Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 01, 1996
EPRI Pilots New Water System For Healthier Habitats
Animals at the Central Park Wildlife Center in New York City will soon get a cleaner, healthier habitat with the introduction of a state-of-the-art electric-based water system, which uses ozone rather than chlorine to purify the Center's aquatic exhibts.

OHSU Researchers Find Estrogen/Progestin Therapy More Beneficial Than Estrogen Alone
Researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University have discovered that a new hormonal drug combination allows post-menopausal women to get the benefits of estrogen without experiencing the side effects of menses-like bleeding.

A Surgical Semiconductor Laser With More Precision And Power
By making some simple modifications to semiconductor lasers, a pair of University of Rochester researchers has devised a way to make them perform with the power and precision that laser surgeons routinely demand.

WSU Scientist Discovers Compounds To Limit Lung Disease
A Wichita State University distinguished professor has developed two new classes of organic compounds that show promise in limiting damage caused by lung disease and possibly other inflammatory diseases.

Gene Identified For Most Common Form Of Fanconi Anemia
The gene involved in the most common form of an inherited, often fatal disease called Fanconi anemia, which causes severe bone marrow failure, birth defects and a type of leukemia, has been isolated and cloned by scientists in an international consortium of six centers, including The Rockefeller University.

Elephants, Gold, Singing Boys And Red Coral: Ancient Port Offers Lessons For Today's Traders, Archaeologists Say
Elephants, gold, singing boys and a host of other commodities moved through the ancient Ptolemaic-Roman port of Berenike from at least the third century B.C. until the late fifth or sixth centuries A.D.

Electric Vehicle Advanced Battery R&D Moves To Phase II
The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), comprised of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Big Three U.S. automakers, and the U.S.

A New "Phantom" For Testing The Vision Of Ultrasound Scanners
Two University of Rochester researchers have invented a new

Genes Found For Two Syndromes Involving Skin-Color Disorders
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical School found genes for two disorders involving skin-color defects--Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome and Chediak-Higashi syndrome--on consecutive days.

Current Economic Growth Cannot Last Forever -- Ecological Economics & Sustainability
This special section of the journal Ecological Applications contains six papers that lay out the problems and challenges of developing an integration of ecology and economics for achieving the goal of sustainablilty.

Scientists Identify Retrovirus-Like Components In Corn Genome
A Purdue University study of the corn plant found that more than half its genome is made up of mobile DNA fragments, many of which appear to come from retroviruses.

Is There Really A Gene For Personality?
There have been recent reports of an association between between a particular form of the dopamine D4 receptor gene and personality characteristics.

Global Demands for Fish Farming Lures Power Industry to Pilot New Businesses
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the R&D arm of the electricity industry, is developing new opportunities using electric-based technologies, including waste heat from power plants, to support a rapidly growing aquaculture industry
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