Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 16, 2008
Can Dungeness crab and eelgrass help improve management of our marine resources?
NOAA's Anne Guerry will discuss the benefits people obtain from ecosystems in managing marine resources in her AAAS presentation

Linguist tunes in to pitch processing in brain
More of the brain is busy processing pitch from language and other sounds than previously thought, according to a researcher in neurophonetics at Purdue University.

Breaking the Gaudi Code: Barcelona to host Europe's largest inter disciplinary science conference
The mission of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is to provide both the European and the international science communities with an open platform for debate and communication.

Fish devastated by sex-changing chemicals in municipal wastewater
While most people understand the dangers of flushing toxic chemicals into the ecosystem through municipal sewer systems, one potentially devastating threat to wild fish populations comes from an unlikely source: estrogen.

Tracing unidentified nuclear materials: APS, AAAS study group urges new steps
The United States is in danger of losing some of the expertise needed to rapidly and accurately identify nuclear materials smuggled on the black market or used in a nuclear detonation, according to a newly released report by the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Valuing ocean services in the Gulf of Maine -- New approaches for conflict resolution
Michael Fogarty, a NOAA biologist, says interactions among species, the effects of climate change, and the effects of human impacts such as harvesting are among the factors that need to be considered in moving toward an ecosystem-based fishery management plan.

You can't teach old materials new tricks
A more sensitive, more selective and easily deployable radiation detection material is necessary to meet complex 21st century challenges.

Link between treating osteoporosis with bisphosphonates and incidence of bone necrosis examined
On Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., in Hynes Convention Center Rm.

Iowa Staters talk biofuels, healthy oils and 'pharma crops' at AAAS meeting
Iowa State researchers discuss energy and agriculture, the economic risks of 'pharma crops' and the role plant breeders play in producing healthier foods during their presentations at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.

MIT: Turning 'funky' quantum mysteries into computing reality
The strange world of quantum mechanics can provide a way to surpass limits in speed, efficiency and accuracy of computing, communications and measurement, according to research by MIT scientist Seth Lloyd.

From stem cells to organs: The bioengineering challenge
For more than a decade, Peter Zandstra has been working at the University of Toronto to rev up the production of stem cells and their descendants.

Health effects of pesticide mixtures: Unexpected insights from the salmon brain
In his research, NOAA scientist Nat Scholz examines how pesticides that run off the land and mix in rivers and streams combine to have a greater than expected toxic effect on the salmon nervous system.

Arizona State bioethicist says mental illness is subject to biological and sociocultural factors
Biology is crucial to understanding psychosis,

Is that sea otter stealing your lunch -- or making it?
Hunted to near extinction, sea otters are making a steady comeback along the Pacific coast.

New findings on emerging contaminants
Substances that we use everyday are turning up in our lakes, rivers and ocean, where they can impact aquatic life and possibly ourselves.

Worldwide hunt to solve the mystery of gamma-ray bursts
UK space scientist Emeritus Professor Alan Wells is to speak at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston in February on

MIT expert: How to toughen up environmental treaties
The Kyoto Protocol is one of more than 100 global environmental treaties negotiated over the past 40 years to address pollution, fisheries management, ocean dumping and other problems.

Physicians focus on stopping pain epidemic
The public health problem that needs to be addressed next is the epidemic of pain, according to pain medicine physicians who have come together to discuss the latest in pain research and treatment at the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Feb.

Group led by Stanford physicist says there's an urgent need for nuclear detectives
The first question asked after an atomic explosion in the US (or elsewhere) would be,

MIT program aids graduate students
An MIT PhD candidate in electrical engineering and computer science will describe a novel professional development program for graduate students and its impact at MIT at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.

Impacts of fossil fuels on fish and people
NOAA scientist John Incardona will tell a scientific detective story that uncovers a previously unrecognized threat to human health from a ubiquitous class of air pollutants.

MIT professor to discuss future of biofuels
High oil prices, energy security considerations and fears about global warming have helped revive interest in renewable energy sources like biofuels. 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