Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 18, 2003
Technology creates new concerns for dying older patients and their families
New technologies available in the management of dying now put older patients and their families in a shared dilemma with doctors, often without any proper understanding of the issues, according to new research funded by the ESRC as part of its Innovative Health Technologies Programme.

Parents' income, education influence teen smoking
Parents with lower incomes and educational levels are more likely than higher-paid, better-educated parents to have teenage children who smoke, according to a recent study in Massachusetts.

Wildland fire impact on watersheds: A special conference of the Geological Society of America
Wildland fires are an inevitable fact of nature; recently they've also been viewed as a national security issue.

New CD by UCSD psychologist explores phantom words, memory for musical tones, & other sound
The brain is constantly striving to find meaning in things, even in situations where there is no meaning.

Belmonte Science Center trains high school teachers in latest scientific methods
92 teachers meet in Israel from July 20 - 22 at the Belmonte Science Laboratories Center to participate in the EMBO teachers workshop

Foundations join forces to find a cure or treatment for deadly genetic disease
The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology Foundation today announced a major research grant to help discover a treatment or cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic killer of infants and toddlers.

The nature of the healing process using alternative means to conventional medical care
The public's willingness to consider alternative medicine has jumped dramatically in the last 15 years.

Space engineering helps drill better holes in planet Earth
Expertise derived from working on the joint NASA-ESA Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its moon Titan is now being applied to underground drilling machines.

Von Liebig Center awards funding to six projects to commercialize UCSD faculty research
The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement has awarded $300,000 in

ESA to build a deep space ground station in Cebreros (Spain)
Communicating with ESA's spacecraft such as Mars Express, or SMART-1, Rosetta and Venus Express - yet to be launched - will be even easier and more effective when the new Cebreros ground station, near Avila (Spain), becomes operational in September 2005.

Homestake collaboration completes new underground lab design
The group that proposed creating a National Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at a closed South Dakota gold mine has completed a detailed engineering plan for the conversion, replacing the initial proposal sent to the National Science Foundation two years ago.

Foundations join forces to finance research for Canavan disease
The Canavan Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology Foundation today announced the sponsorship of a new $100,000 Clinical Research Training Fellowship to support research towards the cause, treatment or cure of Canavan disease.

Dr. Gonsalves will receive ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award
The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) will present its 2003 Leadership in Science Public Service Award to Dr.

Geological Society of America 2003 Annual Meeting: Seattle, Washington, Nov. 2-5
More than 6000 geoscientists will gather Nov. 2-5 for
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