Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 21, 2003
Edible urban plants found to contain lead
Chicago has one of the highest rates of lead poisoning in the country, an extremely persistent health problem that particularly plagues urban areas.

Radio waves help see moisture inside walls
The building community may soon have radio vision -- a new way to

Prospects brighten for future superconductor power cables
NIST research reported in the Nov. 17 issue of Applied Physics Letters suggests that next-generation, high-temperature superconductor wire can withstand more mechanical strain than originally thought.

Steroid use causes long-term agression, NU report indicates
With the recent revelations about steroid use in Major League Baseball and the bust last week of several Oakland Raiders players for drug abuse, Northeastern University psychology professor Richard Melloni, who studies the link between steroid use and aggression, has recently found evidence that use of anabolic steroids may have long-term effects on players' behavior and aggression levels well after they stop abusing these performance enhancing drugs.

Protein Data Bank goes global
The Protein Data Bank, an international resource for biomedical research with facilities at Rutgers University, today announced an international collaborative agreement with the Macromolecular Structure Database at the European Bioinformatics Institute and the Protein Data Bank Japan.

X-ray inspection may meet computer chip-making need
A decades-old, X-ray-based method for studying the atomic structure of materials may be the answer to a looming semiconductor industry need -- a rugged, high-throughput technology for measuring dimensions of chip circuitry packed with devices approaching molecular proportions.

Congress allocates funding for horseshoe crab research center
Congress has allocated $630,000 for horseshoe crab research funding to Virginia Tech's Horseshoe Crab Research Center.

SLU professor wins CDC grant to combat emerging infections, including West Nile
The funding is part of a $27 million national grant program to enhance ongoing bioterrorism preparedness in the United States.

EPSRC achieves a world first in high performance computing
For the first time supercomputers in the UK and the US have been linked to carry out an interactive scientific experiment.

Satellite road management being developed in Lisbon
The European Space Agency is working with Portuguese organisations on how space technology can improve road safety.

International collaborators to form the Worldwide Protein Data Bank
Today the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics, the Macromolecular Structure Database at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, and Protein Data Bank Japan announced a collaboration to form the Worldwide Protein Data Bank.

Gardens have the potential to improve health, research shows
Adding greenery in the form of a garden to the often sterile, cold environment of hospitals and other healthcare facilities can reduce stress in patients, visitors and staff and even lessen a patient's pain in some instances, says a Texas A&M University authority on health care design.

Long-term follow-up of mortality in patients with community-acquired pneumonia
A new study shows that patients who recover from community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) experience an increased risk of death even up to 5 years after recovery compared to age-matched controls.

Imaging technique may diagnose breast cancer without biopsy
A technique that combines high-level magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a new spectroscopic method may result in an accurate, non-invasive way to make breast cancer diagnoses.
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