Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 05, 2007
Grid computing offers new hope in race against bird flu
Last month a collaboration of European and Asian researchers launched a new attack against the deadly bird flu virus, harnessing the combined power of more than 40,000 computers across 45 countries to boost the pace of antiviral drug discovery.

Shenhar co-authors 'Reinventing Project Management'
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Workplace woe: Are abusive bosses or inferior employees to blame?
Considerable attention, both in blogs and in popular media, has been given to abusive bosses over the past few years.

Ceres and Texas A&M to develop and market high-biomass sorghum for biofuels
Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station of the Texas A&M University System announced Oct.

Scientists search for brain center responsible for tinnitus
For the more than 50 million Americans who experience the phantom sounds of tinnitus -- ringing in the ears that can range from annoying to debilitating -- certain well-trained rats may be their best hope for finding relief.

A colossus gets its name
Today, the first of the two ALMA antenna transporters was given its name at a ceremony on the compounds of the manufacturer, the heavy-vehicle specialist Scheuerle Fahrzeugfabrik GmbH, in Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

UCI researchers restore memory process in most common form of mental disability
University of California, Irvine scientists have discovered how to reverse the learning and memory problems inherent in the most common form of mental impairment.

Fungus genome yielding answers to protect grains, people and animals
Why a pathogen is a pathogen may be answered as scientists study the recently mapped genetic makeup of a fungus that spawns the worst cereal grains disease known and also can produce toxins potentially fatal to people and livestock.

Rugby kick success may come down to swing of the arm, shows research
The prodigious kicking success of England rugby player Johnny Wilkinson's may come down to what he does with his arms -- but it is not just his trademark preparation stance that does the trick.

Nanofabrication method paves way for new optical devices
An innovative and inexpensive way of making nanomaterials on a large scale, developed at Northwestern University, has resulted in novel forms of advanced materials that pave the way for exceptional and unexpected optical properties.

Got calcium? UWM researcher finds that food labels confuse consumers
Current food labeling leads to under-consumption of calcium, according to this study.

Technology would help detect terrorists before they strike
Are you a terrorist? Airport screeners, customs agents, police officers and members of the military who silently pose that question to people every day, may soon have much more than intuition to depend on to determine the answer, thanks to computer and behavioral scientists at the University at Buffalo.

Paramedics can provide an effective alternative to standard ambulance service in the community
Paramedics with extended skills can provide a safe and effective alternative to standard ambulance transfer and hospital treatment for older people with a minor injury or illness, finds a study published online today.

Reversing cognitive deficits: Injectable antibody may attack source of problem
Saint Louis University researchers have found that an antibody can reverse learning problems in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease.

Ossur -- leading orthopedic pioneer - expands network to Asia
Ossur, a leading provider of noninvasive orthopedic products and services, today announced the inauguration of its Asia Pacific operations in Shanghai, China.

AGA Institute statement on CT colonography study
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths, affecting both men and women nearly equally, and is one of the most preventable cancers.

Developing a modular, nanoparticle drug delivery system
With the support from a $478,000, five-year CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, chemist Eva Harth is creating a modular, multi-functional drug delivery system that promises simultaneously to enhance the effectiveness and reduce undesirable side-effects of a number of different drugs.

No strong evidence linking amateur boxing with long-term brain injury
The evidence linking amateur boxing and chronic traumatic brain injury is not strong, concludes a study published online today.

Human rights violations widespread in eastern Burma
A study, completed by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Back Pack Health Worker Team and others found that gross human rights violations, including forced displacement, forced labor, attacks by soldiers on civilians, injury from landmines and destruction or theft of food supplies, have been widespread in eastern Burma (also known as Myanmar).

Genes from the father facilitate the formation of new species
The two closely related bird species, the collared flycatcher and the pied flycatcher, can reproduce with each other, but the females are more strongly attracted to a male of their own species.

Studying component parts of living cells with carbon nanotube cellular probes
Carbon nanotubes have shown great potential for use as cellular probes.

USC biomedical team to participate in $6 million low vision project
A new NIH-funded project will focus on visual displays to help people suffering from macular degeneration and other forms of vision loss.

Researchers complete first clinical trial of Apatone for cancer treatment
In a significant advancement in the ongoing battle against cancer, a group of researchers from Summa Health System, IC-MedTech and other institutions have completed the first ever FDA-approved human clinical trial of Apatone.

Peter Cummings to receive the 2007 AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award
Peter Cummings, John R. Hall professor of chemical engineering at Vanderbilt, will receive the 2007 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award at the institute's annual meeting in November.

Penn biochemist receives NIH New Innovator's Award
James Shorter, PhD, Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been named an inaugural recipient of the 2007 NIH Director's New Innovator Award.

NCCAM expands Centers of Excellence in CAM research program
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has added three new Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) to its centers program.

UNC faculty and students to develop plan to get clean water in poorer homes
Faculty and students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are setting out to discover whether applying business principles to public health problems can result in solutions that will save lives in developing countries with limited access to safe drinking water.

Study: diabetic neuropathy costs billions per year in lost work time
A recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine finds that workers who have diabetes with neuropathic symptoms such as tingling in feet or hands lose the equivalent of 1.4 hours a week or $3.65 billion per year in health-related lost productive time.

US lacks data on supply of minerals critical to economy, national security
A new report from the National Research Council finds that neither the federal government nor industry leaders have enough accurate information to know how secure the supplies of these minerals are.

'Great disappointment' in veto of SCHIP legislation expressed by American College of Physicians
Internal medicine physicians and medical students today expressed their great disappointment in President Bush's veto of the bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

The reservoir of Marburg virus identified in a species of fruit bat
IRD researchers working along with the Centre international de recherches m├ędicales de Franceville of Gabon and the Center for Disease Control based in Atlanta recently identified a species of fruit bat as reservoir of Marburg virus pathogen.

BSSA tipsheet for October 2007
The following papers are featured in the next issue of Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Fair play in chimpanzees
New research from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany shows that unlike humans, chimpanzees conform to traditional economic models.

Story ideas from Molecular & Cellular Proteomics
Story ideas from the October 2007 issue of Molecular & Cellular Proteomics include preventing neurodegenerative diseases by studying proteins in the brain, improving cancer diagnosis, and improving liver cancer diagnosis.

Poli to speak at Supply Chain Project Management Summit, Oct. 9
Stevens Institute of Technology Professor Michael Poli, Ph.D., will speak at the Supply Chain Project Management Summit, sponsored by Rutgers University, on Oct.

Jefferson urologists studying regenerated neo-bladder to help spinal cord injury patients
Urologists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are studying whether a neo-bladder construct grown from a patient's own cells can improve bladder function for adult spinal cord injury patients. 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