Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 13, 2007
Venous thromboembolism risk among hospitalized patients
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine set out to estimate the total number of US inpatients at risk for VTE -- a crucial figure previously unknown.

Rounding up rodeo injuries aids prevention
This summer, University of Calgary sports epidemiologist Dale Butterwick -- a leader in the field of rodeo injury study and treatment -- is opening a registry for catastrophic injuries in pro rodeo to get a better idea of how frequently cowboys around the world are seriously hurt.

Atlantis readies for Columbus mission
More than 500 years ago, the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the New World and the discoveries he made caused quite a stir throughout Europe.

The gobbling dwarf that exploded
A unique set of observations, obtained with ESO's VLT, has allowed astronomers to find direct evidence for the material that surrounded a star before it exploded as a Type Ia supernova.

Democrats may be hurt by anti-war divisions in 2008
Cooperation between diverse antiwar groups helped the Democratic Party in the 2006 congressional elections.

Researchers studying fantasy baseball and 'competitive fandom'
Two University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professors are studying fantasy sports leagues, including their own, in a new research project aimed at understanding how both expert and novice players approach the game and what it can teach us about how people learn.

Serica scientists win AOSSM Award for ACL (knee) tissue regeneration in preclinical study
Scientists from Serica Technologies were presented with the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine's Cabaud Award, for tissue generation in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee in a pre-clinical trial of goats.

China's demand for recycled wastepaper, a blessing and a curse for the world's forests
A new report that finds that China is by far the world's biggest consumer of recycled wastepaper -- in the last four years, preventing some 65 million metric tons of wastepaper from heading to landfills in the US, Japan and Europe.

Geologists witness unique volcanic mudflow in action in New Zealand
Volcanologist Sarah Fagents from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa had an amazing opportunity to study volcanic hazards first hand, when a volcanic mudflow broke through the banks of a volcanic lake at Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand.

Californians urged to help reduce spread of Sudden Oak Death
An update on the increased spread of Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease devastating many of California's coastal oak and tanoak trees, and information on what Californians can do to help reduce its spread will be presented during a news conference on plant diseases that are of importance to California's economy and agriculture.

Selenium supplements may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes
Selenium, an antioxidant included in multivitamin tablets thought to have a possible protective effect against the development of type 2 diabetes, may actually increase the risk of developing the disease, an analysis by researchers at the University at Buffalo has shown.

For primates, tourism can be less fun than a barrel of monkeys
Primate tourism, an economic benefit and conservation tool in many habitat countries, has exploded in popularity over the past two decades in places like China, Borneo, Uganda, Rwanda, Northern Sumatra, Madagascar, Gabon and Central America.

Mayo Clinic real-time 3-D ultrasound speeds patient recovery
Mayo Clinic physicians have adapted real-time 3-D ultrasound imaging devices -- including one designed to look at an infant's heart -- so that they can watch as they use a needle filled with anesthetic to numb individual nerves located inches under the skin.

Chitin from lobster shell shows great healing and bio-stimulant properties
Scientists from the University of Havana use lobster waste to generate chitin and chitosan, two key compounds in biomedicine and agriculture.

A question of trust
Credit card firms and life insurance companies are the least trusted of all financial bodies in the UK, according to a unique new

Depression lingers for female heart attack victims
Women who have suffered heart attacks have higher rates of lingering depressive symptoms compared to their male counterparts.

The origin of perennial water-ice at the South Pole of Mars
Thanks to data from ESA's Mars Express mission, combined with models of the Martian climate, scientists can now suggest how the orbit of Mars around the sun affects the deposition of water-ice at the Martian South Pole.

On a wire or in a fiber, a wave is a wave
Around the world, students learn about the wave nature of light through the interference patterns of

HWI researchers determine structure of protein from pathogen associated with CF and TB
The structure of a novel protein in the bacterium that is the most persistent pathogen in cystic fibrosis patients has been solved.

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease achieves significant impact factor
Editors with the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease celebrate the impact they are having with researchers and clinicians studying Alzheimer's disease.

Journalists can register now for ECCO 14 -- the European Cancer Conference
ECCO 14 will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from Sunday Sept.

Cosmetic eye enhancer leads to disfigurement when not injected deeply
According to a new study in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, polylactic acid, used as a cosmetic enhancement to decrease volume loss around the eyes, leads to disfigurement when not injected properly.

Chameleon for optoelectronics
A liquid that changes its color

Co-operation between GSF and clinic improves outlook for sarcoma patients
Hyperthermia, combined with chemotherapy, improves the chances of healing and survival of patients with low-lying, soft tissue sarcomas.

International Polar Year scientists instruct teachers on global climate change
Teachers from around Alaska are learning about climate changes affecting the world during two summer institutes hosted by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

ATV starts journey to Kourou
This evening Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle, will leave ESA's research and technology center located in Noordwijk, Netherlands, for the start of a long journey to Kourou.

Nodal status is best predictor of outcome after neoadjuvant therapy for esophageal cancer
The number of lymph nodes that contain evidence of cancer is the best predictor of the effectiveness of adding chemotherapy and radiation to a treatment plan prior to surgery in individuals with esophageal cancer, according to a study published last month in the Annals of Surgery.

E-shop till you drop
Several big name brands who sell online, including Jcrew, Abercrombie, Gap and Urbanq, could act as e-commerce role models of other internet shops hoping to improve their sales figures, according to research published today in Inderscience's Journal of Electronic Business.

Chromosome glue repairs damaged DNA
When a strand of DNA breaks in the body's cells, it normally does not take long until it has been repaired. 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