Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 10, 2002
Satellite data could track vulnerable areas, terrorist threats
Orbiting 500 miles above the planet, satellites give scientists a

Sex-pheromone link to insect evolution
Cornell University entomologists have found a gene controlling sex phereomones that may affect how insects evolve into new species.

'Empowering' tiny reconnissance robots the goal of IT research project
The NSF is funding research at Virginia Tech to make search and rescue robots smaller than present technology and capable of transmitting even more information to rescue workers.

People who 'gave up' after 9/11 more likely to remain distressed
The Sept. 11 attacks of 2001 left a lingering psychological impact on the nation according to new research published in the Sept.

Greater incidence of obesity among adults with disabling conditions
As significant a problem as obesity is among the general population, it's an even greater problem for adults with disabling conditions, according to a study in the Sept.

Fruit flies under discussion at UC Riverside
Fruit fly trends in California, the potential problems associated with the olive fly in California, and fruit fly DNA analysis are only some of the major topics of discussion at the seventh Annual Exotic Fruit Fly Symposium to be held September 15-17, 2002, at the Holiday Inn, Riverside, and the University of California, Riverside.

New lightweight materials may yield safer buildings, longer-lasting tires
Researchers say they have developed the world's strongest, lightest solids.

UCSB ecology center to receive grant
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara will receive approximately $3 million as part of a $12.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve computing and access to information technology, according to an announcement by the NSF today.

People who 'gave up' after 9-11 more likely to remain distressed
The psychological impact of Sept. 11 still lingers on the nation, and not just in New York City, a study by UC Irvine psychologists has found.

Fine-tuning fine art with lasers
Lasers can be safe and efficient tools for cleaning priceless works of art, according to the first systematic study of the long-term effects of lasers on paintings.

Overlapping genetic and archaeological evidence suggests neolithic migration
For the first time, Stanford researchers have compared genetic patterns with archeological findings to discover that genetics can help predict with a high degree of accuracy the presence of certain artifacts.

OTC sales of smoking cessation aids up, effectiveness down
UCSD Cancer researchers report in the Sept. 11 Journal of the American Medical Association that nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) such as the nicotine patch and nicotine gum are no longer effective in helping smokers quit for the long term.

New DNA typing method could ID remains of some 9/11 victims
A new DNA analysis technique under development at Ohio University may help authorities identify the remains of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks when conventional tests don't work.

International Conference on Globalization, Cultural Diversity
Art critics, heritage-site curators, media professionals, and scholars will present views on global cultures during an international conference in Roanoke, Va.

UNC, Penn State receive $16.5 million to study rural life's effects on children
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill interested in how children develop have been awarded $16.5 million from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a new five-year study.

Genomics and world peace
Developing countries stand to profit most from advances in genome science, write Samuel Broder, Stephen Hoffman and Peter Hotez in this month's issue of EMBO reports (EMBO reports September, 2002 pp 806-812).

African-Americans more likely to lose limbs due to vascular disease than other groups
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins physical medicine and rehabilitation department report that African Americans with vascular disease are up to four times more likely to have lower limb amputations than those of other groups with the same medical conditions.

Darwin's letters being sent to Galapagos Islands as part of Darwin Correspondence Project
The Darwin Correspondence Project has published 12 of a projected 32-volume set of Darwin's letters.

Scientists explore large gas hydrate field off Oregon coast
Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) scientists have completed a two-month expedition off the coast of Oregon to investigate the origin and distribution of frozen deposits of natural gas known as

Science picks - leads, feeds and story seeds
Looking for hot science stories? This new monthly compendium of USGS science news, facts, events, and contacts is designed to help you cover the ongoing earth and natural science research and investigations at USGS.

Male birds' ability to learn song affects female mating response
Researchers have found that how well a male songbird learns his song affects the female's mating response - the first evidence that female birds use song-learning ability as an indicator of male quality.

New simulation shows 9/11 plane crash with scientific detail
Engineers, computer scientists and graphics technology experts at Purdue University have created the first publicly available simulation that uses scientific principles to study in detail what theoretically happened when the Boeing 757 crashed into the Pentagon last Sept.
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