Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 19, 2007
Study: How Air Force women are handling the stress
About 20 percent of Air Force women deployed during the Iraq war report that they are experiencing at least one major symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a University of Michigan survey of 1,114 servicewomen.

Nanotech materials, startups highlighted at ACS symposium Aug. 19 in Boston
Five renowned scientists will describe the challenges and opportunities for commercializing new technologies, particularly nanotechnology, during a special symposium scheduled for Aug.

Finding that 1-in-a-billion that could lead to disease
Errors in the genetic code can give rise to cancer and a host of other diseases, but finding these errors can be more difficult than looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Clemson chemists discover new way antioxidants fight debilitating diseases
Debilitating diseases are often linked to DNA damage that occurs when metal ions in the body produce reactive oxygen compounds that damage cells.

Brain cells work differently than previously thought
Scientists know that information travels between brain cells along hair-like extensions called axons.

Truly sick or simply scared?
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered a way to increase the sensitivity of test strips that will enable creation of a portable biosensor that can address a major concern associated with incidents involving chemical or nerve agents -- the need to quickly distinguish between individuals who have been exposed and the

What, oh, what are those actinides doing?
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are uniting theory, computation and experiment to discover exactly how heavy elements, such as uranium and technetium, interact in their environment.

Computers help chemists fight emerging infections
Computer analysis of existing drugs may be key to fighting new infectious agents and antibiotic-resistant pathogens like deadly tuberculosis strains and staph

Compounds that color fruits and veggies may protect against colon cancer
Understanding the molecular structures of compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their rich colors may help researchers find even more powerful cancer fighters, a new study suggests.

Thermochemical process converts poultry litter into bio-oil
Foster Agblevor, a biological systems engineer, is leading the team of researchers at Virginia Tech developing transportable pyrolysis units that will convert poultry litter into bio-oil, providing an economical disposal system while reducing environmental effects and biosecurity issues.

AGU Fall Meeting -- Media advisory 1
The world's largest organization of Earth and space scientists holds its Fall Meeting this year Dec. 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