Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 15, 1997
Cancer Slowed When Blood Vessel Growth In Tumors Blocked
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have been able to significantly slow the growth of tumors on rats by preventing the tumors from

New Study Addresses Urgency Of Conserving Lifesaving Medicinal Plants
As the demand for plant remedies soars, how can we protect the natural plant populations from loss of habitat, over- harvesting, and even extinction?

Yale Basic Research Provides Impetus For Potential Cancer Treatment
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 15, 1997--A genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Salmonella potentially may target cancerous tumors, amplify within tumors and inhibit tumor growth, according to new research reported by Yale University School of Medicine scientists and colleagues.

$10 Million Grant To Reduce Earthquake Losses
Researchers at Cornell University will share in a $10 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Buffalo's National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER), to engineer structures to better resist earthquakes.

The Sunspots Are Coming
Atmospheric scientists participating in a workshop funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will debate the effects of so-called

In Madagascar, Park For People Is Born
Madagascar's largest remaining rainforest containing animals found nowhere else on earth will be preserved, thanks to an historic compromise that blends the two competing pressures faced by poor countries worldwide: conserving natural resources versus human development.

Adult-Onset Diabetes: An 'Imbalancing' Act
A new Weizman Institute study, reported in Diabetes, may explain why adult-onset diabetics don't produce enough insulin.

5,400-Connection Microprocessors By Year 2009
A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Electronic Packaging Program at Cornell University will support the design and construction of a PICT (precision interconnect cluster tool) capable of attaching integrated circuits with at least 10 times more connections than today's most powerful chips.

NIH Statement: Calcium Channel Blockers And Breast Cancer Risk
A new analysis links some calcium channel blockers to an increased risk of breast cancer in older women.

Major Factor In Genetic Basis Of Brain Development Discovered
This study describes for the first time a major factor in normal brain development, a unique interaction between proteins produced by two brain genes.

The Abrams Curve: UD Economist Links Jobless Rates With Government Size
The Abrams Curve--discovered by University of Delaware economist Burton A.

Muscle-Bound Cells
On the cellular level, becoming muscle-bound is all a matter of who you bump into.

Long-Time NIH Grantee Wins Nobel Prize In Chemistry
Dr. Paul D. Boyer is one of three recipients of the 1997 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

New Clues To Early Neuron Damage In Alzheimer's Disease
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons scientists have discovered a molecule, called ERAB, that provides an important clue to how early neuron damage may occur in Alzheimer's disease.

Yaba-Daba-Glue! Stone-Age Use Of Collagen Discovered
Weizman Institute scientists have discovered that stone-age cavemen had mastered advanced technology for producing collagen glue from animal skins, several thousands years earlier than ancient Egyptians.

Limits Of Life On Earth: Are They The Key To Life On Other Planets?
From scalding hot places that rival Dante's Inferno to frigid locations colder than the dark side of the moon, scientists taking part in a $6 million National Science Foundation (NSF) research initiative are searching for life forms on Earth that may provide insight about possible life on other planets.
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