Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 27, 1997
Elusive Micrometeorites May Come From Dawn Of Solar System
Millions of incredibly old, minute, previously undetected invaders enter the Earth's atmosphere every day and until recently, no one has been able to track, count or investigate them, according to a Penn State researcher.

Smoking Gun Found For Stroke Culprit: Discovery About Homocysteine May Lead To New Ways Of Treating Strokes
A major risk factor for stroke in young people has been shown to be directly toxic to nerve cells in the brain.

Ocean Circulation, Not Planetary Cycles Moderating Greenland Temperatures
Contrary to popular expectations, Greenland was cooling during the few thousand years before this century, and surprisingly, the winters were cooling more than the summers, according to a Penn State researcher

Newly Identified Tomato Gene Appears Key To Fruit Softening
A gene linked to plant cell elongation also appears to play a key role in fruit ripening and might be useful for engineering hardier varieties of perishable fruit.

OHSU Scientists Discover That Cell's 'Energy Currency' May Also Signal Pain
Oregon Health Sciences University researchers have discovered that ATP acts as a pain messenger in the nervous system.

River Sediment May Hold Key To Land Use Patterns
A record of rainfall, river flow, land use and human migration may be stacked away in the sediments at river mouths, according to Penn State researchers
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