Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 09, 1999
Major $17 Million Grant To Fund Ocean Research
Researchers at Oregon State University and three other leading marine science universities in Oregon and California have received a five-year, $17.7 million grant to conduct ecological research aimed at improving the conservation of marine organisms.

Penn State Engineers Develop New Simulation For Ultrafine Particle Growth Process
Penn State engineers have developed a new simpler computer simulation for ultrafine particle size growth and distribution that is potentially applicable to processes ranging from powdered milk production to ceramic membrane development to air pollution control.

Coastal Birds "Feel" Their Prey Under The Sand
Knots (a kind of sandpiper) can locate their favourite food - shellfish - under wet sand by inserting their back half a centimetre into the sand for a few seconds.

AGU Book On Earth's Magnetotail Wins Award For Outstanding Professional And Scholarly Title In Physics And Astronomy
The Association of American Publishers has presented its award for best 1998 title in physics and astronomy to

World's Smallest Web Server Fits In A Shirt Pocket
Stanford computer scientist Vaughan Pratt has created the world's smallest web server, a matchbox-sized device small enough to fit into a shirt pocket.

Study Shows Link Between Hypertension And Infertility
Hypertension and infertility may not seem to have much in common, but Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientists recently discovered that the same receptor plays a role in both blood pressure control and female fertility.

UCSF Study Finds Men And Women Express Similar Willingness To Undergo Invasive Cardiac Procedures
Women are as likely as men to agree to a doctor's recommendation for an invasive cardiac procedure after testing positive for heart disease, according to a new study conducted by University of California San Francisco researchers.

Technologies Track, Map Fish Behavior
Psychology normally isn't associated with fisheries biology, but the behavior of fish could be an important factor in restoring endangered salmon stocks in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

NSB Meets In L.A. On Expanded Environmental Research, Education, Assessment
The National Science Board (NSB) meeting at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, February 17-18, will feature a symposium on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) role in environmental research, education and assessment.

Key To Maintaining A Successful Exercise Program May Be "All In Your Mind"
Research in recent years indicates that the secret to maintaining an exercise program may be

A Fresh Look At Love And War Between The Sexes
The cause of much of the conflict between the sexes isn't just that men are not monogamous.

$3.5 Million For Disability In Workplace Studies
A $3.5 million U.S. Education Dept. grant to a new Cornell University center will let policy makers help people with disabilities find and keep meaningful, well-paid work.

Greek Colonists Exploited Native Populations In Southern Italy
The Greek colonists who established cities in southern Italy around 700 BC owed their wealth to exploiting prosperous native villages.

Peering Into The Violent Universe
Peering into the violent universe - Tests prove the approach for a new gamma-ray telescope design, which competes against others in Washington today.
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