Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 23, 1997
Model May Explain "Super-Rotation" Of Earth's Core
Johns Hopkins geophysicists have developed a model that may help explain recent findings that suggest the Earth's solid inner core rotates faster than the rest of the planet

Laser Microscope At Cornell Images Serotonin In Live Cells
Cornell researchers, using a non-linear laser-microscope technology developed at Cornell, have produced images displaying the neurotransmitter serotonin in live cells in real time, and they have for the first time measured the concentration of serotonin in secretory granules.

Managing For Many Species Crucial To Head Off Threats Of Extinction, Says Director Of National Biological Service
Managing for a single endangered species may put other species at risk and is no longer a reasonable policy option, according to a paper published today in the journal Science

UNESCO Director-General Urges Greater Role For Scientists In Public Policy
UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor today called on scientists to help shape public policy at all levels of society on the eve of a new century and pledged the Organization's support in this endeavour, at the inaugural meeting of UNESCO's International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB)

Pulling Strings To Build A Better Brain
A developing infant's brain may fold into a compact shape because its cells behave like rubber bands, says a Washington University scientist who presents his idea that mechanical tension might shape the brain in the Jan.

Logging Issues Not Clear Cut, Say Conservationists
An unlikely tool to save tropical forest wildlife may be the chainsaw, according to participants of a forest-diversity workshop, organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Scientists To Discuss Chemokine Receptor Research
Within the past year, a steady succession of studies have implicated molecules known as chemokine receptors as the long-sought co-factors that enable HIV to enter and infect immune system cells.

Community Impact Of Proposed Dam In Thailand Studied
As rising populations and growing economies in Southeast Asia demand more water for residential, industrial and agricultural uses, researchers from Resources for the Future in the United States and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand are collaborativelyinvestigating the impact of a proposed dam in northern Thailand on local forest communities -- an impact that is often not considered in development planning in the region

Socially Dominant Men at Greater Risk for Early Death
Men who monopolize conversations, interrupt others and excessively compete for attention -- a personality trait known as social dominance -- have a higher rate of early death than men who have a more relaxed approach to communicating, according to Michael Babyak, a researcher at Duke University Medical Center

Astrophysicist Finds New Scientific Meaning in Shakespeare's Hamlet
A paper read at the January meeting of the American Astronomical Society offers a new interpretation of Shakespeare's play Hamlet: that Hamlet is an allegory for the competition between two cosmological theories. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to