Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 30, 1997
Key Step In Activating Immune System Discovered
A gene that plays a key role in activating the immune system -- and perhaps also in spurring on the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS -- has been discovered and cloned by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Penn State Wetlands Project Seeks Scientific Evaluation Criteria
Discussion of a program that will evaluate and catagorize the different types of wetlands in Pennsylvania with application to the mid-Atlantic states

Major Changes In Mineral Chemistry And Properties At High Pressure Seen
Changes in the magnetic structure of minerals at high pressures might have significant implications for the structure and evolution of the Earth and may have a significant impact on the planet's magnetic field.

Adoptive Parents Favor Opening Sealed Records
Parents of adopted children in New York are overwhelmingly in favor of laws that allow adult adoptees access to information in their birth certificates about their birth parents, according to a new Cornell University study

Allergy Shots Not Helpful For Many Children With Asthma And Allergy
Johns Hopkins researchers have resolved a longstanding controversy by showing that allergy shots add little or no benefit to standard drug treatment for children with year-round moderate to severe asthma

Sandia National Laboratories To Test Law Enforcement Technologies For U.S. Department Of Justice
The National Institute of Justice announced this week that it has signed an agreement with Sandia National Laboratories to research and develop security technologies.

On-Line Inspection System Uses Neural Nets, Wavelets & Fuzzy Logic To Improve Textiles
An automated on-line inspection system that uses advanced vision technology, neural networks, fuzzy logic and wavelets to quickly identify defects in fabric has been successfully tested at an Alabama textile manufacturing plant.
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