Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 19, 2001
Sea of Galilee yields clues for weather forecasting
Oceanographer Ayal Anis has studied the lake where Christ walked on the water, but rather than focusing on religious questions, his research aims to shed light on the process by which surface waves transfer energy from the air to the water.

El Nino, La Nina rearrange South Pole sea ice
Scientists have been mystified by observations that when sea ice on one side of the South Pole recedes, it advances farther out on the other side.

Plankton power
Organic matter on the seafloor is a potentially rich and practically inexhaustible source of energy.

NSF selects first "Director's Awards For Distinguished Teaching Scholars"
This week the National Science Foundation (NSF) took a step to further encourage scientists and engineers to apply their talents to education, inside the classroom and out, by announcing the first Director's Awards for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Rice center to study therapeutic and environmental imapct of nanotechnology
Moving nanotechnology beyond molecular-scale electronics and science-fiction nanobots is the goal of a Rice University research center launched today.

New computer model tracks and predicts paths of Earth's dust
A new computer model of the atmosphere can now actually pinpoint where global dust events come from, and can project where they're going.

Northeast could face energy chaos, MIT expert warns
An MIT expert in electric power systems is worried that the northeastern United States may be headed toward energy chaos rivaling that seen recently in California.

Carnegie Mellon professor Kathleen Carley receives American Sociological Association Award for computing work
Kathleen M. Carley, a professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the university's Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS), is the recipient of the American Sociological Association, Sociology and Computers Section's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Water-hydraulic vehicle built by purdue students
A group of Purdue University undergraduates have built an industrial riding lawn mower that's a cut above the rest.

SNM reaction to OMB position on nuclear byproduct materials
The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) and American College of Nuclear Physicians (ACNP) is positive about OMB positions that nuclear byproduct materials(used in nuclear medicine procedures) should have less regulation.

Detecting Alzheimer's
NeuroGraphâ„¢, a portable device that provides an almost instantaneous reading of brain activity and can swiftly detect differences from the norm in the brain.

New McGill researchers win recognition
McGill's research community has scored another triumph this summer by obtaining a record number of

University of Ulster spearheads giant leap forward in medicine
Researchers at the University of Ulster have uncovered a vital weapon in the fight against killer conditions like cancer and heart disease - frog venom.

Big plans on a small scale: NSF funds centers for nanoscale research
Research at the nanoscale is needed to advance the development of the ultra-small technology that will transform electronics, materials, medicine and many other fields.

Sea Grant, NOAA national severe storms lab develop new weather technology
When a hurricane or severe storm hits North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia weather forecasters now anticipate delivering more accurate flood and flash flood warnings.

University of Cincinnati and Air Force use algal enzyme to create new silicon-based materials
Scientists and engineers from the University of Cincinnati and the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH report in the Sept.

New fossils suggest whales and hippos are close kin
Partial skeletons of ancient whales found in Pakistan last year resolve a longstanding controversy over the origin of whales, confirming that the giant sea creatures evolved from early ancestors of sheep, deer and hippopotami and suggesting that hippos may be the closest living relatives of whales.

New 'Lollipop' film promises improved electronics
Spreading a spoonful of oil on a pond of water can create a thin layer called a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film as was first shown by Benjamin Franklin.

Initial results promising for MIT breast cancer treatment
A breast-cancer treatment based on MIT radar research is now in Phase II clinical trials, and preliminary results to be reported at a September 24 meeting look promising.

Fly genetics point to potential cancer-causing gene
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have identified a gene that may have an important role in various human cancers.

Seeing the light
Maneuvering two ships in close proximity in the dim of night is always a challenging event.

Computers to help doctors identify rare diseases
What do you do when you contract a disease that usually strikes cows?

Wind-borne pollutants may travel thousands of miles
Air pollution is not just a local problem. In fact, research by geoscientists at Texas A&M University find that pollutants can travel thousands of miles, so the air you breathe may contain pollutants brought by the wind.

American Thoracic Society Journal News Tips for September
Newsworthy studies from issue one for September of the ATS journal show that antioxidant supplements given to vitamin C-depleted human subjects reduced the effects of ozone gas on their lung function; from breathing tiny atmospheric particles,how large scavenger cells in the lung produce intercellular messengers that could play an increased role in cardiovascular disease and death; and why diabetics have twice the risk for hospital admissions from cardiovascular disease associated with breathing tiny airborne particles.
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