Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 16, 2001
First report on sublethal effects of smoke available from NIST
Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of U.S. fire deaths, but smoke doesn't have to kill you to cause problems during a fire emergency.

New NIST combinatorial methods center to accelerate development of advanced materials
New, more complex materials are increasingly in demand for applications in microelectronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Global warming more common than thought, deep-sea drilling off Japan now demonstrates
Core samples from a deep-sea drilling expedition in the western Pacific clearly show multiple episodes of warming that date back as far as 135 million years, according to one of the project's lead scientists.

NIST helps close electronic nooks to computer-using crooks
Classic bits of evidence collected by police at a crime scene include the smoking gun, fingerprints and lipstick on a glass.

The Scientist and BioMed Central come together to publish high-impact magazine
The Scientist Inc. (the Philadelphia-based publisher of The Scientist magazine) and BioMed Central Ltd.

The middle classes and the future of London
New research from the £3m+ Cities Programme underlines that gentrification is here to stay and that diversity of middle class settlements reflects the growing divisions within the middles classes themselves.

It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it
It's a recipe that even Betty Crocker wouldn't want to tackle.

Nanoparticles in air bad news for people
Tiny airborne particles too small to see are more plentiful and may pose a greater health hazard than previously thought, says an Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher studying airborne particles in the Great Smoky Mountains and beyond.

Media Advisory 3 - 2001 AGU Fall Meeting - Press Conferences, etc.
Fall Meeting provides a wide array of activities for media representatives.

The 'social economy' is no panacea for social exclusion
Researchers find that the UK's social economy simply does not have the capacity to support the demands made of it as a solution to the problems of social exclusion in marginalised neighbourhoods.

Hopkins' emergency extended care unit reduces overcrowding
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found a possible solution to the nationwide crisis of overcrowding in hospital emergency departments.

From genomes to cures interdisciplinary conference in Heidelberg, Germany
This year's publication of the human genome sequence has brought with it the prospect of previously unimaginable therapies for genetic disorders, but also the possibility of social problems.

Study shows $25 billion in U.S. economic benefits from Baldrige Quality Program
If someone promised you a 200-to-1 return on an investment, you wouldn't hesitate to take it.

NIST 'microhotplate' may help search for extraterrestrial life
A 'microhotplate' may sound like the latest innovation for serving tiny hors d'oeuvres, but in reality, it's a sophisticated technology for accurately measuring gases.

Anthrax genome may contain new clues to fight infection, says Science 'Functional Genomics' article
The completed anthrax genome--expected within the next few months--should provide new clues to help explain what makes the infection a killer, and perhaps how best to fight different strains, researcher Kathryn Beauregard reports on the Science
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