Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 21, 1996
Value of Biodiversity For New Product Research Found To Offer Few Conservation Incentives
Two new studies by researchers at Resources for the Future suggest conservation advocates may be overstating the promise of biodiversity prospecting -- the search for new products among genes found in wild organisms that may be of potential commercial value -- as a mechanism for financing the conservation of biological diversity

Impact of Meteorites, Drop in Sea Level Caused Mass Extinctions 65 Million Years Ago
The scientific dispute over what caused the extinction of 70 percent of all species worldwide 65 million years ago is closer to a resolution, with new research by scientists from UCLA and the University of Washington.

Gasoline Additive Found In Urban Stormwater Runoff and Ground Water, But Levels Are Low
The gasoline additive MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) was detected in some urban stormwater samples collected in 16 cities and metropolitan areas by the U.S.

Medicinal Leech May Offer Clues To Neural Regeneration
Purdue University researchers have found that nitric oxide synthase, or NOS, is activated when axons are damaged in the medicinal leech, an invertebrate known for its ability to regenerate its neural connections.

Flaw Detection System May Help Save U.S. Textile Jobs
On-line sensors at three United States textile plants are providing information at will help keep textile industry jobs in the U.S. and improve quality of domestically produced fabric.

Green Lantern May Turn Jellyfish Glow Into A Powerful Marker For Studying Expression Of Genes
The new green lantern is a newly described three-dimensional structure of a fluorescent protein found in jellyfish, a structure that looks like a glowing green lantern.

Brain Mapping In Real Time
Scientists at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have linked an MRI scanner with the CRAY T3E supercomputing system, making it possible to see a realistic 3-D image of the brain while the subject is in the scanner.

Duke's Russian Laser Making Ultraviolet Light And Gamma Rays
A record-setting Russian ultraviolet free-electron laser (FEL) has begun operating at its new home at Duke University, where investigators expect to harness it soon for medical research such as improved laser surgical techniques

SOA Releases First Large Claims Study
The Society of Actuaries has released the first study of large health insurance claim data
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