Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 09, 1997
Penn Scientists Develop Novel Procedure To Make Cancer Vaccines
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center researchers have devised a unique and rapid way to transform plentiful monocytes into battle-ready dendritic cells to make a new kind of cancer vaccine.

Purdue Study Finds Prehistoric Couch Potato
Tyrannosaurus rex may have had a sedentary cousin that might better have been called Ty-sit-osaurus.

Challenges And Visions: Chemical Research- 2000 And Beyond
Six Nobel laureates in the field of chemistry will join leaders in industry and academia to discuss the direction of chemistry in the future.

Long-Term Vitamin C Use Cuts Cataract Risk In Older Women
BETHESDA--Researchers have shown that taking vitamin C supplements for more than 10 years lowers risk of lens opacities that can lead to cataract surgery in older women.

War Zone Could Promote Peace By Conserving Environment
In the current issue of Science magazine (Oct. 10), Penn State scientist Ke Chung Kim, professor of entomology, recommends the official conversion of the DMZ into a system of bioreserves that would offer havens for rare and endangered species of animals and plants, as well as an economic boost for North and South Korea.

Designer Antibodies: Cell Repair Mechanism Promises Immune System Control
Mature B cells have a repair mechanism that reactivates the process of genetic recombination to replace failing lymphocytes with ones that produce the right antibodies.

Climate Change Will Affect Nation's Workplaces
If workers aren't prepared for the workplace responses to climate change, there's stormy economic weather ahead, a report from the Cornell University Work and Environment Initiative predicts.

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Permissive Parenting May Be Hurting Kids' Sleep
Lax parenting that doesn't set limits or enforce rules consistently is likely to mean the child isn't getting a good night's rest.

Yale Scientists Measure Current Across Single Organic Molecule
Researchers at Yale have succeeded for the first time in measuring an electric current flowing through a single organic molecule sandwiched between metal electrodes.

Computer Study Links Mouse Position To Muscle Tension
A nine-month study reveals that people who use a mouse with their computer suffer more than twice as much tension in their arms, necks and shoulders as those who don't use a mouse.

New Device May Reduce The Incidence Of Pneumonia Deaths
The FDA has cleared a device invented at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons that may reduce the incidence of pneumonia in thousands of elderly Americans and stroke patients who develop swallowing disorders.

NSF, Lucent Technologies Award Grants To Foster Industrial Ecology
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Lucent Technologies Foundation have awarded 18 grants to researchers across the nation to advance the emerging field of industrial ecology and to encourage businesses to integrate pollution prevention practices into their day-to-day operations.

Chesapeake Bay Sediment : Home To Pfiesteria-Like Microbes
Analysis of Chesapeake Bay sediment cores collected by the USGS and the University of Maryland CEES indicates that some of the sediment samples dating back hundreds or thousands of years contain Pfiesteria-like organisms.
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