Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 04, 1996
Mountains Play Major Role In Midwestern Winters
Mountains play a loftier role in the earth's weather than once thought.

Faucets That Drip Automatically Could End Burst Pipes In Winter
Every home should have some leaky faucets, say University of Illinois researchers who have invented one.

Physicians Campaign Doomed Practice Of Midwifery
Why and how did midwives disappear from the United States by 1930?

Tiny Lab Twisters May Hold Clues To Early Detection Of Tornadoes
University of Colorado at Boulder researchers are comparing sound waves from tiny laboratory tornadoes with those from full-sized Front Range twisters, a project that could lead to the development of better tornado warning systems

Virtual Screening For Colon Cancer
Biomedical engineers are using virtual reality imaging to develop a colon cancer screening test that is more comfortable, convenient and less expensive than the standard exam, which many Americans avoid.

Scarcity Of Illinois Prairie Chickens Tied To Lack Of Genetic Diversity
An endangered grasslands bird species that the state of Illinois is attempting to save the greater prairie chicken used to part of the stronger populations in other Midwest states but has been weakened by a loss of genetic diversity.

Global Change Research Should Focus On Rainfall, Not Temperature
Climate change researchers are focused too much on temperature change and should be more concerned with predicting variations in rainfall patterns, says an internationally recognized expert on global change.

Study On Aneurysm Formation Points To Enzyme Activity
A study of aneurysm patients showed a significant increase of activity involving an enzyme called gelatinase.

Scientists Find Better Way To Detect Illness-Causing Bacterium In Food
Scientists are zeroing in on a fast, reliable method to detect the presence of a bacterium, Clostridium perfringens, that thrives in meat and in injuries suffered by humans and animals

Carbon Fiber's Microstructure Linked To Absorption Properties
Activated carbon is commonly used to trap contaminants in a variety of products ranging from air to whiskey.

Field Mice Migration Study Could Help Conservation
In the first findings of a unique on-going experiment that may provide ecological insights needed for animal conservation, tiny prairie voles adjusted to both immigration and emigration among different habitats to maintain a stable overall population.
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