Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 29, 1997
SFSU Astronomer Sees Cataclysms At Heart Of Million-Star Cluster
Peering into a massive swarm of ancient stars in our Milky Way galaxy, the Hubble Telescope has given astronomers the first chance to study rare cataclysmic events produced by colliding stars.The research provides a portrait of suns hurtling into catastrophic crashes while others become trapped in inescapable orbital duets.

Potential Test For Lou Gehrig's Disease At Hand
Good results in preliminary studies of a potential diagnostic test for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have led Johns Hopkins scientists to call for an expanded trial immediately.

Epic Of Evolution Conference Brings Science And Religion Together November 12-14
A group of scientists, philosophers, and theologians will identify the common ground between science and religion and the discuss the latest research in the evolutionary sciences.

HIV Subterfuge Revealed
NIAID researchers have found that even when HIV does not enter a cell, proteins in the outer envelope of the virus can bind to a molecule called CCR5 on the cell's surface and initiate a biochemical cascade that sends a signal to the cell's interior.

"Virus" Delivers Dystrophin To Mice With Muscular Dystrophy
University of Michigan scientists have developed a viral vector technique that delivers the gene for dystrophin, a protein critical for normal maintenance of muscle tissue, to the muscles of adult mice with muscular dystrophy.

Hormonal Changes At Puberty Can Mask High Cholesterol In Blood
A low blood cholesterol level in a teenager doesn't always indicate a

How The Brain Maintains Balance: New Insights Into Vestibular Compensation
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Anniversary Lecture will be held on Friday, November 7, 1997, at 10 a.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH, Bethesda, MD.

Northwestern Program Offers Treatment Options For Movement Disorders
Neurologists and neurosurgeons at Northwestern University Medical School have developed a comprehensive program that uses both medical and surgical options to treat movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.

Inactivation Of Key Gene Allows Worms To Develop Without Insulin
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered previously unsuspected human genes that may be misregulated or defective in diabetics.

Triglyceride Blood Levels Predict Heart Attack
Physicians may need to pay closer attention to an individual's triglyerceride levels, according to researchers who say the blood fat is a

Wider Use Of 'Aspirin-A-Day' Will Save Lives Of People With Cardiovascular Disease
If more people would take an aspirin when they experience chest pain or other symptoms of a severe heart attack, 5,000 to 10,000 lives could be saved in the United States each year, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published today in the association's journal Circulation.

Doxycycline, An Antibiotic, May Be Treatment For Osteoarthritis
Doxycycline, a common antibiotic used to treat infections and dermatological conditions, has been shown in early studies to slow the progression of--and may even protect unaffected joints from--osteoarthritis.

New Study Casts Doubt On 'Bell Curve' Theories
A new study examining verbal ability and socioeconomic success casts doubt on theories advanced in the controversial 1994 book The Bell Curve.

Tree-Ring Study Links 1700 American Earthquake To Japanese Tsunami
Stumps of cedar trees are revealing details of a huge earthquake along North America's west coast more than 100 years before the arrival of the first European occupants. 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