Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 31, 2007
Crash prevention could be a DREAM
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or at excessive speeds are widely considered to be the main causes of serious accidents involving a single vehicle.

University of Pittsburgh cardiologists identify new cardiac arrest gene
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, reporting in Circulation have identified a new gene responsible for a rare, inherited form of sudden cardiac arrest, known as Brugada syndrome.

Trial shows minocycline has a harmful effect on patients with motor neuron disease
Minocycline has a harmful effect on patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- commonly known as motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig's disease -- according to one of the first randomized trials of the drug in patients with a neurological disorder.

Rice University expert calls for coordination in nanotechnology research
Nanotechnology holds great promise for the future of cancer therapy and water treatment, but concerns about the safety of nanoproducts may limit these important technological developments, Vicki Colvin said today in comments to the US House Committee on Science and Technology.

National Academies expand cooperation with Iranian research and education centers
Following productive discussions in Iran between representatives of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering and senior Iranian officials and scientific leaders, the US National Academies plan to expand a program of scientific cooperation with Iranian institutions that began in 1999.

Scientists create colorful 'brainbow' images of the nervous system
By activating multiple fluorescent proteins in neurons, neuroscientists at Harvard University are imaging the brain and nervous system as never before, rendering their cells in a riotous spray of colors dubbed a

New approach to peak flow monitoring
When it comes to asthma monitoring, the eye is the key; according to Associate Professor Helen Reddel, who has spent years researching and refining a new peak expiratory flow chart.

An inverse way for engineering
In general, thinking in engineering is carried out conceptually, the concepts being processed in the computer virtually and, in the end, the object or the part is obtained.

Heart attacks/pneumonia falls short of national goals
Emergency departments across the nation are failing to meet national goals in treating many heart attack and pneumonia patients, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers published in the October issue of Academic Emergency Medicine.

Executives who don't deserve their position work with incompetent employees to justify themselves
Research carried out jointly by the University of Granada and the University of Lovaina finds that qualified persons prefer to work in a competent surrounding in jobs that imply some responsibility.

Wildfire drives carbon levels in northern forests
Far removed from streams of gas-thirsty cars and pollution-belching factories lies another key player in global climate change.

3-D model of esophageal cancer
In the Nov. 1 issue of G&D, a team of scientists led by Dr.

Lush or lightweight?
Some fruit flies can drink others under the table. Now, scientists at North Carolina State University have a few more genetic clues behind why some flies are more sensitive to alcohol than others.

Human rights are a powerful tool for social change
A new booklet, entitled 'Human rights, a tool for change', published today by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) examines the role that human rights should be playing in the lives of all in the UK.

Math battling cancer, deciding life's challenges lead list as INFORMS meet in Seattle
Math's surprising triumph fighting prostate cancer and a scientist's practical advice for approaching decisions about career, having a child and purchasing a home will be among the top presentations at the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in Seattle next week.

ACP issues comprehensive guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of stable COPD
ACP released a clinical practice guideline on diagnosing and treating stable COPD, a progressive lung disease involving the airways and lung tissue, resulting in a gradual loss of lung function, typically as a result of smoking.

Looking into the future -- can your perspective influence your motivation?
Students, athletes and performing artists are often advised to imagine themselves performing successfully.

Children's gardens mushrooming
Researchers have discovered the secrets to enhancing youth participation in school and community-based garden programs.

SPOC, Inc. announces completion of $300,000 follow-on investment by Connecticut Innovations
Stevens Proof of Concept, Inc. of Stamford, Conn., a Technogenesis company incubated at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Connecticut Innovations, the state's quasi-public authority responsible for technology investing and innovation development, have announced that CI has completed a follow-on pre-Series A investment of $300,000 in SPOC.

Gene, stem cell therapy only needs to be 50 percent effective to create a healthy heart
According to a new study, recently published in Circulation Research, a journal of the American Heart Association, University of Missouri-Columbia researchers have demonstrated that a muscular dystrophy patient should be able to maintain a normal lifestyle if only 50 percent of the cells of the heart are healthy.

Infectious diseases experts applaud bill against 'bad bugs'
With methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, and other 'bad bugs' routinely making headlines, infectious diseases physicians are applauding Sens.

How one virus uses mimicry to replicate successfully
Both viruses and cancers subvert the growth-control machinery in a cell to serve their own needs.

Unique pattern of gene expression can indicate acetaminophen overdose
In a new study, researchers found they could detect toxic levels of acetaminophen in laboratory animals by analyzing gene expression in the blood.

Katrina victims increasingly depressed, traumatized, and suicidal as relief efforts drag on
According to the most comprehensive survey of people affected by Hurricane Katrina, results of which are being presented today to the US Senate, the percentage of pre-hurricane residents of the affected areas who have mental disorders has increased significantly compared to the situation five to eight months after the hurricane.

Using nanotech to make Robocops
Engineers in Australia have designed new bullet proof material which actually rebounds the force of a bullet.

Voter turnout in US elections not increased by early voting measures
Early voting measures are touted by election reform advocates as a principal way of increasing voter turnout, but a new empirical study by political scientists concludes that most early voting options have a negligible or even negative impact on turnout.

World's most powerful microscope, the Large Hadron Collider
This talk will discuss the Large Hadron Collider, the largest scientific experiment ever attempted and the complex international efforts to bring the 27 km-long machine to life, including Canada's involvement.

Coral reefs will be permanently damaged without urgent action
Coral reefs could be damaged beyond repair, unless we change the way we manage the marine environment.

Economical, nonpolluting solutions to greenhouse growing found
Greek research scientists Dr. George Gizas and Dr. Dimitrios Savvas recently conducted trials of four grades of pumice to determine the most effective particle size for growing ornamental plants and vegetables in soilless conditions.

US fires release large amounts of carbon dioxide
Large-scale fires in a western or southeastern state can pump as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in a few weeks as the state's entire motor vehicle traffic does in a year, according to newly published research by scientists at NCAR and the University of Colorado.

Why do so many species live in tropical forests and coral reefs?
The latest development in a major debate over a controversial hypothesis of biodiversity and species abundance will be published in the Nov.

Scientists discover new way to make water
Scientists at the University of Illinois have discovered a new way to make water.

Radiation seed implant decreases risk of death over watchful waiting
Prostate cancer patients cut their risk of dying of the disease in half when they receive radiation seed implants to treat their cancer, compared to those who don't receive active treatment, within six months from being diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, according to a study presented Oct.

New computer architecture aids emergency response
Princeton researchers have invented a computer architecture that enables the secure transmission of crucial rescue information to first responders during events such as natural disasters, fires or terrorist attacks.

New genetic variant associated with prostate cancer in African-Americans
Two tiny genetic variations may provide the best clues yet for finding more precise ways to estimate prostate cancer risk and improve screening and early detection for men of African descent.

Make way for the real nanopod
Make way for the real nanopod and make room in the Guinness World Records.

Elsevier publishes 2 new journals on behalf of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Elsevier, leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, today announced that it will start publishing the Journal of Manufacturing Systems and Journal of Manufacturing Processes on behalf of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in October 2007.

University of Minnesota receives $45.6 million to build new lab in northern Minn.
The University of Minnesota announced today that the US Department of Energy Office of Science has awarded a $45.6 million, four-year cooperative agreement to the university's School of Physics and Astronomy to build a new international physics laboratory.

BDSI files FDA NDA for BEMA Fentanyl
BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. has submitted its NDA to the FDA for BEMA Fentanyl, for 'breakthrough' cancer pain.

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Nov. 6, 2007
The following papers will be in the next issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine:

Gamma interferon could aid fight against fungal infections
Interferon, the

NIH recognizes Clemson nanotechnology for molecule tracking
The National Institutes of Health has awarded two Clemson chemistry faculty nearly $1 million to detect, track and image the interior of cells.

Ears ringing? Johns Hopkins scientists ID the brain's own clarion
Brain scientists at Johns Hopkins have discovered how cells in the developing ear make their own noise, long before the ear is able to detect sound around them.

Tangled web of the insect, plant and parasite arms race
New insights into the evolutionary relationship between plant-dwelling insects and their parasites are revealed in the online open-access journal BMC Biology.

Opium and marijuana research go underground
The world's leading expert on the opium poppy is turning his attention to cannabis working with the producers of medical marijuana in Canada.

HU scientist finds way to catch terrorists red-handed
A scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has discovered a way to literally catch terrorists red-handed.

Novel medication improves ovarian cancer treatment
A new study appearing in International Journal of Gynecological Cancer states that Bevacizumab, a biologic anticancer agent that prevents tumor growth by interfering with the formation of new blood vessels, may have the potential to improve the efficacy of standard combination chemotherapy in ovarian cancer.

Mayo researchers: complementary therapies help patients recover after heart surgery
A new Mayo Clinic study shows that massage therapy decreases pain levels for patients after heart surgery.

Northwestern exposing most deadly infectious diseases in 3-D
The unearthly creature looks like something out of a sci-fi flick, but the horror is real.

UGA study finds alarming rate of drinking and driving among rural middle schoolers
Researchers, whose results appear in the November issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, surveyed 290 middle school students in the Mississippi Delta and found that 17 percent had driven an automobile after drinking.

Domestic cat genome sequenced
A report that appears in the scientific journal Genome Research details the first assembly, annotation, and comparative analysis of the domestic cat genome (Felis catus).

World's smallest radio uses single nanotube to pick up good vibrations
Wielding a single carbon nanotube 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, UC-Berkeley and LBNL physicists have constructed the smallest radio yet.

MU researchers go nano, natural and green
In 2002, U.S. farmers harvested 2.7 billion bushels of soybeans.

Motivational coaching climate outscores winning for young athletes
New research indicates that young athletes find playing for coaches who stress personal improvement, having fun and giving maximum effort is far more important and has a bigger impact on them than a team's won-loss record.

Media highlights in the November issues of Biophysical Journal
The Nov. 1 and Nov. 15 issues of Biophysical Journal, published by the Biophysical Society, are now available online.

Preventing or reducing enlarged heart may decrease risk for diabetes
High-blood-pressure patients treated for enlarged heart who have regression or prevention of LVH may also have a better chance of preventing diabetes.

RIT study confirms supermassive black holes produce powerful galaxy-shaping winds
Supermassive black holes can produce powerful winds that shape a galaxy and determine their own growth, confirms a group of scientists from Rochester Institute of Technology.

National Center for Marriage Research to be located at BGSU
Rapid changes in family structure in recent decades, including increases in the percentage of children born out of wedlock and the average age of first marriage, raise important questions about how these trends may impact the health and welfare of individuals, families and communities.

Diet and lifestyle changes may help prevent infertility from ovulatory disorders
Women who followed a combination of five or more lifestyle factors, including changing specific aspects of their diets, experienced more than 80 percent less relative risk of infertility due to ovulatory disorders compared to women who engaged in none of the factors, according to a paper published in the Nov.

Scientists discover genetic variant associated with prostate cancer in African Americans
Researchers report a new genetic variant that is linked to higher incidence of prostate cancer in African-American men.

Let there be light: new magnet design continues magnet lab's tradition of innovation
Engineers at Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have successfully tested a groundbreaking new magnet design that could literally shed new light on nanoscience and semiconductor research.

Springer adds Advances in Therapy to journals portfolio
As part of its continued commitment to providing high-quality information to professionals in the pharmaceutical industry, Springer has acquired the prestigious journal Advances in Therapy, to be published from 2008. 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