Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 09, 2006
Two projects share Lillehammer Award 2006
For the fourth time, the EUREKA Lillehammer Award 2006 is being shared by two projects, both of which have developed technologies with outstanding environmental benefits.

New waste water technology company wins 2006 EUREKA Lynx Award
The Croatian SME EcoEngineering wins the 2006 EUREKA Lynx Award for outstanding technological and commercial achievement.

Variable physical laws
Physical quantities such as the speed of light are believed to be the same independent of where and when they appear in the universe.

11 million euros for chemistry research
NWO Division for the Chemical Sciences (NWO-CW) has awarded a TOP grant to seven research groups.

Third Franciscan order should be taken seriously
Dutch researcher Hildo van Engen has discovered two previously unknown letters from Geert Grote.

Ancient caldera in Apollinaris Patera
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show the caldera of Apollinaris Patera, an ancient, 5-kilometer-high volcano northwest of Gusev Crater.

Land use mapped
Dutch researcher Koen Overmars has used a combination of analysis methods to gain more insight into how land use is changing in San Mariano on the Philippines.

Universal design tackles little things with big impact
An international packaging conference this month will explore how little things can become major obstacles.

AIDS vaccine research offers new insights on survival
New insights into how a subpopulation of helper T-cells provides immunity and promotes survival following infection with an AIDS-like virus offer a new means of predicting an AIDS vaccine's effectiveness, a discovery that could help scientists as they test these vaccines in clinical trials.

ACTOS® (pioglitazone HCl) to be studied in new trial
Researchers today at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 66th Annual Scientific Sessions presented data showing the relationship between baseline characteristics and cardiac risk factors in patients enrolled in a new clinical trial called CHICAGO (Carotid intima-media tHICkness in Atherosclerosis using pioGlitazOne).

Einstein researchers take the pulse of a gene in living cells
Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have observed for the first time that gene expression can occur in the form of discrete

Digital promise features prototypes of games and simulations to train today's workforce
The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) will present the latest research-based uses of advanced digital technologies for teaching, workforce training and lifelong learning on Wednesday, 14 June 2006, from 10:30 - 12:30 in room H-C5 of the U.S.

2006 Heart Valve Summit
The 2006 Heart Valve Summit brings together several of the world's leading cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to provide a comprehensive review of recent advances in the treatment of valvular heart disease.

Transporter is possible target for safer pain medicine
A transporter that silences one of the body's natural pain killers holds promise for new powerful, non-addictive pain medicines as well as understanding AIDS patients' increased pain perception, researchers say.

Smokers invite to test vaccine against nicotine addiction
UCSF's Habit Abatement Clinic is testing a vaccine that enlists help from the immune system to keep nicotine away from the brain.

Monkeys vaccinated against SIV survive longer after infection
Results of two new studies sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggest that even if an HIV vaccine offers imperfect protection against the virus, it might provide vaccinated individuals with an important benefit: a significant survival advantage after infection.

Centre for Eye Research Australia wins Minister's Award for Excellence
Predicting the risk of cardio-vascular disease has won Professor Tien Wong of the Centre for Eye Research Australia the Minister's Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2006 presented at the Australian Society for Medical Research annual dinner last night.

New x-ray delivery method could improve radiation therapy
Researchers say improvements they have made to an experimental form of radiation therapy could make the technique, known as microbeam radiation therapy, more effective and eventually allow its use in hospitals.

Joint European strategy for industrial biotechnology
Sixteen research organisations from twelve European countries have joined forces in the area of industrial biotechnology.

Discovery could aid fight against cystic fibrosis infection
Harvard Medical School researchers have discovered one way that a hardy disease-causing bacteria could be surviving in the lungs of chronically infected cystic fibrosis (CF) patients.

Aussie of the Year wins approval for cervical cancer vaccine
The world's first cervical cancer vaccine has been approved in the United States and could be on the shelves in Australia by the end of the year.

Explaining the decision to run for Congress
Why do candidates decide to run for higher political office?

UCLA physicists report advance toward nanotechy approach to protein engineering
UCLA physicists report a significant step toward a new approach to protein engineering this week in the online edition, and in the July print issue, of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Study uncovers 'significant' functional differences of novel estrogen receptor
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, working in collaboration with researchers from Creighton University and the Medical College of Zhejiang University (P.R.

New World Cup soccer ball will unsettle goalkeepers, predicts scientist
The new soccer ball that will be used for the first time in the World Cup's opening game on Friday (9 June) is likely to bamboozle goalkeepers at some stage of the tournament, a leading scientist has warned.

Poverty in Africa: Migration can help
Poor Africans often choose to move. Households that can afford to send someone to Europe, mostly become wealthier.

Women's skin tone influences perception of beauty, health, age, sociobiologists find
Using a revolutionary imaging process, a new study is revealing that wrinkles aren't the only cue the human eye looks for to evaluate age.

First nanotechnology journal from a major publisher to offer open access
Springer and the Nano Research Society have announced a new partnership to publish Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL), which will be the first nanotechnology journal from a major commercial publisher to publish articles with open access.

Diagnostic breakthrough for Burkitt lymphoma reported in NEJM
An international research study involving numerous institutions has successfully identified the gene expression signature for Burkitt lymphoma.

Migraine headaches & sexual desire may be linked
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