Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 23, 2003
American Society for Microbiology publication provides guidance for shipping biological agents
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announces the release of a new publication designed to help scientists understand and comply with the rules and regulations governing the shipment of biological and infectious substances.

Argonne researchers explore confinement of light with metal nanoparticles
Optical engineering has had a impact on our lives, providing us with fiber optic communications and optical data storage.

SARS outbreak in Beijing spread rapidly, was controlled fairly quickly
Improving triage in hospitals and dissemination of information to the public helped bring a rapid resolution to the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Beijing in early 2003, according to an article in the December 24/31 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Potential genetic links discovered between metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Specific genetic markers may influence whether a person develops metabolic syndrome--a collection of health risks that increase the chance of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes--according to new research published this month in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).

Whole-body PET/CT scan appears useful for determining tumor stage
A new study suggests that whole-body PET/CT imaging should may be more useful than whole-body MRI for determining the extent a tumor has spread, according to an article in the December 24/31 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Preliminary report suggests combination therapy may help treat SARS
A preliminary study suggests that use of a combination of corticosteroids and interferon may have a role in treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), according to an article in the December 24/31 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Controlling civil engineering machinery using satellite
Using satellite technology to automatically control civil engineering machines over tens of kilometres, on land and possibly at sea.

Armies of fighting fungi protect chocolate trees
In discovering that cacao trees are protected by armies of
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