Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 30, 2000
Government will fall short of cancer targets by 2010
The UK government will fall short of its target of 100,000 fewer cancer deaths among the under-75s by 2010 unless it tackles socio-economic inequalities, shows research in this week's BMJ.

March advanced space transportation media update
Taking another step toward making future space transportation more like today's air travel, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and its industry partners have completed a series of successful tests on air-breathing rocket engines.

Muscle-building therapy may reduce overly nasal speech, says study
For people with hypernasal speech, many of them with repaired cleft palates, there have been few remedies other than surgery, and the surgery comes with risks.

'Turning goals into reality' conference May 18-19 to showcase NASA achievements
The sky won't be the limit May 18-19 when hundreds of aerospace and transportation officials, engineers and scientists gather at the Marshall Center for NASA's second

Waiting lists initiatives have not diminished the demand for private medicine
The demand for privately funded surgery has remained high despite years of effort to reduce NHS waiting lists, suggests research from the University of Nottingham in this week's BMJ.

Books by UNC-CH journalism professors cited as among the best of the 20th century
Three books by faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication have been cited for their significance in the 20th century.

Sea slug's shopping habits dictated by hunger, scientists report
Conventional wisdom says that if you shop for groceries on an empty stomach you'll spend more than necessary because of impulse buying fed by hunger pangs, while a full stomach makes you a pickier shopper.

Motion of massive antarctic ice berg causes another immense berg to "calve"
The gyrations of an enormous iceberg that broke free of the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica last week appear to have loosened another large iceberg, and the

New study details link between working conditions and problem pregnancies; Authors call for better maternity leave policies
Physically demanding working conditions lead to a significant risk of adverse outcomes for pregnant women, demonstrating the need for a better national maternity leave policy, according to a new study by researchers in the University of Michigan Health System.

Polymer-based mirror outshines all others
A new type of reflective film made from polyester and other polymers reflects light with a brightness and versatility superior to other mirrors.

Children with egg allergy can be safely given measles mumps and rubella vaccine
Children with egg allergy can safely be given the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, shows a review of the available evidence in this week's BMJ.

Study of rats' brains indicates brain continues to grow after puberty
A simple study of rat brains has added more substance to the idea that the adult brain is still a work in progress, even well after puberty, say University of Illinois researchers.

Renowned author, scientist and professor, John L. Casti, returns to IIASA
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis is pleased to announce that renowned author, scientist and professor, John Casti, Ph.D. has rejoined the IIASA staff as a general research scholar.

Wireless weather forecasts to reach 12 million
WITI Corp., a provider of wireless custom weather forecasts, has been acquired by

Inequity of funding for elderly 'national disgrace'
In a letter in this week's BMJ, the presidents of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London and the president of the British Geriatrics Society conclude that the inequity of resources across the UK for funding the needs of the elderly is a 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