Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 15, 1996
POWERDIGM Switch Improves Power Quality, To Be Installed At Ford Motor Co.
The Electric Power Research Institute will demonstrate a PowerDigm solid-state transfer switch at the Ford Motor Company.

Inner-City Residents At Risk For Rat-Borne Bacterial Disease
Residents of deteriorating inner cities are a newly identified population at risk for a bacterial disease carried by rats, according to a Nov.

Chinese Discovery Shows Famous Fossil Not Ancestor Of Modern Birds
CHAPEL HILL -- By studying fossils newly found in northeast China, scientists have discovered that Archaeopterx -- the famous link between birds and reptiles -- did not give rise to modern birds some 150 million years ago as most experts had thought

Scientists Locate Parkinson's Gene
Scientists have pinpointed the location of a gene they believe is responsible for some cases of Parkinson's disease.

New Laser Technique Will Help Scientists Learn More About Forest Changes
A technique for gaining a three-dimensional picture of forest canopies may help answer both needs of forest managers and questions about the relationship between forests and global climate change.

Process Tracks Circuit Board Warpage To Improve Quality
A patented technique for detecting warpage in printed circuit boards could help manufacturers avoid design problems and reduce costs from damaged boards.

NIH and UMDNJ Researchers Localize Gene For Parkinson's Disease
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) have localized the gene responsible for Parkinson's disease in a large family with many cases of the illness.

Potential Weight-Loss Drug May Be Linked To Adult Diabetes
Leptin, the protein that made headlines two years ago when it was found to reduce obesity in mice, may be a cause of adult-onset diabetes in humans, according to a new Weizmann Institute of Science study

Glimpsing the Phantom Channel/Harvard Medical School Researchers Take First Peek At Molecule Thought To Ferry Proteins Across Membranes
A Harvard Medical School researcher has captured an image√Ďand an understanding√Ďof an all-important molecular channel that is central to protein trafficking and secretion in cells of organisms ranging from bacteria to mammals.
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