Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 12, 1996
Mystery Of Ancient Port City In Mediterranean May Be Solved
The mystery of why a virtually unknown, 2,400-year- old port city on the Mediterranean Sea was founded, thrived for centuries and then abruptly collapsed may have been solved by a University of Colorado at Boulder historian.

Scientists Make Progress In Gene Therapy For Heart Disease
Johns Hopkins scientists have successfully used a virus to supply a missing gene and its enzyme product to muscle cells in animals and humans for an extended period.

ORNL Signs CRADA With American Magnetics Inc.
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with American Magnetics Inc. of Oak Ridge to produce a new superconducting electric current lead for powering cryogenic systems, which operate at temperatures of -452 degrees Fahrenheit or 4.2 Kelvin.

MRI May Identify Those At High Risk For Heart Attacks, Strokes
Like tiny time bombs, unstable fatty deposits lurk within arteries until breaking off and blocking blood flow to the heart and brain.

Study Shows Triglyceride Poses New Risk for Heart Disease
Triglyceride, a type of blood fat, must be considered more seriously as a risk factor for heart disease, especially at levels that today are thought to be safe, according to a new study

Federal Programs To Improve Corporate Environmental Performance Are Largely Ineffective, RFF Report Finds
Researchers at Resources for the Future have found that leading federal programs that rely on incentives to improve the environmental performance of businesses are doing little to improve the environment or regulatory system, and without legislative reforms and better management, there is little enticement for companies to participate

Power From Plastics: Hopkins Scientists Create All-Polymer Battery
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed an all-plastic battery, rechargeable and environmentally friendly.
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