Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 19, 2007
Mice roar message: genetic change happens fast
Biologists report a rapid change of morphology and mitochondrial genes in a mouse common to a Chicago-area conservation area, with an older, established genotype of the mouse being pushed out by another type over a recent five-year period as nearby human suburban development progressed.

Birth of an iceberg
This animation, comprised of images acquired by Envisat's Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar instrument, shows the breaking away of a giant iceberg from the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica.

The solution to a 7-decade mystery is crystal-clear to FSU chemist
A Florida State University researcher has helped solve a scientific mystery that stumped chemists for nearly seven decades.

Identifying America's Most Vulnerable Oceanfront Communities
Coastal geologists are convinced a number of beachfront areas along the US eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast are at extreme risk of destruction for the second or third time.

Stevens Institute of Technology International debuts in D.R.
Stevens Institute of Technology International will officially open its doors in the Cyber Park at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, next Monday, Oct.

Cosmic Vision 2015-2025: and the candidate missions are...
The first steps of the next great phase of European space science have been taken!

Glue inside the cell
Ubiquitin is a small protein, which can be attached to other cellular proteins.

APL mineral-mapper has key role in selecting next Mars rover landing site
Scientists scouting potential landing sites for NASA's next Mars rover mission are using new data from a powerful mineral-mapping camera to narrow the site selection.

A new explanation for evolutionary changes in genetic sex-determination systems
The mechanisms that determine sex in animals vary widely, involving actions of different sets of genes on different chromosomes.

MacArthur commits $11 million to further UCSF work in maternal safety
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has promised $10.75 million to extend a groundbreaking UCSF project to help combat maternal mortality in Nigeria and India -- two countries that comprise one-third of all maternal deaths worldwide.

Chemists urge swift passage of Commerce Justice State Appropriations bill
American Chemical Society President Catherine T. Hunt, Ph.D., applauded the Senate's passage on Tuesday of the Fiscal Year 2008 Commerce Justice State (FY08 CJS) Appropriations bill and urged Congressional leaders to maintain their momentum in bringing a final bill to President Bush's desk.

Cmdr. Dylan Schmorrow receives first Leland S. Kollmorgen Spirit of Innovation Award
Cmdr. Dylan Schmorrow of the US Office of Naval Research became the first recipient of the Leland S.

Musculoskeletal center wins $3.8 million research grant
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), one of 14 centers in the nation, will use the funding to continue researching the safety and effectiveness of new therapeutics for musculoskeletal diseases.

Columbus hatch closed for last time
Preparations of the European Columbus laboratory took an important step earlier this week with the final closure of the module's hatch ahead of the December launch to the International Space Station.

Emory paleontologist reports discovery of carnivorous dinosaur tracks in Australia
The first fossil tracks belonging to large, carnivorous dinosaurs have been discovered in Victoria, Australia, by paleontologists from Emory University, Monash University and the Museum of Victoria (both in Melbourne).

Biggest 'small' black hole discovered
Discovery of the largest example of a 'small' black hole -- one formed from the collapse of a single massive star at the end of its lifetime -- has led scientists to reevaluate of how black holes come into being, according to a report in Nature.

Scientists find predisposition to bronchiolitis in some babies
Scientists have found that a large proportion of infants who suffer from bronchiolitis have an inherent predisposition to the disease.

Boosting the accuracy of Rosetta's Earth approach
Yesterday, Oct. 18 at 18:06 CEST, the thrusters of ESA's comet chaser, Rosetta, were fired in a planned, 42-second trajectory correction manoeuvre designed to

Phase 2 of Singapore's Biomedical Sciences Initiative gains momentum for clinical research
A new partnership to build an integrated neuroscience research program that spans basic science all the way to clinical research.
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