Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 11, 1997
Thyroid Hormones May Influence Neural Function, Study Suggests
Changes in hormones produced by the thyroid gland may influence how certain neurons in the central nervous system function, a new study at Ohio University suggests.

Math Department Culture May Be Key To Student Advancement
Higher math is becoming more essential in more careers, yet too many high school students don't advance beyond first-year algebra.

University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center Researchers Present Preliminary Evidence Demonstrating Gene Expression In World's First Arthritis Gene Therapy
Results of several tests indicate the successful transfer and expression of a therapeutic gene in the world's first arthritis gene therapy patient, according to a presentation by a research team from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Francisco

Most PCBs In The Environment Not As Carcinogenic As Previously Thought, According To New Study From The University Of Georgia
Scientists believe there is little doubt that compounds called PCBs cause cancer in animal studies.

Information Revolution Spreading Beyond Urban Boundaries
Rural America is catching up with urban centers in the information revolution.

Discovery Of Supernova Remnants May Shed Light On Birth Of Stars
New observations reveal that a previously known supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud is, in fact, two colliding supernova remnants, a team of researchers from the University of Illinois reports.

Rice Team Observes Limited Atoms In Bose-Einstein
Of the three teams in the world that can coax the elusive Bose-Einstein condensation into existence, only the Rice University team can make it using atoms that attract each other.

Ultrasound Creates Metal Powders With Potentially Wide Application
Loud sounds can break things -- a fact University of Illinois chemists are using to their advantage.

Gravitomagnetic Induction Predicted From Einstein's Theory
A simple electromagnetic effect discovered in the 19th century may help explain one of the more exotic predictions of Einstein's theory of relativity, a University of Illinois theoretician says.

New Software Improves Accuracy Of Amino Acid Sequence Identification
Researchers at Ohio University have developed computer software that identifies sequences of amino acids in proteins more accurately than current identification software programs.

Unusual Phosphorus Compound Discovered For First Time In Extreme Heat-Loving Bacteria Found On Ocean Floor
Biochemists at the University of Georgia have discovered an unusual phosphorus-containing compound in an extreme heat-loving bacterium -- a discovery that will advance thinking about how life exists near the boiling point in underwater volcanic vents

Scientists Closer To Understanding How Internal Clock Resets
A five-minute flash of light in the night can reset an animal's biological clock, say scientists who report the earliest known molecular change that occurs in the time- shifting pathway, moving them closer to understanding how the adjustment happens.
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