Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 17, 2006
Drug helps cognitive function in brain tumor patients after radiation
A drug that is marketed to treat Alzheimer's disease also improves cognitive function, mood and quality of life in brain tumor patients following radiation therapy, according to a research team at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Through a satellite darkly: Night views of European seas improve ESA ocean heat map
The Mediterranean looks better in the dark - at least in the view of an ESA-led effort to use satellites to take the daily temperature of Europe's seas.

A new focus for the mechanism of nerve growth
Researchers at Yale shed new light on the mechanism of nerve cell growth by identifying novel functions for a molecular

Experts call for balance in addressing under treated pain and drug abuse
A balance must be struck between physicians' responsibility to treat chronic pain and the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) duty to combat drug abuse, according to a series of seven commentaries by national thoughtleaders published today in the February issue of Pain Medicine.

New research suggests abdominal aortic aneurysm will afflict millions of baby boomers
The New York Academy of Sciences and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons are cosponsoring a three-day conference, The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Genetics, Pathophysiology, and Molecular Biology on April 3-5 at St.

Minor mutations in avian flu virus increase chances of human infection
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology have identified what the researchers described as a possible pathway for a particularly virulent strain of the avian flu virus H5N1

NIH provides $24 million to support research network
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today it will provide $24.29 million over five years to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for continued support to the Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN).

National Academies News: Spring Programs at the Koshland Science Museum
A summary of the programs being offered this spring by the National Academies.

Bringing you the world: UAF Internet2 Day
The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host Internet2 Day Thursday, March 23, 2006.

Not all products are created equal: Study explores how consumers evaluate newly released products
In a forthcoming study from the Journal of Consumer Research, researchers from Indiana University explore the process by which consumers evaluate new products, be it a new razor with an unprecedented number of blades or an even mintier chewing gum.

ESC statement on the CHARISMA trial on Clopidogrel (Plavix®)
The ESC would like to remind patients that dual antiplatelet therapy is an essential, approved and recommended therapy for one year in patients post ACS without ST-segment elevation, and for at least six months post stenting.

$13.7 million in gifts support UI Center For Macular Degeneration
Gift commitments totaling $13.7 million -- including $10 million from the family of the late Roy J.

EPSRC and Philips announce new strategic alliance
EPSRC and Philips Research have announced a £6m agreement to fund research and training in biomedical technology.

NJIT history prof edits new book focusing on NJ's environmental problems
New Jersey's Environments, a new book of essays examining New Jersey's environmental problems and solutions, was released this month.

World's first transparent integrated circuit created
Researchers at Oregon State University have created the world's first completely transparent integrated circuit from inorganic compounds, another major step forward for the rapidly evolving field of transparent electronics.

NJIT seminar focuses on enticing entrepreneurs and business to Newark
Noted MIT Professor Richard K Lester will discuss how to bring innovation and entrepreneurship to Newark and the region during a day-long seminar, March 23, 2006, at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Women with breast cancer who choose preventive mastectomies
Most women with cancer in one breast who decide to have the unaffected breast removed along with the diseased breast don't regret the decision and have a quality of life equal to patients who didn't have a preventive mastectomy, according to a survey of breast cancer survivors.

Brain-scanning technology reveals how we process brands and products
In a groundbreaking new study, researchers from the University of Michigan and Harvard University use cutting-edge brain-scanning technology to explore how different regions of the brain are activated when we think about certain qualities of brands and products.

How flowers changed the world - a new book by Field Museum scientist
Flowers changed the world. This applies not only to roses and daisies but also to sugar, potatoes and wheat; cotton, corn and coffee.

Bullen co-authors SIM report on IT workforce trends
Professor Christine Bullen of Stevens Institute of Technology's Howe School participated with an international team of researchers to produce an important white paper on the role of sourcing in the American and European high-tech sectors,

Tiny 'cages' could trap carbon dioxide and help stop climate change
A natural physical process has been identified that could play a key role in secure sub-seabed storage of carbon dioxide produced by fossil-fuelled power stations.

Rhinos clinging to survival in the heart of Borneo, despite poaching
World Wildlife Fund today released the results of a field survey from the island of Borneo which found that poaching has significantly reduced Borneo's population of Sumatran rhinos, but a small group continues to survive in the

Unique weather radar to investigate snowfall
The Department of Physical Sciences at the University of Helsinki has acquired a state-of-the-art polarimetric weather radar reserved exclusively for research.

Scientists discover basic defect in cystic fibrosis airway glands
Scientists at Stanford University have determined that the buildup of sticky mucus found in cystic fibrosis is caused by a loss in the epithelial cell's ability to secrete fluid.

Same genes may underlie alcohol and nicotine co-abuse
Scientist and clinicians have long known that many individuals co-abuse alcohol and nicotine.

Geoscientists discuss groundwater contamination, climate issues, and more in Knoxville next week
Approximately 600 geoscientists will gather 23-24 March for the 55th annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America.

Scientists in dogged pursuit of snow research embark on Arctic trek
An expedition into the frozen Arctic using dogsled teams kicked off March 12 from Alaska to help NASA find out how much snow blankets the Earth.

Radar altimetry confirms global warming is affecting polar glaciers
Scientists have confirmed that climate warming is changing how much water remains locked in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, according to an article published in the Journal of Glaciology.

NSA reaffirms Stevens as a national center of academic excellence
Stevens Institute of Technology has been re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program, part of the National Security Agency (NSA), for academic years 2006-2009.

Researchers reveal possibility of separating anticancer properties of vitamin D
At the right dose, vitamin D is important for bone development and may help protect against the development of several cancers, particularly colorectal cancer.

600 metre frieze of planet Earth around UNESCO
A frieze depicting planet Earth - made up of 1:1000000 scale satellite images - will be unfurled around UNESCO's Paris headquarters building from 29 March to 4 November.

Tasting maple syrup, for science
The University of Vermont has opened a research

Chemist wins national award for contributions in medicinal chemistry
Paul Anderson, a retired pharmaceutical chemist, has won the 2006 Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society's highest award.

Science and Innovation Awards
The recipients of the second round of Science and Innovation Awards have been announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
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