Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 13, 2004
Family-dominated business sectors bad omens for economic health
If a few wealthy families control many of the large businesses in the country where you live, chances are the economy is in the dumps.

Slow road to independence is a problem for the young and parents alike
The trend for young people to continue in education and postpone independence is creating problems for them and parents, according to new research sponsored by the ESRC.

'New and better drugs for tuberculosis' goal of UH professor
In Kurt Krause's laboratory, what starts off as a molecule may become a potential drug to treat tuberculosis.

September conference focuses on biometrics
The Biometrics Consortium Conference 2004, scheduled for Sept. 20-22, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., will showcase recent advances in technologies and address issues facing the biometrics industry and end users in a variety of areas, including homeland security, law enforcement, identity theft and interoperability.

Cedars-Sinai medical tipsheet - August 2004
Cedars-Sinai's medical tipsheet for August includes story ideas on: 1) National Women's Health Platform; 2) Minimally Invasive Upper Lumbar Fusion Surgery; 3) Fluorescence Spectroscopy; Hyperspectrial Endoscopy; 4) Brain Cancer Vaccine Following Chemotherapy; 5)Magnet Hospital Designation; 6) Backpack Safety; and more.

Study: In post-9/11 atmosphere of war, voters favor male candidates
When America is waging its war on terrorism, citizens are more apt to vote for male candidates.

Chandra catches early phase of cosmic assembly
A NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory image has revealed a complex of several intergalactic hot gas clouds in the process of merging.

Treatment of blood sugar levels in intensive care patients results in reduction in mortality
A study in the August issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings outlines how strictly controlling the levels of glucose, or sugar, in a patient's blood can increase the survival rate of critically ill patients.

New NIST guide helps book'em on digital evidence
Criminal investigators increasingly find that personal computers, handheld devices and even mobile phones contain pictures, e-mail and other data critical to the prosecution of cases.

Greenland ice core project yields probable ancient plant remains
A team of international researchers working on the North Greenland Ice Core Project recently recovered what appear to be plant remnants nearly two miles below the surface between the bottom of the glacial ice and the bedrock.

The cosmic revolution: Task force outlines role of particle physics in a new universe
The Quantum Universe report focuses on nine fundamental questions in response to a request by two major research funding agencies, the U.S.

Carbon nanotubes eliminate manufacturing woe
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered that the addition of carbon nanotubes to a common commercial polymer, polypropylene, leads to dramatic changes in how the molten polymer flows.

Can children make their own healthcare decisions?
When equipped with enough information, some adolescents can make health care decisions as well as adults.

Book addresses memory loss
A new book co-authored by a psychologist at Washington University in St.

Going to Mercury? Don't leave home without a NIST calibration
MESSENGER, the first spacecraft intended to orbit Mercury was launched on Aug.

Study reveals potential for more efficient stem cell transplants
An Indiana University School of Medicine study suggests that stem cells found in bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and some adult blood products can be enhanced in trafficking to the bone marrow and may increase transplant success, particularly in adults.

Study indicates why hospitalists improve hospital efficiency
You may not be familiar with the term, but you might find yourself being treated by a

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2004
Story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include Grains of insight into the grid, more bang for the buck and good vibrations.
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