Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 12, 2000
Digital mammography technology installed at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Health System
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Health System today announced its clinical installation of digital mammography technology.

What's killing coral?
Human activity in coastal areas is what's killing coral, say researchers who have been tracking coral disease.

Weekly Taxol (paclitaxel) plus Paraplatin (carboplatin) is safe and effective in patients with advanced lung cancer
Patients with advanced lung cancer may have a safer chemotherapy treatment option.

NSF announces first awards in new Information Technology Research Initiative
The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced its first grants under the new $90 million Information Technology Research (ITR) initiative.

Progressor chimpanzees could reveal mechanism for resisting AIDS
Three HIV-positive chimpanzees that are progressing to AIDS could provide insight into how the disease develops and might be averted, according to research conducted at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center of Emory University and published in the October issue (Vol.

UB Heads $10 million DARPA research project to develop new materials for field of 'spintronics'
The University at Buffalo is the lead institution in a $10 million project to develop specific ferromagnetic materials for use in 'spintronics,' the emerging research field in physics focused on spin-dependent phenomena applied to electronic devices.

Powerful X-ray astronomy telescope should lead to black hole exploration
A powerful X-ray telescope successfully tested by University of Colorado at Boulder and NASA scientists is expected to exceed the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope by 300,000 times, allowing astrophysicists to peer down the mouths of voracious black holes.

Society for the Study of Impotence 2000 Fall Research Meeting In Cleveland September 15-17
Approximately 200 leading experts in sexual medicine will be in Cleveland at the Downtown Marriott Hotel September 15-17 to present and discuss the latest research findings related to diagnosing and treating sexual disorders.

Major issue impeding successful magnetic confinement fusion resolved by joint Sandia/General Atomics/UC-San Diego research
A research team from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories, General Atomics and the University of California at San Diego has resolved one of many issues impeding successful magnetic confinement fusion.

New Sandia control method opens doors for more photovoltaic systems being safely linked to electric grid
A new way to safely, simply and effectively connect electricity-producing photovoltaic (PV) solar systems to utility company power grids has been developed by the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories.

Stanford researchers win National Science Foundation grants for information technology research
On Sept. 13 the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the first grant recipients for a new $90-million program to spur fundamental research and innovative applications of information technology.

JAMA study shows arthritis medication causes fewer gastrointestinal problems than traditional drugs
Celebrex, a newer medication to treat arthritis, produced fewer deleterious side effects than the traditional therapies studied, according to research published in the Sept.

Build your own spacecraft
For a million dollars it may soon be possible to nip down to the store and buy a spaceship in kit form.

Quake jars assumptions about crustal plumbing, life at mid-ocean ridges
A small earthquake that caused hydrothermal vent systems miles away to pump out substantially warmer water at 10 times the rate and in an unexpected pulsing pattern has seafloor geologists questioning long-held assumptions about how fluid circulates within oceanic crust.

Universities of Florida, Chicago to lead way for ultra-powerful computer data grid
The Universities of Florida and Chicago will lead an $11.9 million initiative that will lay the groundwork for a computer data grid of unprecedented speed and power, the National Science Foundation announced today.

Increase in effective contraceptive use can reduce abortion rate
Even modest increases in effective contraceptive use can reduce abortion rates, say two leading demographers.

Dig for life on Mars
NASA is developing a robotic mole to drill deep into Mars in the search for water-and life.
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