Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 13, 1997
Single Crystals Move More With High Voltage
High voltage causes a family of crystals known as relaxor ferroelectrics to deform 10 times more than any other material currently known, according to a Penn State materials scientist.

Researchers Find Production Point Of Key Protein In Fragile X Syndrome
Efforts to understand the mechanism for the most common cause of genetically inherited mental impairment in males have been bolstered by University of Illinois researchers who have found that the synthesis of a key protein occurs in an unexpected location in the brain.

ORNL Invention Could Make Driving A Little Less Bumpy
A new technique for fixing potholes is being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Chemotherapy Does Not Increase Risk Of Cancer In Offspring Of Patients Treated as Children
A study by researchers at the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute shows chemotherapy given to young cancer patients does not appear to increase the risk of cancer in their offspring.

Hopkins Engineering Undergrads' Inventions: Power Tools For Double Amputee, Military Surveillance Robot
Engineering undergraduates at Johns Hopkins University, including a double leg amputee Army veteran, have invented a device to make it possible for a double arm amputee to work with his power tools unassisted.

Guidelines Offer Ways To Curb Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
Infections caused by organisms that no longer respond to antibiotics are increasing alarmingly fast in hospitals and health care facilities across the nation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill experts say.

Boston University Professors Capture First Image of Hale-Bopp's Three Tails
Boston University astronomers released a composite photograph showing three tails extending from comet Hale-Bopp confirming a discovery made in April by European astronomers at a Canary Islands observatory: the team found the position of Hale-Bopp's sodium gas tail differed from ion and dust tails associated with most comets.

In The Air And On The Ground: Scientists Seek Clues To Better Weather Forecasting
Low-flying planes and an array of new surface gauges in the Walnut River watershed east of Wichita, Kansas, are gathering data from the lowest few thousand feet of the atmosphere to improve weather forecasting.
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