Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 05, 2006
ESA to host Atmospheric Science Conference
ESA will hold a five-day Europhysics Conference at its ESRIN facilities in Frascati, Italy, from 8-12 May 2006, for data users, scientists and students working in the field of remote sensing of the atmosphere.

Balancing male fertility and disease resistance
An international collaboration of researchers, headed by Dr. Shiping Wang (Huazhong Agricultural University, China) has discovered that a single gene in rice regulates both male fertility and pathogen resistance, providing an unexpected genetic link between reproductive success and the disease resistance.

Making adult language learning child's play
A sophisticated new language learning method that uses technology to implement findings from neuroscience aims to be simplicity itself for adult learners.

Vaccine shown effective against chancroid
Researchers found that immunizing swine with a purified hemoglobin receptor protected the animals from a challenge infection, even after multiple attempts at infection.

Patients positively weigh in on liposuction
Patients are weighing in on liposuction, the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in 2005, and resoundingly saying they would have the procedure again.

New male contraceptive targets sperm, not hormones
Researchers received Food and Drug Administration approval today for a 90-man study of the Intra Vas Device (IVD), a nonhormonal contraceptive that stops sperm in their tracks.

Bold three-stage brain operation for intractable seizures appears promising
Sadly, none of the treatments for epilepsy -- anti-seizure medications, a procedure called vagus nerve stimulation, a special diet -- could quell the electrical storms in the young boy's brain.

NIH launches clinical studies nationwide to investigate rare diseases
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today it is launching the first clinical studies of its Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RDCRN).

Binghamton University geographers edit new book focusing on race, ethnicity in America
Binghamton University geographers Eugene Tettey-Fio and John Frazier don't have to look far for examples of how race and ethnicity are changing the face of America.

Therapeutic communities: A three country comparison
The National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI) is announcing receipt of a major grant from The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to conduct a comparison study of substance abuse treatment in therapeutic communities in the United States, China, and Thailand.

UW licenses innovated cardiovascular software to VPDiagnostics
University of Washington TechTransfer announced today it has licensed a computer-aided cardiovascular analysis system to VPDiagnostics, Inc., a Washington state firm.

2006 Alzheimer Award to P. Hemachandra Reddy, PhD
The 2006 Alzheimer Award is being presented to P. Hemachandra Reddy, PhD, in recognition of his outstanding work published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (IOS Press, Volume 7, 2005, 103-117),

Novel enzyme offers new look at male hormone regulation
For the second time in less than a year, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have purified a novel protein and have shown it can alter gene activity by reversing a molecular modification previously thought permanent.

Research shows how visual stimulation turns up genes to shape the brain
Scientists have long known that brains need neural activity to mature and that sensory input is most important during a specific window of time called the

A rice future for Asia
An innovative project being launched this week in Thailand and the Philippines marks the start of a major new effort to encourage young Asians to consider a future in rice research.

New technique offers relief for patients with spinal tumors
A radiologist at UCSD School of Medicine has developed a new procedure to treat fractured vertebrae caused by spinal tumors, a procedure that may decrease the risk of complications, which are experienced by 5 to 10 percent of patients with malignant tumors of the spine.

2006 European eHealth Conference and Exhibition unveils in Malaga, Spain
Four US experts are available for media interviews for the 2006 European eHealth Conference and Exhibition.

Alveolar type I cells
Recent work in an Oklahoma State University lab on type I cells in the alveoli has opened up a new field of investigation.

Carnegie Mellon researchers develop new method to monitor aircraft lifespan
Carnegie Mellon University Professor Anthony d. Rollett has developed a new computational method that may help track the lifespan of US Navy aircraft.

Improvement of the treatments against brucellosis and ovine salmonella
Maite Estevan Muguerza, a researcher of the University of Navarra, has improved existing treatments against brucellosis and sheep salmonella.

New treatment against persistent ulcer-inducing bacteria successful
For those who suffer from stomach ulcers, the daily routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner can be painful.

Lying is exposed by micro-expressions we can't control
When trying to lie your way through any situation, keep a tight rein on your zygo maticus major and your orbicularis oculi.

Blood-compatible nanoscale materials possible using heparin
Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have engineered nanoscale materials that are blood compatible using heparin, an anticoagulant.

NAU researchers chirping over discovery of new cricket genus
A Northern Arizona University doctoral candidate and a National Park Service researcher have discovered a new genus of cave cricket.

Joslin Diabetes Center partners with St. John Health's Providence hospital in Michigan
Joslin Diabetes Center, the global leader in diabetes research, care and education, has announced its partnership with Providence Hospital in Southfield and St.

Study provides first look at the 'birth' of a retina cell
Scientists at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have gained new insight into the way an embryonic retina cell develops and then commits itself to a specific role.

APS physics tip sheet #61
A possible solution to the mystery of Martian razorbacks; and DNA and carbon nanotube micromachines that convert rotation to translation and back again.

New guidelines offer power to prevent stroke
Healthy habits and appropriate treatments help prevent stroke, according to graded, evidenced-based recommendations issued today by the American Heart Association and it's division, the American Stroke Association.

Insulin research builds on Nobel Laureate's work
Scientists have seen for the first time a key step in the complex molecular processes whereby pancreas cells release insulin into the bloodstream.

Landing on Titan - the new movies
A little more than one year after the spectacular descent of ESA's Huygens on Saturn's giant moon Titan, scientists from the probe's Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) have released two new movies of the descent.

Delta Dental donates $5M to Tufts Dental School to expand care to underserved populations
Delta Dental of Massachusetts announces that it is awarding $5 million to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (Boston).

NDRI researchers report on transitions to injecting drug use among noninjecting heroin users
In a study reported in the current issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, scientists from the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

No-mow grass may be coming to your yard soon
For anyone tethered to a lawnmower, the Holy Grail of horticultural accomplishment would be grass that never grows but is always green.

Polar explorers use satellite broadband to stay in touch
A team of young explorers from the Climate Change College are on a ten day field trip, participating in ESA's CryoSat validation experiment on the Greenland Ice Sheet.
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