Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 28, 2004
Missing black holes driven out
The AVO science team headed by Paolo Padovani (ST-ECF/ESO) has used the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) to combine information from multiple wavelengths, originating from ESO's VLT, the NASA/ESA HST and the NASA Chandra X-ray satellite.

Benefits of screening for lung cancer with CT are not proven
The medical literature does not support the widely held belief that an advanced screening technique called

Earthquakes beget earthquakes near and far
Earthquakes not only shake up the local area but they also increase the rate of earthquake events locally and at a distance.

Clue found on breast tumors distinguishes patients with better survival odds
Cancer researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have discovered a key marker in breast cancer tumors that may help determine which women with early stage breast cancer have a better chance of survival.

Could mice hold the secret to longer life?
Scientists have long thought that a high metabolic rate was linked to a shortened life-span.

3-D micro-imaging technology licensed to Carl Zeiss Jena
The Cornell University license to use multiphoton microscopy technology in scientific instruments has been reassigned to Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, opening the way for the next generation of biomedical imaging of living tissue in vivid 3-D microscopic detail.

Calvin professor invents lymphedema sleeve
After Ellen Van't Hof survived a bilateral mastectomy, six months of chemotherapy and two months of radiation she thought that, perhaps, the worst was behind her.

Discovering missing black holes: First science from a virtual observatory
A European team has used the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) to find 30 supermassive black holes that had previously escaped detection behind masking dust clouds.

Clemson researcher receives Komen grant
Wen Y. Chen, Clemson University associate professor has received $250,000 from the Susan G.

F. Sherwood Rowland elected to foreign membership in Royal Society
F. Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel laureate in chemistry and Donald Bren Research Professor in chemistry and Earth system science at UC Irvine, was elected today to foreign membership in the United Kingdom's Royal Society.

Gravity probe B mission status report
Five weeks past launch, Gravity Probe B -- a NASA mission to test two predictions of Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity -- is about half way through the initialization and orbit checkout phase of the mission.

Most of us are poor judges of our own abilities
If you believe you're a good driver or a lousy dancer, think again.

Some hospice patients and families talk of hastening death
More that half of social workers who treat hospice patients report that they had been told by one or more patients that they were considering hastening their deaths, according to a survey of hospice social workers in the Carolinas.

New mouse species found in the Philippines
Biologists have discovered a new species - or genus - of mouse in a national park on Luzon Island, 50 miles from Manila.

Tropical plants help identify lags between abrupt climate and vegetation shifts
Clues to the timing and cause of abrupt climate changes in the past may lie in ocean floor sediments.
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