Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 26, 2010
EGU General Assembly 2010
The European Geosciences Union General Assembly will take place from May 2-7, 2010, in Vienna, Austria.

Neutron scattering society honors Mook with Shull Prize
Herbert A. Mook Jr., a UT-Battelle Senior Corporate Fellow at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been awarded the 2010 Clifford E.

Clinical trial for diabetic macular edema enrolling patients
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University announced today that the READ 3 Study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of a injections of an antibody treatment in people with diabetic macular edema.

Imani on the weakening on weekend
This isn't a good weekend for keeping tropical cyclones alive, as Tropical Storm Omais is becoming extra-tropical in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and Tropical Storm Imani appears doomed over the weekend in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Tree canopy researcher and education network for young women honored for public service
The National Science Board is pleased to announce the two recipients of its 2010 NSB Public Service Award: scientist Nalini M.

Beta-blockers help reduce metastasis and improve survival in breast cancer patients
Treatment with beta-blockers can help reduce the spread of cancer, says the first study in the world to have investigated their effect in breast cancer patients.

World's best analytics teams compete for 2010 INFORMS Edelman Prize in Operations Research
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences today announced six finalists that will compete for the 2010 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences in Orlando this year.

New studies on surgical options in inherited breast cancer show drastic treatment is not always best
Two new studies presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference shed light on the treatment options facing women carrying the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations.

NTU and Lien Foundation launch second wave of Environmental Endeavor
NTU and the Lien Foundation today announced the second thrust of the LF-NTU Environmental Endeavor.

Rapid development of drug-resistant 2009 H1N1 influenza reported in 2 cases
Two people with compromised immune systems who became ill with 2009 H1N1 influenza developed drug-resistant strains of virus after less than two weeks on therapy, report doctors from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Surgeons demonstrate new minimally invasive technique to correct chest deformity
New surgical and bracing techniques of pectus cartinatum, or pigeon chest, presented at international conference on treatment of chest wall deformities.

Winds blow off Omais' thunderstorm tops
Tropical Storm Omais is fading fast in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, and will dissipate over the weekend according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Abel Prize 2010 goes to Springer author John Tate
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2010 to Springer author John Tate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Research confirms that some forms of massage help against low-back pain
Most people have experienced back pain -- and many hope that massage will relieve it.

Survival in metastatic breast cancer patients is improving: targeted therapies have contributed
Survival is improving in patients with metastatic breast cancer, especially in those patients whose tumors are described as being HER2 positive, according to Swedish research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference.

Mercyhurst continues burned bone research with mock fire event near Philly
The Mercyhurst College forensic anthropology team stages mock fire and excavation scene in Montgomery County, Pa., as part of continued research into the most effective methodologies for optimal scene recovery and subsequent laboratory analysis at fatal fire scenes.

Discovery that PARP protein exists in all breast tumors will help target chemo and predict response
The presence of a protein called PARP in tumors can help predict their response to chemotherapy, German researchers will tell the European Breast Cancer Conference on Friday, March 26.

Successful Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster preview at Risoe DTU
Networking and idea sharing were on the agenda on March 17 when Risoe and Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster held a preview of the new cluster organization.

The dawn of a new epoch?
Geologists from the University of Leicester are among four scientists -- including a Nobel prize-winner -- who suggest that the Earth has entered a new age of geological time.

Religious beliefs are the basis of the origins of Palaeolithic art
This statement isn't new, but for years anthropologists, archaeologists and historians of art understood these artistic manifestations as purely aesthetic and decorative motives.

Playing 'Pong' with the blink of an eye
University students have developed a computer game that is operated by eye movements, which could allow people with severe physical disabilities to become

Safety and diagnosis yield of colonoscopy in Hong Kong Chinese children
Colonoscopy in children is a highly specialized procedure. A tertiary referral center in Hong Kong has recently reviewed their results in 79 children who underwent the procedure in a six-year period.

Biomedical research infrastructure goes global: EU consortium Infrafrontier has new partners
Six institutions from Canada, the Czech Republic, Austria, France and Italy have now become official partners of the Infrafrontier consortium.

Specific lymph node radiotherapy is well tolerated after surgery in early breast cancer patients
In patients with early breast cancer, giving radiotherapy to the lymph nodes located behind the breast bone and above the collar bone is well-tolerated, after mastectomy or breast conserving surgery, says a large international study, at the European Breast Cancer Conference.

Dian Donnai receives lifetime award in genetics from March of Dimes
The March of Dimes awarded Dian Donnai, a professor of medical genetics at the University of Manchester and the current president of the European Society for Human Genetics, its 2010 Colonel Harland Sanders Award for lifetime achievement in the field of genetic sciences.

Understanding Climate's Influence on Human Evolution -- March 31 public event
Examining how a new research program may shed light on how climate over millions of years influenced human evolution is the subject of a public event that will discuss the findings and recommendations of the National Research Council report
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