Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 06, 2007
Tai Chi boosts immunity to shingles virus in older adults, NIH-sponsored study reports
Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese form of exercise, may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine in older adults, according to a new study publishsed in print this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Researchers move closer to switching nuclear isomer decay on and off
Livermore researchers have moved one step closer to being able to turn on and off the decay of a nuclear isomer.

Water resources, geoarcheology and more on agenda as geologists meet in Lawrence next week
Approximately 600 geoscientists will gather April 11-13 for the 41st annual meetings of the North-Central and South-Central Sections of the Geological Society of America.

Latest IPCC report highlights need for integrated climate/human behavior models
How can humans adapt to climate change without adding even more stress to the environment?

MIT M. Nafi Toksoz honored by seismologists
The Seismological Society of America will honor MIT's M. Nafi Toksoz on April 12 for his exceptional contributions to the field, including his investment of time in those around him.

Drug used to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child damages DNA
HIV transmission from mother to child can occur in utero, during labor or from breastfeeding.

32-mile cable installed for first deep-sea observatory
Oceanographers have completed an important step in constructing the first deep-sea observatory off the continental United States.

Combined imaging approach may provide better identification of difficult-to-diagnose brain clots
University of Cincinnati neuroradiologists believe a brain imaging approach that combines standard magnetic resonance imaging scans with specialized contrast-enhanced techniques could lead to more effective diagnoses in patients with difficult-to-detect blood clots in veins of the brain.

Deflecting damage: Flexible electronics aid brain injury research
Flexible electronic membranes may overcome a longstanding dilemma faced by brain researchers: How to replicate injuries in the lab without destroying the electrodes that monitor how brain cells respond to physical trauma.

Partners of cancer survivors at risk for depression
A new study shows that partners of cancer survivors are susceptible to the same stresses as cancer survivors themselves over the long term, and in some cases, suffer more quality of life-related effects than survivors.

UAF researchers garner $6.5 million in NSF grants
Four researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently were awarded more than $6.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for projects studying diverse aspects of the Arctic circumpolar region.

Texas wheats excel in baking quality
Texas wheat offers high quality when it comes to baking and milling characteristics, said Texas Agricultural Experiment Station's state wheat breeder.

High-res images spell new era in Earth sciences
High-resolution images that reveal unexpected details of the Earth's internal structure are among the results reported by MIT and Purdue scientists in the March 30 issue of Science.

PneuStep -- MRI-safe motor makes robotic biopsies possible
Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Urology Robotics Lab report the invention of a motor without metal or electricity that can safely power remote-controlled robotic medical devices used for cancer biopsies and therapies guided by magnetic resonance imaging.

Super-cool MIT work could expose quantum behavior
Using a laser-cooling technique that could one day allow scientists to observe quantum behavior in large objects, MIT researchers have cooled a coin-sized object to within one degree of absolute zero. 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