Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 28, 2001
Terascale computing system comes on-line
The new Terascale Computing System (TCS) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has begun operation well ahead of schedule and is exceeding performance expectations.

Northwestern scientist can comment on asteroid as mission's end nears
As the NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) mission continues a lower altitude orbit in anticipation of its Feb.

Cancer's penchant for developing drug resistance is a result of chromosome reassortment, UC Berkeley scientist proposes
UC Berkeley's Peter Duesberg, best known for his insistence that HIV is not the cause of AIDS, is now challenging the reigning theory of cancer.

Glitches in the Earth's wobble help geophysicists probe the planet's core
UC Berkeley's Ray Jeanloz and Univ. of British Columbia's Bruce Buffett propose that iron-rich sediments float to the top of the Earth's liquid outer core and stick like gum to the bottom of the mantle, creating enough magnetic drag to generate observed millimeter-size deviations in the Earth's wobble.

Nanoclusters of 2-8 silver atoms may be basis for new optical storage technique
Nanoclusters composed of 2-8 silver atoms could be the basis for a new type of optical data storage.

Researchers obtain more evidence for new model of asthma
Scientists have obtained further evidence for a revolutionary way of viewing the prevalent respiratory disease, asthma.

What puts the brakes on madly spinning stars?
Keying off new observations, astronomers are turning to an old idea of what puts the brakes on young, rapidly rotating stars, some of which spin so fast that astronomers are amazed they simply don't fly apart.

Telemedicine Symposium Announcement: March 13-14, 2001
One of modern medicine's most promising areas is telemedicine. March 13-14 at the National Institutes of Health's Natcher Conference Center (Bethesda, MD), the National Library of Medicine will hold a two-day meeting to evalute the use of communications technology in the implementation and performance of telemedicine activities, and examine telemedicine's impact on medical care in terms of cost, quality and access.

Family factor is foremost in foretelling heart disease risk
As many as half of the children and siblings of individuals with diseased coronary arteries may have signs of atherosclerosis, even though they have no symptoms of heart or vessel disease, according to a study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

FDA gives nod to technion 'Sleep Moustache'
The FDA has approved a novel device that inexpensively and accurately screens for sleep apnea at home.

Regular cocaine use may be responsible for 1-in-4 non-fatal heart attacks in young people, study finds
One quarter of non-fatal heart attacks among persons under the age of 45 in the United States can be attributed to regular cocaine use, scientists at the University at Buffalo's Toshiba Stroke Research Center have found.

DOE funds commercialization program for new energy-saving sensing device
With the use of a new sensing device developed by Virginia Tech electrical engineers, energy intensive industries, including companies that specialize in transportation, power, glass, steel, and aluminum, should find that they can become less dependent on energy needs.

Study shows occupational therapy helps seniors
Occupational therapy can help senior citizens stay healthy and live independently, with lasting results even six months after seniors initially work with a therapist, according to a study from the University of Southern California. 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