Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 24, 1997
New, Environmentally Friendly Technique For Separating Liquids Invented At UNC-CH
An 'exciting' new industrial process for separating liquid chemicals from one another -- a technique that promises to cut release of toxic substances into the environment -- has been developed by chemists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues.

Stiffening The Spines Of Large Space Structures
Stanford doctoral student E. Harrison Teague has developed a dynamic control system for large, flexible space structures that prevents destructive vibrations.

Research Indicates Earth's Moon May Have Formed In Year Or Less
New computer simulations by a team of scientists working at the University of Colorado at Boulder indicate a disk of debris orbiting Earth early in its history may have taken less than a year to coalesce into the moon we see today.

Plant-Based Therapies Examined For Colon Cancer Prevention
Three plant-derived therapies will be tested at The Rockefeller University in New York City for their ability to prevent colorectal cancer, which afflicts 150,000 Americans annually.

Mark Schaefer Named Interim Director Of USGS
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt today announced the selection of Dr.

National Science Foundation Awards Williams College $240,000 For Biochemical Research
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $240,000 to Deborah Weiss at Williams College.

"Radar Flashight" Would Give Police Edge In Finding Hidden Suspects
A prototype RADAR flashlight that can detect a human's presence through walls and doors could one day be used by police officers, prison guards and others to make their jobs safer.

New Book Explores, Explodes Stereotypes About Women In Mathematics
Based on a series of 10 intensive interviews with prominent women mathematicians throughout the United States, WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS: THE ADDITION OF DIFFERENCE, by Claudia Henrion, investigates the role of gender in the complex relationship between mathematicians, the mathematical community, and mathematics itself. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to