Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 16, 1997
Tiny Coated Beads Could 'Explosively' Release Drugs On Cue Within Tumors
Researchers at Duke University and Access Pharmaceutical Inc. of Dallas, Texas, are jointly devising microscopic beads that can dump drugs directly onto tumors by mimicking the way substances are secreted within cells

Tornado Sensor May Become Reality
Residents of tornado-prone areas across the country may soon be able to purchase an inexpensive form of protection that will warn them when a tornado is approaching

New Polymer Diode Is The First To Emit Light Of Many Colors
Materials scientists have developed a new polymer-based light-emitting diode (LED) that can change color with the ease of a chameleon.

Molecular Gates Show Promise For Drug Delivery
A graduate student at Purdue University has developed a gel-like material that may someday be used to deliver insulin to diabetic patients in a way that mimics the natural response of the body - by responding to changing glucose levels in the blood

Isle Royale Moose Continue Decline
After several years of concern about whether wolves would survive the ravages of canine parvovirus on Isle Royale National Park, park officials and researchers have now turned the focus of their attention to the island's moose herd.

Transmission Of Viruses Via Food Not Uncommon
Hepatitis A and gastroenteritis (Norwalk and Norwalk-like) viruses have become common causes of foodborne illness.

Retrovirus Transforms Normal Animal Cells Into Cancer Cells, Finds University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Researchers
The first evidence that a retrovirus causes melanoma development is being presented by University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute researchers on April 16 at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in San Diego.

Duke Researchers Find That Brain Wiring Depends On Orchestrated Stimulation Of Nerve Cells
In animal studies, neurobiologists at Duke University Medical Center have found that the ability of mammals to correctly perceive the world depends on internally generated patterns of electrical activity that occur even before they open their eyes for the first time

Licorice Prevents Cholesterol Build-Up
Scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered an ingredient in the root of the licorice plant that prevents the build-up of cholesterol in the arteries.

Cockpit Display System Could Reduce Mid-Air Collisions
A cockpit display system being developed at Michigan Technological University would alert pilots of small planes about other aircraft in the vicinity and drastically reduce the number of mid-air collisions.
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