Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 17, 2003
Space Days approaching
The ESA-sponsored Industry Space Days 2003 will provide companies with an inside view of the European space sector's future direction, delivered first-hand from top names in institutions and industry.

Teens struggle to find accurate, useful health information online
In a study of how teen-agers search the Internet for answers to health questions, University of Michigan researchers found that misspelled words, ambiguous search terms and an imprecise approach to scanning a Web site often prevented students from finding the information they sought.

Study shows Joslin's 'Care Ambassador' program helps kids with diabetes better manage the disease
Youngsters with diabetes who have poor blood sugar control are at higher risk of developing serious complications such as heart disease and blindness later in life.

Device measures force used to deliver a baby
When the birth of a baby does not proceed smoothly, how much force should a doctor or midwife apply?

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for October 2003 (second issue)
Newsworthy research highlights include studies showing that: a simple, noninvasive clinical rule has been developed to diagnose the difficult-to-assess disease called hypersensitivity pneumonitis; since inhaled antibiotics offer direct delivery to bronchial space, as well as limited toxicity, the technique is used by over 60 percent of U.S. patients with cystic fibrosis who are positive for the disease's most significant pathogen.

Inability to pump oxygen during exercise could pinpoint early heart problems
Mildly elevated blood pressure affecting millions of Americans could lead to heart pumping disorders if left untreated.

Fractal-shaped tiles developed for new broadband antenna class
Penn State engineers have developed innovative design methods for a new class of antennas composed of an array of fractal-shaped tiles that offer anywhere from a 4:1 to 8:1 improvement in bandwidth compared to their conventional counterparts.

From Darwin to Adelaide, the length of Australia, 3010 kilometres, without fuel!
On 19 October 30 cars will be jostling for position at the start of the 7th World Solar Challenge in Darwin, Australia.

Racial-ethnic pride and academic achievement linked
African American fourth graders with higher levels of racial-ethnic pride were found also to have higher academic achievement measured by reading and math grades in school and standardized tests, says the Penn State researcher who led the study.

$62-million partnership to revolutionize ocean research
The University of Victoria is the lead Canadian institution in an international partnership to create NEPTUNE, the world's largest cable-linked seafloor observatory.

Hopkins researchers discover how nitric oxide prevents blood vessel inflammation
Johns Hopkins scientists investigating nitric oxide (NO) - the molecular messenger that contributes to body functions as wide-ranging as cell death, new blood vessel growth and erections - have figured out how it can block blood vessel inflammation and prevent clotting, a process that has long stumped biologists.

Rabies remains a costly public health threat, says Jefferson virologists
Dr. Koprowski has organized a week-long conference on rabies at Jefferson from Monday, October 20 to Friday, October 24.

Altruistic actions may result in better mental health
People who offer love, listening and help to others may be rewarded with better mental health themselves, according to a new study of churchgoers in the September/October issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

World's largest scientific society to hold regional meeting in Pittsburgh
The American Chemical Society will hold its 35th Central regional meeting in Pittsburgh, Penn., Oct.

Heart attack patients don't maintain exercise program
Even patients recovering from heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular problems aren't able to maintain a regular exercise program, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Galileo Concession: Shortlisting to proceed
The Galileo Joint Undertaking is officially issuing first invitation, to tender for the Galileo Concession, published today by the Official Journal of the European Union and on the GJU Web site.
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