Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 09, 2007
Climate shifts -- probability of randomness
Severe climate changes during the last ice-age could have been caused by random chaotic variations on Earth and not governed by external periodic influences from the sun.

Inaugural issue of American Journal of Men's Health
Testicular cancer is the most common malignancy among 15-35-year-old young men.

Super small nanoelectrodes can probe microscale environments
Investigating the composition and behavior of microscale environments, including those within living cells, could become easier and more precise with nanoelectrodes being developed at the University of Illinois.

Who says King Alfred burned the cakes?
King Alfred burned the cakes, right? Wrong. For a start they were loaves -- and for another thing, the Vikings reckon their terrifying-sounding hero Ragnar Hairybreeks should take the blame for this ninth century catering disaster.

SMART-1's bridge to the future exploration of the moon
ESA's SMART-1 moon mission has become a bridge to the future of lunar science and exploration.

UW-Madison stellerator a step forward in plasma research
A project by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has come one step closer to making fusion energy possible.

How plants manage calcium may reduce effects of acid rain
A new understanding of how plants manage their internal calcium levels could lead to modifying plants to avoid damage from acid rain.

Delft research increases understanding of Earth's magnetic field
Research recently conducted at Delft University of Technology marks an important step forward in understanding the origins of the Earth's magnetic field.

Study suggests test for p53 is needed to prescreen patients for blood cancer drugs
Researchers have determined a way to prescreen cancer patients to see if they are suitable candidates for proteasome inhibitors, a promising class of anti-cancer drugs.

NRL SHIMMER and CITRIS experiments launched on STPSat-1 to study Earth's atmosphere
Two innovative experiments built at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) launched into low earth orbit on Thursday, March 8, onboard the Space Test Program Satellite-1 (STPSat-1).

APL-built microscopic instrument aboard Air Force Academy satellite
A newly launched spacecraft includes a tiny analyzer to study plasma bubbles in the ionosphere that disrupt satellite communications.

Gene variations contribute to aggression and anger in women
Ever wonder why some women seem to be more ill-tempered than others?

Diabetes, depression together increase risk for heart patients
Having both depression and type 2 diabetes increases the risk of death for heart patients.

Penn study finds inhaled anesthetics accelerate the appearance of brain plaque in animals
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have discovered that common inhaled anesthetics increase the number of amyloid plaques in the brains of animals, which might accelerate the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

UCF research to make spyplanes smarter, keep troops safe
Researchers aim to

Dry Eye Syndrome affects quality of life for nearly 5 million in the US
As a clinical diagnosis, Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) may not appear to be a major health issue, but in a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, researchers found that DES had a significant impact on quality of life.

XMM-Newton finds the leader of the 'magnificent seven' in a spin
A decade-long mystery has been solved using data from ESA's X-ray observatory XMM-Newton.

UCL scientist receives Max Planck Research Award 2007
Professor Ray Dolan of the UCL Institute of Neurology has today been announced as one of the two winners of the Max Planck Research Award 2007, one of the most prestigious awards in science.

Light gives asteroids spin
Astronomers have observed an asteroid change the rate at which it spins for the first time, and shown that this is due to a theoretical effect predicted but never before seen.

Liquidia Technologies announces $16M in Series B venture financing
Liquidia Technologies announces the closing of $16 million in funding to accelerate development of applications related to their PRINTTM technology platform.

Personalized diets may offer relief to advanced cancer patients
Researchers at the University of Alberta studying the effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy on the senses report that most advanced cancer patients experience unique and persistent taste and smell abnormalities, believed to be a key factor in malnutrition and poor quality of life.

High performance schools are wave of the future, says NJIT architect
High performance schools integrate the best in today's design strategies and building technologies.

Bacterial walls come tumbling down
The first detailed images of an elusive drug target on the outer wall of bacteria may provide scientists with enough new information to aid design of novel antibiotics.

Empathy skills must be given a high priority in medical education, says Jefferson author
A paradigm shift in medical education is needed that emphasizes training physicians to enhance their empathy skills and to learn to view patients as persons, not just cases, a medical education specialist at Jefferson Medical College says.

Volcanism in the Mediterranean: A comprehensive view
A new compilation of research illuminates one of Earth's most geologically active areas, where Vesuvius, Etna, and the Eolian and Aegean arcs threaten highly populated regions including the cities of Naples and Catania.

When your brain talks, your muscles don't always listen
Have your neurons been shouting at your muscles again? As we grow older, neurons -- the nerve cells that deliver commands from our brains -- have to

AACR hosts annual meeting 2007
The AACR Annual Meeting features the latest cutting-edge findings in laboratory, translational and clinical cancer research.

Gold nanorods assemble themselves into rings
Rice University chemists have discovered that tiny building blocks known as gold nanorods spontaneously assemble themselves into ring-like superstructures.

Stealth camouflage at night
In a paper published in the April 2007 issue of The American Naturalist, MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) senior scientist Roger Hanlon and his colleagues report, for the first time, that giant Australian cuttlefish employ night camouflage to adapt quickly to a variety of microhabitats on temperate rock reefs.
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