Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 04, 2008
Crowning glory
Research present in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing from Inderscience Publishers suggests that coating dental implants with a synthetic bone material prior to implantation allows such implant to become incorporated much more successfully into the jaw, leading to smiles all round.

iPlant Kickoff Conference at CSHL begins tackling plant biology's grand challenges
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will host the inaugural conference of the iPlant Collaborative, an NSF-funded, $50 million project to create a virtual center in cyberspace for plant sciences researchers and students.

E-mail design pays off
If you want your E-mails to be read and the Internet links included in them opened, you have to pay attention to design.

Old galaxies stick together in the young universe
UK astronomers have developed the most sensitive infrared map of the distant universe ever produced, revealing the origins of the most massive galaxies in the cosmos.

Outstanding undergraduates recognized in agronomy, crop, soil and environmental sciences
The 2008 National Student Recognition Program recognizes 36 outstanding seniors enrolled in agronomy, crop, soil or environmental science departments that have active student chapters affiliated with the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.

Russian-American research team examines origins of whaling culture
Recent findings by a Russian-American research team suggest that prehistoric cultures were hunting whales at least 3,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than was previously known.

Lucky squirrels born with 'silver spoon' effect
A study of female red squirrels revealed that advantageous

Human values key to the development of new technologies
Emerging computer technologies will change our lives for the better by 2020.

T-cadherin affects blood vessel growth in breast cancer, hormone from fat cells may play a role
Researchers at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research may have found a new option for targeted breast cancer therapy by showing the link between a certain protein and the development of blood vessels that feed breast tumors.

Supplements are not nutritious
Selenium, an

HPV, periodontitis work in tandem to increase risk of tongue cancer
Persons with periodontitis who also are infected with human papillomavirus are at increased risk of developing tongue cancer, new research conducted at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has shown.

New chapter in the history of rice research opens
A major new partnership between the public and private sectors was made official here this week with an aim to increase rice production across Asia via the accelerated development and introduction of hybrid rice technologies.

Alzheimer's vaccine clears plaque but has little effect on learning and memory impairment
A promising vaccine being tested for Alzheimer's disease does what it is designed to do -- clear beta-amyloid plaques from the brain -- but it does not seem to help restore lost learning and memory abilities, according to a University of California-Irvine study.

Synthetic molecules may be less expensive alternative to therapeutic antibodies, researchers find
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a simple and inexpensive method to screen small synthetic molecules and pull out a handful that might treat cancer and other diseases less expensively than current methods.

Exactly how much housework does a husband create?
Having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women, according to a University of Michigan study of a nationally representative sample of US families.

Yale scientists visualize the machinery of mRNA splicing
Recent research at Yale provided a glimpse of the ancient mechanism that helped diversify our genomes; it illuminated a relationship between gene processing in humans and the most primitive organisms by creating the first crystal structure of a crucial self-splicing region of RNA.

Clinical trial volunteers mostly indifferent -- but not blind to -- researchers' financial conflicts
Unless a researcher has stock ownership in a company whose drug is being tested, telling potential research volunteers about an investigator's financial interests is unlikely to affect their willingness to volunteer, a new study shows.

SAGE launching new sports medicine journal in 2009: Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach is a new sports medicine journal being launched in 2009 by SAGE.

Pieces coming together in Parkinson's, cholesterol puzzle
In 2006, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers published a study that found people with low levels of LDL cholesterol are more likely to have Parkinson's disease than people with high LDL levels.

Story ideas from Molecular and Cellular Proteomics
This month, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics will highlight some of the research presented at the 8th International Symposium on Mass Spectrometry in the Health and Life Sciences, held this past August in San Francisco.

Redox-active iron is a sensor of cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease
An innovative discovery has been reported that highlights the problems that oxidative stress resulting from iron cumulated in the human brain can generate in relation with the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, the brain disorder affecting almost 30 million throughout the world.

Drastically lowering blood pressure after intracranial hemorrhage could improve prognosis
Lowering blood pressure of individuals who have just had an intracranial hemorrhage to below that specified by existing guidelines seems to reduce hematoma growth, according to an article to be published in the May issue of the Lancet Neurology.

1st US study -- gymnastics lands thousands in ER
Gymnastics is a very popular sport among girls, and a new study shows it is also one of the riskiest.

Does raising the terrorism alert level cause undue stress?
The Department of Homeland Security's color-coded system for warning the public of the risk of a terrorist attack does not appear to cause undue stress among law enforcement officers, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School.

Poses can prevent falls
Basic yoga moves could help prevent falls in women over 65 years old, finds a pilot study from Temple University.

Venus Express reboots the search for active volcanoes on Venus
ESA's Venus Express has measured a highly variable quantity of the volcanic gas sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere of Venus.

TAU scientists teach a computer to recognize attractiveness in women
Will the Miss America pageant ever be the same?

Inactive kids face 6-fold risk of heart disease by teen years, study finds
Young children who lead inactive lifestyles are five-to-six times more likely to be at serious risk of heart disease, with that degree of danger emerging as early as their teenage years, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

High school student to present paper at national dental research meeting
Today, Sebastian Velez, a senior at Archbishop Molloy High School in Jamaica, N.Y., will present a paper titled

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory scientists devise potential approach to treat spinal muscular atrophy
In the neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, a protein deficiency caused by a single gene mutation leads to serious damage in growing nerve cells and the muscles they control.

New conference tackles the tough questions in lung cancer
Experts from around the world are gathering in Geneva next month at a new conference that aims to improve lung cancer treatment and answer unsolved questions about a disease that kills 1.5 million people each year.

Study finds economic burden of health insurance increasing for small employers
The economic burden of providing health insurance for workers increased more for small businesses than for large ones from 2000 to 2005, but the spike did not cause a significant number of small employers to abandon the benefit, according to a study issued today by the RAND Corp.
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