Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 05, 1997
Researchers Develop Superior Method For Producing Butanol
Butanol producers may return to the corn fields following a dramatic improvement in the fermentation process that is making the corn-based version of the chemical more than 60 percent cheaper to produce than with traditional fermentation processes.

Trojan Horse Virus Controls Hiv Infection
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) grantees at Yale University have converted a common livestock virus into a Trojan horse that selectively targets HIV- infected cells and then destroys them.

Molecular Piracy Turns Protein Into Traitor
An act of molecular piracy may put Glaxo Wellcome scientists on the track of drugs that would prevent HIV from entering human cells.

New State Of Matter Found In High-Temperature Superconductors
Experiments on yttrium-barium-copper-oxide superconductors have generated a clearer understanding of the peculiar behavior of this unconventional behavior.

Study Sheds Light On Behavior Of Middle-Age 'Undertaker' Bees
Some 1 percent of middle-age bees have a dirty job as undertakers, and University of Illinois research shows that those who remove the dead from the hives appear to be a distinct cadre of workers who are developmentally ahead of their peers.

New Way To Make Chips Could Lead To More Powerful Computers
A novel method of making computer chips could produce personal computers that would be a thousand times more powerful than today's desktops, says a University of Illinois scientist.

Monterey Bay Aquarium And Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute To Host Eighth Deep-Sea Biology Symposium
An international symposium cosponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium will feature more than 150 scientific presentations on the deep sea.

Interpersonal Violence Leads To More Use Of Health Services; Range Of Problems Arises In Future Years, Researchers Find
Victims of rape and other interpersonal violence are more likely than non-victims to develop health problems and to increase their use of health care services in future years.

Temperature Of Pacific Ocean Influences Midwest Rains, Scholar Says
A correlation between summertime sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and precipitation rates in the Midwest may lead to improved seasonal predictions of drought and flood potentials, say researchers at the University of Illinois.

New Endowment Will Enable Ut Southwestern To Offer Young Scientists A Rare Opportunity
A new $50 million endowment program will enable UT Southwestern to continually support 20 of the best and brightest young medical faculty in the world.

American Heart Association Asks: Do 500,000 Women Really Have To Die Each Year?
News announcement and ceremony to launch the American Heart Association's three-year national educational campaign targeting women and their risk for heart disease and stroke.

Computer Model Offers New Insight On Bacterial Photosynthesis
Using advanced computer modeling and bacteria gathered from mud, University of Illinois scientists have shed new light on one of Earth's most efficient photosynthetic systems.

Planned Burning In Forests A Boon To Several Species Of Birds In Illinois
Intentional burning in oak savannas is helping many bird populations, such as the red-headed woodpecker, based on preliminary findings of a three-year study in Illinois.
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