Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 31, 1997
Colorado State University Researchers Find No Link Between Moderate Red Wine Consumption And Weight Gain
Love wine with dinner but you're on a diet? A study by two Colorado State researchers concludes that calories from red wine do not cause weight gain, possibly because calories from alcohol are metabolized differently than food calories.

University of Georgia Scientists Describe First Structure Of A Family Of Enzymes Important In Plants And Animals
Biochemists at the University of Georgia have for the first time described the crystal structure of an enzyme crucial to an important class of organic chemicals called aldehydes

Discovery May Be "Smoking Gun" In Gamma Ray Burst Mystery
An international team of university and NASA astronomers have detected a flash of light from a distant galaxy - a sentinel that may definitively solve a 30-year mystery in astrophysics by demonstrating that cosmic gamma-ray bursts come from the distant reaches of the universe.

ORNL Pellet Blaster Makes Paint Stripping Quicker, Safer
The cryogenic pellet accelerator, developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, shoots about 25,000 frozen carbon dioxide pellets per second at speeds up to 330 meters per second.

Weizmann Institute At The Hub Of Bioinformatics Network For Eastern Europe And Asia
Scientists thoughout Asia and Eastern Europe will soon be able to plug into the vast molecular biology resouces available on-line, thanks to an international UNESCO-sponsored computer network inaugurated on March 31 at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Geophysicists Find Molten Zone Beneath Tibet
Geophysicists have discovered a pool of partially molten granite, a possible result of the Indian subcontinent√Ęs 50-million-year-old thrust under Asia, underneath southwestern Tibet.
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