Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 25, 2006
Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference
On August 28 and 29, 2006, the Honorable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, and the Honorable Archie Lang, Yukon Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, will co-chair the 2006 Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference.

Remote island provides clues on population growth, environmental degradation
Halfway between South America and New Zealand, in the remote South Pacific, is Rapa.

New electronic resources to strengthen Germany as a center of research
National licences provide free access to databases, digital text collections and journal archives of major academic publishers.

Fields Medals awarded at the ICM2006 to three Springer authors
The winners of the Fields Medals, awarded August 22 in Madrid during the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians ICM2006, include three Springer authors: Andrei Okounkov, Terence Tao and Wendelin Werner.

Low altitude flying with coarse maps -- determining the time of SMART-1 impact
What exactly determines the time of the SMART-1 impact? What causes the uncertainty in the impact time?

NIH unprecedented genetic study may help identify people most at risk for alcoholism
Researchers at the Molecular Neurobiology Branch of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, have completed the most comprehensive scan of the human genome to date linked to the ongoing efforts to identify people most at risk for developing alcoholism.

IAU 2006 General Assembly: Result of the IAU resolution votes
It is official: The 26th General Assembly for the International Astronomical Union was an astounding success!

American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting Sept. 6-9
The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering is hosting the 2006 annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics.

Surf's up -- and one coastal microbe has adapted
California beachgoers may look lazy. But just a few miles off shore, scientists have discovered that a common coastal strain of cyanobacteria works diligently to thrive in choppy, polluted waters.

Planet Earth may have 'tilted' to keep its balance, say scientists
Princeton scientists have found evidence bolstering a 140-year-old theory regarding the way the Earth might restore its own balance if an unequal distribution of weight ever developed in its interior or on its surface.

M. D. Anderson teaches the art of aromatherapy to soothe and heal
A bubble bath that improves memory. A kitchen cleaner that wards off nausea and energizes.

Weather forecast accuracy gets boost with new computer model
U.S. civilian and military weather forecasters have adopted a newly developed computer forecasting model that can predict many weather events with unprecedented accuracy.

Speedsters' traffic fines fund new research on spinal cord injury
More than a dozen University of Rochester scientists seeking ways to reverse or lessen the effects of paralysis and other effects of spinal cord injury will begin new projects and continue promising research, thanks to motorists in New York State who push the gas pedal a little too far.

Suspicion lingers over bisphenol A and breast cancer
Bisphenol A, a common industrial chemical claimed to speed the growth of human breast and ovarian cancers, retains its carcinogenic properties even after being modified by body processes.

Iowa State researchers explore turning fuel ethanol into beverage alcohol
Iowa State University researchers are using two purification technologies and sophisticated chemical analysis to develop a quick and inexpensive process for turning fuel ethanol into food-grade alcohol suitable for beverages, cough medicines, mouth washes and other uses.

ORNL Jaguar supercomputer surpasses 50 teraflops
An upgrade to the Cray XT3 supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has increased the system's computing power to 54 teraflops, or 54 trillion mathematical calculations per second, making the Cray among the most powerful open scientific systems in the world.

ASTRO annual meeting again named a fastest growing tradeshow
The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's Annual Meeting has been selected by Tradeshow Week, a respected weekly industry magazine, as one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in the United States and Canada.

Jefferson scientists explain cancer cell metabolism changes
Two new studies provide stunning evidence suggesting that cyclin D1 -- which is found in up to eight times normal amounts in half of all breast cancers -- can cause a shift in the cancer cell's metabolism, changing its focus from energy production to proliferation.

Remarkable physiology allows crucian carp to survive months without oxygen
Cooling water temperature during the fall prompts the crucian carp to store vast amounts of glycogen in its brain and at the same time reduce the amount of energy its brain needs.

September GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights
Topics include: paleoseismology of Yucca Mountain, Nevada; impact of magnetic anomalies in Earth's oceanic crust on plate tectonics; evidence of episodic regional and possibly global glaciation during the Neoproterozoic; insights into Paleocene-Eocene global warming; impact of subduction on Earth's surface characteristics; records of environmental change in Black Coral specimens; and geology's place in the Scientific Revolution.

Analysis shows blacks have poorer diabetes control than whites
An analysis combining 11 separate research studies found that blacks with diabetes have poorer control of blood sugar than whites, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues.

Keel laid for revolutionary dual-use catamaran vessel, M/V Susitna
On August 24, 2006, the keel was laid for a revolutionary new ship, M/V Susitna, a ferry/expeditionary warfare vessel funded jointly by the Office of Naval Research and Alaska's Matunuska Susitna Borough.

Cardiff's bees calculation sets industry buzzing
An ingenious new mathematical procedure based on the behaviour of honey bees is delivering sweet results for industry. 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