Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 29, 2006
Indonesia - disaster relief aid in action
ISN's immediate response to this latest quake - to strike the Indonesian island of Java - was to call once again on its Renal Disaster Task Force (RDRTF).

Fear circuit flares as bipolar youth misread faces
Youth with bipolar disorder misread facial expressions as hostile and show heightened neural reactions when they focus on emotional aspects of neutral faces.

A tumour suppressor in mice and men
When protective mechanisms in cells fail, certain genes can cause tumours - and cancer.

Stock performance tied to ease of pronouncing company's name
The ease of pronouncing the name of a company and its stock ticker symbol influences how well that stock performs in the days immediately after its initial public offering, two Princeton University psychologists have found.

Fatty diet does not increase risk of skin cancer
Eating fatty food does not appear to increase the risk of skin cancer.

Health researchers working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians
The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, has announced the recipients of 20 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) health research grants worth over $14 million to study health disparities among Canada's most vulnerable populations.

Differences in sexual desire can be attributed to genetic variances
New evidence that individual differences in human sexual desire can be attributed to genetic variations has been revealed by a research group headed by a professor of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

A catalogue of proteins
The human genome has been sequenced for about four years.

How to cut energy waste in China, India, Brazil said crucial to forestalling climate change
Without significant gains from energy efficiency efforts, China, India and Brazil within a single human generation (by 2030) will more than double their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in major impacts on global energy markets and climate.

Prince of Asturias Award for Professor Ignacio Cirac
On May 24, 2006 the jury of the Prince of Asturias Foundation decided to bestow Professor Ignacio Cirac the Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research for

The results are in: Bacterial parasite strives for balance in host infection
Exposing replicate Daphnia hosts to the same amount of bacterial spores from the castrating bacterium Pasteuria ramose provides experimental evidence that parasite fitness is maximized at intermediate levels of virulence, according to a study published in PLoS Biology.

New potential drug target in tuberculosis
Researchers from the Hamburg Outstation of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (MPIIB) in Berlin have now obtained a structural image of a protein that the bacterium M. tuberculosis needs for survival in human cells.

Nervous inhibitions
A computer - or any digital system which processes and stores information - knows only two states:

New understanding of COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes could revise classification of pain meds
COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes may be blocked by pain medications such as Advil and Vioxx in a more complex manner than was previously understood, a Queen's University study has found.

Witchcraft can make you rich in Cameroon
Young, poor Cameroonians have succeeded in amassing incredible fortunes with the help of occult swindling practices.

Researchers open door to potential treatments for type 2 diabetes
Researchers funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) have identified an unsuspected role of a protein named SHP-1 that could constitute a new therapeutic path against type 2 diabetes.

PBS stops growing
Newly released Federal Government figures have confirmed that spending on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is flat-lining. 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