Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 25, 2007
Drug treatment improves learning in mice with Down syndrome symptoms, Stanford/Packard study shows
A once-a-day, short-term treatment with a drug compound substantially improved learning and memory in mice with Down syndrome symptoms, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

European launch of International Polar Year 2007-2008
The European launch of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 marks the commencement of the largest and most ambitious internationally-coordinated scientific effort for half a century.

ICSU and WMO launch the largest polar research program in 50 years
International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 officially gets underway on 1 March, 2007.

QUT to host China media conference
The changing face of China's creative industries will be the focus of the 2007 China Media Center Conference to be hosted by Queensland University of Technology.

New technique by CU-Boulder researchers opens door to tabletop X-ray laser
A team of researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder has developed a new technique to generate laser-like X-ray beams, removing a major obstacle in the decades-long quest to build a tabletop X-ray laser that could be used for biological and medical imaging.

Experimental Biology 2007: Today's Research, Tomorrow's Health, April 28-May 2
More than 12,000 biological and biomedical scientists will gather for the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting in Washington, D.C., April 28 through May 2.

Overly anxious and driven people prone to irritable bowel syndrome
Overly anxious and driven people are susceptible to irritable bowel syndrome, usually known as IBS, indicates research published ahead of print in the journal Gut.

Growth hormone to boost athletic performance risks diabetes
Use of growth hormone to boost athletic performance can lead to diabetes, reports a study published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Color sensor breath test can detect lung cancer
A breath test can successfully pick up lung cancer with

Magic beans -- Anti-obesity soya could help prevent diabetes
A new study in rats reveals black soya beans that a diet rich in could help control weight, lower fat and cholesterol levels, and help in the prevention of diabetes.

Antarctic marine explorers reveal first biological changes after collapse of polar ice shelves
Aboard the research icebreaker Polarstern some 52 Census of Marine Life (CoML)-affiliated scientists, led by experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute of Germany, have explored a near-pristine 10,000 sq km Antarctic seabed -- uncapped after several millennia when the Larsen A and B ice shelves disintegrated.

Psychological needs of military personnel and their families are increasing, reports APA Task Force
A report of the American Psychological Association (APA) released today calls attention to the increasing mental health needs of military personnel and their families -- needs that are straining the current military health services system.

Non-GMO solution to seafood allergies
Seafood allergy sufferers may soon be able to eat prawns without the fear of an adverse reaction. 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