Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 15, 2010
Paper highlights blood pressure risk in overweight children
The ESC welcomes the findings of a paper presented today at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure Research 2010 Scientific Sessions (HBPR 2010) held in Washington, DC.

What did T. rex eat? Each other
It turns out that the undisputed king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, didn't just eat other dinosaurs but also each other.

Team completes world-first ocean observatory
More than two kilometers down in the inky depths of the Pacific Ocean and 300 km off the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada has just made scientific and technological history.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder the world over
Western culture is increasingly obsessed with physical appearance and beauty, but vanity is nothing new, nor is it limited to just one culture.

Genomic Systems announces 'moratorium on studying and treating terminal cancer has ended'
Terminal metastatic cancer -- the presently untreatable cause of the great majority of all cancer deaths -- has now been effectively treated in three common fatal cancers in mice, according to announced Genomic Systems, citing research published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

UBC researcher receives federal boost to develop natural gas fuel injection prototype
The University of British Columbia welcomed the announcement of federal support for research and development of natural gas engine technology.

Focus on dementia
Alzheimer's disease is not the only type of dementia. Two particular forms are dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia.

£2.4m boost for nano research into global challenges
Extracting drinking water from the sea for a world parched by climate change is one of the visionary applications of a new £2.4m research project announced today at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

How to weigh a star using a moon
How do astronomers weigh a star that's trillions of miles away and way too big to fit on a bathroom scale?

A river ran through it
Globally, rivers and streams are being drained due to human use and climate change.

Eat safer: Novel approach detects unknown food pathogens
Researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Bindley Bioscience Center at Purdue University have developed a novel approach to automated detection and classification of harmful bacteria in food.

National smarter-car research network established at McMaster University
A $16.6-million national research network to tackle the technological challenges related to the growing complexity of automotive software systems will be led by McMaster researchers and located at McMaster Innovation Park.

Gynecologist disputes findings
An internationally-recognized gynecologic oncologist at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., is warning that the results from a long-awaited global study of ovarian cancer should be viewed cautiously.

Lubchenco to headline Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Conference speaker lineup
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, US Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA administrator, will be the opening keynote speaker for a major academic conference on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Feb.

Oral Cancer Foundation founder named Survivor Circle Award winner
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has named Brian Hill of Newport Beach, Calif., as its 2010 Survivor Circle Award winner.

Images shed new light on inflammation
Researchers at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine are using an innovative new imaging technique to study how white blood cells (called neutrophils) respond to inflammation, and have revealed new targets to inhibit the response.

Oklahoma clinical trial to test early detection technique for eye disease in premature infants
A new clinical trial at the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center will focus on ways to catch a debilitating eye disease in premature infants even if a pediatric ophthalmologist is not available.

Assistant professor wins grant to help enrich graduate student careers with e-portfolios
The days of a professional using a one-sheet resume with bullet points to land a job are fast becoming moot.

Squid studies provide valuable insights into hearing mechanisms
The ordinary squid, Loligo pealii -- best known until now as a kind of floating buffet for just about any fish in the sea -- may be on the verge of becoming a scientific superstar, providing clues about the origin and evolution of the sense of hearing.

National Medal of Science awarded to Stephen Benkovic of Penn State University
Stephen J. Benkovic, of Penn State University, is one of ten eminent researchers named by President Obama on Oct.

Humidity makes gecko feet stickier
Geckos have amazingly sticky feet. Their stickability comes from billions of dry microscopic hairs that coat the soles of their feet.

Small BMI change in overweight children could have big blood pressure impact
Small changes in weight can make bigger differences in the blood pressure for overweight children, compared to those at normal weight, according to a new study.

Team of chemists produces biodiesel at their university, using used cooking oil as a basis
The cafeterias at the catering school on the Leioa campus of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) use liters upon liters of oil for cooking, given that many students, research workers, lecturers and ancillary staff eat there.

Virginia Tech's Mueller receives friendship award from China
Virginia Tech associate professor of mechanical engineering Rolf Mueller received the Friendship Award of the People's Republic of China, considered China's highest honor for

Award to honor pivotal career in speech research
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has announced plans to award Dr.

UCSF's Prusiner receives President's National Medal of Science
UCSF Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., UCSF professor of neurology and director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, today (Oct.

Study confirms: Whatever doesn't kill us can make us stronger
We've all heard the adage that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger, but until now the preponderance of scientific evidence has offered little support for it.

Missouri Botanical Garden researcher discover new genus
An article published in the October issue of the Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden describes a new genus of tree of the Aptandraceae family, a group that is related to the sandalwoods (order Sanatalales).

National study identifies range of opportunities to improve engineering education
A new report from the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education reveals current strengths, shortcomings of engineering students' academic pathways.

NYU to upgrade structural DNA nanotech facility with $1.6 million NSF grant
New York University has received a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant to upgrade its Structural DNA Nanotechnology facility.

Image of mosquito's heart wins first place in Nikon's 'Small World' photomicrography competition
A fluorescent image of the heart of a mosquito taken by a Vanderbilt graduate student has captured first place in Nikon's

BU, Brown and UC Irvine receive $3 million NSF grant
Computer scientists from Boston University, Brown University and the University of California, Irvine, will collaborate on a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the anticipated amount of $3 million to investigate

NRL scientists unravel complex quantum dot-dopamine interactions
Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory in conjunction with the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., recently reported a detailed study of the interactions of water soluble semi-conductor quantum dots with the electro-active neuro-transmitter dopamine.

Study finds a high rate of restless legs syndrome in adults with fibromyalgia
A study in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that adults with fibromyalgia had a much higher prevalence and risk of restless legs syndrome than healthy controls.

New beam source for Brookhaven accelerators
A new source of ions will soon be the starting point for the beams entering two major research facilities at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory.

First babies born from genetic screening study
Two women taking part in the world's first controlled study of a comprehensive genetic screening test before IVF have given birth to healthy babies.

U of A research studies why some brand names are music to our ears
If you're having a bad day, you may want to stay away from listening to commercials for Lululemon or Coca Cola.

Small business success spotlighted by USDA at conference
ChoiceBatter's transformation from a federal laboratory bench technology to a grocery shelf product is among topics that will be discussed here today by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials and other participants attending the 17th annual conference of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF).

Right foods aid memory and protect against disease
For the first time researchers have found out what effect multiple, rather than just single, foods with anti-inflammatory effects have on healthy individuals.

Shifting forms: Penn study shows how variations of same protein affect immune response
How a T cell decides to make protein X, Y or Z can have profound effects for fighting foreign invaders or staving off dire autoimmune reactions.

2 studies present new data on effects of alcohol during pregnancy
Scientific data continue to indicate that higher intake of alcohol during pregnancy adversely affects the fetus, and could lead to very severe developmental or other problems in the child.

Grant to fund aging research
For the second time this year, a postdoctoral fellow in The University of Texas at Dallas' Center for Vital Longevity has earned a prestigious, highly competitive career-development grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NJIT professor helps make case in Science for better biodiversity
In a policy forum article in today's issue of Science, a group of leading biodiversity scientists, including NJIT's Daniel Bunker, have argued that targets to be met by 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity must consider the real value of biodiversity if they are to be attained.

MSU tasked with educating health-care providers on fish consumption
The Environmental Protection Agency has reached out to Michigan State University to inform the state's fish consumers about the harmful impact of environmental chemicals and help them access appropriate guidelines on eating fish. 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