Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 16, 2002
Smarr to speak at AAAS meeting
Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, will deliver a Plenary Lecture to the AAAS Annual Meeting Feb.

Alaskan waters growing hospitable to sharks while seals and sea lions decline
More sharks - and fewer sea lions, seals and other pinnipeds - in Alaska's sub-arctic waters are the result of the decades-long swing in climate caused by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and possibly global warming.

Sea levels likely to rise higher than IPCC predictions
From melting glaciers, to earlier spring seasons, to the collapsing fringes of the Antarctic ice sheet: climatic change is underway at the Earth's poles and high latitudes, according to research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting today.

University admissions: New test methods earn high marks
Supplementing traditional admissions tests with creative and practical alternatives provides a more accurate picture of how students will fare in college or graduate school, Robert J.

AAAS names Etta Z. Falconer and James H.M. Henderson to receive the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement
For their impact on increasing diversity in science and engineering, mathematician Etta Z.

Researchers reveal massive reduction in productivity of the North Atlantic
Using innovative techniques for mapping fisheries, scientists released the results of the first ocean-wide synthesis of the status of fisheries in the North Atlantic, showing the cumulative extraction of fishes from the sea.

Spiritual beliefs and existential meaning in later life
Older people who have a strong sense of spiritual belief and personal meaning in life are less likely to suffer from depression or mental health problems even when they have lost a spouse within the past year.

Training can improve age-related memory decline in elderly
Studies using a powerful imaging technique that measures brain activity indicate that some cognitive deficits associated with aging may not be completely irreversible.

Rutgers scientist links ice and snow shifts to global climate change at Boston AAAS Meeting
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North Atlantic study reveals food fish catches have declined by half - despite tripled fishing effort
An international group of leading fisheries scientists will release the results of the first ever ocean-wide synthesis of the status of fisheries in the North Atlantic today at a press conference at the American Association of the Advancement of Science in Boston.

Straightening a robot arm is not as easy as you think
A Cornell University mathematician and colleagues at McGill and the Free University of Berlin have proven that a complex polygonal arc in a plane can always be straightened, work which applies to the manipulation of robot arms, protein folding and other problems in engineering and biology.

Maya children in U.S. more likely to be overweight and obese than whites or blacks
Maya children in the United States are taller and longer-legged than Mayan children in Guatemala, as a result of greater access to food and health care.

Brain imaging study suggests some aging-related memory loss may be reversible
The gradual loss of cognitive functions, especially memory skills, is often a consequence of human aging.

In search of extra dimensions: Hang on-a new reality may be around the corner
Our understanding of reality-that is, a world where events happen over time within a three-dimensional space-may be turned on its head by the year 2005, scientist Maria Spiropulu said today during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting.

Global sea levels likely to rise higher in 21st century than previous predictions
New calculations by a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher indicate global sea levels likely will rise more by the end of this century than predictions made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001.

AAAS speakers report worldwide 'epidemic' of obesity
Obesity, considered until recently to be an exclusively

Livermore lab physicist to discuss exploration of the universe and beyond using laboratory astrophysics
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Bruce Remington will be discussing this and other findings (Feb.

Disability scholar named Science Fellow
University of Illinois at Chicago disability scholar Gary Albrecht has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Before two trains collide, what is the best course of action?
Within a context he calls the 'train-wreck' between society's expectations and demands on the field of medicine, and the resistance of payers to cover healthcare expenses, Gilbert S.

AAAS awards the Philip Abelson Prize to 'Green Revolution' champion Norman Borlaug
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