Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 09, 2007
A new line of treatment discovered for acute lymphoblastic leukemia
A study undertaken by a group of Spanish scientists, amongst which were members of the University Clinic of the University of Navarra and the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) of the same university, have recently discovered a new line of treatment for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Introducing the 'coolest' spacecraft in the universe
The European Space Agency's Planck mission, which will study the conditions present in our universe shortly after the Big Bang, is reaching an important milestone with the integration of instruments into the satellite at Alcatel Alenia Space in Cannes, France.

Chemistry journal co-editor wins national energy award for quantum dots work
A. Paul Alivisatos, co-editor of the American Chemical Society peer-reviewed journal Nano Letters, is among eight winners of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award named by U.S.

Cluster -- new insights into the electric circuits of polar lights
Giant electrical circuits power the magical open-air light show of the auroras, forming arcs in high-latitude regions like Scandinavia.

Benchmark fetal surgery study finds timeliness to be critical factor in success of treatment
The benchmark, NIH-funded study on TTTS, conducted at 17 centers in the United States, will be presented February 9 at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in San Francisco.

Missouri's African-American mothers more likely to deliver prematurely
African-American women are three times more likely to deliver babies three to 17 weeks prematurely than Caucasian women, according to a review of Missouri birth statistics by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Folate and B12 may influence cognition in seniors
Folate may protect cognition in seniors, but only with adequate levels of vitamin B12.

First-degree fetal heart block may be reversible
There is an increased risk of fetal heart problems when mothers carry particular antibodies associated with rheumatic diseases, according to an abstract presented by Yale School of Medicine researchers at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Conference February 9 in San Francisco.

MIT experts foresee efficient ethanol production
As the search for alternative fuel sources intensifies, more and more attention has been focused on ethanol--a fuel many see as desirable because it burns cleanly and can be produced from plants.

Shedding new light on proteorhodopsin
New light has been shed on proteorhodopsin, the light-sensitive protein found in many marine bacteria.

New data supports a non-invasive approach to routine prenatal genetic testing
Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother's blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects -- as early as the first trimester -- was presented today at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine being held in San Francisco.

Researcher receives grant to study creativity in the response to two terrorist attacks
David Mendonça, PhD, an associate professor in the department of information systems at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has received a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Systems that make decisions
In the modern information era, managers must recognize the competitive opportunities represented by decision-support tools.

Wartime raises stress, blood pressure rates in military offspring
Children with parents in the military have higher blood pressure, heart rates and general stress levels than their peers during wartime, researchers say.

Center for Science Writings event: The End of War?
The Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology presents the discussion:

African-Americans at increased risk for earlier preterm births
Using data from over 700,000 births in Missouri from 1989 to 1997, researchers found that African-American mothers were three times more likely than Caucasian mothers to deliver prematurely at 20-34 weeks and almost four times more likely to deliver extremely prematurely at 20-28 weeks.

Pitt professor contends biological underpinnings
Jeffrey H. Schwartz's most recent article,

6 aurora-research rockets to launch from Poker Flat
Scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of New Hampshire have experiments ready on the launch rails at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks, and another scientist is waiting in New Hampshire to launch an additional experiment from Poker Flat.

Facial composite systems falling short
A new article points to several studies that indicate facial composite systems produce a poor likeness of the intended face.

Supernovae -- cosmic lighthouses
Astrophysicists explain the differences in the brightness of supernova explosions.

Data demonstrates alcohol does not significantly affect pharmacokinetics of Kadian
Alpharma data demonstrates alcohol does not significantly affect pharmacokinetics of Kadian capsules.

2007 AAAS Annual Meeting Headlines
As global climate change poses a growing threat to society, and many people worldwide continue to lack adequate food, clean water, and energy, the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting -- set for February 15-19 -- will draw up to 10,000 total attendees to explore

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists discover new gene that prevents multiple types of cancer
A decades-old cancer mystery has been solved by researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL).

Update on Tufts vitamin K research
Seniors aren't consuming enough vitamin K, notes a review, and studies should continue to examine non-dietary factors related to vitamin K status, like effects of estrogen on vitamin K metabolism.

MIT: Storing CO2 below ground may prevent polluting above
A new analysis led by an MIT scientist describes a mechanism for capturing carbon dioxide emissions from a power plant and injecting the gas into the ground, where it would be trapped naturally as tiny bubbles and safely stored in briny porous rock. 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