Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 03, 2010
What's causing life-threatening blood clots in brain surgery patients?
One of the most severe complications of brain surgery is a pulmonary embolism.

Hair provides proof of the link between chronic stress and heart attack
Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have provided the first direct evidence using a biological marker, to show chronic stress plays an important role in heart attacks.

SDSC's CAIDA Internet research group part of new NSF awards
A research project involving the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, has been selected by the National Science Foundation as part of a series of awards aimed at pursuing new and innovative ways to create a more trustworthy and robust Internet.

Biophysical Society announces 2011 society fellows
The Biophysical Society is delighted to announce its 2011 Society Fellows.

UT Health Science Center San Antonio lands $11.6 million to study cardiac proteins
Analysis of protein fragments released into the bloodstream after a heart attack may reveal who is at risk of heart failure.

NASA hurricane researchers eye Earl's eye
Three NASA aircraft carrying 15 instruments are busy criss-crossing Earl as part of the agency's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes mission, or GRIP, which continues through Sept.

NASA imagery reveals a weaker, stretched out Fiona
NASA satellite data has noticed that Tropical Storm Fiona is getting

MIT moves toward greener chemistry
Phosphorus, a mineral element found in rocks and bone, is a critical ingredient in fertilizers, pesticides, detergents and other industrial and household chemicals.

Death of the 'doughnut'
In 1998, Charlie Kerfoot discovered a

For some women, preventive mastectomies pay off
A long-term study published in JAMA of women with a genetic predisposition for breast or ovarian cancer showed that those who elected preventive surgeries had a significantly reduced risk of those cancers.

Research about Brazilian marine biodiversity brings researchers from 5 countries together
The Sao Paulo Research Foundation presents the Marine Biodiversity Workshop: Recent Improvements in Bioprospection, Biogeography and Phylogeography to be held on Sept.

Global warming's silver lining: Northern countries will thrive, grow
As world-wide population increases by 40 percent over the next 40 years, sparsely populated Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and the northern US will become formidable economic powers and migration magnets, writes UCLA geographer Laurence C.

NASA satellite and International Space Station catch Earl weakening
NASA satellites and the International Space Station are keeping eyes on Hurricane Earl as it heads for New England.

Rutgers-Camden professor engineers E. coli to produce biodiesel
Desmond Lun, an associate professor of computer science at Rutgers University-Camden, is researching how to alter the genetic makeup of E. coli to produce biodiesel fuel derived from fatty acids.

Moonstruck primates: Owl monkeys need moonlight as much as a biological clock for nocturnal activity
An international collaboration led by a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist has shown that environmental factors, like temperature and light, play as much of a role in the activity of traditionally nocturnal monkeys as the circadian rhythm that regulates periods of sleep and wakefulness.

Earth from space: Giant iceberg enters Nares Strait
ESA's Envisat satellite has been tracking the progression of the giant iceberg that calved from Greenland's Petermann glacier on Aug.

Penn State chemist Ayusman Sen awarded the medal of the Chemical Research Society of India
Ayusman Sen, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with the Chemical Research Society of India Medal.

Biophysical Society names 2011 award recipients
The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2011 Society awards.

GOES-13 satellite sees Hurricane Earl's clouds covering the US Northeast
Hurricane Earl lashed the North Carolina coast last night and this morning, Sept.

First clinical trials successfully completed on potent new hepatitis C drug
The first clinical trials on a new investigational drug being developed to treat infections caused by hepatitis C virus have been successfully completed.

Researchers identify how bone-marrow stem cells hold their 'breath' in low-oxygen environments
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified unique metabolic properties that allow a specific type of stem cell in the body to survive and replicate in low-oxygen environments.

IAS calls for an end to harassment, intimidation and imprisonment of HIV professionals
Following the imprisonment of Maxim Popov in April 2010, sentenced to seven years in jail primarily for the promotion of HIV prevention efforts in Uzbekistan, the International AIDS Society notes with alarm the detention of a medial practitioner working in HIV prevention in Ukraine.

US neurologists agree on protocols for treatment of infantile spasms
Researchers from across the US, as part of the Infantile Spasms Working Group, established guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of infantile spasms.

Software verification researcher ranks among the world's top young innovators
Computer scientist Andrey Rybalchenko is one of the world's top 35 innovators under 35 years of age, according to MIT's Technology Review.

AgriLife research hibiscus breeder comes up with the blue
Dr. Dariusz Malinowski is seeing blue, and he is very excited.

Satellite data reveal why migrating birds have a small window to spread bird flu
In 2005 an outbreak of the H5N1

Research shows continued decline of Oregon's largest glacier
An Oregon State University research program has returned to Collier Glacier for the first time in almost 20 years and found that the glacier has decreased more than 20 percent from its size in the late 1980s.

Transition metal catalysts could be key to origin of life, scientists report
Scientists propose that an overlooked type of biological catalyst -- metal-ligand complexes -- could have jump-started metabolism and life itself, deep in hydrothermal ocean vents.

Queen's study exposes cognitive effects of Parkinson's disease
Researchers at Queen's University have found that people with Parkinson's disease can perform automated tasks better than people without the disease, but have significant difficulty switching from easy to hard tasks.

Increase in Cambodia's vultures gives hope to imperiled scavengers
While vultures across Asia teeter on the brink of extinction, the vultures of Cambodia are increasing in number, providing a beacon of hope for these threatened scavengers, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other members of the Cambodia Vulture Conservation Project.

Publication of World Health Report 2000 'an act of remarkable courage,' says school expert
Martin McKee, Professor of European Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has contributed one of three commentaries appearing today in the journal Health Policy and Planning, each of which take a different perspective on the World Health Report 2000 on health systems.

Americans struggle with long-term weight loss
Only about one in every six Americans who have ever been overweight or obese loses weight and maintains that loss, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Afla-Guard also protects corn crops
Afla-Guard, a biological control used to thwart the growth of fungi on peanuts, can be used on corn as well, according to a study by US Department of Agriculture scientists who helped develop it.

Magnetism's subatomic roots
Theoretical physicists from Rice University have created a new model that helps define the subatomic origins of ferromagnetism -- the everyday

Rochester leads international effort to improve muscular dystrophy treatment
A large international study aimed at improving the care of muscular dystrophy patients worldwide is being launched by physicians, physical therapists, and researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, along with counterparts at 41 other institutions around the world. 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