Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 13, 1997
Gold: Life On Mars May Still Exist
Life on Mars probably did and may still exist, a Cornell astronomer says.

Game Use In Children's Therapy Needs Further Study
Thousands of therapists nationwide use board games to help children address problems such as anger, depression, divorce and self-control, but there is little evidence the games are actually therapeutic, according to researchers at Ohio University.

Patient Preferences May Be Key To Why Blacks Receive Less Aggressive Heart Treatment Than Whites
In the most comprehensive study of its kind, Duke University Medical Center cardiologists found that in a group of 12,000 patients, blacks were much less likely to receive heart bypass surgery than whites, and the death rates of blacks were significantly higher.

Key Discovery: Scientists Find Inactive Gene Promotes Cancer
Two years ago, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues demonstrated for the first time that when a tumor-killing gene called p53 becomes inactive, tumors spread aggressively.

Fluctuations In Food Supply Increasing
The world's supply of food grains is fluctuating more from year to year, warn two Stanford economists in the upcoming issue of Population and Development Review.

Pacific Ocean May Slow Global Warming, Lamont-Doherty Scientists Conclude
The Pacific Ocean appears to be slowing -- even regulating -- global warming, scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said.As atmospheric temperatures have risen over the past century, a naturally occurring air-ocean circulation system in the tropical Pacific has sped up -- redistributing heat to regions where it dissipates more easily

Most Significant Earthquakes Of '96 Rattled China, Indonesia
China and Indonesia suffered the deadliest and most destructive earthquakes in 1996, while the U.S. remained relatively quiet according to scientists at the U.S.

Researchers Reveal Architecture Of Protein From First Known Oncogene: Three-D View Of Molecular Switch Assists Drug Development, Basic Science
The crystal structure of Src, a protein produced by the first known cancer-causing gene, has been revealed by Howard Hughes and Harvard Medical School researchers in the highest resolution ever for a protein of its class.
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