Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 23, 1997
New Mathematical Model Could Help Predict Health Of Offshore Areas Where Rivers Enter The Sea
A new mathematical model, coupling both physical and biological effects, could be a crucial step in predicting the health of near-shore ocean environments where rivers enter the sea.

Sports Scientists Say Weight Lifting Is Key In Preventing Severe Injuries
A three-year study of athlete injuries shows that players who follow a controlled strength-training program reduce their chances of suffering from severe injuries.

NIH Honors Emory Researcher With Merit Award For Work On Renin-Angiotensin System
The NIDDK of the NIH granted Kenneth Bernstein, M.D., a MERIT award for his work over 10 years whereby his team has tranformed the way scientists view the renin-angiotensin system and its effects on cardiovascular function.

Researchers Study Dynamics Of Forest Landscape Management
Researchers from Michigan Tech and the U.S. Forest Service are studying the effects of landscape structure (resulting from timber cutting) on plant species, habitat, and economic output in public forests.

Sandstone Pillars In New Mexico Identified As Fossil Termite Nests
More than 100 sandstone pillars in New Mexico reaching heights of 20 feet above ground appear to be giant, fossilized termite nests roughly 155 million years old, according to new research by a team of Colorado scientists.

New Form Of Gene Therapy Holds Promise For The Future
Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas are one step closer to producing a

Penn Urologist Helps Launch First International Impotence Education Month
Kicking-off the first International Impotence Education Month (November 1997), Penn Urologist Gregory A.

Local Populations Go Extinct Up To 8 Times Faster Than Entire Species
Planners should look beyond species extinctions to losses of local populations of species that can cost ecosystems -- and local economies -- dearly if they go extinct, say Stanford scientists in the October 24 Science.

Purdue Research Shows Omega-3S Benefit Bone
Add another star to the list of health benefits associated with omega-3 fatty acids.

Geological Finding May Enhance Earthquake-Hazard Assessment
A Virginia Tech geological-sciences professor and two colleagues from Rice University have discovered a fact about the San Andreas fault that may help in our understanding of earthquake hazards in California and other areas.

Sensors To Measure Tsunamis In Real Time
Researchers from Cornell, USC, Harvard and the University of Washington plan to deploy bottom-pressure recorders (BPR's) and seismic instrument arrays for real-time monitoring of tsunami development and study sea-floor deformation that occurs during earthquakes that turn into tsunamis.

Bringing Clinicians Up To Speed On Stats And Business Is Goal Of Nih Grant To Emory University Center For Clinical Evaluation Sciences
Researchers at Emory University Center for Clinical Evaluation Sciences have been awarded a grant from the NIH to develop a model for helping health professionals appreciate and become fluent in the linguistics of informatics, epidemiology, outcomes assessments, health care economics, quality management and quality improvement.

NIDR Supports Total Genome Studies Of Major Oral Pathogens
Sequencing the genomes of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and Candida albicans will be instrumental in understanding the genetic mechanisms responsible for virulence and drug resistance in these pathogens, and may lead to novel approaches for preventing or eradicating infections.

Scientists: Embryo Studies Show Dinosaurs Could Not Have Given Rise To Modern Birds
Careful study of bird, alligator and turtle embryos at early stages offer convincing evidence that conflicts with the theory that modern birds arose from dinosaurs as some paleontologists have claimed since the 1970s.

Cornell Text On International Nutrition
Michael Latham, M.D., professor of international nutritional sciences at Cornell University writes new text on international nutrition,

Different Alzheimer's Genes Create Same Problem In Mouse Brain
A new study suggests the amyloid plaques that form in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients are not the end products of the disease but the beginning of it, according to Johns Hopkins scientists.

Study Paints New Picture Of Y Chromosome As A Safe Haven For Male Fertility Genes
For decades scientists thought that the human Y chromosome, the male sex chromosome, was nothing more than a smaller, less stable version of its partner, the X (the sex chromosome present in both females and males).
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