity panel finds that Dr. Gerald Schatten committed no scientific misconduct
The University of Pittsburgh Research Integrity Panel charged on December 12 to investigate the involvement of Gerald Schatten, PhD, with two published articles from Dr.

Escapee farmed salmon infiltrate fitter wild populations
In new research published in the journal Molecular Ecology, researchers have found scientific evidence that farmed salmon have evolved genetically differently to wild salmon, therefore backing claims that any integration of farmed salmon back into the wild through escapees could have a negative impact on the health of wild salmon populations.

Pits and tectonic grabens in Phlegethon Catena
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show pits and tectonic 'grabens' in the Phlegethon Catena region of Mars.

Frontiers in boundary layer lubrication films
Boundary lubrication is re-emerging as a topic of interest and importance as recent events highlight the need for energy efficiency and durability of engines and machineries in our increasingly technologically demanding society.

Hydrogen bonds shown to play 'conserved' role in protein folding
By changing individual atoms in key places in proteins, Duke University chemists have found new evidence for the importance of comparatively weak

UF researchers develop ways to keep the bloom on the rose
They may not be able to make love last, but a team of University of Florida researchers has figured out how to at least make the flowers go the distance.

Hormone linked to good hearing as we age
Researchers have linked a hormone known to adjust levels of key brain chemicals to the quality of our hearing as we age.

Parental conflict produces more than fleeting distress for children
Six-year-olds whose parents displayed frequent disagreements in their relationship responded to subsequent parental conflicts with elevated distress and negative thoughts, according to a team of researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of Notre Dame.

Anti-HIV drug has potential to prevent transmission in women
A vaginal microbicide gel is safe to use and may prevent the spread of HIV.

First RAVE data release offers clues to Milky Way evolution
Astronomers release first data collected as part of the Radial Velocity Experiment, an ambitious spectroscopic survey aimed at measuring the speed, temperature, surface gravity and composition of up to a million stars passing near the sun.

Dan Vergano, Michelle Nijhuis, Times-Picayune win AGU journalism awards
Dan Vergano of USA Today, Michelle Nijhuis of High Country News, and The Times-Picayune have won the American Geophysical Union's 2006 journalism awards.

Thinking out of the box: How to challenge conventional space systems
Spacecraft must evolve. Advancing space research is no longer just about swapping old components for new, now it is about entirely rethinking what a space mission can do and how it achieves its goals.

Study finds room for improvement in angioplasty, shows what can be done to cut risks
Each year, more than 600,000 Americans have angioplasty procedures to open clogged arteries near their hearts, and treat or prevent a heart attack.

When good DNA goes bad
When otherwise normal DNA adopts an unusual shape called Z-DNA, it can lead to the kind of genetic instability associated with cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas M.

Which holds more: A tall, thin glass or a short, fat one?
A fascinating new study from the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research explores how our senses interact to gauge volume, with important implications for perception of consumer products and consumption patterns.

AGU journal highlights - 10 February 2006
In this issue: Two large subglacial lakes are identified in Antarctica; A 20th century acceleration in global sea level rise; Manmade aerosols may delay ocean thermohaline circulation weakening; Abrupt increase in permafrost degradation in Arctic Alaska; Suction of liquid iron into the mantle could perturb Earth's rotation; Variations in El Nino events influence the predictability of the global climate; Mantle plumes heat the lithosphere through small-scale eddies; Air from Asia pollutes North America's upper troposphere.

UCSD Research Center to host scientific symposium on celiac disease
A scientific symposium on celiac disease,

Moderately heavy models may actually lower women's self-esteem
Waifish models have long been accused of setting unrealistic beauty standards and lowering self-esteem.

UCLA biochemistry professor Sabeeha Merchant wins prestigious research award
Sabeeha Merchant, UCLA professor of biochemistry, will be honored with a major award from the National Academy of Sciences at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 23, during the academy's annual meeting.
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