Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 24, 2010
Scholarly look at Lukens Steel, 1810-1925, garners award for NJIT author
Carol S. Johnson, Ph.D., an associate professor in NJIT's Department of Humanities, has won the 2010 National Council of Teachers of English Award in Technical and Scientific Communication in the category of Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication for

NIH grant to increase diversity in field of neuroscience
The National Institutes of Health awarded nearly $2.4 million Friday to University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researcher Diego Restrepo and Elba Serrano of New Mexico State University Las Cruces to help them prepare minority students and those with disabilities for careers in neuroscience.

Can't focus? Maybe it's the wrong time of month
Feeling a little sluggish and having trouble concentrating? Hormones might be to blame according to new research from Concordia University published in the journal Brain and Cognition.

Stress can control our genes
Researchers from Dr. Klaus Hansen's laboratory at BRIC, University of Copenhagen, have just shown that stress-factors can control our genes: Exposing human cells to a stress-activating compound turned on genes that are normally silenced.

NC State lands grant to research acoustics to detect landmines, bombs
Imagine a tool that uses sound waves to help identify land mines, roadside bombs or suicide bombers.

Phantom limbs more common than previously thought
A study of post-stroke patients reveals that the phantom-limb phenomenon may not be a rare event.

Early transcatheter valve recipient honored with Courageous Patient Award at TCT 2010
Lillian Feldshuh of Scarsdale, N.Y., an early recipient of a transcatheter aortic valve in 2006, received the Courageous Patient Award yesterday at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics scientific symposium in Washington, D.C.

Mimicking nature, water-based 'artificial leaf' produces electricity
A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices --

Michigan climate change initiative nets $4.2 million federal grant
A joint initiative between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan to improve the nation's ability to adapt to climate variability and change earned a $4.2 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

UK's shipping emissions 6 times higher than expected, says new report
Carbon dioxide emissions produced by UK shipping could be up to six times higher than currently calculated, according to new research from the University of Manchester.

'Coreshine' sheds light on the birth of stars
Astronomers discover a new phenomenon in molecular clouds.

ESC announces new initiatives for workplace heart health programs
Workplace wellness programs play a vital role in preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke.

NASA satellites see Tropical Storm Matthew grow quickly, warnings up in Central America
An instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite noticed increasing colder cloud top temperatures of tropical depression 15 in the south-central Caribbean just before it strengthened into Tropical Storm Matthew late on Sept.

NASA's CloudSat satellite sees a powerful heat engine in Typhoon Malakas
Towering thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are two things that NASA's CloudSat satellite saw as it passed over Typhoon Malakas, and those two factors confirm a strong storm.

Wiecha receives grant to study face-to-face vs. virtual health education for African-American women
BUSM Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs John Wiecha, M.D., M.P.H., in the department of family medicine, has received a National Institutes of Health American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Challenge grant from the National Library of Medicine.

Symposium in Washington with world-leading scientists
The Nobel Prize, the correlation between genes and lifestyle, and the ability of the brain to repair itself are three of the topics that will be discussed at an international symposium today at the Swedish embassy, the House of Sweden, in Washington, D.C.

Scientists release first cultivated ohelo berry for Hawaii
The first cultivar of ohelo berry, a popular native Hawaiian fruit, has been released by US Department of Agriculture scientists and their university and industry cooperators.

Withering well can improve fertility
Contrary to a thousand face cream ads, the secret of fertility might not be eternal youth.

Physical limitations take a significant toll in breast cancer survivors
Basic physical limitations following breast cancer treatment can have far-reaching consequences that substantially affect how long a patient lives according to researchers at UCSF.

GOES-13 Satellite sees Lisa a tropical storm ... for now
The GOES-13 satellite has been keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Lisa and watched her birth, graduation to depression then tropical storm and back to depression.

A biological solution to animal pandemics
Using all-natural materials -- flax, hemp, jute and natural resin -- researchers in Poland have developed a new absorbent matting ideal for providing a disinfectant barrier for use in animal housing and other food production sites, both at times of outbreak of contagious disease and for routine hygiene.

McGill to host inter-university Family Medicine Student Symposium
On Sept. 25, McGill University is pleased to host the 2nd Annual Family Medicine Student Symposium.

Innovation Task Force urges approval of America COMPETES Act
The reauthorization of the America COMPETES bill is crucial to addressing the lagging US competitiveness, according to an update of the

Disparities in heart attack treatment may begin in the emergency room
The well-documented disparities in cardiac care may begin almost as soon as patients arrive at hospital emergency rooms.

Moving closer to outdoor recreation not a recipe for being more physically active
A new University of Alberta study looking at the relationship between body mass index, or BMI, and neighborhood walkability, socioeconomic status, reasons for choosing their neighborhood and how physically active they were, fruit and vegetable intake and demographic information such as age, gender, job status and education, found those who chose to move to be closer to outdoor recreation weren't necessarily more active.

Biometric ID technologies 'inherently fallible' -- new report
Biometric systems -- designed to automatically recognize individuals based on biological and behavioral traits such as fingerprints, palm prints, or voice or face recognition -- are

Could economics solve the prison crisis?
Prison numbers in England and Wales have risen sharply in the last decade, and are set to rise further.

ONR rolls out combat and tactical vehicle fleet at Modern Day Marine Expo
With several advanced warfare vehicles and a lineup of exciting technologies, the Office of Naval Research will showcase its latest expeditionary equipment at the 2010 Modern Day Marine Exposition scheduled Sept.

Knowledge coupon in exchange for advanced sailboat mast
Tue Pii Korremann from Watercraft Innovation presented the knowledge coupon he had received from Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation to scientists at Risoe to make them calculate the strength of his advanced mast used for the company's fast and handy sailboats.

Researchers create first molecule blocks key component of cancer genes' on-off switch
In the quest to arrest the growth and spread of tumors, there have been many attempts to get cancer genes to ignore their internal instruction manual.

Building a digital library for life on Earth
The largest biodiversity genomics initiative ever undertaken -- an international effort to build a digital identification system for all life on Earth -- will be officially activated this week.

How heating our homes could help reduce climate change
A radical new heating system where homes would be heated by district centers rather than in individual households could dramatically cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

IUPUI receives $2 million to expand state, national science and technology talent pool
A $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is targeted to boost the number of students graduating with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by 10 percent and propel them on careers in these fields.

Video gaming prepares brain for bigger tasks
Altered brain activity can lead to better control of other skilled movements.

National study: Abortion does not cause depression or low self-esteem in adolescents
A new study has determined that teenagers who have abortions are no more likely to become depressed or have low self-esteem than their peers whose pregnancies do not end in abortion. 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