Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 11, 1997
National Science Board To Meet (August 20)
The National Science Board (NSB) will meet on Wednesday, August 20, and Thursday, August 21, 1997 at the National Science Foundation, Room 1235, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia.

Power Interruptions No Problem For New Computer System
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are working with Honeywell Solid State Electronics Center and Nonvolatile Electronics to refine a new type of computer memory that can survive power interruptions.

Aerospace Engineer Finds "Hot" New Ways To Detect Fatigue In Aging Aircraft
University of Cincinnati aerospace engineer Peter Nagy reported at two conferences this summer on the use of heat in detecting early signs of fatigue in aging aircraft.

Livestock Grain Could Feed 800 Million
The United States could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, according to a Cornell University ecologist's analysis of the environmental impact of American agriculture.

Duke Researcher Finds Some Tropical Farming Practices Have Surprising Consequences
A Duke University doctoral student in botany has found that a type of shifting cultivation long practiced on the Indonesian island of Borneo can boost fertility of tropical soils, but apparently only at a cost to tree biodiversity.
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