Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 11, 2009
The change in Arctic nature foreshadows the global environment of the future
In Arctic areas, climate change is progressing faster than in any other location on Earth.

After years of toil, sustaining change in education still a vexing problem
Researchers at the University of Chicago Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education examine the problem of sustaining innovative change in education.

Global closed-basin lakes research to be presented at University of Nevada, Reno
The latest research from several continents on these important water systems will be presented at the

Muscle: 'Hard to build, easy to lose' as you age
Have you ever noticed that people have thinner arms and legs as they get older?

When proteins change partners
Dieter Wolf, M.D., and colleagues at Burnham Institute for Medical Research have illuminated how competition between proteins enhances combinatorial diversity during ubiquitination (the process that marks proteins for destruction).

Energy consumption makes Spanish forestry unsustainable
Spain is one of the leading European countries, along with Sweden, in terms of wood production for paper paste, but this uses large amounts of energy.

Migrating birds chill to fatten up
Most migrating birds can't carry enough fuel to reach their destinations, so refuel en route.

SRI to present hydrogen fuel safety research results at 2009 International Conference
SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, announced today it will present new research identifying methods for designing safer structures in the future for hydrogen fueled vehicles, at the upcoming International Conference on Hydrogen Safety, Sept.

Instanyl sets new standard in management of breakthrough cancer pain
New head to head data further demonstrate the efficacy of Instanyl in management of breakthrough cancer pain.

American Society for Microbiology to launch new open-access journal
The American Society for Microbiology today announced plans to launch mBio, a new open access online journal designed to make microbiology research broadly accessible, in mid-2010.

First complete image created of Himalayan fault, subduction zone
An international team of researchers has created the most complete seismic image of the Earth's crust and upper mantle beneath the rugged Himalaya Mountains, in the process discovering some unusual geologic features that may explain how the region has evolved.

First results from major European patient survey show devastating impact of living with breakthrough cancer pain
The first results of the first European survey of cancer patients' experience of breakthrough pain were presented today at the 6th congress of the European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Last chance for media to pre-register for Europe's largest cancer congress: ECCO15-ESMO34
This is the last chance for media to pre-register for ECCO15-ESMO34 multidisciplinary cancer congress in Berlin.

'How-to' guide shows entrepreneurs how to protect their big ideas
Successful entrepreneurs turn big ideas into successful business opportunities, but how should they protect those ideas?

University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center to participate in extremity research consortium
The University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Md., will serve as one of 12 core clinical centers in a newly established Extremity Trauma Clinical Research Consortium funded by the US Department of Defense.

JHSPH to lead extremity trauma clinical research consortium
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded $18.4 million by the Orthopedic Extremity Trauma Research Program of the US Department of Defense to establish an Extremity Trauma Clinical Research Consortium.

Mandatory alcohol testing for truck and bus drivers reduces alcohol involvement in fatal crashes
Mandatory alcohol testing programs for truck and bus drivers have contributed to a significant reduction in alcohol involvement in fatal crashes.

Man-made crises 'outrunning our ability to deal with them,' scientists warn
The world faces a compounding series of crises driven by human activity, which existing governments and institutions are increasingly powerless to cope with, a group of eminent environmental scientists and economists has warned.

Early results from clinical trials of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines in healthy adults
We are encouraged by reports that are now emerging from various clinical trials of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines, conducted by various vaccine manufacturers.

New method monitors early sign of oxidative stress in cancer
The growth of cancerous tumors is fueled, at least in part, by the buildup of free radicals -- highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules.

Inner workings of molecular thermostat point to pathways to fight diabetes, obesity
Researchers have discovered a molecular circuit involving the oxygen-carrying component of hemoglobin -- heme -- that helps maintain proper metabolism in the body, providing new insights into metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes.

Democrats seen as the 'undeserving rich' face rejection by party voters
In a recent study, researchers from several universities looked at why white working-class voters voted Republican in recent national elections even when they didn't like Republican policies.

IAEA removes dangerous radioactive sources from Lebanon
An IAEA mission to get powerful radioactive sources out of Lebanon was completed Aug.

Mayo Clinic identifies 2 genes as potential therapeutic targets for multiple sclerosis
A Mayo Clinic study has found that two genes in mice were associated with good central nervous system repair in multiple sclerosis.

University of Hawaii at Manoa CRCH scientists report adulthood body size associated with cancer risk
A team of scientists led by researcher Brenda Hernandez, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Lowering sodium consumption could save US $18 billion annually in health costs, study finds
Reducing Americans' average intake of sodium to the amount recommended by health officials could save the nation as much as $18 billion annually in avoided health care costs and improve the quality of life for millions of people, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

ERC Starting Grant for the researcher of kidney diseases
Researcher Sanna Lehtonen from the University of Helsinki has received the ERC Starting Grant for her research on kidney diseases.

Fewer injection site reactions in patients using Avonex
Data from an observational phase IV study of 499 patients titled the Swiss MS Skin Project show that multiple sclerosis patients taking Avonex (interferon beta-1a IM) reported significantly fewer injection site reactions compared to patients on Betaferon (interferon beta-1b), Copaxone (glatiramer Acetate) or Rebif (interferon beta-1a).

Half of eligible patients not getting mitral valve surgery, U-M study shows
Repairing a leaking mitral valve is safer than ever, but half of eligible patients are not getting the heart surgery, according to a new study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.

New physics theory prize names first recipient
The first Prange Prize, a new award for distinguished contributions to condensed-matter physics theory, will go to Nobel laureate Philip Anderson.

Biologists discover 'death stench' is a universal ancient warning signal
The smell of death proves to be an ancient warning signal to safeguard against predators and disease contagion.

Patients taking Tysabri report improvement in physical and psychological well-being over time
Biogen Idec and Elan Corporation PLC today announced six-month results of an ongoing, one-year longitudinal, observational, patient-reported outcomes study showing multiple sclerosis patients taking Tysabri (natalizumab) experienced an improvement in both their physical function and psychological well-being.

NRL artificial intelligence team win prestigious video awards
Researchers at NRL's Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence receive top awards at the 21st International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 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