Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 04, 1997
Virginia Tech Study Shows Shift In Learning Process Through Technology-Enriched Courses
The assessment of a collaborative project between Virginia Tech's biology department and its educational technologies unit reveals a transformation in the way college students learn when exposed to technology-enriched courses.

Science's Next Wave Receives $825,000 Grant To Create Grants And Fellowships Database For Young Scientists
Science's Next Wave (, a Web site with information on careers for young scientists, today received a $825,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Graduated Licensing is the Solution to the Teen Crash Problem
The crash rate for 16-year-olds is eight times that of drivers ages 20 and older.

Tomato Geneticist Charles Rick To Receive World Prize
Renowned geneticist and plant breeder Charles Rick, whose half-century of research at the University of California, Davis, forged a fundamental understanding of tomato genetics, has been selected to receive the first $200,000 Maseri Florio World Prize for Distinguished Research in Agriculture.

Common Food Dye Can Cause Severe Allergic Reactions
A color additive extracted from dried bugs and commonly used in cosmetics, clothing fibers, fruit drinks, candy, yogurt and other foods can cause life-threatening allergic reactions, a University of Michigan physician has confirmed.

Paleoanthropologist First To Win National Geographic Prize Of $100,000
WASHINGTON--A young scientist who is working to unlock the story of early man in southern Africa is to receive the first National Geographic Society Research and Exploration Prize of $100,000.

Brain's Serotonin System Declines With Age Shows UPMC Research
The serotonin system, an aspect of the brain's neurochemical structure associated with behavior and mood, has been shown to substantially decline with age, according to research with living humans ages 18-76 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans.

Research Changes National Recommendations For Ferret Quarantine
Research findings at Kansas State University may mean the difference between life and death for ferrets that have bitten humans.

NIH Scientists Find Nicotinic Receptor In Brain: May Help To Explain Epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Addiction
Two scientists of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have found evidence for a new role for a specialized neurotransmitter receptor, the nicotinic receptor, in a region of the brain that is thought to be important in learning and memory processes, the hippocampus.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory collaborates with USDA in development of pasteurization process
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed an interagency agreement to jointly develop new pasteurization methods that use radio frequency (RF) waves and microwave heating.

Genetically Altered Cotton Is Cheaper And More Earth-Friendly
A genetically altered variety of cotton being field tested this season by University of Florida researchers requires less herbicide, which should mean reduced environmental damage, lower production costs for growers and cheaper prices on cotton goods for consumers.

Rapid Testing Techniques Could Result In Drops In Mortality And Time To Treatment From Tuberculosis
Researchers from Harvard SPH and B&W's hopsital found that use of currently available rapid diagnostic methods for M. tuberculosis substantially decreases the time to diagnosis, time to appropriate therapy, and mortality, in addition to decreasing the average health care costs per patient.

Women With Unplanned Pregnancies Less Likely To Breast-Feed
Women who conceive accidentally are less prone to breast- feed their babies, opening the door a little wider to a variety of ills more likely to befall children who receive only formula or bottled milk.

AAAS Awarded $825,000 Grant To Create 'One Stop Shopping' For Young Scientists Seeking Information On Resources And Careers
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced that it will award a $825,000 grant to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to create 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