Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 19, 1996
Robots, Virtual Reality & Other "Smart" Tools Soon Will Help Physicians Heal Patients
Voice-controlled surgical instruments; navigational systems to guide surgical tools; three-dimensional images projected onto patients in the operating room; and physicians thousands of miles apart participating in live surgery -- these are among early 21st century technologies doctors and engineers are dreaming about and developing now

Christmas Bird Count: Another Holiday Tradition
To make it easier for couch potato bird watchers, 30 years of counting is now available on the World Wide Web.

Disease Resistance Mechanism Identified in Plants
A molecular mechanism for plant disease resistance has been identified for the first time by researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Ongoing Study Finds Obesity More Disabling For Blacks Than Whites
Obese blacks face a 30 percent greater risk of experiencing physical disabilities because of their weight than whites, according to researchers at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

World's Experts Plan Global Locator Service For Environmental Information
Experts from around the world have agreed on a standard for locating information, whether held in libraries, data centers, or published on the Internet.

Risk of Dying Increases If Non-Specialist Treats Heart Attack
Elderly patients treated in a hospital for a heart attack were 12 percent less likely to die from the ailment if their doctor was a cardiologist rather than a primary care physician, a Duke University Medical Center study has shown

Growth Rate Of World Wide Web May Be Slowing; Survey Finds Privacy & Censorship Concerns
The rapid expansion of the World Wide Web may be slowing, data from a well-respected on-line survey suggests.
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