Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 06, 2007
Murat Arcak receives 2007 SIAG/CST Prize
The SIAM Activity Group on Control and Systems Theory presented its 2007 prize to Murat Arcak at the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications in San Francisco on Sunday, July 1.

Elevated CO2 in atmosphere weakens defenses of soybeans to herbivores
In research to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists in Chicago (July 7-11, 2007), scientists will show that elevated CO2 may negatively impact the relationship between some plants and insects.

New risk factors discovered for Alzheimer's disease
A recent study in Journal of Neuroimaging suggests that cognitively normal adults exhibiting atrophy of their temporal lobe or damage to blood vessels in the brain are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Research suggests fitness reduces inflammation
A number of studies have suggested that regular exercise reduces inflammation -- a condition that is predictive of cardiovascular and other diseases, such as diabetes.

New Rhode Island Hospital study shows higher rates of trampoline injuries
Study by Rhode Island Hospital researchers on data from 2000-2005 show 531,378 trampoline-related injuries over the study period, with 95 percent of those injuries occurring on home tramplines.

Cholesterol drug hits diabetes with one-two punch, Tulane study says
Patients with type 2 diabetes may soon be able to control their glucose and their cholesterol levels with a single drug, according to a study led by Vivian A.

Cancer risk in HIV, transplant patients
HIV/AIDS and kidney transplant patients are at much greater risk of contracting 20 different types of cancer than the general population, according to research from the University of New South Wales.

Nano wagon wheels
Sigurd Hoeger and team have synthesized molecules that look like tiny wagon wheels for use in nanocomposite materials such as food packaging.

Researcher: Feeding distiller's grains vital to future of livestock operation success
There's no reason the Texas cattle-feeding industry cannot remain strong and viable if it incorporates distiller's grains into rations, said a Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researcher.

Illinois researchers presenting at ASPB Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 7-11
Leading scientists at research institutions in Chicago and across Illinois will be presenting research findings at the American Society of Plant Biologist's Annual Plant Biology Meeting in Chicago (July 7-11).

GSA 2007 Annual Meeting
More than 6000 geoscientists will gather at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Oct.

Life elsewhere in solar system could be different from life as we know it
The search for life elsewhere in the solar system and beyond should include efforts to detect what scientists sometimes refer to as

Too many UK companies fail to see the point of history
US companies take their corporate history far more seriously than most of their UK counterparts, according to a new study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

50 new mission proposals for ESA's scientific program
A wealth of new mission concepts were submitted by the European scientific community on June 29, following the ESA Call for Proposals issued in March this year.

Highlights from the July 2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The July 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest.

Electronic 'crowd behavior' revealed in semiconductors
Researchers at JILA have used ultrafast lasers to uncover a previously unseen type of collective electronic behavior in semiconductors, findings which may impact the design of new optoelectronic devices.

Search engine mashup
A mashup of two different types of web search tools could make find the useful nuggets of information among all the grit on the Internet much easier.

Chronic fatigue -- clues in the blood
Researchers at the University of New South Wales believe that blood may hold vital insights into what is happening in the brain of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

New heart disease risk score will help minimize health inequalities
A new score for predicting the risk of heart disease gives a more accurate measure of how many UK adults are at risk of developing the disease -- and which adults are most likely to benefit from treatment.
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