Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 19, 2006
HPV Vaccine: What's next
UAB experts available to discuss the next steps for Merck & Co.'s HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

Best/brightest in molecular imaging/nuclear medicine present advances at SNM's 53rd Annual Meeting
The world's foremost authorities in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine will present the latest research on new ways to treat and manage heart and brain diseases and cancer during SNM's 53rd Annual Meeting June 3-7 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Eyeballs vs footballs: The final
Professional goalkeepers fail to stop free kicks because of shortcomings in their visual system, according to new research by Cathy Craig and colleagues, from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Computerized atlas highlights 'plethora' of changes in brain disorder
A computerized atlas has brought unprecedented sensitivity to the search for brain structure changes in a genetic condition known as Williams syndrome, revealing 33 abnormalities in the folding of the brain's surface.

CERN launches second phase of openlab industry partnership
The second phase of CERN openlab, a partnership between CERN and leading IT companies, was officially launched at a ceremony at CERN today.

Researchers make vitamin E offshoot a potent cancer killer
Researchers here have learned how a derivative of vitamin E causes the death of cancer cells.

'Super Broccoli' takes brassica family to Chelsea Flower Show
Warwick HRI, the University of Warwick's plant research Department, has created a stand at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a range of

Producing high performace porous materials by Pulsed Electric Current Sintering
Pulsed Electric Current Sintering (PECS), also known as spark plasma sintering (SPS) or plasma activation sintering (PAS) is technique used for densifying power compacts or materials such as metals and ceramics and combination thereof.

How accommodating is our society to women who choose to breastfeed their babies?
Although the act of breastfeeding is not

Nobel Laureates featured in symposium in honor of new research center at NYU School of Medicine
Distinguished scientists -- including Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, PhD, President of California Institute of Technology; Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard, PhD, the Vincent Astor Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University; and Eric S.

Scientific group endorses radical plan to save rainforests
The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), the world's largest scientific organization devoted to the study and wise use of tropical ecosystems, has formally endorsed a bold new proposal to help save tropical forests.

ESA's Cluster flies through Earth's electrical switch
ESA's Cluster satellites have flown through regions of the Earth's magnetic field that accelerate electrons to approximately one hundredth the speed of light.

Custom filler material produces excellent paint without common damage to mixing equipment
In order to produce paint of the highest possible quality, the raw materials must be tightly controlled.

Medicare Advantage plans not always a good deal
Beneficiaries in poor health can pay more out of pocket for care in Medicare Advantage (MA) managed care plans than in traditional Medicare with Medigap supplemental coverage, a new Commonwealth Fund report finds.

SAGE partners with the National Association of Secondary School Principals
SAGE is pleased to announce its new partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to publish their award-winning official journal, NASSP Bulletin.

Smithsonian to coordinate planning for Panama's Coiba National Park/World Heritage Site
On May 17, 2006, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute signed an agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to coordinate the development of a new management plan for Panama's Coiba National Park and Special Marine Conservation Area.

Nanotube membranes open possibilities for cheaper desalinization
A nanotube membrane on a silicon chip the size of a quarter may offer a cheaper way to remove salt from water.

NJIT and JPL physicists detail Earthshine's role in planet hunting and climate variables
How the study of Earthshine continues to elucidate climate variables and how the use of Earthshine data may help to search for advanced life on distant planets, will be the foci of an upcoming panel discussion in Baltimore led by solar physicist Philip R.

ESA's new camera follows disintegration of a comet
The continuing disintegration of Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 has allowed ESA scientists to see into the interior of the comet.

New study finds key role for VEGF in onset of sepsis
A study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has found that the vascular endothelial growth factor protein is a key biomarker for sepsis, a severe inflammatory response that develops following a bacterial infection.

USPTO Genetic Sequence Database, USGENE, available on STN International
New USPTO Genetic Sequence Database, USGENE, will be revealed on 21 May at the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) meeting in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

AGA Institute presents cutting-edge research during DDW
Clinicians, researchers and scientists from around the world will gather for Digestive Disease Week® 2006 (DDW), the largest and most prestigious gastroenterology meeting, from May 20 - 25, 2006, in Los Angeles.

RIT students design deep-sea explorer to search for Lake Ontario shipwrecks
A team of Rochester Institute of Technology engineering majors built the explorer, an underwater remote-operated vehicle, or ROV.

Is there a risk of transmitting genetic disorders to babies conceived by fertility procedures?
As medical technology continues to advance, fertility procedures such as in-vitro fertilization and donor insemination are becoming more commonplace.

Millions squandered in unnecessary tests ordered in routine doctor visits
Unnecessary medical tests are costing the US health care system millions -- and potentially billions -- of dollars per year, and add unnecessary patient stress, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center.

Researchers link two more genes to sudden infant death syndrome
Recent discoveries at Mayo Clinic added two more cardiac genes to the list of potential links to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), increasing the possibility that genetic defects of the heart may cause up to 15 percent of SIDS cases.

Giant deep-sea tubeworm's meal ticket comes in as a skin infection
Giant tubeworms that thrive near undersea hydrothermal vents obtain all of their nourishment from symbiotic bacteria living inside their bodies. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to