Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 03, 2006
Combined, genes and environment affect health more than they do alone
Both nature and nurture -- genetic makeup and the environment experienced through life -- combine to influence health and well-being, Duke University Medical Center researchers and their colleagues have determined in four new studies.

Space suit technology can protect workers from heatstroke
The technology used in space suits to protect astronauts carrying out space walks in direct sunlight is now being used to develop protective clothing to safeguard firefighters and steel workers who often work in extremely hot and dangerous conditions.

Prime Minister Howard announces $50 million injection for WEHI expansion
The Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, today announced a Commonwealth Government contribution of $50 million towards a seven storey building expansion program.

A new awakening for sleep research
Whether you are having problems to stay awake or falling asleep, sleep science has yet offered little help, due to costly and complicated diagnostics and treatments.

Synthesis and characterization of a new class of metal nitrides
New research shows that a novel class of nitrides made from

REMICADE Phase 3 data show rapid, significant, long-term psoriasis improvement
Phase 3 data show treatment with REMICADE® (infliximab) resulted in rapid, significant improvement and long-term response in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Potential association between skin cancer cream and improvements of prematurely aged skin
New research demonstrates potential association between skin cancer cream and improvements in cosmetic appearance and underlying structure of prematurely aged skin.

Christine Van Broeckhoven
Christine Van Broeckhoven of the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), the University of Antwerp and the Born-Bunge Institute, is highly respected both nationally and internationally for her pioneering research into the cause of Alzheimer's disease.

Annual conference on internal medicine
More than 6,000 physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals will attend the American College of Physicians (ACP) Annual Session April 6-8, 2006, in Philadelphia.

A protein fragment called 12.5 kda cystatin may generate first simple test for multiple sclerosis
Johns Hopkins scientists report the discovery of a protein found only in cerebrospinal fluid that they say might be useful in identifying a subgroup of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) or identifying those at risk for the debilitating autoimmune disorder.

Hearts hurt when spouses spat
Hardening of the coronary arteries is more likely in wives when they and their husbands express hostility during marital disagreements, and more common in husbands when either they or their wives act in a controlling manner, according to a University of Utah study.

Convergent evolution of molecules in electric fish
Having a set of extra genes gave fish on separate continents the ability to evolve electric organs, report researchers from The University of Texas at Austin.

Gigantic cosmic cataclysm in Stephan's Quintet of galaxies
The infrared signature of an enormous intergalactic shock wave revealed by the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Largest crater in the great Sahara discovered by Boston University scientists
Researchers have discovered the remnants of the largest crater of the Great Sahara of North Africa.

ISS heads of agency meet at Kennedy Space Center
The heads of space agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 2 March 2006, to review International Space Station (ISS) cooperation and endorse a revision to the ISS configuration and assembly sequence.

Newly discovered killer cell fights cancer
A mouse immune cell that plays dual roles as both assassin and messenger, normally the job of two separate cells, has been discovered by an international team of researchers from the United States and France.

National Academies news: National Academies release fact sheets on terrorist attacks
The National Academies have prepared fact sheets that provide reliable, objective information on four types of potential terrorist attacks.

New method for identifying microbes
Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new, high-throughput technique for identifying the many species of microorganisms living in an unknown

Top ten contact dermatitis allergens identified in Mayo Clinic study
A new Mayo Clinic study reveals the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, a skin inflammation resulting in swollen, reddened and itchy skin due to direct contact with an allergen.

UCF research aims to make military rescue missions, teamwork more effective
Researchers at UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training will help the military better train personnel to assemble into teams and share knowledge effectively and quickly.

Earth's turbulence stirs things up slower than expected
New findings suggest that, for almost every turbulent flow on Earth, particles separate more slowly than expected.

Envisat altimeter watches Pacific for cold tongue of La Niña
Satellite measurements of a steep difference in sea surface height between the western and eastern tropical Pacific support predictions that a La Niña event is in the offing.

Serotonin may play role in hardening of the arteries
A less active brain serotonin system is associated with early hardening of the arteries, according to a study presented today by University of Pittsburgh researchers at the 64th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver.

People use separate brain mechanisms to make ambiguous and risky choices
Distinct regions of the human brain are activated when people are faced with ambiguous choices versus choices involving only risk, Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered.

Penn pairs chronically ill patients with medical students to create better doctors
Can someone who suffers from a lethal genetic disease teach a pair of medical students to become better doctors?

Pesticides in the nation's streams and ground water
US Geological Survey released a report that concludes that pesticides are typically present throughout the year in most streams in urban and agricultural areas.

From biological imaging to Sudoku solutions
Veit Elser, Cornell professor of physics, has found that an algorithm developed to process X-ray diffraction data also solves Sudoku puzzles.

U of MN research shows how infection-fighting cells interact
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have identified key insights into how different types of infection-fighting T-cells survive and co-exist within the body's immune system.

Archaeologists to establish true value of Roman silver coins
An archaeologist at the University of Liverpool is examining more than 1,000 Roman silver coins from museums around the world in order to establish their true economic value.

Omega 3 fatty acids influence mood, impulsivity and personality, study indicates
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may influence mood, personality and behavior, according to results of a study presented today by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver.

Part-time pulsar yields new insight into inner workings of cosmic clocks
Astronomers using the 76-m Lovell radio telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory have discovered a very strange pulsar that helps explain how pulsars act as 'cosmic clocks' and confirms theories put forward 37 years ago to explain the way in which pulsars emit their regular beams of radio waves - considered to be one of the hardest problems in astrophysics.

People want to be seen helping the climate
Max Planck researchers find that a person is more likely to help protect the climate when receiving public recognition for it.
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