Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 16, 2004
Getting closer to the Lord of the Rings
This time next year, ESA's Huygens spaceprobe will be descending through the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, becoming the first spacecraft to land on a body in the outer Solar System.

Online calculator improves analysis of chemical data
A new online calculator on NIST's Web site is designed to make chemical analysis by mass spectrometry faster and more reliable.

Carnegie Mellon enhances Quantum Dot Corp. technology for long-term, live-animal imaging
By modifying the surface of tiny, fluorescent crystals called quantum dots, Carnegie Mellon University scientists have enabled them to circulate for hours in animals and to provide fluorescent signals for at least eight months, the longest that anyone has observed quantum dot fluorescence in a living animal.

ESA's DG meets the press
Early this morning, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain met with members of the press at ESA Headquarters in Paris to review the events of 2003 and to outline plans for 2004.

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for January 2004 (second issue)
Newsworthy highlights include studies showing that: treatment with continuous positive airway pressure rapidly improves insulin sensitivity in patients with obstructive sleep apnea; measurement of airway resistance in 4-year-old children with different types of wheezing, using a new technique, could help identify those at high risk of asthma later; and a simple, non-invasive upper airway test performed on an awake youngster could provide a more accurate identification of children with sleep-disordered breathing.

AGI announces the winners of Earth Science Week 2003 contests
The American Geological Institute is proud to announce the winners of the Earth Science Week 2003 contests.

Cell phone still too big? Micro-oscillators may help
A tiny, novel device for generating tunable microwave signals has been developed by NIST researchers.

American Phytopathological Society accepting technical submissions for 2004 Annual Meeting
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is now accepting applications for poster and oral presentations for the 2004 APS Annual Meeting, July 31 - August 4, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

New standard on the menu, certified slurried spinach
Popeye was right: spinach is good for you. NIST has now certified exactly what's in it.

Artificial snow creates winter all year round
Artificial snow is far more versatile than the traditional flakes and flurries and the Jan.

Beta blockers cost effective to society for heart failure treatment
Beta blocker therapy for the treatment of heart failure can provide significant cost savings for the health-care system, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

Advice for designing reliable nanomaterials
In the January issue of the Journal of Materials Research, a NIST researcher writes that nanoscale materials that include film thicknesses, grain sizes, and other characteristics near molecular proportions are generally more resistant to cracks forming than more conventional materials, but once cracks do form these advanced materials may be more prone for catastrophic failure. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to