Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 23, 2004
New algorithm speeds simulations of complex fluids
Computer simulations play an essential role in the study of complex fluids - liquids that contain particles of different sizes.

Physicists study mad cow-type diseases
Using math and physics to investigate mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE) and similar diseases caused by infectious proteins called prions is the aim of research by physicists Daniel Cox, Rajiv Singh and colleagues at UC Davis.

Handling satellite data in real time
Finding better ways to handle satellite data as it pours down to Earth is the aim of the GeoStreams research project at UC Davis, funded by an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Information Technology Research program.

Mars Express sees its first water - scientific results
Mars Express, ESA's first mission to Mars, will reach its final orbit on 28 January.

Computer scientist designs immersive tools for designers
Virtual environments - computer-generated worlds that create the sensation of being in a place -- seem like a logical tool for architectural design or building construction.

The pentaquark: The strongest confirmation to date
An international team of physicists has provided the best evidence to date of the existence of a new form of atomic matter, dubbed the

Politicians are warned on dangers of 'spin'
Politicians must develop a culture of honesty, rather than

Bilingual approaches produce higher reading achievement, report says
A new report analyzing more than three decades of research finds that bilingual education programs produce higher levels of student achievement in reading than English-only approaches.
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