Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 06, 2002
Disappearing neutrinos at KamLAND support the case for neutrino mass
Results from the first six months of experiments at KamLAND, an underground neutrino detector in central Japan, show that anti-neutrinos emanating from nearby nuclear reactors are

Family work and quality of life
Looking after the family in mid life might mean the family will have to look after you in later life.

Experimental Biology 2003 meets in San Diego April 11-15
Experimental Biology 2003 will bring together more than 12,000 scientists, representing 17 biological and biomedical societies from the US and other nations.

URI biologist to monitor salt marshes in national parks
URI Graduate School of Oceanography biologist Mary-Jane James-Pirri has received a $221,000 grant from the National Park Service to implement a program to monitor vegetation and free-swimming fish and decapod crustaceans (nekton) at several park units throughout the coastal northeast.

Sun is ok, says latest neutrino experiment
The sun is healthy and strong, but physicists will have to change some of the basic assumptions they have made about how the universe works.

Future astronaut diagnostics for the ISS brings advances in technology for telemedicine
On Thursday 5 December 2002 an ESA-coordinated demonstration in medical telediagnostics was carried out on board the French hospital ship Sirocco.

Methane-based greenhouse and anti-greenhouse events led to stable archean climate
In the absence of oxygen, methane may have been the most abundant greenhouse gas in Earth's atmosphere, reaching a stable balance between a greenhouse and anti-greenhouse until oxygen producing single-celled organisms burst upon the scene, according to Penn State researchers.

NSF to host conference on latest discoveries in nanoscale science and technology
Recipients of Nanoscale Science and Engineering awards made in 2001 will highlight initial results from over 100 NSF-funded projects at a grantees conference December 11-13, 2002, at the National Science Foundation.

NYU scientists show the benefits of being flexible
A team of scientists from New York University has analyzed how and to what extent flexible structures can morph themselves to reduce drag.

UT Southwestern Nobelists find protein structure that may help fight high cholesterol
Three of UT Southwestern Medical Center's Nobel laureates and their colleagues have solved a protein structure that someday could lead to advances against diseases caused by high cholesterol.

A global warming Catch-22?
The ability of the ocean to buffer the effects of global warming may hinge upon the interactions of tiny marine organisms at various temperatures according to a marine scientist at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2002
Story ideas include the following: Robotics - Easing the warrior's load.

Physical activity prolongs life, even for the obese, study of Puerto Rican men finds
Being inactive is more life-threatening than being overweight or obese, results of one of the first studies to consider body weight and physical activity simultaneously and assess their independent effects on mortality has found.

Joint statement - International Space Station Heads of Agency meeting
Space agency leaders from the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan and Russia met today in Tokyo, Japan, to review and further promote International Space Station (ISS) cooperation.
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