Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 22, 2007
Hundreds of strokes avoidable, says study
Hundreds of strokes could be prevented each year if patients suffering

Self-sabotage
New research out of the University of Toronto shows that how people view their abilities in the workplace impacts how they respond to success.

Doctors and patients poorly informed about herpes
Family doctors and patients with herpes are poorly informed about the viral infection, indicate the results of an online survey, published ahead of print in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Rotavirus vaccine very effective at stopping gastroenteritis episodes in children
Two doses of a rotavirus vaccine co-administered with childhood vaccines provides high protection against rotavirus gastroenteritis episodes of any severity in children, and also reduces the need for hospital treatment and medical attention related to the condition.

Liquid crystal phases of tiny DNA molecules point up new scenario for first life on Earth
A team led by the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Milan has discovered some unexpected forms of liquid crystals of ultrashort DNA molecules immersed in water, providing a new scenario for a key step in the emergence of life on Earth.

Active parents raise active children
Parents who are active during pregnancy and early in their child's life tend to raise more active children, finds a study published on bmj.com today.

Older filters, fresher water
Scientists in Australia have discovered that the older the water filter the better when it comes to reducing the off-putting earthy taste of some tap water.

'Cooper pairs' can be found in insulators as well superconductors
Fifty years ago, three physicists unveiled their BCS theory of superconductivity, which explained how currents of electrons can flow perpetually if they join in pairs.

Marine and climate research at Kiel University awarded EUR 9.3 million
Marine and climate research, for which Kiel is already one of the leading German centers, is now to be further expanded in this city: The German Research Foundation has approved the new collaborative research center 754:

Environmental toxins limit daughters' fertility, study suggests
A study by a research team at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital suggests that mothers who are exposed to certain toxic environmental compounds prior to pregnancy could limit their offspring's fertility.

Cardiff University engineers give industry a moth's eye view
Scientists at Cardiff University have developed a new lens, based on the eye structure of the moth, which reflects very little light and has a wide number of industrial applications.

Stem cell transplant can grow new immune system in certain mice, Stanford researchers find
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have taken a small but significant step, in mouse studies, toward the goal of transplanting adult stem cells to create a new immune system for people with autoimmune or genetic blood diseases.

2002 Alaskan quake left 7 areas of California stirred but not shaken
New research has found evidence of tremors along non-subduction zone faults in seven California locations immediately following the magnitude 7.8 Denali earthquake in Alaska on Nov.

Internet users give up privacy in exchange for trust
With public concern over online fraud, new research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, has revealed that Internet users will reveal more personal information online if they believe they can trust the organization that requests the information.

Money motivates -- especially when your colleague gets less
The feelings an individual has on receiving his paycheck depend critically on how much his colleague earns.

Bound to identify intruders
A team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute, Germany and France has revealed, at a resolution of milliseconds, the changes an immune system T cell undergoes as it binds to an antigen.

MIT: Prenatal arsenic exposure detected in newborns
MIT researchers have found that the children of mothers whose water supplies were contaminated with arsenic during their pregnancies harbored gene expression changes that may lead to cancer and other diseases later in life.

Australia's health at crossroads
Australia urgently needs a well-thought-out, substantial reform program achieving better health outcomes for all, not more of the same which is the approach of the Howard Government, says an editorial in this week's edition of The Lancet.

A new device will make quality control of radiotherapy treatments possible
Scientists from the University of Granada have developed a portable and low-cost device which can measure the ionizing radiation that patients are exposed to.

Ozone key to link between heat and increased cardiovascular death risk
Ozone may prove the key to the link between high temperature and the increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke, suggests research published ahead of print in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

People with rare type of memory loss still sensitive to others, study shows
People with a devastating brain injury that has wiped out many of their personal memories may still be able to understand other people's feelings and intentions, according to a joint study by the Rotman Research Institute at the Baycrest Centre for Aging and the Brain, and York University's Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health.

Rising tides intensify non-volcanic tremor in Earth's crust
Researchers find eidence that slow-slip events, essentially ultra-slow-motion earthquakes, are affected by the rise and fall of ocean tides.

Risk of heart attack and stroke much higher for patients with venous thromboembolism
Patients with venous thromboembolism have a substantially increased long-term risk of subsequent arterial cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.

Calling for research into deafness
Research funding into deafness in the UK is around only one thousandth of the estimated lost productivity from hearing impairment.

Repeating genes
Scientists at the Weizmann Institute, using computer simulations, have provided an explanation as to why certain genetic diseases caused by repeats in the code are

Media diplomacy: What role for transnational news?
There has recently been a huge growth in transnational English language television channels, with the launch in the UK of Al Jazeera English, Press TV, CCTV9, France 24 and Russia Today.

'Nobel Faces A Gallery of Nobel Prize Winners' by Peter Badge
This book contains more than 270 black-and-white photographs of Nobel Prize Winners such as Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, J.M.
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