Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 11, 2002
Formation of recent gullies and debris-flows on Mars by the melting of near-surface ground ice at high obliquity
Observations of gullies on Mars originating from isolated peaks and dune crests may result from the melting of liquid water in the top few meters of the martian subsurface at high obliquity.

URI oceanography models migration and foraging strategies of North Atlantic right whales
Right whales feed on zooplankton, primarily copepods, tiny drifting animals approximately the size of a small grain of rice.

Sea Grant to testify before US Ocean Commission
Representatives from the National Sea Grant College Program network will tell the President's new U.S.

Sea Grant project to be highlighted at Ocean Commission meeting
A 125-year old Charleston single-house that has become a successful public-education partnership led by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium will be center-stage on Tuesday (Jan.

USDA establishes Honeybee Genetics and IPM Center
A $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems will establish a Honeybee Genetics and Integrated Pest Management Center at Cornell University to deal with the continuing threat from deadly parasitic mites and Africanized honeybees.

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology: January 2002
Bacteriophage therapy successful against vancomycin-resistant infection. Lettuce takes up E.

Surpassing expectations, Israeli satellite begins its fourth year in space
Satellites the size of Gurwin TechSat II typically stay in space for one to two years, but this mostly student-built satellite has exceeded expectations as it starts its fourth year in orbit.

New study: Girls barely trail boys in mathematics
Using large national data sets, investigators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that -- contrary to previous research -- U.S. boys hardly surpass U.S. girls in mathematical ability.

Impact of NICU environment on neurodevelopment of premature babies focus of University of South Florida conference
The latest findings on how the environment (light, noise, odors, painful procedures) in neonatal intensive care units impact the neurosensory development of premature babies will be featured at a conference Jan.13 to 16 in Clearwater Beach, FL.

Congo River Basin: Geology and soil type influence drought impact
The River Congo and its tributaries drain a catchment area of 3.7 million km2.
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