Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 25, 2008
Americans believe wounded Iraq war veterans are not receiving high quality medical care in US
As part of the ongoing poll series, Debating Health: Election 2008, a recent survey by the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harris Interactive finds that a majority of Americans (62 percent) believe that wounded Iraq war veterans do not receive high quality care in military and Veteran's Administration hospitals once they return to the US.

Firms flock to videoconferencing as climate change concerns, business travel costs soar
There's a growing trend among firms around the globe to replace trips with high-end videoconferencing as concerns about climate change soar in tandem with airfares and other travel expenses.

World fertilizer prices continue to soar, scientists stress need for fertilizer efficiency
The price of phosphate fertilizers doubled in the 3 months from February through April 2008 -- after already doubling in 2007.

Protein that provides innate defense against HIV could lead to new treatments
The HIV-1 protein Vpu is necessary for the HIV-1 virus to be released from human cells.

Researchers find roadmap to next-generation cancer therapies
Pinpointing new targets for cancer treatments is as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack, yet a University of Rochester team has discovered an entire novel class of genes they believe will lead to a greater understanding of cancer cell function and the next generation of effective and less harmful therapies for patients.

Interactive Web sites draw minds, shape public perception
The interactive look and feel of a corporate website could help shape positive perceptions about the organization if the site includes a likable design and features that engage the target audience, especially job seekers, according to Penn State media researchers.

Big quakes spark jolts worldwide
Until 1992, when California's magnitude-7.3 Landers earthquake set off small jolts as far away as Yellowstone National Park, scientists did not believe large earthquakes sparked smaller tremors at distant locations.

Dual functions of gene revealed, for better and for worse
Researchers at WEHI have pinpointed the function of a potent cancer gene.

Research suggests parts of UK could be too hot for wine making by 2080
Increasing summer temperatures could mean some parts of southern England are too hot to grow vines for making wine by 2080, according to a new book launched today.

Scientists image a single HIV particle being born
By using a specialized microscope that only illuminates the cell's surface, scientists at Rockefeller University and the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center have become the first to see, in real time and in plain view, hundreds of thousands of molecules coming together in a living cell to form a single particle of the virus that has, in less than 25 years, claimed more than 25 million lives: HIV.
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