Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 07, 2000
Study reveals barriers to effective doctor-patient communication
Patients with chronic heart failure often feel unable to ask their doctors questions about their illness and believe that doctors are reluctant to provide them with too much knowledge, finds new research in this week's BMJ.

In another coup for carbon nanotubes, Penn scientists find the tiny cylinders of pure carbon may top all other known materials in heat conduction
New research from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that carbon nanotubes may be the best heat-conducting material man has ever known.

San Jose deep well will monitor groundwater and assess earthquake hazards in the Santa Clara Valley
USGS will begin drilling a 1,000-foot-deep well in San Jose, CA, Sept.

UB psychologist Hull wins coveted research award
Elaine M. Hull, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, has received a $602,759 Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an arm of the National Institutes of Health.

Royal Maya palace centerpiece of novel restoration effort
The royal Maya palace now being excavated in Guatemala provides an opportunity to try a new approach to archaeological preservation that not only will protect the ancient site but will also provide economic support for the modern Maya villagers who live in the area.

Regular jogging leads to longer life expectancy
Despite recent reports of deaths during jogging, a study in this week's BMJ shows that the risk of death in persistent joggers is significantly lower than in non-joggers or even those new to jogging.

Scientists pinpoint mechanism for UV damage to rice plants
Scientists working at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have found a molecular 'weak link' that may limit the productivity of some of the world's most commercially important strains of rice.

Vanderbilt archaeological team unearths buried Maya royal palace
A team of archaeologists from the United States and Guatemala has determined that a structure previously identified as a minor palace is not only one of the largest and most elaborate residences of ancient Maya kings discovered but also one of the best preserved.

US climate expert to receive honorary doctorate at University of Stockholm
Paul A. Mayewski, professor in the University of Maine Climate Studies Center, will receive an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in a ceremony September 29.

Is NHSnet the best choice for improving patient care?
The introduction of a dedicated NHS-wide network (NHSnet) to improve patient care is already in progress.

Dr. Lee Hartwell, Hutchinson Center director, wins Massry Prize for his cell-cycle research
Lee Hartwell, Ph.D., president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and professor of genetics at the University of Washington, has been named recipient of the 2000 Massry Prize for his cell-cycle research.

Warming trend seen in late freeze, early thaw of northern waterways, say Science researchers
A 150-year record of freeze and ice breakup dates for lakes and rivers in such far-flung locales as Wisconsin and Japan chronicles a recent climate warming trend in the Northern Hemisphere.

Improving sexual health in the United Kingdom
Genital chlamydial infection - the most common, curable sexually transmitted disease in the United Kingdom - remains largely undetected and, as a result, increasing numbers of people are at risk of developing severe reproductive complications.

'Protein chips' offer powerful method for probing protein function
Using microscope slides, precision robots and other off-the- shelf equipment, HHMI researchers have created protein microarrays that can measure the function of thousands of proteins simultaneously.

Moderate aggression may lead to stronger immune systems
Men who are moderately aggressive have stronger immune systems, according to new study by a team of researchers from Penn State and the University of Nebraska.

On track
Using signals from GPS satellites, an ONR-funded researcher has developed a much more precise method of locating intercontinental-range ballistic missiles and other exo- atmospheric (space) targets.

The good Earth
The Naval Research Laboratory has received a patent for a faster, safer device for measuring concentrations of metals in soil in hazardous waste environments.

Space station's 'Doorway to the Infinite' to depart NASA Marshall Sept. 13, bound for Florida
The International Space Station's Joint Airlock Module -- the gateway by which crewmembers will enter and exit the 470-ton orbiting research facility -- will leave the Marshall Center, bound for Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Sept.

The Gene Media Forum presents: What Can We Expect?
A look at how the genetic revolution will affect our lives one year, five years, ten years from now...

Rad hard
The Naval Research Laboratory recently received a patent for microelectronic devices built on silicon-on-insulator, or SOI, structures that can operate in harsh environments with greater speed and significantly reduced power needs.
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