Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 24, 2006
Most Americans do not expect widespread human cases of avian flu in US in the next year
The latest national poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Project on the Public and Biological Security finds that at the moment, the majority of the American public is concerned about the threat of avian flu, but only a small proportion is very concerned.

'Virus chip' detects new virus in prostate tumors
UCSF and Cleveland Clinic scientists have discovered a new virus in human prostate tumors.

Largest study of human 'interactome' reveals a novel way
Discoveries made during the first large-scale analysis of interactions between proteins in our cells hold promise for identifying new genes involved in genetic diseases, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins and the Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB) in Bangalore.

University of Leicester announces world first forensic technique
A team led by a University of Leicester forensic pathologist is believed to be the first in the world to use a new radiological approach for mass fatality investigation.

Free access to a digital library for developing countries
As of 2006 more than 130 environmental journals from the scientific publisher Springer will be part of the initiative Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), a digital library for developing countries.

Clinical trial Buddy Program among innovative support offerings from the Colon Cancer Alliance
Colon cancer patients considering participation in a clinical trial can now access a first-of-its-kind peer-to-peer support system, the Buddy Program, the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) announced today.

Addicted to energy?
Lights at Night, an engaging interactive display developed by the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, is now available for museums, libraries, schools and other venues.

Mini robots to undertake major tasks?
From cell manipulation to micro assembly, micro robots devised by an international team of researchers offer a glimpse of the future.

Joslin Diabetes Center partners with Fremont Medical Center in Las Vegas
Joslin Diabetes Center, the global leader in diabetes research, care and education, has announced its partnership with Fremont Medical Center, a leading healthcare provider in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hydrology, Politics, and Katrina: Looking Backward, and Going Forward
At this year's Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture at the National Academies, best-selling author John M.

Scientific study finds meetings at work decrease employee well-being, but not for everyone
According to the first comprehensive study ever done on the subject, meetings may be bad for your health, or at least for your feeling of well-being -- especially if you are task-oriented.

New study shows xenon gas safe in surgery and could help stop nerve damaging illnesses
Scientists have successfully conducted the first clinical trial giving xenon gas to patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting in order to safeguard against postoperative brain damage that can occur following this procedure.

Newly identified mechanism helps explain why people of African descent are more vulnerable to TB
A team of scientists has identified a cellular mechanism that may help explain the puzzle of why people of African descent are more susceptible to tuberculosis infection and why, once infected, they develop more severe states of the disease than whites.

Software helps military aircraft techncians centralize maintenance
Engineers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute are helping military aircraft technicians use laptops and the Internet to get their critical maintenance work done more efficiently.

Northwest Branch Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, March 10-12 in Seattle
The Northwest Branch meeting of the American Society for Microbiology takes place March 10 to 12 in Seattle, WA.

Brain processing of speech sounds is different in some southern English speakers
Rice University study of how the brain processes speech sounds found significant behavioral and physiological differences between a merged-dialect group and an unmerged-dialect group.

ESA confirms CryoSat recovery mission
At the latest meeting of the European Space Agency's Earth Observation Programme Board, which took place at ESA's Headquarters in Paris on 23 and 24 February, ESA received the green light from its Member States to build and launch a CryoSat recovery mission, CryoSat-2.

Remote pools boost Aboriginal child health
A comprehensive study into the impact of swimming pools in remote Aboriginal communities has found significant health and social benefits for children.

Annual meeting of the US National Academy of Sciences April 22-25
The National Academy of Sciences will hold its 143rd annual meeting, at which new Academy members will be elected.

Ausonia Mensa remnant massif
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show the Ausonia Mensa massif on Mars.

Study shows that soda consumption increases among adolescent girls as they get older
There are growing concerns over the effects of increased consumption of sodas and fruit drinks among adolescents in the United States.

Infection 'alarm' yields clues to immune system behavior
Researchers have learned how a common protein delivers its warning message to cells when an infectious agent invades the body.

NASA scientist looks at Olympic ice in a frozen light
NASA scientist Peter Wasilewski's studies of ice using polarized light create beautiful colored pictures of the snow and ice, and enable people to see if the snow and ice is

Surprising genetic differences id-ed in southern house mosquito
The southern house mosquito, found everywhere in the tropics and subtropics, is actually composed of genetically different strains, according to a team of researchers led by a scientist from The Academy of Natural Sciences.
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