Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 30, 1997
Simple Sound Can Be Really Cool
It's a chilling thought--using a loudspeaker to power your refrigerator, without use of refrigerants that can harm the environment.

Book By Walker And Shipman Wins Major Science Book Award Grand Prize
The General Prize in the 1997 Rhone-Poulenc Prizes for Science Books, which has been described as the most prestigious prize for science writing in the English language worldwide, has been awarded to the Penn State husband-wife team of Alan Walker and Pat Shipman.

Low Levels Of The Fat Cell Hormone Leptin In Amenorrhea
The predictive value of leptin, body mass index, fat mass and precent body fat for a lifetime occurence of amenorrhea was assessed in this study.

Low-Tech Is Best For Averting Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic In Developing World
A wave of cardiovascular disease is poised to sweep through the developing world, and the best way for those countries to cope is not with high-tech medical gadgetry but with low-cost investments in education and prevention programs, says a University of Rochester expert at a meeting this week on preventive cardiology.

Studies At Colorado State University's Animal Tumor Center Point To New Treatments For Cancer In Humans
A pair of veterinary cancer researchers at Colorado State University are studying ways to use a breakthrough treatment that helps eliminate cancer in dogs to treat human cancers, including breast tumors.

Summer Science: Firefly Babies Advertise Their Bitter Taste, UD Researchers Say
As children chase twinkling insects this summer, consider this: Light cues keep predators from snacking on baby fireflies, University of Delaware scientists report in the new Journal of Insect Behavior.

Increased Serotonin Receptor Binding In Specific Brain Areas Of Suicide Victims
There is substantial evidence implicating altered serotonergic function in depression.

Leptin, A Fat Cell Hormone, Is Abnormally Regulated In Anorexia Nervosa
In females with acute anorexia nervosa, plasma leptin concentrations are well below those of controls.

NSF Soliciting Public Comment On Draft GPRA Plan
The National Science Foundation is joining other federal agencies in preparing to implement the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993.

Discovery Of A New Genetic Susceptibility Factor May Improve The Management Of Coronary Heart Disease
An INSERM team has shown that certain coronary events are more likely to recur after initial therapeutic intervention when the patient has a particular variant of the ACE gene.

Low Leptin Levels In Restrained Eaters
Psychometrically defined restrained eaters consume fewer calories, take fewer meals, show higher preference for low calorie foods, have lower energy expenditure, and a higher rate of ovarial dysfunction than unrestrianed eaters.
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