Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 20, 1996
Diffusion Of Technology, Economic Incentives For Reducing Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Examined By Policy Experts From China, Japan, And U.S.
Climate change policy experts from China, Japan, and Resources for the Future in the United States are investigating innovative and cost-effective options for reducing global levels of greenhouse gases to identify how international cooperative efforts might be structured

Imperiled Shorebird Struggles For Recovery
Results just released by the USGS's Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, indicate that the 1996 International Piping Plover Census, the most extensive endangered species census in North America, accounted for 5,837 breeding plovers scattered primarily across beaches in 20 Great Plains, Great Lakes, and Atlantic states and nine Canadian provinces -- a seven percent increase in the Piping Plover population over the last census carried out in 1991

B Cells Enjoy A Cellular Second Childhood
Challenging a fundamental tenets of immunology, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered that mature B cells can rearrange their own genetic material when confronted by unfamiliar antigens.

Mechanism For Disease Resistance Identified In Plants
A molecular mechanism for plant disease resistance has been identified for the first time by two separate research teams at the University of California's Davis and Berkeley campuses and at Purdue University.

Urbanized Watersheds More Sensitive To Climate Change
A regional investigation of stream flow in urbanized areas could help planners, hydrologists and climate modelers decipher future effects of increased precipitation and temperatures, according to a Penn State researcher.

Company To Develop UNC-CH Invention For Genetic Detection
A chemistry associate professor's invention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has spawned a new company that plans to develop and market a diagnostic kit for genetically detecting cancers and hundreds of different infectious agents

NHLBI/HCFA Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Study Participants Announced
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) today announced the selection of the 18 medical centers and the data coordinating center that will conduct the first multi-center trial of lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS).

Scientists At UNC-CH Discover Way Of Reducing Organic Solvent Wastes
Large volumes of organic and other solvent wastes released into the environment each year by manufacturers and other industries could be reduced by adopting a new chemical technology developed by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues, the scientists say.

MIT Research Offers Insights On How Brain Processes Visual Information
MIT scientists have discovered that an area of the brain previously thought to process only simple visual information also tackles complex images.

Researchers Find How Disease-resistant Plants Recognize Bacteria
Scientists at Purdue University have uncovered how plants that are resistant to disease recognize disease-causing microbes, a development that experts predict will lead to crops that are better able to resist disease naturally.

Sex Hormone Disorder Yields Important Clues To Mechanisms Underlying Steroid Hormone Synthesis
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and UCSF have clarified the molecular mechanisms underlying a rare disease in which genetically male newborns are born with female external genitalia.
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