Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 23, 2003
Experts meet to challenge approaches of testing and developing cancer treatments
Representatives from the National Cancer Institute, Food and Drug Administration, pharmaceutical industry, and academic research centers will meet at Georgetown University Medical Center on April 23 - 24 to critique current practices of clinical development of oncology agents.

Los Alamos restores U.S. ability to make nuclear weapons
Los Alamos National Laboratory has successfully made the first nuclear weapons pit in 14 years that meets specifications for use in the U.S. stockpile.

UCSB professor says volcanic eruptions in Costa Rica 'inevitable'
It might be 500,000 years or five years, but the Central Valley of Costa Rica will definitely experience major volcanic activity again, according to Phillip B.

NASA satellite measures Earth's carbon metabolism
In honor of the Earth Day celebration, NASA scientists unveiled the first consistent and continuous global measurements of Earth's

Research and development takes robots and automation into new territory
Robotic automation has helped trim expenses and downtime by enabling corporations to manufacture more than one product on a production line.

Energy recovery experiment could lead way to new accelerators
In an experiment slated to commence the third week of March, the Jefferson Lab accelerator will go from

Engineers aim to make average singers sound like virtuosos
Karaoke may never be the same, thanks to research being presented in Nashville detailing the latest findings in efforts to create a computerized system that makes average singers sound like professionals.

21st century 3-D virtual reality saves ancient Scottish stone-age art
3-D modelling at the University of Warwick is set to revolutionise how we learn about history by digitally recreating archaeological sites and ancient monuments around the Kilmartin Valley, Scotland's most spectacular prehistoric landscape.

NASPE's 24th Annual Scientific Sessions
Meeting includes more than 100 special sessions, mini-courses, clinical tutorials, meet-the-experts luncheons, and findings from the latest clinical trials on such topics as atrial fibrillation, cardiac resynchronization therapy, and sudden cardiac death.

AA helps alcoholics stay abstinent over the long term
Individuals who were encouraged to cut down on their drinking by fellow Alcoholics Anonymous members were three times more likely to be abstinent a year after their first treatment for alcoholism, compared to individuals who received no support, a new study reports.

Visiting senior scientist at Jefferson Lab leads the way on cavity redesign
Jacek Sekutowicz is participating in the design of new cavities and devices known as high order mode couplers, which he and his colleagues believe are needed to reduce or eliminate

United States and Japan sign Memorandum of Cooperation for integrated ocean drilling program
The United States and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, effective April 22, 2003, to proceed with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).

Twins, close brothers, sisters sought for study of causes of rheumatic diseases
Research institute is seeking 400 families with twins or pairs of close brothers or sisters for a nation-wide study seeking to identify the causes of a series of systemic rheumatic diseases.

AERA honors Hunt for public service in education
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has presented former North Carolina Gov.

White women three times more likely to commit suicide than black women
White women in North Carolina commit suicide at nearly three times the rate of minority women across the state, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

Jefferson Lab's Rocco Schiavilla recognized as 2002 APS
One member of Jefferson Lab's Physics Division and two JLab users were elected Fellows of the American Physical Society in 2002.

AERA launches Research Points
Research shows that the alignment of standards and tests needs to be improved, according to data reported in the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) new quarterly series connecting research to education policy.

Sharp shock awaits trespassers
Plans are underway to roll out non-lethal landmines that immobilise assailants or intruders with a high-voltage electrical shock.

Nationwide improvement in nursing home care not likely, despite some changes
Nursing home care in America is in crisis and the prospects of nationwide improvement are not high.

Todd Sandler to speak at NSF on new trends in transnational terrorism
Todd Sandler will speak at NSF on April 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. on applying game theory -- the mutual response of two thinking, rational agents, such as terrorist groups and government -- to the study of transnational terrorism.

Virus beats food bug
Scientists from America have discovered a virus that kills the food poisoning strain of the bacterium E.coli.

Virgin birth method could found stem cells
The phenomenon of parthenogenesis - where unfertilised eggs have two sets of identical chromosomes - could be a promising source of stem cells.
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