Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 04, 2007
Science earns top honor from Spain's Crown Prince
The journal Science was named July 4 to receive one of the world's most prestigious awards from Spain's Crown Prince, recognizing excellence in science communications.

Alternative medicines need to be considered in diabetes management
People with diabetes are risking their health by not discussing their use of complementary and alternative therapies with the health professionals managing their conventional treatment.

Investigating Life in Extreme Environments report gives hints on facts of life
From the deepest seafloor to the highest mountain, from the hottest region to the cold Antarctic plateau, environments labeled as extreme are numerous on Earth and they present a wide variety of features and characteristics.

Art in the shape of fashion
The study, carried out by the UGR, links fashion and other disciplines, such as painting, sculpture or architecture.

SNAP -- patches and stop
In the most extensive trial of its kind, 1050 pregnant women are being recruited to establish the effect of using nicotine patches during pregnancy.

Kamchatka volcano blows its top
Klyuchevskoy (pronounced Kloo-shef-skoy), a stratovolcano located in the north central region of the Kamchatka Peninsula, is blasting ash up to 32,000 feet in the air, and has diverted air traffic headed toward the Far East.

UNH researchers prove existence of new type of electron wave
New research led by University of New Hampshire physicists has proved the existence of a new type of electron wave on metal surfaces: The acoustic surface plasmon, which will have implications for developments in nano-optics, high-temperature superconductors and the fundamental understanding of chemical reactions on surfaces.

Link between immune system and mammary gland could shed new light on breast cancer
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have published new research today (July 5) in the journal Development showing an unexpected link between a fundamental part of the immune system and the cells that produce milk in the breast during lactation.

New competitive technology for better food products
More than ever, today's markets are calling for fresher and less processed food products.

Is the treatment of Parkinson's disease possible with a new neurotrophic factor in the future?
The research group led by Mart Saarma, Director of the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, has discovered a novel neurotrophic factor CDNF (Conserved Dopamine Neurotrophic Factor).

Progenika Biopharma presents a biochip that guarantees safety in blood transfusions
The Basque biotechnology company, Progenika Biopharma, devoted to research and development in personalized medicine, have presented a DNA biochip, known as BLOODchip, which greatly eliminates the risk of adverse reactions due to incompatibility in blood groups between donor and receptor in blood transfusions.

Springer signs publishing agreement with Groupe des Ecoles des Télécommunications
Beginning in January 2008, Springer will publish the Annals of Telecommunications.

Intelligent people are more patient in financial matters
Assuming someone gave you the choice of 100 euros today or 150 euros in a year's time.

ESF helps Europe play lead role in new age of astronomical discovery
Astronomy is entering a new golden age of discovery led by breakthroughs in telescopes and instruments making them capable of observing distant events early in the life of the universe.

Insects to solve crimes
The work of the Forensic Entomology Service in the Department of Zoology and Animal Cell Biology at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) involves drawing up a census of insect species of forensic interest.

Common environmental chemicals in diet affect fetal ovarian development
Exposing a developing female sheep fetus to low doses of chemicals commonly present in the environment can disturb the development of the ovary, a scientist told the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Wednesday, July 4).

Germany's embryo protection law is 'killing embryos rather than protecting them'
Instead of preserving life, Germany's embryo protection law has had the unintended consequence of increasing the number of fetuses killed after fertility treatment, according to new figures presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

Variant CJD -- Prion amplification breakthrough brings new insights and hopes for a blood test
Researchers have shown that a recently developed laboratory method to amplify prions (Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification) can be applied to variant CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease).

Researchers identify genetic mutation that may alter tumor cell proliferation
Researchers from Eli Lilly & Company and the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute today announced finding a novel recurring mutation of the gene AKT1 in breast, colorectal and ovarian cancers.

Complex ART procedures more likely to lead to umbilical cord abnormality
The more complex the assisted reproduction procedure, the more likely the umbilical cord develops in an atypical place or have other abnormalities, a scientist told the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Wednesday, July 4).

Netherlands Cancer Institute: Winner of the ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award
ESMO recognizes the Netherlands Cancer Institute for outstanding achievement in translational research in breast cancer.

Pre-implantation genetic screening reduces both ongoing pregnancy and live birth rates in over 35s
Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), often considered to hold out the best chance for older women undergoing IVF to have a pregnancy and birth, does not increase ongoing pregnancy or live birth rates, an embryologist told the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Wednesday, July 4).

Complementary therapy for infertile women may reduce chances of pregnancy
Complementary therapies in assisted reproduction may diminish the effectiveness of medical treatment for infertility in women, a scientist will tell the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 4.

New 'asthma gene' could lead to new therapies
A gene that is strongly associated with a risk of developing childhood onset asthma was identified by an international team of scientists, whose findings are published today in the journal Nature.

Gene linked with childhood asthma is identified, giving hope for new therapies
A gene that is strongly associated with a risk of developing childhood onset asthma is identified in new research published online today in Nature. 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