Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 28, 2008
iPods and similar devices found not to affect pacemaker function
Last May, a widely reported study concluded that errant electronic noise from iPods can cause implantable cardiac pacemakers to malfunction.

Expansion of monocyte subset could serve as a biomarker for HIV progressions
An increase in the CD163+/CD16+ monocyte subset, which correlates with the amount of HIV virus have in their blood, could serve as a biomarker for the progression of HIV disease.

CIESE conference: Encouraging Students Towards STEM and IT Careers, April 1
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology will host the one-day conference for guidance counselors,

Uterine stem cells create new neurons that can curb Parkinson's disease
The injection of uterine stem cells trigger growth of new brain cells in mice with Parkinson's disease, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in an abstract presented at the 2008 Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Scientific Meeting held March 26-29 in San Diego, Calif.

Study finds improvement in the care of children with cancer at the end of life
Expanded use of palliative care services is associated with enhanced communications between families and caregivers, improved symptoms management, and better quality of life for children dying from cancer, according to study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital Boston.

Early living together, marriage and parenting benefits some young adults
Young people are always encouraged to complete their education and postpone marriage and children to achieve more rewarding lifestyles.

Royal Institution of Naval Architects honors Dr. Savitsky
Stevens Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus Daniel Savitsky has been awarded the Royal Institution of Naval Architects' 2007 Small Craft Group Medal, in recognition of his

Preschool kids do better when they talk to themselves, research shows
Parents should not worry when their pre-schoolers talk to themselves; in fact, they should encourage it, says a new study from George Mason University.

Potential new target for multiple sclerosis therapy
Researchers demonstrate both genetic and pharmaceutical evidence for the role of a protein called collagenase-2 in the development of multiple sclerosis, providing a potential new way to combat this debilitating disease.

How dangerous is boxing for the brain?
Boxing is possibly less dangerous for the brain than previously feared -- at least for amateurs.

Decreased sexual satisfaction is not associated with cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center and collaborators nationwide have found that decreased sexual satisfaction in postmenopausal women, is not clearly associated with cardiovascular disease.

Uncovering the mechanisms of lightning varieties
The mechanism behind different types of lightning may now be understood, thanks to a combination of direct observation and computer modeling reported by a team of researchers from New Mexico Tech and Penn State.

UC-San Diego surgeons complete first US appendix procedure
On March 26, 2008, surgeons at UC-San Diego Medical Center removed an inflamed appendix through a patient's vagina, a first in the United States.

CSHL scientists part of team that discovers role of rare gene mutations in schizophrenia
Using an important new method that can be applied in the study of other psychiatric illnesses, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington and the National Institute of Mental Health, have identified multiple, individually rare gene mutations in people with schizophrenia that may help explain how that devastating illness is caused.

Firing photons makes advance in space communication
For the first time, physicists have been able to identify individual returning photons after firing and reflecting them off of a space satellite in orbit almost 1,500 kilometers above the earth.

Getting warmer -- Leeds research brings terahertz closer to everyday use
A collaboration between the Universities of Leeds and Harvard has turned the heat up on terahertz technology, bringing a handheld terahertz device a step closer to reality.

The future of computing -- carbon nanotubes and superconductors to replace the silicon chip
The future of computing is under the spotlight at the Institute of Physics' Condensed Matter and Materials Physics conference at the Royal Holloway College of the University of London on March 26-28.

LDL particle measurement by NMR recognized by ADA, ACC
The American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology issued a consensus statement today that states the measurement of LDL particle number by nuclear magnetic resonance is one of the more accurate ways to evaluate cardiometabolic risk.

Software developed by Boston College lab delivers speed and accuracy to genome research
As the scope of genome research expands on an almost daily basis, researchers confront increasingly large volumes of data.

Epilepsy advocates propose strategies to heighten treatment expectations
On the heels of the nation's largest event dedicated to the epilepsy community, the National Walk for Epilepsy, advocates today announced their recommendations in response to a new national survey uncovering key challenges facing the epilepsy community.

Researchers use high tech in mold watermark to protect plastic products from piracy
Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have devised a high-tech way to add anticounterfeiting to plastic products as they are created in the molding process.

Follow live Jules Verne ATV's first attempt to dock with the International Space Station
After several days spent in a parking orbit 2000 km ahead of the ISS, Jules Verne ATV is now ready to join up with the International Space Station.

Study shows why synthetic estrogens wreak havoc on reproductive system
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine now have a clearer understanding of why synthetic estrogens such as those found in many widely-used plastics have a detrimental effect on a developing fetus, cause fertility problems, as well as vaginal and breast cancers.

Whole body MDCT just as 'good' as neck MDCT angiography in diagnosing head and neck injuries
Blunt cerebrovascular injuries can be diagnosed using whole body 16 multidetector CT; there's no need for an additional neck MDCT angiography examination according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center and R.

New horizons in modelling surface processes
Medical, environmental and chemical conundrums -- including the mystery of how ice forms in the sky and creates clouds -- will be unravelled at a conference hosted by UCL to mark the opening of UCL's Materials Simulation Laboratory on Monday, March 31, 2008.

Penn State receives $3.9 million to study interventions to aggression in young children
The Penn State Prevention Research Center has received a $3.9 million state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to study interventions to build resilience and reduce aggression in young children.

Virtual smash-ups show teenaged dome-skulled dinos could knock heads
After half a century of debate, a University of Alberta researcher has confirmed that dome-headed dinosaurs called pachycephalosaurs could collide with each other during courtship combat.

Argonne tests validate BMW Hydrogen 7 emissions well-below SULEV
Independent tests conducted by engineers at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory on a BMW Hydrogen 7 Mono-Fuel demonstration vehicle have found that the car's hydrogen-powered engine surpasses the super-ultra low-emission vehicle level, the most stringent emissions performance standard to date

Hormone that controls hunger and appetite also linked to reduced fertility
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that in-utero exposure to the hormone grhelin, a molecule that controls appetite and hunger and nutrition, can result in decreased fertility and fewer offspring.

Are teenage brains really different?
Many parents are convinced that the brains of their teenage offspring are different than those of children and adults.

CSHL scientists identify a mechanism that helps fruit flies lock-in memories
To lock in a memory, nerve cells must strengthen their connections with some neighbors but not others.

Stem cells from hair follicles may help 'grow' new blood vessels
For a rich source of stem cells to be engineered into new blood vessels or skin tissue, clinicians may one day look no further than the hair on their patients' heads, according to new research published earlier this month by University at Buffalo engineers.

Mysterious fevers of unknown origin: Could surgery be a cure?
A child spikes a high fever like clockwork every 3-6 weeks, sometimes as high as 104 or 105 degrees, and sometimes causing seizures.
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