Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 20, 1996
Brain Reprograms Quickly For Altered Gravity Environments
Contradicting assumptions that Earth gravity is hard-wired into the central nervous system, the human brain is surprisingly competent at reprogramming movement and orientation in altered gravity environments

Purdue Researchers Build Ultrasmall Electrical Device
A group of Purdue University researchers has for the first time created a structure - made from tiny clusters of gold atoms - that conducts electricity by allowing electrons to

Key Molecular Player In Origin Of Life Seen In Atomic Detail For First Time
A team of U.S. researchers has cracked the three-dimensional atomic structure of a large molecule of the genetic material RNA, a feat that has implications both for the origins of life and for future biomedical research.

Teaching Old Watchdogs New Tricks
A Kansas State University analytical chemist wants to scrub the persistent problem of too-high pesticide residues on Central American fruits and vegetables shipped to the United States.

Alaska's R&D Programs Face Unprecedented Cuts Under Proposed Federal Budget Plans
Alaska's dependence upon federal funding for research may be significantly impacted under proposed reductions to federal R&D programs, according to a new report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

New Clues To Origin Of Life Could Benefit Genetic Engineering: 3-D Structure Of A Large Portion Of An RNA Enzyme Solved
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? A possible solution to this ancient evolutionary riddle is found in a single class of molecules that appears to have functioned figuratively as both chicken and egg early in the evolution of life, perhaps evenproviding the first method for primitive cells to reproduce

UW Psychologists Develop First Reproducible Method Showing Subliminal Messages Can Influence Behavior, Thought Processes
Ever since a New York motivational researcher claimed 40 years ago that he could persuade drive-in theater patrons to purchase popcorn and Coca-Cola with

ORNL's Colorful Nanocrystals Could Lead To Faster Computers
Using an accelerator, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can implant gold ions in high concentrations in glass surface layers, creating a variety of striking colors.
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