Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 09, 2004
Ceramics data enters a new phase
The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) have compiled, into a single compact disk, nearly 20,000 phase-equilibria diagrams for more than 15,000 chemical systems.

Controlling biomolecules with magnetic 'tweezers'
An array of magnetic traps designed for manipulating individual biomolecules and measuring the ultrasmall forces that affect their behavior has been demonstrated by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Media advisory 4 - 2004 Joint Assembly
At the Joint Assembly of the American and Canadian Geophysical Unions, reporters will be able to attend press conferences on such topics as the Mars rovers' latest discoveries, global dimming, ice cores and climate, extreme weather, Earth as it was 540 million years ago, Canada's POLARIS project, the solar storm of late 2003, Earth's early crust, explosive volcanoes, and the soon-to-be-launched Aura satellite.

Argonne researchers demonstrate streamlined approach to structure determination
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have taken the guesswork out of interfacial structure determination.

Environmental inequities cluster to harm poor children
Low-income children are exposed to some two dozen physical and psychosocial risk factors that can combine to compromise their health and welfare and may impact the rest of their lives, says a Cornell University professor.

New tool helps builders evaluate terrorist threat
Today, building owners and managers must respond to terrorist threats that were once unimaginable.

Breakthrough Clemson research appears in Science
Science reports a discovery by a Clemson University researcher that Eastern Oyster shell growth begins withing immune blood cells, challenging 40 years of marine biomineralization research.

URI instrument that simulates Earth's rotation garners scientists $1.1 million NSF grant
Physical oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth have received three new National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $1.1 million.

DNA research highlights prostate cancer mechanisms
Certain prostate cancer cell lines are unable to repair DNA damage caused by

New database aids medical device exporters
A new international database has been released that identifies measurement procedures and materials that will help U.S. makers of in vitro diagnostic medical devices ensure that their products comply with European Union requirements.

IEEE-USA supports task force recommendations for mandatory electricity reliability standards
The U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force's final report on last August's major blackout calls for mandatory and enforceable electricity reliability standards incorporates IEEE-USA's November 2002 position:
Glowing microspheres improve fluorescence measurements
Laboratories that measure emissions from fluorescent particles in a wide range of applications from clinical chemistry to biodefense research to pharmaceutical development can now have more confidence in their results thanks to new theory, standards, and methods developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
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