Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 15, 2002
Virus decimates algal blooms
As soon as the pest algae run out of nutrients, viruses attack and abruptly end the algal bloom.

National science board to meet November 21
Journalists are invited to attend the next open session of the National Science Board (NSB) on Thursday, Nov.

Researchers link teen sex to early friendships, steady dating
The nature of preteen friendships can play a key role in determining whether or not a child will engage in sexual activity early in adolescence, a new study suggests.

Photonics center receives $1.1 million DOE award
Wang and his colleagues are developing single-crystal sapphire-based sensors that can operate reliably in the high temperature and corrosive environment of integrated gasification and combined cycle (IGCC) plants.

New genetic option for thwarting cancer
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that eliminating a gene involved in spurring cell growth thwarts the development of cancer.

Sertoli cell transfer restores sperm production in infertile mice
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have successfully transplanted specialized cells that are critical to sperm development in mice, restoring sperm production in once-infertile animals.

International courts and global justice
International courts, such as the International Criminal Court, are a recent phenomenon that raises a series of sociological, legal-normative and political issues.

INEEL researchers discover that concrete degrades nerve agent and can predict rate of decay
Using a prototype IT-SIMS (ion trap secondary mass spectrometer), researchers discovered that the chemical makeup of concrete reacts with VX and causes it to break down.

Coralreef fish desperately needs mangrove forests and seagrass fields
Biologists from the University of Nijmegen have demonstrated that some coral fish really do choose nursery grounds before heading for the coral reef.

Tiny wafer developed by K-state professor
Research by a Kansas State University professor may help fight the war on terrorism by making it easier to detect weapons of mass destruction -- in particular nuclear weapons.

Laser analyses fuel flame
In a project from the Technology Foundation STW, researcher Roger Evertsen has introduced a new method for measuring the composition of fuel flames.

Study finds relationship between geriatric frailty, biology
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center have found evidence of a physiologic basis for the frailty often observed in geriatric patients.

Dutch research forms the basis of future European statute book
Researchers from the Utrecht University have completed a draft version of principles concerning European sales law.

UN Foundation & Conservation International forge $15M partnership to protect global biodiversity
The President of the UN Foundation, Timothy E. Wirth, and the President of Conservation International, Russell Mittermeier, today announced a three-year $15 million partnership to protect and conserve the world's most biodiversity-rich places.

Assisted reproduction may be linked to birth defect syndrome
Scientists from Johns Hopkins and Washington University School of Medicine in St.

National Conference on Organ Donation and Transplantation
The National Committee for Quality Healthcare (NCQHC) is sponsoring a national conference, Organ Donation and Transplantation: A Commitment to Quality, with support from The Roche Foundation.

Gene researchers close in on nicotine's 'evil cousin'
Take a nicotine molecule and snip off a methyl group and you've got nicotine's evil cousin: nornicotine.

Blacksmith's secret revealed
In an international study into the fine structure of steel, Technology Foundation STW researchers have revealed how strong steel is formed.

Agriculture presents common ground for rural, urban people
Agriculture is a unifying factor in American society, accordiing to a study by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Novice drivers seldom anticipate danger on the road, UMass researcher finds
Younger, inexperienced drivers seldom anticipate dangerous situations on the road, according to recent research projects headed by University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher Donald Fisher.

Getting at the roots of terrorism
Perhaps the greatest mistake of the Bush administration has been its utter failure to take any steps to reduce the factors that inspire terrorists to attack us.

New dating technique with sand grains
In a Technology Foundation STW project at the University of Groningen, researchers have successfully determined how long ago a number of sand grains were last exposed to sunlight. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to