Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 12, 2007
A computer for your mouse!
A new international consortium aimed at linking together the world's databases of mouse genetics -- the field of research which saw the Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to Mario R.

NJIT to receive $150,000 gift from PSEG
New Jersey energy company provides funding for scholarship that will help ensure a pipeline of skilled workers.

Governments and industry take action to advance clean coal technology
Canada's New Government and the Province of Alberta will partner with EPCOR Utilities Incorporated and the Canadian Clean Power Coalition in a $33 million research and development project that promises to make Canada a world leader in clean coal technology.

International team of scientists warns of climate change's impact on global river flow
A global analysis of the potential effect of climate change on river basins indicates that many rivers impacted by dams or extensive development will require significant management interventions to protect ecosystems and people, according to an article published today in the online version of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Nobel Peace Prize 2007 to intergovernmental panel on climate change
The Nobel Prize Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and to the former US Vice President, Al Gore.

Margaret Beale Spencer to deliver the fourth annual AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research
Noted developmental psychologist, education researcher, and national expert on at-risk youth, Margaret Beale Spencer delivers the fourth annual Brown Lecture in Education Research in Washington, D.C. on Oct.

Understanding mysterious continental intraplate earthquakes
A new volume published by the Geological Society of America sheds light on mysterious earthquakes in the interiors of continents.

Inconsistencies with Neanderthal genomic DNA sequences
Two recent papers describing the sequencing of Neanderthal nuclear DNA from fossil bone held promise for finally answering this question.

Berkeley Lab scientists contribute to Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning climate change studies
As authors of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, eight scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory were important contributors to the research on global climate change that has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

NCAR scientists and technical staff share in Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC colleagues around the world
More than three dozen scientists and support staff at the National Center for Atmospheric Research served as authors or reviewers for reports by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today with former Vice President Al Gore.

First high-res 3D structures of mammalian HSP90 protein solved
Dr. Dan Gewirth, Hauptman-Woodward senior research scientist, has just solved the structure of the first mammalian GRP94 protein implicated in immune diseases such as sepsis, AIDS and certain cancers.

Excerpta Medica and Elsevier Interactive Solutions merge into 1 integrated provider
Health-care organizations seeking effective marketing and education solutions now have a single source -- Excerpta Medica -- for compelling, integrated online and offline communication.

'Electromagnetic wormhole' possible with invisibility technology
The team of mathematicians that first created the mathematics behind the 'invisibility cloak' announced by physicists last October has now shown that the same technology could be used to generate an 'electromagnetic wormhole.'

Study finds that people are programmed to love chocolate
For the first time, scientists have linked preference for a food -- chocolate -- to a chemical signature that may be programmed in the metabolic system and is detectable by laboratory tests.

Mechanical engineer wins distinguished teaching award
The ASM International Materials Information Society has awarded Professor James C.

Buying and selling habitats to help wildlife
Tradable permits are all the rage in environmental policy. They are already used internationally to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

EC unveils new EU maritime policy
The European Commission has adopted an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union, which has the world's largest maritime territory, marking the first time in its 50 years that it will have a strategic approach to decision-making in Maritime Affairs.

Nitrogen -- the silent species eliminator
Nitrogen pollution from agriculture and fossil fuels is known to be seriously damaging grasslands in the UK.

In human grid, we're the cogs
Before you can post a comment to most blogs, you have to type in a series of distorted letters and numbers to prove that you are a person and not a computer attempting to add comment spam to the blog.

National healthcare advocate from Harvard Med School to speak at NJIT
Obtaining adequate health care at reasonable cost is a national issue of great concern for the majority of people in the US.

AFAR/Ellison Medical Foundation increase commitment to scientists studying aging
At a time when established scientists are leaving academia because of a lack of funding for biomedical research and a potential new generation of scientists are considering whether to even enter a field with a competitive funding environment, the Ellison Medical Foundation in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research, has increased funding for two critical grant programs.

COPD rates, higher than expected in China, will continue to grow
In China, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in people over the age of 40 is much more prevalent than previously thought, according to researchers in Guangdong.

Study examines parent-child interactions in at-risk families
A closer look at the way parents interact with children may provide clues to mistreatment of kids and pave the way for potential interventions to prevent the problem.

Gregory Hannon wins 2007 Paul Marks Prize for contributions to understanding and treating cancer
Gregory J. Hannon, Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, along with two other young investigators will be the recipients of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 2007 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research.

Astronomers get their hands dirty as they lift the veil on galactic dust
There is more to a grain of dust than meets the eye, at least for astronomers as they attempt to probe deeper into distant galaxies.

Lab scientists contributed to work behind Nobel Peace Prize
More than 40 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees are key scientific contributors to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which today, along with former Vice President Al Gore, won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Heaps of climate gas
The cow as a killer of the climate: This inglorious role is well-enough recognized.

Nanoengineers mine tiny diamonds for drug delivery
Northwestern University researchers have shown that nanodiamonds are very effective at delivering chemotherapy drugs to cells without the negative effects associated with current drug delivery agents.

Portal vein thrombosis is common in extraportal vein obstruction
The etiology and pathogenesis of portal vein thrombosis is unclear.

Even occasional use of spray cleaners may cause asthma in adults
Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of developing asthma in adults, say researchers in Europe.

MS that runs in families appears more severe than non-familial MS
Magnetic resonance images (MRI) of a large group of patients with multiple sclerosis has provided the first evidence that those with a history of MS in their families show more severe brain damage than patients who have no close relatives with the disease.

Kidney disease treatment may harm patients
A new study finds that this treatment may block the flow of blood to the heart.

Short-term hemofiltration is cost-effective for severe acute pancreatitis
The efficacy of administrating early veno-venous hemofiltration for patients with severe acute pancreatitis, as well as choosing which modalities in China, is still unclear.

Statins reduce loss of function, keeping old lungs young - even in smokers
Statins are known to be good for lowering cholesterol and maybe even fighting dementia, and now they have another reported benefit: they appear to slow decline in lung function in the elderly -- even in those who smoke. 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