Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 04, 2002
'Virtual stomach' reveals pill's path
Penn State mechanical engineers, working with medical and pharmaceutical researchers, have developed the first computer-generated

Tiny technology leads to big changes in DNA research at Argonne
New gene therapy procedures, DNA-based sensors, and other medical applications may be possible using a new method to initiate and control chemical reactions on DNA strands, developed by a team of chemists at the U.S.

Biological Challenges to Humanity: Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens
While we have more information than ever before on viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that plague humanity, new concerns are constantly arising--from drug resistant organisms to the threat of biological weapons.

Scientists use space to study how earthquakes turn solid soil into shifting sands
Nothing seems more down-to-Earth than dirt, but scientists are going to space to understand how earthquakes and related strains and stresses disturb soil and sand.

Tourists, soothsayers & scientists try to predict peak Fall foliage color
While many people predicted an early showing of Fall color this year due to drought and other conditions, Autumn took its sweet time in New England.

Laser research yields precision breath analysis tool for asthma diagnosis (treatment)
Research at the University of Oklahoma has yielded a novel way of using a laser to analyze exhalations of asthma sufferers, opening the door to more accurate diagnosis and prescriptive treatment of the malady.

The lancet infectious diseases (TLID) October press release
Otitis media (middle-ear infection) is a common infectious disease of early childhood; an estimated 20 million cases occur in the USA annually.

Albertans accepting of people with schizophrenia--but won't marry one
When it comes to schizophrenia, Albertans have proven to be among the most accepting & supportive in the world, says a University of Alberta researcher.

UCLA Study shows how early diagnosis of Alzheimer's helps patients
UCLA researchers have calculated how early diagnosis of Alzheimer's using positron emission tomography improves the treatment results of dementia patients.

Astronomers slice and dice galaxies
New views of star birth and the heart of a spiral galaxy have been seen by a state-of-the-art astronomical instrument on its first night.

Caregiving for spouse prompts women to retire earlier
When wives in late midlife take care of ill or disabled husbands, they are five times more likely to retire than other wives, while caregiving husbands are 50 percent slower to retire, according to a new study at by Cornell University sociologists Marin Clarkberg and Emma Dentinger, published in the Fall 2002 issue of Journal of Family Issues, Special Issue: Care and Kinship.
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