Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 21, 2007
2 French scientists win European award for communication
French cell biologists Christian Sardet and Ali Saib are joint winners of the 2007 EMBO Award for Communication in the Life Sciences.

Minister Lunn to attend Union of BC Municipalities Pine Beetle Conference
On Sept. 24, 2007, the Honorable Gary Lunn, Minister, Natural Resources will speak at the UBCM Pine Beetle Conference and will announce the delivery of funded activities under the Mountain Pine Beetle Program to help affected communities.

3rd International Conference on Light Metals Technology
On Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, Jacques Gourde, parliamentary secretary of Natural Resources Canada, will be in Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec to welcome international delegates from Australia, Austria, Germany and the United States, as well as from all over Canada.

UNC School of Pharmacy researchers create new synthetic heparin
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have patented a synthetic version of the drug heparin, called Recomparin, that is less complex chemically and should be easier to produce than previous forms.

Is there really a 'mommy' gene in women?
Basic principles of biology rather than women's newfound economic independence can explain why fewer of them are getting married and having children, and why the trend may only be temporary, says a Queen's researcher.

AIUM CEO named among 'most influential' in radiology
RT Image Magazine recently released its roster of the top 25 most influential in the field of radiology naming AIUM chief executive officer, Carmine M.

EURYI project to understand how the brain wires during embryogenesis
One of the great questions of neurobiology, how the brain is built up during embryonic development, could be resolved by a young French scientist in an award winning project organized by the European Science Foundation and the European Heads of Research Councils.

Male contraception breakthroughs to be presented, Seattle Sept. 27-28
Seattle will be the place to be on Sept. 27 and 28, when male contraception researchers from the US and overseas gather to present their news.

Study reveals possible genetic risk for fetal alcohol disorders
New research in primates suggests that infants and children who carry a certain gene variant may be more vulnerable to the ill effects of fetal alcohol exposure.

Conference to examine role technology can play in helping US manage healthcare costs
NIST and the Biotechnology Council are co-sponsoring 'Economic Strategy for Health Care through Bio and Information Standards and Technologies,' a conference designed to examine the role technology and technical standards can play in helping the United States manage healthcare costs.

Brain atrophy in elderly leads to unintended racism, depression and problem gambling
In the aging population, an inability to inhibit unwanted thoughts and behavior causes several social behaviors and cognitions to go awry.

How can we improve teaching and learning in schools?
Britain's biggest-ever program of education research has found at least some of the answers, and is sharing them with every school in Britain.

Simulating kernel production influences maize model accuracy
By combining two approaches to model maize productivity, researchers have increased the accuracy of maize yield predictions.

Amazon forest shows unexpected resiliency during drought
Drought-stricken regions of the Amazon forest grew particularly vigorously during the 2005 drought, according to new research.

Greeks get space-based help in wake of deadly fires
Cleanup and rebuilding teams responding to the devastation across Greece caused by this summer's deadly fires are getting help from space.

Imaging quantum entanglement
An international team including scientists from the London Center for Nanotechnology today publishes findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrating the dramatic effects of quantum mechanics in a simple magnet.

New study highlights shared burden of young carers in the UK and Tanzania
It's not just distance that separates the children of Tanzania and the UK.

Vet school in £10.7 million initiative to boost veterinary research training
The threat posed to animal and human health by emerging diseases -- in many cases exacerbated by unprecedented movement and trade and by climate change -- highlights the continuing need for academics trained in the veterinary sciences.

Recycling wind turbines
Wind power could become one of the greenest alternative energy resources we have, but only if replacement and recycling of windturbines is taken into account in assessing their environmental impact, say researchers.

New topical therapy safely treats nail fungus without systemic side effects
Scientists have developed a new topical lotion that safely treats skin infections, including nail fungus and cold sores, without systemic side effects.

Progression of SIV infection in monkeys raises
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New guidelines set to improve standard of cows' milk allergy care
New guidelines on the diagnosis and management of cows' milk allergy, published today in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, are set to improve the standard of care of infants with CMA, the most common food allergy in children.

Reading the planetary tea leaves
TAU's professor Elia Leibowitz is part of a global team that has recently identified the oldest planet yet discoverd.

University of Leicester scientists discover technique to help 'friendly bacteria'
Fruit based extract dramatically improves growth and probiotic qualities of

Natural gas inhabited by unusual specialists
Hitherto unknown anaerobic bacteria in marine sediments feed on propane or butane.

Insight into the struggles of children with language impairments
For the first time, a new study has looked into how language impairments affect a child's ability to understand and retell a script-based story.

2007 EURYI: 20 researchers to receive Nobel Prize-sized awards in Helsinki
Twenty young researchers, who have been selected by high-level scientific peer review, will gather in Helsinki on Sept.

Midlands Consortium delighted to be chosen to host £1 billion energy institute
Representatives from the Midlands Consortium say they are absolutely delighted by today's announcement that the group has been chosen to host a new £1 billion national institute to develop cleaner energies.

Dangerous diarrheal bacterium found on asymptomatic patients
The bacterium that causes a highly contagious and sometimes deadly form of diarrhea is frequently carried by persons who do not have any of the disease symptoms, according to a study in the Oct.

UT Southwestern researchers identify hundreds of genes controlling female fertility
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found nearly 350 genes related to female fertility.

New dinosaur species found in Montana
A dinosaur skeleton found 24 years ago in Montana has finally been identified as a new species that links North American dinosaurs with Asian dinosaurs.

Plenary lectures announced for world's largest osteoporosis congress
Fourteen of the world's leading osteoporosis experts will present plenary lectures at the 2008 IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Bangkok, Thailand.

Northern Rock crisis underlines need for greater disclosure to plug 'information gap'
Policy makers need to seriously consider the case for the reinstatement of bank-specific disclosure requirements within the accounting regulations in the wake of the Northern Rock crisis, according to experts at Nottingham University Business School.

Jefferson radiation oncologists use real-time system to plant 'seeds' against cancer
Radiation oncologists and urologists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have begun using a real-time system to implant radiation-emitting seeds in prostate cancer patients.

Festschrift to honor NJIT computing pioneers: Hiltz and Turoff
Festschrift will be held Oct. 12-13, 2007, in the NJIT campus center.

A better definition for the kilogram? Scientists propose a precise number of carbon atoms
Two US professors -- a physicist and mathematician -- say it's time to define the kilogram in a new and more elegant way.

Vitamin E trials 'fatally flawed'
Generations of studies on vitamin E may be largely meaningless, scientists say, because new research has demonstrated that the levels of this micronutrient necessary to reduce oxidative stress are far higher than those that have been commonly used in clinical trials.

Stephen Yanczura receives Space, Land and Sea Systems Achievement Award
Stephen Yanczura, class of 2010 at Stevens Institute of Technology, has received a Space, Land and Sea Systems Achievement Award from Hamilton Sundstrand.

Multiple corticosteroid injections in pregnant women may increase cerebral palsy
In pregnant women at high risk for preterm birth, a single injection of corticosteroids has been shown to reduce the baby's chances of having serious lung problems after birth.

Scientists explore theme park thrills
University of Nottingham scientists are helping to capture the essence of excitement with a live experiment that measures the
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