Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 22, 1996
First Dynamic Voltage Restorer Enters Utility Service
A new device keeps sensitive industrial equipment operating through voltage fluctuations to maintain profits

Cornell Scientists Find Way To Boost Rice Crop Yield -- They'll Walk On The Wild Side
Cornell University plant breeders have located two QTLs in the genome of the wild rice O. rufipogon which, when transferred to the domestic Oryza sativa rice, boost production 15 to 17 percent

SRI International Will Operate Radio Telescope To Test Mars Global Surveyor Spacecraft Signals
On November 24-26, SRI International will operate a radio telescope and 150-foot parabolic reflector antenna to test UHF communication signals to and from the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

Prostate Cancer Gene Location Found On Chromosome 1
Researchers at the National Center for Human Genome Research, Johns Hopkins University and Umea University, Umea, Sweden, have identified the location of the first major gene that predisposes men to prostate cancer.

First Common Genetic Mutations Found In Sporadic ALS Patients
Johns Hopkins researchers have identified two genetic mutations that appear to cause or contribute to nearly half of all non-inherited cases of the deadly muscle disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease

Recruiting Mole-Rats
Naked mole-rat

EUV Explorer Satellite Discovers Huge, Unexplained New Gas Component In Clusters Of Galaxies
Extreme ultraviolet observations of two massive nearby clusters of galaxies reveal a vast cloud of unsuspected

Cocaine Self-Administration Alters Gene Expression
Scientists at Yerkes Primate Research Center of Emory University reveal at this week's Society for Neuroscience meeting that cocaine significantly alters the activity of nearly 20 genes in the brain, many of which have never before been identified

Natural Estrogen Reduces Stroke Damage In Female Animals
Johns Hopkins scientists have shown that natural levels of estrogen offer females three times more protection against brain damage from strokes than their estrogen-lacking male counterparts

Biochemists Unveil The Molecular Dance Of An Antibiotic And The Bacterium It Attacks
Scientists have exposed for the first time the precise interactions between a common class of antibiotics and the vital machinery in bacteria that they disable, setting the stage for targeted efforts by researchers to design new and more effective drugs
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