Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 08, 1999
HERO will provide new view of x-ray universe: Replication process mass produces high-quality mirrors
HERO will provide new view of x-ray universe: A new method for making x-ray optics may open the door for a new era of high-energy observation at much lower cost than has ever been possible.

APL-managed mission to Mercury selected by NASA
The proposed MESSENGER mission to Mercury, managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, has been selected by NASA for launch in 2004.

Lab on a chip? Cheap, disposable UD biosensor uses gold-on-plastic design
Coated with gold and sandwiched between tiny electrodes, specially designed polymer beads provide a cheap, disposable device for detecting disease, UD scientists say.

SIDS prevention tactic leads to epidemic of 'misshapen head' in infants
While the potentially life-saving benefits of the

Improved training for those who conduct clinical research is goal of new NIH funded program at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Rush is among the first 35 academic research centers in the country to receive National Institutes of Health funding to specially train individuals in the fundamentals of clinical research, including biostatistics, epidemiology, research project design, research ethics and legal and regulatory issues in human subject research.

HIV's viral helper
Infants infected with both HIV and another virus known as cytomegalovirus appear to more speedily show serious symptoms of HIV and AIDS (or die) than babies infected with HIV alone, according to researchers at the University of Southern California.

Why wait for the 4th of July?
With the discovery of a bright optical flash during a gamma- ray burst in January 1999, and the advancement of observing technologies, it is now possible that amateur astronomers can make meaningful scientific contributions to the study of these enigmatic events.

Marshall center's new rocket team looks beyond the moon
On the anniversary of mankind's first footsteps on the Moon, there's a new rocket team at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., preparing to turn those steps into a highway.

An exercise in risk reduction
Regular exercise over a lifetime significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women -- especially if those women maintain a relatively stable weight throughout their adulthood -- according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California

NCAR scientists seek clues to wildfires during Alaska prescribed burn
Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research will fly over a prescribed blaze in the Alaskan forest seeking clues to how violent and seemingly unpredictable forest fires spread.

UMass researchers to present findings on May 3 tornado
Tornado researchers at the University of Massachusetts, who produced the highest-resolution data ever available on a tornado during the

Federal agencies report on nation's children
America's children are, on average, doing better in several respects than they have in recent years, according to the third annual Federal report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being.
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