Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 08, 2002
Zinc supplementation reduces diarrhea and death in Bangladeshi children
Zinc supplementation given to children suffering from diarrheal disease greatly reduced their risk of death and illness, according to a study conducted by an international team of scientists working in Bangladesh.

NIST 'pins' down imaging system for the blind
Seeing is believing, unless you're blind or visually impaired. To this group, NIST says,

NIST solving a mystery among electrons
It may not rival

Archimedes scholar finds something to holler 'Eureka!' about
Conventional wisdom has it that ancient Greek mathematicians disliked dealing with infinity.

Hopkins researchers find postoperative fevers common following hemispherectomy
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center report in the November issue of Pediatric Neurosurgery that these postoperative fevers are usually harmless.

NIST micro-positioner may help send messages from the stars
If you need to phone home from 93 billion miles away -- 1,000 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun -- you're going to need more than a calling call.

International Space Station Expedition Five science
Science experiments continue on the International Space Station. A trio of European physical science experiments were conducted in the Microgravity Science Glovebox aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during the past week.

Parent-teen intervention may reduce teen driving risk
An NICHD program that teaches parents how to set limits on their teens' driving greatly reduces the teens' chances of risky driving behavior that could lead to accidents, according to a recent study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

NIST genetics research lends a hand in World Trade Center IDs
Scientists and medical examiners have been working tirelessly since Sept.

GPS technology aids earthquake research
Scientists' understanding of the movement of the Earth's crust is being helped by a new, highly accurate, observing facility which is taking measurements that may one day help predict earthquakes.

Lecture on anthrax by leading researcher
The world-renowned anthrax expert from Northern Arizona University, Dr. Paul S.

Bio-X to fund 21 new interdisciplinary research projects
Imagine going to your favorite clinic and swallowing a miniature TV camera that lets your doctor instantaneously examine the inside of your esophagus and stomach.

NIST helping prepare an 'out of this world' atomic clock
People who require time accurate to one second in 30 million years can get what they need from the time services provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

EMBO supports researchers from emerging economies
The first fellows benefiting from the European Molecular Biology Organization's (EMBO) new World Programme fellowship scheme will start their work in their guest laboratories from now on.

Book on Sri Lankan Buddhism 'poised to spark debate'
Ananda Abeysekara's book Colors of the Robe

Infants use their own name to recognize other words in fluent speech
A Brown University study of 24 six-month-olds found infants recognized nouns and verbs when spoken in connection with their names.

New NIST device helps building industry reach 'weathering' heights
A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) device can generate controlled temperatures, humidity, and UV exposure for more than 500 building materials samples at a time to accelerate weathering research.

Map data goes live with voice, gesture-based computer system
Emergency management teams, faced with an approaching hurricane, can access GIS map data through voice and gestures for real-time decision making on issues ranging from protecting hazardous materials sites to evacuating assisted-living facilities by using a computer system developed by Penn State researchers.

Engineering researchers demystify fatigue failure in polysilicon used in MEMS devices
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University report in the November 8 issue of Science that miniature micron-sized polysilicon laboratory specimens subjected to cyclic tension/compression loading undergo fatigue, and could ultimately fail as a result of damage produced by the compressive cycles, rather than from moisture-assisted stress corrosion cracking.
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