Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 31, 1997
National Center For Earthquake Engineering Research Gets $10 Million Grant From National Science Foundation
The University at Buffalo's National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research has been awarded a $10 million grant by the National Science Foundation to support a Center for Advanced Technologies in Earthquake Loss Reduction.

Affordable, Hand-Held Biosensor For Diagnostics
A portable, hand-held biosensor capable of detecting a wide range of medically important chemical compounds has been created by a team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego.

Tipper Gore Alerts Parents About Increased SIDS Incidence During Cold Winter Weather
The cold, fall weather is bringing out the heavy clothes and blankets -- and also a warning to parents of infants from Tipper Gore, national spokesperson for the

The Role Of Music In Human Development Examined
Music in Human Adaptation, an international conference exploring the role of music in human development and function, will be held Nov.

Conference To Explore Issues Of Financial Stress And Worker Productivity
Increasingly, the responsibility of providing personal finance education and services is falling to employers--not only because they have access to the resources that can make such programs a valuable employee benefit, but also because it saves them money in the long run by increasing employee satisfaction and improving productivity.

Book Explores Large And Growing Phenomenon: The Academic Couple
One of the things scholars haven't spent much time investigating is right under their noses -- themselves and their partners.

Plant Growth Surges 1-3 Years After Global Temperature Spikes, Ncar Scientists Report
Although El Nino events or volcanic eruptions can boost or depress global temperatures within months, their strongest impacts on the earth's biosphere may not occur until years later, according to a study published in the October 31 issue of Science and conducted at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

UF Researchers Report Estrogen Hastens Healing
Estrogen speeds wound healing in older postmenopausal women, report researchers from England's University of Manchester and the University of Florida in this week's issue of the journal Nature Medicine.

Too Much Fertilizer Ineffective, Data From Historic Farm Plots Indicate
The nation's oldest crop-research plots, at the University of Illinois, are speaking out: Soil stewardship pays.

New Book Discusses Economy And Environment In Caribbean
Bonham Richardson, professor of geography at Virginia Tech, has published

Genetics Debate Suffers From Misinterpretation, Scholar Says
Genetics and intelligence have academia coming apart at the seams, with the debate over

Two New Moons Of Uranus Discovered
A team of scientists led by a University of Toronto astronomer has discovered two distant moons orbiting around the planet Uranus.

Diabetes-Related Blindness, Renal Failure Can Be Reduced
People who develop type 2 diabetes at an early age can substantially reduce their rates of blindness and kidney failure in later life by tightly controlling their blood- sugar level, according to researchers.

Duke Researchers Show That Anti-Cancer Agents Protect Donor Livers Awaiting Transplantation
After noticing -- almost entirely by chance -- the striking cellular similarities between the damage that occurs to donor livers awaiting transplantation and the very early stages of tumor growth, Duke University Medical Center researchers believe they have found a novel way of extending the amount of time livers can remain safely.

New Ultrafine Metal Powder Production Process
Researchers at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) have developed a faster, cheaper and cleaner method of producing ultrafine metal powders, such as silver used in solder, dental fillings, circuit boards, high-speed photographic film and a host of other applications.

Study Detects Benefits From Effective Breast Self Examination
Three important components of breast self examination (BSE) appear to be associated with a reduced risk of dying from breast cancer, according to results of a University of Toronto study published in the Nov.

Many Dog Foods About Equal In Nutritional Value, Researchers Say
When it comes to feeding dogs, owners can look beyond the debate over food made with fresh meat, animal by-products or plant material.

Environment Is Business
Undeveloped communities with no other economic base, are finding that natural resources can be a golden goose.

New Research Finds Link Between Religion And Health In The Elderly
Attendance at religious services may improve physical health and psychological well-being for the elderly according to two reports, co-authored by Ellen Idler, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, Rutgers' Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and Stanislav Kasl, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology, Yale University School of Medicine

Consensus Group Of Breast Cancer Specialists Agrees On Means For Classifying Controversial Early Stage Cancer
A who's who of breast cancer experts from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and medical institutions around the world have designed a system for classifying Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), a controversial malignancy found in the breast, as a first step toward improving patient treatment for this type of early breast cancer.

Great Lakes Intensify Ferocity Of Passing Storms, Scientists Say
The Great Lakes exert a significant influence on passing cyclones, causing storms to speed up and grow in strength, say researchers at the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Water Survey.

Scientists Discover New Breast Cancer Susceptibily Gene
NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 31, 1997--Mutations in the gene P-TEN can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer, according to scientists at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

New Materials Remove Corrosive Gas In Coal-Gasification Process
Advanced coal-gasification processes are emerging as the most promising technology for converting coal into electricity, but the process generates sizable quantities of hydrogen sulfide, a highly corrosive gas that can destroy pipes and turbines.

Experiments Show Difficulties Young Children Have With Symbols
Toddlers, especially those under age 3, probably just don't get it when you expect them to realize that something means something else, say University of Illinois researchers using a 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