Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 18, 1997
UMass Polymer Scientist's Work In Surfaces Has Far-Reaching Implications
A University of Massachusetts professor has found a way to endow surfaces with precise qualities, such as their degrees of polarity or water absorption -- and all on a molecular scale.

Govnews Project Takes Democracy Into Cyberspace
The International GovNews Project has announced a special government category on the Internet's Usenet news system.

Malnutrition Impacts Longevity Of Females More Than Males And Shows Gender Differences In Fruit Flies
Diet can change the rate of aging in fruit flies, even reversing the normal longevity advantage of females over males, according to a population study by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

Full Scale Expedition Launched This Month At Newly Discovered Columbus-Era Tribal Sites
Archaeological reseachers this month resumed their exploration of recently discovered underwater and land sites used by a little-known tribe that was the first to encounter Columbus and other Europeans in the New World.

European Science Association Founded
Euroscience, a European association open to scientists and other citizens concerned by science and technology--came into being on March 15, 1997 with the holding of its constituent assembly in Strasbourg.

Time In The Lab Pays Off For UMass Bio Grads
University of Massachusetts biology students who spend time in the research lab significantly increase their chances of being happy in the work world after they graduate, according to a survey of the class of '96

Columbia Astronomer's Nighttime Irregulars Aid Science With Backyard Telescopes
Columbia astronomer Joseph Patterson heads the Center for Backyard Astrophysics, a network of experienced amateurs with their own equipment, to help observe cataclysmic binary stars.

Magnesium In CPR Benefits Brains, Not Hearts
Researchers have discovered that the use of magnesium during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) appears to benefit the brains of patients, not their hearts.Physicians at Duke University Medical Center found that an injection of magnesium during CPR does not help restart the heart, as was commonly believed, but seemed to protect neurological functioning in those who recovered.

Chronic Disability Among Older People In The United States Continues To Drop
Chronic disability among older people in the United States continues to decline, which could have major policy implications for the federal government's health programs, according to three Duke University researchers

Down Syndrome Babies Helped By Earlier Walking Intervention
In a new type of research utilizing a therapeutic, non- surgical approach called
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