Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 10, 2002
New partnerships set to reshape NASA science modeling
NASA is joining with leading university and government researchers to develop software frameworks that will enable more realistic simulations of natural phenomena and interpretation of vast quantities of observational data on high-end computers.

Europe surfs for free on Science's Next Wave
Science's Next Wave's new pan-European web portal brings cost-free access to the Next Wave to researchers from Ireland to Estonia.

WCS launches new program aimed at reducing unsustainable hunting overseas
The Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has launched a new program aimed at eliminating unsustainable hunting overseas, calling it the single greatest threat to wildlife in tropical forests today.

Archaeologists help restore precious pigments on rare sarcophagus
Looters robbing an ancient graveyard in Turkey in 1998 dropped a heavy marble coffin in their attempt to flee, abandoning it in a forest.

As bodies age, disease-fighting cells lose punch
New research on cells that produce disease-fighting antibodies helps explain why people succumb more easily to infectious diseases as they grow older.

Researchers seek new hope in old asthma treatment
About one-third of the 26 million Americans diagnosed with asthma cannot successfully manage their asthma.

Electronic 'tongue' for environmental monitoring
UK researchers are developing a unique electronic 'tongue' that can be dipped into rivers or industrial effluent streams to ensure that the water does not contain anything sinister.

Steep rise in 'no religion' preference is forged by politics and demographics
An important aspect of Americans' religious beliefs changed dramatically in the 1990s.

UCSD faculty elected to membership in prestigious professional organizations
Faculty members from the UCSD School of Medicine have been elected to membership in 3 prestigious organizations, the Association of American Physicians, The American Society of Clinical Investigators, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Study: Higher energy intake, obesity affects all age groups, not just youths
Between 1977 and 1996, all age groups across the country -- not just children and young adults -- boosted their energy intake by eating higher energy foods such as soft drinks and pizza, a trend responsible for the growing obesity epidemic, authors of a new study say.

Ominous signs of cryptic marine invasions
Cryptic stowaways in fouling communities or ballast water of seagoing ships may look exactly like local marine animals.

NCAR to build software infrastructure in new collaboration
Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research are leaders in a national collaboration to build a software framework that will take computer modeling of the Earth's weather and climate to the next level.
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