Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 19, 1997
Medical School Aims To Produce More Sensitive, More Caring Physicians
The University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is developing a model program to train prospective doctors how to empathize and communicate with their patients.

Waltzing With A Black Hole: Model Shows How Star May Trigger Bursts Of Radiation
University of Wisconsin-Madison physicists have created a model that seeks to explain a conundrum of modern astrophysics -- the origin of mysterious bursts of gamma rays that appear uniformly across the sky on an average of once a day.

National Science Foundation Awards $900,000 To UB Center To Study Chemical Sensitivities, Airborne Contagions
The Industry/University Center for Biosurfaces, headquartered at the University at Buffalo, has received a $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to expand its research on airborne contagions and their effects on cardiovascular and respiratory health.

ORNL Technology Helping N.Y. Company Battle Piracy
A new counterfeit-deterrence system has been developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Infants Have Keen Memory For Learning Words
Experimental psychologists have discovered that babies as young as 8 months are quite good at learning and remembering words.

Gene For Last Major Form Of Batten Disease Discovered
The discovery of the gene and protein responsible for most cases of late infantile Batten disease is reported in the September 19, 1997, issue of Science.

Engineering Animation, Inc. Uses 3D Technology To Visualize Geological Wonders For Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History
Visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History can learn about geology--from crystalline structures and volcanic eruptions, to asteroid impacts and plate techtonics--with 3D interactive multimedia stations infused throughout the museum's new Geology, Gems and Minerals exhibit which opens to the public Saturday, September 20th.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Massive Fireball
Dr. Dale Frail and Dr. Greg Taylor of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory today disclosed the results of the first radio astronomy observations of a gamma ray burst.

Sniffing Danger: Sandia Tests Explosive Detection Portal At Airport
Some airline passengers visiting the main security checkpoint at the Albuquerque International Airport this week are being asked to try out tomorrow's technology for combating terrorism - an

CTC Visualizations Help Ecologists See The Forest And The Trees
Visualiations done at the Cornell Theory Center are incorporated into Science's first peer-reviewed article written exclusively as a WWW publication.

Tractor Drivers Soon May Say, "Look, Ma! No Hands!"
Future farmers of America may never have to learn to drive a tractor.
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