Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 18, 2006
SMART-1 on the trail of the Moon's beginnings
The D-CIXS instrument on ESA's Moon mission SMART-1 has produced the first detection from orbit of calcium on the lunar surface.

'My life sucks!' The 10 most common causes of childhood unhappiness
Dr. Condrell takes a positive and proactive approach and shows parents how to avoid the all-too-common pitfalls that lead to unhappiness among children and families.

Exam nerves affects students' immune defense
It is hardly surprising that one of the medical programs most important exams is stressful for students.

Anthrax detector developed
Anthrax spores can be specifically recognized thanks to a new immunological approach that has been developed by a team from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Z├╝rich, the Swiss Tropical Institute, and the University of Bern.

Two Applied Physics Library-built spacecraft set for August 31 launch
Two nearly identical spacecrafts, destined to capture the first-ever 3-D views of the sun, are scheduled for launch on Aug.

NIH funds $2 million magnetic resonance system at Yale
Yale will receive a $2 million High-End Instrumentation (HEI) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) to fund the purchase of a 7-Tesla human magnetic resonance (MR) system that will facilitate ultra-high resolution studies of diabetes, epilepsy, psychiatric disease and learning disorders.

Global Environmental Change: Regional Challenges
One of the world's largest gathering of scientists who study global environmental change will take place this November in Beijing.

New treatment -- first in years -- demonstrated for dangerous staph infections
Duke University Medical Center researchers have demonstrated in an international clinical trial the effectiveness and safety of a new drug for treating bloodstream and heart infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, a major cause of sickness and death worldwide.

102nd American Political Science Association Annual Meeting examines role of power in politics
The 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) will convene from August 31 to September 3 in Philadelphia, Penn. on the timely theme of

Ocean noise has increased considerably since 1960s, according to new Scripps analysis
With populations increasing around the globe in recent decades, no one would be surprised by an increase in the amount of noise produced in terrestrial environments.

Loss of just one species makes big difference in freshwater ecosystem, study finds
Researchers at Dartmouth, Cornell University and the University of Wyoming have learned that the removal of just one important species in a freshwater ecosystem can seriously disrupt how that environment functions.

University of Pennsylvania student creates electric tweezers; now everyone can have a desktop lab
The ability to sort cells or manipulate microscopic particles could soon be in the hands of small laboratories, high schools and amateur scientists, thanks to University of Pennsylvania engineers.

Driving Australia's light metal dollar further
The Australian Partnership in Light Metals Research will focus Australia's capabilities on strategic niches in the global market, such as the growing demand for lightweight vehicle components to reduce fuel consumption.

Hubble sees faintest stars in a globular cluster
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered what astronomers are reporting as the dimmest stars ever seen in any globular star cluster.

Stellar pinwheels at our Galaxy's core
Astronomers have finally learned the identity of a mysterious

San Diego supercomputer center staff help nation's archivists with digital-preservation expertise
In the Digital Age, there is an urgent need to preserve vital electronic records to capture our nation's history, which can vanish in an instant with the crash of a hard drive, or more gradually in migration to new and incompatible hardware and software.

Case Western Reserve University chemist takes on HIV-1 virus with $1M support from NIH
Case Western Reserve University chemist Mary Barkley wants to find out what makes two pieces of a protein in the AIDS virus begin the biochemical processes that lead to AIDS.

New company will seek drugs against diabetes and cancer
A new St. Louis-based company will use a novel technology to rapidly screen thousands of drugs for their effectiveness against two of the biggest health threats in the United States -- diabetes and cancer.

Bird flu study highlights need to vaccinate flocks effectively
Incomplete vaccination of poultry flocks could make the spread of deadly strains of avian flu such as H5N1 worse, scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick have found.

American Society of Human Genetics 56th annual meeting
This year's theme of

Research paper illuminates how light pushes atoms
A new effect in the fundamental way that laser light interacts with atoms has been discovered by physicist Kurt Gibble at Penn State.

Cancer survivors at risk for suicidal thoughts, attempts
A survey of adult survivors of childhood cancers found that more than one out of eight reported having suicidal thoughts or previous attempts to take their lives many years after they were treated, say scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
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