Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 12, 2007
Outwardly expressed anger affects some women's heart arteries, says a new women-only study
Researchers seeking to improve diagnostic and treatment tools for women with heart disease have found that the outward expression of anger and hostility is higher in certain women with suspected coronary artery disease.

Canada's new government invests $200M in the fight against the mountain pine beetle
The Government of Canada today announced measures to fight the mountain pine beetle and address its impacts on communities and forests in British Columbia.

Rural America more prepared for disaster -- also more vulnerable
From winter storms, to earthquakes, to terrorism -- when a disaster strikes a community, who fares better, a rural community or an urban one?

The musician in the mirror
A new imaging study shows that when we learn a new action with associated sounds, the brain quickly makes links between regions responsible for performing the action and those associated with the sound.

Prenatal cocaine's lasting cellular effects
A recent study by investigators at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development may help explain the long-term behavioral and neurological problems associated with prenatal exposure to cocaine.

Universal knowledge
Fascinating developments in the understanding of our origins, of the early beginnings of the universe, of how planets are formed, and how stars live out their lives and die occur every month.

Hofmeyr skull supports the 'Out of Africa' theory
Dating of skull delivers the first fossil indicator that modern humans evolved in Africa.

New method provides better earthquake warnings
A new method of stress analysis in earthquake research has been developed by FOI, the Swedish Defense Research Agency.

Northern lights research enters final frontier
An international team of scientists -- including physicists from the University of Calgary -- will begin gathering the most detailed information yet about the ever-changing northern lights, as a multi-year research project enters its ultimate phase with the launch of five NASA satellites from Cape Canaveral next month.

ONR sponsors award-winning nanotechnology researchers
Two nanotechnology researchers whose work is sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research are among Scientific American's SA-50, a list of 50 American technology and policy leaders for 2006.

Comporta: New technologies in the service of the disabled
In the Comporta project, work is being carried out for people severely disabled in the upper limbs.

Exploring the molecular origin of blood clot flexibility
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences have shown that a well-known protein structure acts as a molecular spring, explaining one way that clots may stretch and bend under such physical stresses as blood flow.

Brookhaven lab scientists stabilize platinum electrocatalysts for use in fuel cells
Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles.

Maxine F. Singer to receive Public Welfare Medal
The National Academy of Sciences has selected Maxine F. Singer, president emeritus of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, to receive the Public Welfare Medal, its most prestigious award.

Book of Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermons now available
A new volume from the King Papers Project presents the never-before-published sermon file of Martin Luther King Jr., and its editors include a University of Kentucky faculty member and one of his former graduate students.

Donald H. Sebastian receives award from SMART
Donald H. Sebastian, Sr. PhD, senior vice president for research and development at New Jersey Institute of Technology received the

NASA presentations at the 87th AMS Annual Meeting
NASA researchers will present findings on a variety of Earth science topics at the 87th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, which runs January 14 through January 18, at the H.B.

White blood cells in lung produce histamine seen in allergies
In a surprise finding, scientists have discovered that histamine, the inflammatory compound released during allergic reactions that causes runny nose, watery eyes and wheezing, can be produced in large amounts in the lung by neutrophils, the white blood cells that are the major component of pus.

Eastern philosophy promises hope for Western women with eating disorders
A psychological technique based on Buddhist philosophy and practice may provide a solution for women who struggle with binge eating and bulimia.

National Science Foundation supports UCR study of polar lake life forms
University of California, Riverside researchers will soon be analyzing microorganisms from a vast Antarctic lake in an effort to unlock the mystery of how life adapts to extremely harsh environments.

Environments resilient in the face of hurricanes, but questions remain, says journal special issue
The international Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) has announced the publication of a special issue of its scientific journal, Estuaries and Coasts, focused on environmental impacts of hurricanes in coastal areas.

Leading physicists convene in Tucson for January 22-24 conference on gravity
More than three dozen leading researchers will convene in Tucson for the conference,

Maxine Singer awarded 2007 NAS Public Welfare Medal
The National Academy of Sciences has awarded Carnegie president emerita Maxine F. 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