Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 20, 2006
New software tool helps protect nation's drinking water
In the United States, hundreds of thousands of bodies of surface water -- like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs -- help supply the American public with its drinking water.

Hazard mitigation can save money
An ounce of prevention may actually be worth a pound of cure, especially if the actions taken are to reduce losses from natural hazards, such as tornados, hurricanes or flooding, according to a Penn State researcher.

How Science Works and How Can It Inform Policy?
The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School invites you to attend the following briefing co-sponsored by Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN); Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Senator Barack Obama (D-IL).

Major new awards program honors cancer researcher
Joan Massagu├ę, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, is the first winner of a new prize designed to honor foreign-born biomedical researcher in the US.

For orthopedic injuries, a robot that follows patients as they move
The MRI and CT scan may one day have a robotic cousin capable of following and peering into patients as they move around.

Elsevier celebrates 1,000 journals with online submission and peer review
Elsevier announced that 1,000 journals are now using the successful online submission and peer review tool, Elsevier Editorial System (EES).

Spacecraft, heal thyself
Building spacecraft is a tough job. They are precision pieces of engineering that have to survive in the airless environment of space, where temperatures can swing from hundreds of degrees Celsius to hundreds of degree below zero in moments.

Early release article from Annals of Internal Medicine
Three case reports of liver problems after taking the antibiotic telithromycin (Ketek®) are reported in Annals of Internal Medicine today.

Metabolic syndrome identified as risk factor for kidney-pancreas transplant patients
A three-year multi-center study of kidney-pancreas transplant recipients has identified a new risk factor for impaired kidney function, which may help physicians refine their treatment strategies.

Magnetic misfits: South seeking bacteria in the Northern Hemisphere
Magnetotactic bacteria contain chains of magnetic iron minerals that allow them to orient in the earth's magnetic field much like living compass needles.

From mirror to mist: Cracking the secret of fracture instabilities
When materials break and cracks propagate, bonds between atoms are broken, generating two new material surfaces.
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