Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 10, 2011
IASLC launches Staging Atlas in Thoracic Oncology for iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), the only global organization dedicated to the study of lung cancer, today announced the release of its Staging Atlas in Thoracic Oncology as a downloadable application for iPad, iPhone, Android or BlackBerry.

New substances added to HHS Report on Carcinogens
The US Department of Health and Human Services today added eight substances to its Report on Carcinogens, a science-based document that identifies chemicals and biological agents that may put people at increased risk for cancer.

Significant litter of cheetah cubs born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Five cheetah cubs were born May 28 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

LEGATO -- a major international project on sustainable development of rice ecosystems in Southeast Asia
An international consortium of 22 research institutions from Germany, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, the UK, Bulgaria and Spain has started the new research project called LEGATO, which will be launched on June 14, 2011, in Penang, Malaysia.

NASA sees heavy rainfall in Tropical Storm Sarika
Tropical Depression 05W has grown into a tropical storm and given the name Sarika as it heads toward China.

NASA sees the low that won't quit: System 94L
The northern Caribbean low pressure area known as System 94L is continually monitored by the GOES-13 Satellite, imagery today shows that it has moved north and is raining on eastern Cuba and the Bahamas.

USDA-led consortium sequences genome of key wheat pathogen
A US Department of Agriculture-led consortium of scientists has fully sequenced the genome of the pathogen that causes the wheat disease known as septoria tritici blotch, which can cause significant yield losses.

Entry, descent and surface science for 2016 Mars mission
ESA and NASA have announced the scientific investigations selected for their 2016 ExoMars lander demonstrator.

Social scientists study impact of human adult stem cell research
New research says studying both adult and embryonic stem cells can benefit medical science, but banning the study of either type could harm studies of the other.

NYU Langone rheumatologists share insight with online RA community
Steven Abramson, MD, professor of medicine and director of the rheumatology division at NYU Langone Medical Center, hosted a webinar with colleagues from the medical center for rheumatoid arthritis community bloggers -- bringing together, bench, bedside and the blogosphere to discuss advances in the investigation, care, and treatment of RA.

Prototype demonstrates success of advanced new energy technology
With the completion of a successful prototype, engineers have made a major step toward addressing one of the leading problems in energy use around the world today -- the waste of half or more of the energy produced by cars, factories and power plants.

Shorter sleep durations may increase genetic risks for obesity
The heritability of self-reported, habitual sleep duration was 32 percent, and shared environmental influences on sleep duration were negligible.

Eye say, Adrian is still a powerful hurricane on NASA satellite imagery
Hurricane Adrian has been good at hiding his eye from satellite imagery over the last two days, but the latest Aqua and GOES-13 satellite imagery provides the best look at the eye, despite some overcast inside.

Gender differences in risk pathways for adolescent substance abuse and early adult alcoholism
According to a recent Finnish study, boys and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may differ from each other in their vulnerability to substance use problems.

Ultrathin copper-oxide layers behave like quantum spin liquid
Magnetic studies of ultrathin slabs of copper-oxide materials reveal that at very low temperatures, the thinnest, isolated layers lose their long-range magnetic order and instead behave like a

Voters have up to 5 times more influence in early primaries
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, potential candidates are making frequent stops in New Hampshire and Iowa.

Clever tool use in parrots and crows
The kea, a New Zealand parrot, and the New Caledonian crow are members of the two most intelligent avian families.

Two isolates from E. coli outbreak available
Two isolates from the e.coli outbreak that has sickened more than 2,000 people have been sequenced.

Can small loans reduce poverty?
Small loans, somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 to $500 dollars, are an increasingly popular weapon in the fight to reduce poverty.

Venice to suffer fewer storm surges
Venice -- the

New guidelines for diagnosis and management of hyperthyroid
New clinical guidelines developed by an expert panel that include 100 evidence-based recommendations for optimal care of patients with hyperthyroidism and other causes of thyrotoxicosis are presented in the current issue of Thyroid, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc.

NCI partners with Jackson Laboratory, UC Davis to speed cancer clinical trials
A new partnership brings together the UC Davis Cancer Center, the Jackson Laboratory and the National Cancer Institute's Center for Advanced Preclinical Research, all under the umbrella of NCI's Advanced Technology Partnerships Initiative.

Following the traces of lung cancer
Surgeon Naia Uribe-Etxebarria has used a radioactive substance which, injected into a lung tumor, enables the detection of the path that the carcinoma intends to take in order to propagate itself.

Nearby galaxy boasts 2 monster black holes, both active
A study using NASA's Swift satellite and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has found a second supersized black hole at the heart of an unusual nearby galaxy already known to be sporting one.

Analysis finds mortality from all causes higher among hepatitis C-infected
Although liver-related mortality among those infected with hepatitis C is well-documented, little is known about deaths in these patients that are not related to liver problems.

Quitlines help smokers quit regardless of recruitment method
Proactive telephone counseling helps smokers quit regardless of how they are recruited to a telephone quitline, according to a study published online June 10 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Johns Hopkins researchers link cell division and oxygen levels
Cells grow abundant when oxygen is available, and generally stop when it is scarce.

Blame game: Sleepier college students are more likely to blame others and plan revenge
Sleepier people were more likely to imagine how outcomes could have been better than reality and think about how the behavior of others could have produced better outcomes.

Strength training for grandma and grandpa
People lose 30 percent of their muscle strength between the ages of 50 and 70 years.

Landsat satellite images compare before and after Massachusetts tornado
Satellites provide a lot of useful information and the Landsat 5 satellite captured an image of the long damage track created on June 1, 2011, when a tornado tracked from Springfield to Sturbridge, Mass.

U-M researchers find potential new way to fight sepsis
By digging a little deeper, researchers may have found a potential target for reversing the deadly blood infection sepsis.

Simple analysis of breathing sounds while awake can detect obstructive sleep apnea
The analysis of breathing sounds while awake may be a fast, simple and accurate screening tool for obstructive sleep apnea, suggests a research abstract that will be presented Monday, June 13, in Minneapolis, Minn., at SLEEP 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

LLNL partners with SWAY to launch deep sea offshore wind demonstration
The amount of wind blowing off the California coast is teeming with potential.

Earth from space: A gush of volcanic gas
This image shows the huge plume of sulfur dioxide that spewed from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcanic Complex, which lies in the Andes about 600 km south of Santiago.

Daytime sleepiness is associated with an increased craving for carbs among teens
The intensity of self-reported craving for carbohydrates among 262 high school seniors increased in a linear relationship with the severity of subjective daytime sleepiness.

'1-stop' clinic ups mental health, social work visits for veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who visited a VA integrated care clinic were much more likely to undergo initial mental health and social work evaluations than veterans who visited a standard VA primary care clinic, according to a study led by a San Francisco VA Medical Center researcher.

Green building products, research, focus of forest products convention
Sustainability is the theme for the 65th Annual International Convention of the Forest Products Society, scheduled to meet in Portland June 19 to 21.

Grant funds science career days for Philadelphia public school students
The Academy of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from FMC Corporation to help Philadelphia public middle school students and their teachers learn more about the variety of learning and career opportunities in the sciences.

Weekend sleep fails to improve performance, but women handle workweek sleep loss better
Performance decreased significantly after six nights of sleep restriction and did not improve after two nights of recovery sleep.

Chasing EHEC with the computer
Scientists in Saarbruecken provide free access to the enteric pathogen's genetic regulation data.

Bad sleep habits are associated with lower grades from high school through college
Poor sleep hygiene in college tended to persist through the senior year.

An egalitarian Internet? Not so, UGA study says
The Internet is often thought of as a forum that enables egalitarian communication among people from diverse backgrounds and political persuasions, but a University of Georgia study reveals that online discussion groups display the same hierarchical structure as other large social groups.

Non-invasive ventilation as a weaning or rescue technique may cut risks in some patients
Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) used as a weaning technique for mechanically ventilated patients can shorten intubation time and may reduce the risk of post-extubation acute respiratory failure (ARF), according to French researchers.

Wireless tags give physicians details and condition of orthopedic implants with the wave of a wand
The noninvasive system, known as Ortho-Tag, features a wireless chip attached to the implant and a handheld receiver that together would let physicians view the critical information about artificial knees, hips, and other internal prosthetics -- as well as the condition of the surrounding tissue -- that currently can be difficult to track down.

3-D movie shows, for the first time, what happens in the brain as it loses consciousness
For the first time researchers have been able to watch what happens to the brain as it loses consciousness. 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