Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 06, 1997
Yale Sonar Robot Modeled After Bat And Dolphin Echolocation Behavior
A robot inspired by the ability of bats and dolphins to use echoes for locating prey is causing robotics experts to reevaluate the relative merits of sound waves versus camera vision for exploring new environments.

Common Drugs May Prevent Antibiotic-Induced Deafness
University of Michigan scientists have found that iron chelators can prevent deafness in guinea pigs exposed to antibiotics that damage delicate hair cells in the inner ear.

Protein Linked To "Popped" Aneurysm
A chemical version of a

Blood-Thinning Drug May Improve Clot-Busting Treatment, Save Lives
For treating heart attacks, the blood thinner hirulog is better than heparin when added to a

Northwestern University Medical School And Northwestern Memorial Hospital Join Baxter In Transgenic Liver National Research Trial
Researchers at Northwestern announced today that because of the chronic shortage of human donor organs for transplantation, they have joined with Baxter Healthcare Corporation in a nationwide clinical trial using genetically altered (transgenic) pig livers as a temporary

Long-Time NIH Grantee Stanley B. Prusiner Wins Nobel Prize
Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., a long-time grantee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his discovery of an unusual class of infectious particles called prions.

Diabetes Explains Higher Heart Death Rates For Recipients Of Angioplasty
A long-term study shows that individuals whose coronary arteries are obstructed and who are treated with angioplasty have more heart-related deaths than those who undergo bypass surgery.

Accurate "Thermometers" In Space: The State Of Climate Measurement Science
Just how accurate are space-based measurements of the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere?
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