Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 20, 2009
Mating that causes injuries
Researchers at Uppsala University can now show that what is good for one sex is not always good for the other sex.

Register now for the Society of Interventional Radiology's 34th Annual Scientific Meeting
Nearly 5,300 physicians, scientists and allied health professionals are expected to attend the Society of Interventional Radiology's 34th Annual Scientific Meeting March 7-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Office of Naval Research awarded for its diverse workforce
The Office of Naval Research is known for developing technology solutions for US Naval forces, and gained additional recognition Feb.

New York, Florida schools win awards at national student competition
Middle schools from Florida and New York won national awards sponsored by IEEE-USA at the Future City Competition National Finals.

New approach to dental visits may ease kids' fears
For many children, a trip to the doctor or dentist is a stressful experience.

Study finds most wars occur in Earth's richest biological regions
In a startling result, a new study published by the scientific journal Conservation Biology finds that more than 80 percent of the world's major armed conflicts from 1950-2000 occurred in regions identified as the most biologically diverse and threatened places on Earth.

If it's hard to say, it must be risky
Will a product's name and how easy it is to pronounce, affect how we view the product?

Green, black tea can reduce stroke risk
Drinking at least three cups of green or black tea a day can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, and the more you drink, the better your odds of staving off a stroke.

Regenstrief Institute receives World Health Organization designation
WHO has designated Regenstrief Institute's medical informatics group as the world's first WHO Collaborating Center for Medical Informatics.

Forget the freezer: Research suggests novel way to control water behavior
Researchers may be able to

Field of germs
Temple food safety policy expert Jennifer Ibrahim says protocols need to look beyond dirty processing plants.

Outstanding mathematicians singled out
Springer Science+Business Media authors were well represented at the prizes and awards ceremony of the 2009 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, held in Washington, D.C., Jan.

'Fattysaurus' or 'thinnysaurus'? How dinosaurs measure up with laser imaging
University of Manchester scientists are using laser imaging to investigate how fat -- or fit -- T. rex and his fellow dinosaurs were.

Lack of insurance drives El Pasoans across the border for healthcare
One-third of El Paso's residents cross the Texas-Mexico border to Ciudad Juarez to purchase medication and health care services, according to a study by researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health El Paso Regional campus.

NASA's Swift spies Comet Lulin
While waiting for high-energy outbursts and cosmic explosions, NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Explorer satellite is monitoring Comet Lulin as it closes on Earth.

Gene therapy shows promise as weapon against HIV
A new UCLA AIDS Institute study has found that gene therapy can be developed as a safe and active technique to combat HIV.

High-flux hemodialysis prolongs survival in many patients with CKD
High-flux hemodialysis (which removes large toxins) reduces the risk of premature death in many patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study appearing in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology.

MacArthur Foundation awards planning grant to improve decision-making in energy policy
The University of Chicago is launching a large-scale collaboration to develop a computational modeling tool that will help a wide range of organizations in climate and energy policy decision-making.

Exacerbations in COPD: One thing leads to another
New research shows that individual exacerbations in chronic obstructive lung disease themselves increase the likelihood of repeat exacerbations, even after five days of full, asymptomatic recovery -- bad news for patients with COPD, where each exacerbation can drive the progression of the disease.

Toxicology program features wide range of human health and environment topical sessions
Nearly 6,500 toxicologists from around the world will be gathering in Baltimore, Md., March 15-19, to create an unparalleled venue for discussion of a number of health and environmental topics of concern to the public.

When should prostate-specific antigen testing be stopped?
In a study published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Urology, researchers found that in a subgroup of elderly men, among those who were 75 years old or older and had a PSA below 3 ng/ml, none subsequently died of prostate cancer.

Decoding short-term memory with fMRI
People voluntarily pick what information they store in short-term memory.

German research station in Antarctica inaugurated
Today Federal Minister of Education and Research Dr. Annette Schavan will inaugurate the new Neumayer III station in Antarctica.

How we think before we speak: Making sense of sentences
How does the brain turn seemingly random sounds and letters into sentences with clear meaning?

Open access to scientific papers may not guarantee wide dissemination
If you offer something of value to people for free while someone else charges a hefty sum of money for the same type of product, one would logically assume that most people would choose the free option.

Common risk factors do not explain greater stroke burden in low-income countries
New figures show that stroke mortality rates and burden vary greatly by country and between regions, with low-income countries being the most affected.

Study indicates how we maintain visual details in short-term memory
We receive much of our information through our visual system, but it was unknown how much of this visual information is actively involved in short-term memory.

Astronomers gravitate toward Einstein's telescope
Scientists are harnessing the cosmos as a scientific

Global warning: Hotter days, increased hospitalizations for respiratory problems
High summer temperatures, pushed higher by global climate change, may bring with them a spike in hospitalizations for respiratory problems, according to an analysis of data from twelve European cities, from Dublin to Valencia.

Computerized mobile health support systems
Assistance for patients: intelligent sensor networks monitor important vital signs of patients or measure their activity.

Laser treatment clinical trial misses primary endpoint
Low-radiation infrared laser therapy failed to significantly reduce stroke disability in a clinical trial.

Is difficult better? Study reveals we tend to ignore simple items while pursuing goals
When we are pursuing a goal, we need to carefully consider the best ways of achieving it.

In brief: New prognostic indicator for patients with IPF
There may be a new way to predict mortality in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating disease that slowly petrifies the lungs.

A new anti-graffiti coating able has been developed to protect Cultural Heritage ancient materials
The Construction and Territorial Development Unit of TECNALIA coordinates a FP6 European Project which results in the development of a new anti-graffiti product for Cultural Heritage.

Female genital mutilation among Israel's Negev Bedouins has virtually disappeared -- BGU study
A follow-up study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva has determined that the once prevalent custom of female genital mutilation among Israel's Bedouin population in the Negev has virtually disappeared.

Prostate specific antigen testing may be unnecessary for some older men
Certain men age 75 to 80 are unlikely to benefit from routine prostate specific antigen testing, according to a Johns Hopkins study published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Urology.

Study links seabird deaths to soap-like foam produced by red-tide algae
In late 2007, hundreds of dead and stranded seabirds washed up on the shores of Monterey Bay, their feathers saturated with water and coated with an unknown substance.

Study finds life-saving trend among seagulls
Following trends is a lifesaving instinct, at least for birds, and provides clues that can be applied across the animal kingdom.

Young smokers increase risk for multiple sclerosis
People who start smoking before age 17 may increase their risk for developing multiple sclerosis, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 - May 2, 2009. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to