Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 25, 2003
Engineers take new look at strength of industrial glass
An Ohio State University engineer and his colleagues have discovered something new about a 50-year-old type of fiberglass: it may be more than one and a half times stronger than previously thought.

New design renders passenger trains handicapped-accessible, compatible with freight trains
An engineering professor from the University of Pennsylvania has designed a new train car that's fully accessible to disabled passengers, compatible with freight trains and spacious enough to carry nearly 40 percent more passengers.

Seattle, New York researchers to receive neuroscience prize endowed by UNC scientist
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Drs.

Software uses in-road detectors to alleviate traffic jams
The same in-road detectors that control traffic lights and monitor traffic could soon respond quicker to traffic jams, thanks to software developed by an Ohio State University engineer.

ESO and NSF sign agreement on ALMA
On February 25, 2003, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) signed a historic agreement to construct and operate the world's largest and most powerful radio telescope, operating at millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelength.

Mayo Clinic Proteomics Research Center cuts hole in roof to install world's highest strength magnet
The most powerful magnet ever made for research into cellular proteins and DNA -- a one-of-a-kind, ultra high-field 12 Tesla-strength magnet -- is expected to arrive Feb.

Shriners and MUHC investigate effects of oral steroids on the health of asthmatic children
Parents concerned about use of oral steroids to treat their asthmatic children will be reassured by a new study conducted by a team of clinicians at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Shriners Hospital (Montreal, Canada).

Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Leaders in clinical pharmacology will report on research findings in many areas, such as: drugs and breast feeding, smoking and brain functioning, children's reactions to digoxen, alcohol exposure in neonates, and drug efficacy and safety in clinical trials.

Doctors should provide more information about medical errors
Researchers say that physicians often do not satisfy patients' needs when talking about a medical error.

US suffers largest earthquake of 2002
The magnitude 7.9 quake that hit Central Alaska on November 3 was the world's biggest earthquake in 2002, and the largest to hit the United States since 1996.

Bacterial infections alter allergic response
Researchers have found that early infection with the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae reduced a mouse's subsequent response to allergens.

Internet use may benefit survival of minority/ethnic breast cancer patients
A researcher from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that minority breast cancer patients' use and perception of breast health information from Internet sites differs from that of white patients.

Analysis calls surgery effective epilepsy option
One of the least-used options for treating disabling seizures caused by epilepsy is the most effective, according to a review of research findings appearing in the Feb.

Optical trap provides new insights into motor molecules - nature`s ultimate nanomachines
When it comes to nanotechnology, many researchers turn to nature for inspiration.

Canaries in a coal mine?
The worldwide decline of amphibians is part of a general biodiversity crisis.

HHS announces contracts to develop safer smallpox vaccines
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the award of two contracts totaling up to $20 million in first-year funding to develop safer smallpox vaccines.

New contraceptive microbicide in clinical trials
A video news release is now available online on an experimental gel for women that may both help block the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and reduce unwanted pregnancies.

Are there Earth-like planets near other stars?
Two extremely demanding space missions,

U of MN researchers develop first reliable diagnostic test for myotonic muscular dystrophy type 2
Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Muscular Dystrophy Center have developed the first reliable diagnostic test for myotonic muscular dystrophy type 2 (DM2), leading to the accurate determination of the disease's clinical and molecular features.

Breast cancer patients suffer through communication failure
A study of nearly 1,000 women with breast cancer has painted a bleak picture of the quality of communication between health professionals and patients, and the impact that failure to communicate properly may have on patients' quality of life. 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