Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 09, 1997
U.S. Literacy: UD Educator Cites "Huge Inequalities" In Reading Performance
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Only Finnish children read better than U.S. kids--yet, too many 17-year-old minority children read at roughly the same level as the average 13-year-old white child, a University of Delaware educator reported July 10, when he urged U.S. policymakers to help correct such

Heart Attack Survivors With Antibodies To Common Respiratory Infection Are At Increased Risk For Additional Heart Problems, Antibiotic Slashes Risk
British researchers say they have demonstrated for the first time that signs of a common respiratory infection can be a useful yardstick for predicting whether survivors of heart attack will suffer another attack, which may be fatal, or need treatment to restore blood flow to their hearts.

Single Polymers: They Vibrate Harmoniously, Unknot Unpredictably
Stanford researchers studying the behavior of single polymers are finding some suprises: DNA strands vibrate with an uncanny similarity to a guitar string and knotted DNA unravels with remarkable individuality.

Major International Neurosonology Meeting In Winston-Salem August 12-17 To Push Back The Frontiers Of Ultrasound
The latest developments in ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, strokes and a panoply of other diseases will be discussed next month at the Seventh Meeting of the Neurosonology Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology.

Researchers To Study How Paper Industry Can Reduce Water And Chemical Use
Two Savannah River Ecology Laboratory reseachers are among four scientists who have been awarded a $115,000 grant to study how the nation's paper inductry can reduce its need for water and chemicals.

Bilinguals Devote Distinct Areas Of The Brain To Native And Second Languages
In a study that sheds new light on how the brain organizes language, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center report in the July 10 issue of the British journal Nature that the organization of the brain's language- production region in bilingual individuals is directly related to whether they learned a second language as toddlers (simultaneously with their native language) or as young adults.
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