Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 09, 2008
Aerospace business leader, supreme problem solver
The National Science Foundation and its policy arm, the National Science Board, this week presented its annual awards, the Alan T.

Health researchers in McGill network receive $35.5 million in CIHR funding
The Honorable Tony Clement, federal Minister of Health announced May 7, 2008, funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for 764 health research projects across Canada.

The Antennae Galaxies move closer
New research on the Antennae Galaxies using the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows that this benchmark pair of interacting galaxies is in fact much closer than previously thought -- 45 million light-years instead of 65 million light-years.

Scientists endure Arctic for last campaign prior to CryoSat-2 launch
An international group of scientists has swapped their comfortable offices for one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet to carry out a challenging field campaign that is seen as the key to ensuring the data delivered by ESA's ice mission CryoSat will be as accurate as possible.

Productivity rises when companies are facing closure
In companies that are slated to be shut down, productivity increases during the phase-out period itself.

Researchers uncover mechanism of action of antibiotic able to reduce neuronal cell death in brain
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have discovered how an antibiotic works to modulate the activity of a neurotransmitter that regulates brain functions, which eventually could lead to therapies to treat Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, epilepsy, stroke, dementia and malignant gliomas.

Autism Speaks announces multinational initiative
Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism advocacy organization announces today the formation of an international collaboration with North, South and Central America.

Designer isotopes push the frontier of science
Designer labels have a lot of cachet, a principle that's equally true in fashion and physics.

Ancient beachcombers may have travelled slowly
New evidence, more questions. That's the thumbnail of the first new data reported in 10 years from Monte Verde, the earliest known human settlement in the Americas.

Second BBVA Foundation study on the Internet in Spain
Although the range of uses has broadened, Internet remains primarily an information and communication resource: 88 percent use e-mail while 82 percent access the web to search for information.

New technique determines the number of fat cells remains constant in all body types
The radioactive carbon-14 produced by above-ground nuclear testing in the 1950s and '60s has helped researchers determine that the number of fat cells in a human's body, whether lean or obese, is established during the teenage years.

Springer editor receives prestigious Burnum Award
Springer editor and psychologist Dr. John E. Lochman is the recipient of the University of Alabama's 2007 Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award.

Suspected cause of type 1 diabetes caught 'red-handed' for the first time
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis working with diabetic mice have examined in unprecedented detail the immune cells long thought to be responsible for type 1 diabetes.

University of Leicester to lead audit of adults with autism
The University of Leicester is leading on a national study to calculate the number of adults with autism, it has been announced today.

How body size is regulated
Scientists are beginning to unravel the question why people distinctly vary in size.

Promising medical trainees awarded funding to pursue research in hematology
The American Society of Hematology is proud to announce the 2008 recipients of its Trainee Research Awards.

Study supports reason for concern in childhood and adolescent obesity
Study findings presented at the May 2008 Pediatric Academic Societies and Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting indicate that childhood and adolescent obesity negatively impacts vascular endothelial function, which relates to cardiac health.

University of Oklahoma to purchase radar -- first of its kind in United States
A new weather radar -- the first of its kind in the United States -- is being constructed and located at the University of Oklahoma to enhance education, training, research and development and encourage future innovations.

Top marks for research and development in the PTB
By order of the German Federal Government, the Wissenschaftsrat evaluates all the federal institutions with research and development assignments.

Engineer to spearhead research into cell metabolism and medical injuries
A University of Leicester engineer has won a share of grants totalling over £1m to target lung injury and cancer.

Development of new techniques to understand marble quality and durability
The results allow to establish durability controls in new constructions, preserve the historic heritage and restore it with guarantees.

APIC conference to focus on patient safety and 'Targeting Zero' initiatives to reduce HAIs
Strategies for infection prevention, best practices, the changing legal landscape of healthcare-associated infections and emerging multidrug-resistant bacteria are among the topics that will be covered at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 35th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting, June 15-19, in Denver, Colo.

Exciting new data will be released at Digestive Disease Week
Join leading researchers and clinicians in the field of gastrointestinal medicine as they discuss the latest research in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.
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