Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 19, 2003
Researchers now on road to isolating skin stem cells
Researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) have taken the first major step toward isolating adult stem cells from mouse skin, having developed a test that confirms the presence and number of stem cells in a given amount of tissue.

NASA grant to Florida Tech supports Space Shuttle safety
Dr. Philip Chan, Florida Tech associate professor of computer sciences, in collaboration with Interface & Control Systems of Melbourne, Fla., received $500,000 in NASA funding recently.

SMART-1 ready for launch
The launch date for ESA's SMART-1 mission to the Moon is confirmed as during the night of 27-28 September 2003.

NCAR weather prediction system supports South Pole rescue
Rescuers are using a weather prediction system specially designed for Antarctica as they try to evacuate an ill employee from the South Pole this week.

Discovery may be first plant cell surface molecule that halts cell proliferation
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have discovered a unique protein on the surface membrane of plant cells, one that apparently contains both

Exemestane shows high tumor response rate in first-line treatment of advanced breast cancer
A new study published in the September 2003 issue of Annals of Oncology (vol.14, issue 9) provides additional evidence of the value of aromatase inhibitors for the treatment of breast cancer.

ERS-2 peers into Hurricane Isabel's heart
As Hurricane Isabel converges on the US East Coast, a veteran ESA spacecraft has provided meteorologists with crucial insights into the underlying pressure system powering the storm.

China-Europe Global Navigation Satellite System Technical Training and Cooperation Centre
Europe and China share a common interest in cooperating to bring the benefits of satellite navigation and Galileo in particular to transport, science, land management, disaster prevention and other user sectors.
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