Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 05, 2000
Lawrence Livermore Lab pioneers advanced radiation treatment for cancer
LLNL has developed an advanced method for targeting tumors with radiation treatment.

Using Hubble data, scientists show Io's mantle is similar to Earth's
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have determined the eruption conditions of Jupiter's satellite Io and concluded that the moon has a differentiated mantle similar to Earth's.

New report says antimicrobial resistance an ecological issue
Antimicrobial agents are used for everything from fighting disease to protecting crops to producing food animals, and not enough is understood about the impact of resistance on the environment as a whole.

Water fluoridation: benefits should be considered alongside risks
Adding fluoride to the public water supply is associated with a reduction in tooth decay, but this reduction comes at the expense of an increased level of fluorosis (mottled teeth), finds a study in this week's BMJ.

CU-Boulder class uses high-tech tools to take cemetery census in Nederland
Two men pulled what looked like a small sled through the Nederland, Colorado town cemetery while a woman nearby inched her way among the headstones gripping a 15-foot-long metal rod.

National Science Foundation Advisory Committee On Environmental Research & Education (ERE) To Meet (October 11-12)
Journalists are invited to attend the first meeting of NSF's new Advisory Committee on Environmental Research & Education (ERE), on Wednesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 12, at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, Va.

SimplePower: A faster energy estimation tool for microprocessor designers
Researchers at Penn State's Microsystems Design Laboratory have developed a new energy estimation tool, called SimplePower, that not only evaluates a system-on-a chips' power consumption faster than other available techniques but also points out the power hungry

Second Annual Digital Reference Conference, Oct. 16-17 in Seattle
The Virtual Reference Desk (VRD), a service of the Information Institute of Syracuse at Syracuse University, will host more than 400 information professionals at its second annual Digital Reference Conference,

In autism, it depends on which parent passes on the genetic abnormality
While it has been known that genetic abnormalities are implicated in susceptibility to autism, new research by Duke University Medical Center researchers has added another variable - the particular parent who contributes the defective gene can determine whether or not the child acquires autism.

Sensor system sees missile launch
A new type of airborne infrared search and track system -- a critical technology for theater air and missile defense -- recently passed a key test.

Do patients wish to be involved in treatment decisions?
Patients favour a direct approach from their doctor when discussing physical problems, but prefer to help decide their treatment for psychiatric and lifestyle problems, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

Device is safer than tape or sutures in securing catheters in ill children
A self-adhesive device called StatLock may be preferable to using sterile tape or sutures to secure intravenous catheters that deliver medications to patients.

The new Marshall Institute: higher education and beyond - training for the 21st century
No one's seen bulldozers or cranes, yet a major construction project is complete at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Holistic treatment options for America's first 'environmental epidemic' -- respiratory disease
Respiratory disease (including sinusitis, environmental asthma and related conditions) has become America's first environmental epidemic, with nearly one-third of Americans afflicted with sinusitis, allergies, asthma or bronchitis.

University of Georgia to host 7th International Congress of Ethnobiology in October
The first-ever meeting in the United States of the International Congress of Ethnobiology will be held at the University of Georgia Oct.

Extreme weather on the rise as climate changes
Expect hotter days, warmer nights, heavier rain and snowfall events, and more floods over the next century, as carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases shake up the earth's climate, says a recent study published in the journal Science.

Water fluoridation reduces risk of bone fractures
Long term exposure to fluoridation may reduce the risk of fractures of the hip and vertebrae in older women, with enormous importance for improving public health, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Important lessons from Scottish NHSnet initiative
The success of the implementation of a recent Scottish Office initiative, which linked 99% of Scottish general practices to NHSnet (an electronic network for health care professionals across Britain), is called into question in this week's BMJ.

Green light special
Bright new green light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are replacing incandescent bulbs in traffic lights around the country.

Carnegie Mellon to host symosium on societal impact of computers over the next 50 years
Experts in fields ranging from psychology to robotics will gather at Carnegie Mellon University Oct.

Sverdrup Technology selected for Marshall Center contract
Sverdrup Technology, Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn., has been selected to provide engineering, science and technical services at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

18 possible planets lacking a central star discovered by Science researchers
Scientists have discovered 18 planet-like objects, drifting free of any central star, in a region of the Orion constellation.
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