Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 23, 2003
Methanol could fuel computers, cell phones
Virginia Tech researchers are determining the optimum materials for use as a proton exchange membrane in a methanol-based fuel cell.

Biodegradable plastic that imitates bacteria
Finding an economical way to make a polyester commonly found in nature is a long-held scientific goal.

Teaming up to attack free radicals
Penn researchers have combined the precision of antibodies with the power of an antioxidant enzyme to create a new way to protect transplanted lungs from oxidative stress - also known as free radical damage - before and during transplantation.

Rutgers researchers test polymer reliability for medical implants
Sascha Abramson has been investigating new methods to ensure that polymer medical implants in the human body don't fail.

Making plastic smarter with protein
How do you improve on plastic, a modern material that has already changed the way we do everything from design medical devices to build cars?

The spice of life: Antibody cocktail targets deadly foodborne germs
In the future, consumers may be adding a powerful

Atomic force microscope powerful new tool for measurement of particle attraction
A new method for calculating sticking efficiency at the nanoscale will aid in the development of improved filters for removing contaminants from solutions, such as bacteria from groundwater.

Contact lenses that dispense prescription drugs
Eye diseases like glaucoma could one day be treated by pharmaceuticals delivered through contact lenses.

Virtual mass spectrometry laboratory transforms learning experience
At $1 million, many schools cannot afford the latest spectrometry equipment to help students conduct experiments such as determining the composition of a polymer, detecting the presence of cocaine in a hair sample or identifying an anesthetic.

Age-related changes in the brain's white matter affect cognitive function in old age
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of

Gene responsible for developmental disorder identified
Researchers at Michigan State University have identified the gene responsible for a developmental disorder known as Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), a discovery that could lead to new therapies for the disorder and the myriad problems that accompany it.

Free-radical model too radical
For years, researchers have used tert-butoxyl radical as a model to study and perhaps predict the actions of oxygen free-radicals in biological environments.

Fabricated microvascular networks could create compact fluidic factories
Using direct-write assembly of organic ink, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a technique for fabricating three-dimensional microvascular networks.

New technique fabricates 'plumbing' for microfluid factories
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have devised a new method for fabricating three-dimensional
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