Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 23, 2010
New strategies to improve treatment and avert heart failure in children
The April 2010 issue of the journal Pediatric Cardiology focuses on novel basic science and clinical research approaches to improve treatment of, and ultimately to rapidly identify and prevent, the congenital cardiovascular defects and the subsequent damage acquired after birth that ultimately results in heart failure.

Subtle changes in PTEN tumor suppressor gene can determine cancer susceptibility
A new study by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center demonstrates that even subtle changes in expression of the PTEN tumor suppressor gene can significantly increase cancer susceptibility in specific tissues.

IVCC and Syngenta reach key insecticide development milestone
Field trials show Actellic 300CS can provide at least eight months control of pyrethroid resistant mosquitoes.

Is there a micro-supercapacitor in your future?
A Berkeley Lab scientist was a key member of a team that developed a unique new technique for integrating high performance micro-sized supercapacitors into a variety of portable electronic devices through common microfabrication techniques.

Prostate cancer: Risk increases with the number of affected family members
The risk of getting prostate cancer increases with the number of directly related family members who are affected by the disease.

Passwords are passé but biometrics are not mobile
Writing in the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing, researchers from the US and Germany point out an inherent flaw in the financial industry adopting biometric logins to boost security in that the advent of mobile devices, such as netbooks, PDAs and smart phones might make biometric logins impossible when one is on the move.

New computational method to uncover gene regulation
Scientists have developed a new computational model to uncover gene regulation, the key to how our body develops -- and how it can go wrong.

Project fruit fly: What accounts for insect taste?
A Johns Hopkins team has identified a protein in sensory cells on the

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions now abstracted and indexed by Thomson Reuters
The American College of Cardiology and Elsevier are proud to announce that JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions has been accepted for coverage by Thomson Reuters abstracting and indexing services, including the Journal Citation Reports.

Shipping industry sends help as project in Panama tackles amphibian crisis
As amphibian chytrid fungus continues to wipe out amphibian species worldwide, frogs in Panama are finding a safe haven in a seemingly unlikely spot -- shipping containers once used to transport ice cream, strawberries and pharmaceuticals.

Cancer research award to Johns Hopkins basic scientist
Joshua T. Mendell, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist, is the recipient of the 30th annual American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research.

Ph.D. thesis proposes satellite navigation and mobile telephone network to improve safety of trains
Engineer Jon Mikel Rubina puts forward alternative economical telematics for the current railway system, with applications enabling monitoring and control of elements that make up rail infrastructure.

The joy is in the social hunt
Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism studied users of the social networking website,

Scientists study 'glaciovolcanoes,' mountains of fire and ice, in Iceland, British Columbia, US
Glaciovolcanoes, they're called, these rumbling mountains where the orange-red fire of magma meets the frozen blue of glaciers.

Study shows extremely preterm children are 3 times as likely to have psychiatric disorder
Significant advances in the neonatal intensive care have resulted in increased survival rates of children who are born at less than 26 weeks of gestation, so termed

$1.7 million keeps McGill on edge
Ten McGill University researchers received an important boost today, by way of the announcement of $1.7 million in new funding awarded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation's Leaders Opportunity Fund.

Forecasting rates of overweight
Obesity rates for American adults have stabilized while the rate of childhood and minority obesity is rising, according to a study in the journal Medical Decision Making, published by SAGE.

Nurse midwifery leader 2010 recipient of U. College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award
Deanne Williams, R.N., C.N.M., M.S., F.A.C.N.M., a leader in increasing access to nurse midwifery and the first nurse-midwife to hold the position of executive director of the American Colleges of Nurse Midwives, has been selected as the 2010 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Utah College of Nursing.

Starry-eyed Hubble celebrates 20 years of awe and discovery
The best recognized, longest-lived and most prolific space observatory zooms past a milestone of 20 years of operation.

Seismic activity in intraplate regions -- Midwest US
The latest research on the causes of intraplate (within the plate) earthquakes, which occur far from plate boundaries and continue to be poorly understood, will be discussed at the SSA annual meeting on April 23.

Method developed to identify musical notes at any venue
A team of telecommunications engineers from the University of Jaen has created a new method to automatically detect and identify the musical notes in an audio file and generate sheet music.

Alan Ashworth to receive award for his breakthrough work in breast cancer
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will present a $50,000 grant to molecular biologist Alan Ashworth, Ph.D., F.R.S., to support his work with PARP inhibitors in BRCA-mutated cancers.

Return of top predators is key to ecological future
Sufficient advances have been made about the importance of top predators in ecosystem function that it's time to move from discussing the issue to acting upon it, a conservation biologist from Oregon State University suggests in a new book.

Making its predators tremble: Multiple defenses act synergistically in aspen
If plants did not defend themselves in some way, they would certainly be gobbled up by a whole suite of voracious predators ranging from little insects to large mammalian herbivores.

March of Dimes awards Nevada School of Medicine's Iain Buxton preterm birth research grant
University of Nevada School of Medicine pharmacology professor Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., is one of six researchers nationwide who recently received word that he will receive a share of $2.6 million in preterm birth research grants from the March of Dimes over the next three years to support his work studying the causes of preterm birth.

Cyclone 24S now all grown up and renamed Tropical Storm Sean
Weather systems that become tropical cyclones go through a couple of names before they mature, just like people with nicknames.

Lancet China special issue launched at inauguration of China Center for Health Development Studies, Beijing
An event to launch this year's China Special Issue of the Lancet is to take place in Beijing on April 27, combined with the Inauguration of the China Center for Health Development Studies.

Study links 1976 'swine flu' shot to stronger immune response to 21st century pandemic flu
New evidence shows immunization against

Helping the NRC look below the surface
Agricultural Research Service scientists are helping US Nuclear Regulatory Commission experts model the movement of radioactive materials in the soil.

OU and MidCon Energy developing cost-effective next generation advanced EOR technologies
University of Oklahoma researchers are developing a new chemical enhanced oil recovery technology to tap the estimated 300 billion barrels of oil left behind in existing US reservoirs after conventional and secondary oil recovery methods.

Iceland volcano: Pitt researcher compiles first high-res images; plume receding but internal heat up
Pitt volcanologist and NASA ASTER team member Michael Ramsey compiles first high-resolution of Iceland volcano; available to comment on eruption

Body builders -- the worms that point the way to understanding tissue regeneration
Scientists at the University of Nottingham have discovered the gene that enables an extraordinary worm to regenerate its own body parts after amputation -- including a whole head and brain.

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging now abstracted and indexed by Thomson Reuters
The American College of Cardiology and Elsevier are proud to announce that JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging has been accepted for coverage by Thomson Reuters abstracting and indexing services, including the Journal Citation Reports.

Nobel laureates to speak at NAS Annual Meeting April 26
During the 147th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, six NAS members who have won a Nobel Prize in their fields, five in 2009, will participate in a roundtable discussion about their award-winning work as well as their family background, early education and the factors that led them to pursue a career in science.

Personality may influence brain shrinkage in aging
A team of psychologists at Washington University that include graduate student Jonathan Jackson have found an intriguing possibility that personality and brain aging during the golden years may be linked.

Complete revascularization improves outcomes for CAD patients
A three-year, retrospective study by cardiologists from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and the University of Minnesota determined that 28.8 percent of patients with significant coronary artery disease (CAD) who did not undergo complete revascularization had a higher mortality rate than patients completely revascularized.

Major funding boost for International Barcode of Life project
The International Barcode of Life Secretariat today announced major new funding for the world's largest biodiversity genomics project.

American College of Physicians announces high-value, cost-conscious care initiative
Building on its existing foundation of clinical and public policies, the American College of Physicians announced plans to provide physicians and patients with evidence-based recommendations for specific interventions for a variety of clinical problems. 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