Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 21, 2008
Signaling protein helps limit damage in heart attack, Jefferson scientists show
Scientists have shown that a signaling protein helps protect the heart and adapt during a heart attack.

Countering an approaching water crisis
As growing demand for clean water stretches even the resources of the world's largest industrialized nations, scientists and engineers are turning to new technology and novel ideas to find solutions.

Story ideas from the Journal of Biological Chemistry
A new study provides more insight into cataracts, the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the elderly, finding that small pieces of a perfectly normal protein become toxic during the aging process.

Childhood personality can predict important outcomes in emerging adulthood
A new study in the Journal of Personality reveals the extent to which children's personality types can predict the timing of key transitional moments between childhood and adulthood.

In poker, Case Western Reserve University psychologist places bets on skill
Is it luck of the draw in poker? No, says Michael DeDonno, a doctoral student from Case Western Reserve University.

First study hints at insights to come from genes unique to humans
Among the approximately 23,000 genes in human DNA, scientists estimate that there may be as few as 50 to 100 that have no counterparts in other species.

Entrepreneurs hold the key to income growth in developing economies
Some of the nation's leading economists have formed the Enterprise Initiative, based at the University of Chicago, to assemble data and develop models based on the role of enterprise in emerging economies.

NIH awards NYU College of Dentistry $1.8M to identify risk for severe early childhood caries
New York University College of Dentistry's Dr. Page W. Caufield, a professor of cariology and comprehensive care has received a five-year, $1.83 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of NIH, to conduct research to help identify those at risk for severe early childhood caries, a disease that can destroy most of a child's teeth by age six.

Netting mosquitoes to prevent malaria
Michigan State University scientist Ned Walker is taking on one of the biggest killers in the world -- malaria.

Can involvement in extra-curricular activities help prevent juvenile delinquency?
Parents concerned about their teens' involvement in risky and criminal behavior have traditionally involved their kids in sports, church and community activities.

Visual technology enables brain to learn in new ways
Tufts University has literally expanded the visualization concept with a new 14-foot by 8-foot visualization wall that enables researchers to translate the most abstract, complex science into 3-dimensional images that are clearer and more precise than those produced by most conventional systems.
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