Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 09, 1997
Possibility Of Venus Harboring Life May Not Be So Far-Fetched, Says Prof
Despite recent reports of possible fossils in Martian meteorites, Venus, not Mars, may hold the most promise for harboring life elsewhere in our solar system, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder professor.

Astronomers Take Unusual Ultraviolet Image Of Orion
Johns Hopkins astronomers, using a satellite built for ballistic missile tracking research, have taken an unusual image of the constellation Orion that may offer new insights about a bright region where new stars are forming.

New Study Finds Substance That Helps Working Memory Work Better
The drug, physostigmine, when administered to people by infusion in laboratory tests, aids and improves performance of everyday working memory according to a new study from the National Institute on Aging.

New Book Reveals Scientific Controversy Surrounding Turin Shroud
A University of Rochester physicist who took his quest to determine the age of the famed Turin Shroud all the way to the pope, has published a book recounting the remarkable clash between science and religion that he witnessed in the struggle to subject Jesus' purported burial cloth to the rigors of modern carbon dating.

Smoking Galaxy Weaves Web Of 'Pollution' - And A Mystery
Where there is smoke, there is fire. And when a galaxy smokes, supernovas are usually involved, or so astronomers thought.

New Mice Provide Best Model Yet For Study Of Prostate Cancer
Researches at the University of Rochester have created transgenic mice that express human prostate-specific antigen (PSA) almost exclusively in their prostates, exactly like human males, providing scientists with the best animal model yet in their search for a more effective treatment for prostate cancer.

New Book Studies Scientific Thinking By Nonscientists
Ordinary people are much more adept at scientific reasoning than most psychological literature gives them credit for, argues a Cornell University expert in cognitive development in a new book,
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