Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 29, 2005
Washington University chosen as NIH Program of Excellence in Nanotechnology
Washington University in St. Louis has been chosen as a Program of Excellence in Nanotechnology (PEN) by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

Officials simulate bioterrorist attack to test APL-developed disease surveillance
Public health officials gathered this week to demonstrate the utility of the National Capital Region Disease Surveillance Network, an early warning system for bioterrorist attacks.

Europe's first interactive system bringing GRID technology to the final user
GRID technology, one of the latest systems that has been developed for linking computing resources, connects hundreds of large computers so they can share not only data itself, but also data processing capability and large storage capacity.

Mars Express radar to be deployed in May
Following green light for the deployment of ESA's Mars Express radar, given in February this year, the radar booms are now planned to be deployed in the first half of May.

Nano-particle research will benefit inhaler-users
Patients suffering from conditions as diverse as asthma and diabetes could benefit from research at Cardiff University, UK to improve the effectiveness of drugs taken through spray inhalers.

Invasive plants: Arming to defend and win
Presentations will focus on technological and partnership strategies to eradicate and control nonnative invasive plants in the Southeastern United States.

New study finds combat vets face more cardiovascular risks
Besides having faced grave risks inherent in military hostilities, many combat veterans experience a heightened chance of suffering heart and lung damage later in life because of unhealthy personal habits, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study concludes.

Facelift alternatives rid patients of neck 'wattle' without the downtime of surgery
Many people want to rid themselves of neck

Comprehensive treatment improves cognitive impairment in heart failure patients
It is common for patients in heart failure to show cognitive dysfunction, known in the past as

Photoemission 100 years after Einstein
In 1921 Einstein won the Nobel Prize not for his work on relativity, but for solving a puzzle that had baffled scientists since 1887 - the photoelectric effect.

Enrollment progress for European approval trial
Ventracor Limited (ASX:VCR) today announced three patients had recently been implanted with the VentrAssist(TM)implantable heart assist system as part of its CE Mark Trial.

Patients with pituitary gland tumors are often misdiagnosed
A recent study found that tumors of the pituitary gland are more common than many health care professionals realize, with national prevalence rates averaging 16.7 percent.

Scientists confirm Earth's energy is out of balance
Scientists have concluded more energy is being absorbed from the sun than is emitted back to space, throwing the Earth's energy

Environmental technologies earn award for PNNL
Three water-related research developments have earned the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory a Technology Merit Award in the 2005 Business Achievement Awards competition sponsored by the Environmental Business Journal.

Widespread use of high-temperature superconductors on horizon
From improvements in cellular base stations to the development of more efficient electric transmission lines and energy storage systems, high-temperature superconductors (HTS) are nearing commercial viability.

ASU researcher creates novel 'bioelectronic signatures' to detect DNA mutations
A new method of testing for DNA mutations is bringing researchers closer to an era of small, portable devices for rapid health screening and disease detection.

Breast-cancer risk linked to exposure to traffic emissions at menarche, first birth
Exposure to carcinogens in traffic emissions at particular lifetime points may increase the risk of developing breast cancer in women who are lifetime nonsmokers, a study by epidemiologists and geographers at the University at Buffalo has found.

Prenatal cocaine exposure exerts subtle effects on schoolchildren
Children exposed to cocaine before birth show subtle but discernible differences in their ability to plan and problem-solve once they reach school age, University of Florida researchers report.

Chen receives Guggenheim fellowship
Dr. Long-Qing Chen, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State, is a 2005 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Salty staircase in the atlantic provides clues to ocean mixing
Layers of salty ocean water mix with layers of fresher water, creating a salty staircase or layering driven by small-scale convection known as salt fingers.
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