Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 16, 2005
MERIS/AATSR Workshop: Focus on Envisat sensors measuring heat and light
ESA's Envisat satellite has been continuously observing the Earth with a suite of ten instruments for the last three and a half years.

Breast cancer screening trial shows digital mammogram benefits
Results of one of the largest breast cancer screening trials show that digital mammography detects significantly more cancers than film mammography in younger women and in women with dense breasts.

Delivering on digital content's full potential
The hardware and software developed by a European project aims to unleash the full potential of digital media by offering the secure creation, delivery and consumption of audiovisual media across a wide range of hybrid networks and platforms.

First link found between obesity, inflammation and vascular disease
Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have found that human fat cells produce a protein that is linked to both inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Pediatricians may fail to diagnose obesity in kids, Saint Louis University research shows
Doctors may be missing out on an opportunity to talk to kids and their parents about weight issues, research in Pediatrics shows.

New trigonometry is a sign of the times
Mathematics students have cause to celebrate. A University of New South Wales academic, Dr Norman Wildberger, has rewritten the arcane rules of trigonometry and eliminated sines, cosines and tangents from the trigonometric toolkit.

Research on salmonella in the poultry industry may result in safer food for consumers
A team of researchers in the newly-formed Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has launched a study to determine how to eliminate salmonella bacteria from the poultry production process.

BRAVE program - Help available for children with anxiety
A pioneering University of Queensland (UQ) research project will help children overcome extreme anxiety.

Ghostly spokes in Saturn's rings spotted by Cassini
Delighted scientists on the Cassini imaging team will be breaking out the champagne in celebration of the first Cassini sighting of spokes, the ghostly radial markings discovered in Saturn's rings by NASA's Voyager spacecraft 25 years ago.

Brandeis leads collaborative team in researching chemical processes in brain
Brandeis University announced today a $3.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to lead a collaborative, multi-institution project researching the role of glial cells in the brain.

Believe it or not, more rain would benefit New Orleans, ecologist says
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina -- probably the greatest natural disaster in US history -- a leading ecologist says that one of the best things that could happen to New Orleans and the rest of southern Louisiana and Mississippi would be more rain.

NIH launches National Commission on Digestive Diseases
This week, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Elias A.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2005
Highlights from the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include MILITARY - Soldier's best friend; ENERGY - The hydrogen juggle; ENVIRONMENT - Native species restoration; SECURITY - Seal of approval; and ENERGY - Modular marvel.

Postmenopausal hormone therapy increases breast cancer risk across all ethnicities
A cohort study of 55,371 menopausal American women has found no significant differences among different ethnic groups for the increased risk of breast cancer related to hormone replacement therapy.

Wheelchair technology & spinal cord injury
The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) is dedicated to spinal cord injury and wheelchair technology.

Children's Hospital Pittsburgh doctors at Cardiac World Congress; Only US doctors to present in Spanish
The Fourth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery bring together world-renowned pediatric cardiovascular health experts to discuss key issues around cardiovascular science.

The roots of civilization trace back to ... roots
About five to seven million years ago, when the lineage of humans and chimpanzees split, edible root plants similar to rutabagas and turnips may have been one of the reasons.

Digital mammography trial results announced
Preliminary results from a large, clinical trial of digital vs.

Prematurity experts call for targeted research
A March of Dimes expert panel has recommended six priority areas for a more targeted prematurity research agenda.

Study finds overall health and quality of life intact 10 years after stem-cell transplantation
Survivors of stem-cell transplantation for blood cancers can expect to be just about as healthy 10 years later as adults who have never had a transplant, according to a new study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Research Cancer Center.

Wright to study incentive-compatible protocols through NSF grant
Dr. Rebecca Wright, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyber Trust program.

Survey finds many Katrina evacuees had chronic health problems and no health insurance
To give voice to people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing floods, The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a unique survey of evacuees in shelters in the Houston area.
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