Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 20, 2002
Calif. handgun study to fortify crime prevention efforts
UC Davis researchers are releasing a groundbreaking report that provides the first complete description of how more than 200,000 handguns are sold legally in the state each year.

Actonel significantly reduced moderate and severe vertebral fractures
A new analysis of scientific data presented at today's meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) showed that a 5 mg dose of Actonel® (risedronate sodium tablets) daily significantly reduced moderate and severe vertebral fracture risk by 70 percent within one year in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

Illinois lands research center for advanced water purification
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a science and technology center to develop advanced materials and technologies for water purification.

Pregnancy hormone estriol shows promise as multiple sclerosis treatment in first human trials
A hormone common in pregnant women shows promise as an easily administered treatment for people with early-stage multiple sclerosis (MS).

Imaging apparatus characterizes drops in 'dirty' laboratory environments
A high-fidelity spectrometric system for studying the behavior of drops and particles in industrial flame reactors has been constructed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with researchers at the University of Arizona.

NASA turns to universities for research in space-age materials
NASA has selected a consortium of research institutions to develop new generations of materials that could revolutionize civil aviation and space travel.

NSF funds $10.2m maize gene sequencing push
The National Science Foundation announces today the award of $10.2 million over two years to two projects for initial sequencing of the Zea mays (maize or corn) genome.
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