Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 08, 2008
Mock CPR 'codes' expose weaknesses in hospital emergency response for children
Staging mock cardiac and respiratory arrests --

'Hot' oxygen atoms on titanium dioxide motivated by more than just temperature
Catalysts typically break down an oxygen molecule into two identical atoms that behave the same.

ECNP launches research grant for young scientists
The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology announces a unique opportunity for ECNP-members to support young scientists by offering a maximum of three ECNP Research Grants for Young Scientists each year.

GM canola ban "disappointing"
The South Australian Government's decision to extend a moratorium on genetically modified canola is not supported by scientific evidence and may send the wrong message about the role of science in agriculture, experts in plant science and technology say.

Listening for the cosmic symphony: New SU supercomputer will help scientists listen for black holes
Scientists hope that a new supercomputer being built by Syracuse University's Department of Physics may help them identify the sound of a celestial black hole.

New finding may help explain development of preeclampsia
In a study of pregnant women, those with pregnancy-induced high blood pressure were found to have higher levels of a peptide that raises blood pressure in the pieces of tissue linking mother and fetus, according to researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

UC San Diego hard disk pioneer elected to National Academy of Engineering
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering electrical engineering professor Paul Siegel -- a leading authority on coding for hard disk magnetic recording systems -- has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering

New York, New York: Study determines difference between abstract and concrete jungle
Princeton psychologist Daniel Oppenheimer and graduate student Adam Alter argue that people tend to perceive objects as being more abstract when those stimuli are difficult to process mentally, known as cognitive disfluency, or are physically further away.

Study confirms that low-calorie sweeteners are helpful in weight control
A recent review of scientific literature concluded that low-calorie (or no-calorie) sweeteners may be helpful in resolving the obesity problem.

Allergic-like reactions occur in premedicated patients
Allergic-like reactions can occur in patients (both children and adults) when given gadolinium containing contrast agents, even if they have been premedicated with corticosteroids and antihistamines, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor.

Science, not romance, controls mating at Smithsonian's National Zoo
This Valentine's Day, Cupid won't be making a stop at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

DOE JGI releases a new version of its metagenome data management and analysis system
Targeting its ever-expanding user community, the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (has released an upgraded version of the IMG/M metagenome data management and analysis system.

Doctors will soon be able to feel organs via a display screen
With the aid of computerized image analysis, it may be possible in the future for radiologists to feel images with the help of a three-dimensional mouse.

Stanford researchers hear the sound of quantum drums
Stanford researchers use individual molecules to build remarkably small drums in order answer an old math conundrum:

New guest at ESA's test center: The Herschel telescope
ESA's test center is buzzing with activity and anticipation as it welcomes its latest guest.

Moss protein plays role in Alzheimer's disease
Preventing Alzheimer's from developing is a goal of Raphael Kopan, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and pharmacology at the Washington University in St.

Misery is not miserly: New study finds why even momentary sadness increases spending
How you are feeling has an impact on your routine economic transactions, whether you're aware of this effect or not.

'V-frog' virtual-reality frog dissection software offers first true physical simulation
V-Frog, the world's first virtual-reality-based frog dissection software designed for biology education -- allowing not mere observation, but physically simulated dissection -- has been developed and is being marketed by Tactus Technologies.

Geotimes investigates Iraq's oil prospects
In the February issue of Geotimes magazine, now available on newsstands and online, Geotimes examines the complicated issues surrounding Iraq's oil exploration and production.

Exploring homicide in an international context
Most Americans have a stereotypical picture of the causes and characteristics of homicide, but is that picture accurate

Workplace autopilot threatens security risk perception
Safeguarding sensitive information -- no matter how sophisticated the IT system -- can never be foolproof, according to research published this week by Leeds University Business School.

Studying rivers for clues to global carbon cycle
In the science world, media and our daily lives, the debate continues over how carbon in the atmosphere is affecting global climate change.

A dangerous transition: High school to the first year of college
Increases in young women's drinking during the transition from high school through the first year of college can have dangerous physical, sexual and psychological implications, according to a report out of the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

Computer simulations strongly support new theory of Earth's core
Swedish researchers present in today's Web edition of the journal Science evidence that their theory about the core of the earth is correct.

Unravelling the Northwest's Viking past
The blood of the Vikings is still coursing through the veins of men living in the Northwest of England -- according to a new study which has been just published.

Discovery of good -- and bad -- liver stem cells raises possibility of new treatment
Many scientists believe up to 40 percent of liver cancer is caused by stem cells gone wild.

Case links death to environmental tobacco smoke
A young asthmatic woman who collapsed and died shortly after arriving for her shift as a waitress at a bar may be the first reported death to be reported nationally from acute asthma associated with environmental tobacco smoke.
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