Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 13, 1997
Study Finds Striking Environmental Change In Arctic
Natural causes, not just human-induced forces, played a significant role in an unprecedented warming trend in the Arctic in the last 150 years, according to a study published in the November 14 issue of Science.

Penn State Awarded Grant To Study Older African American Twins
The College of Health and Human Development at Penn State has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the health and psychosocial factors in older African American twins.

Prozac Proves Successful In Treating Major Depression In Children And Teens
After four years of study, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have concluded that the drug Prozac is just as effective for treating major depression in children and teens as it is in adults.

New Study Shows Devastating Losses To Florida's Coral Reefs During Past Year; Causes Still Unclear, Scientists Say
New information gathered last summer shows that diseases on Florida's coral reefs have dramatically increased with potential long-term consequences for the coral reef ecosystem.

Earth Cools In Persistent, 1,500-Year Rhythm, Say Columbia Scientists, Working From Sea Cores
Earth's climate cools significantly and abruptly every 1,500 years or so in a persistent, regular rhythm, a team led by scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reports in the Nov.

First Annual "Health Of Hanford" Conference -- Scientists Gather To Report, Discuss Research Findings
The latest research on thyroid disease, wildlife populations, beryllium exposure and Columbia River contamination in the Hanford reach area are among topics to be addressed during a two-day conference Dec.

Researchers Match Another "Mismatch" Repair Gene To Cancer Susceptibility In Mammals
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have shown for the first time that mutations in another member of the

UT Southwestern Scientists Find Cell Death-Signaling Pathway Involved In Cancer
The missing link in the chain of molecules that tells cells to die has been found, which may enable scientists to create more effective drugs for cancer, Parkinson's disease and stroke.

Writer, Photographer Team Up To Create Sound Country Portrait
A major new literary portrait of North Carolina's eastern waters -- and the woody, sandy and often swampy flatlands that surround them -- has just been published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Surviving AIDS Appears To Require Permanent Triple-Drug Therapy
Researchers from Johns Hopkins, the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (New York, N.Y.) and the University of California, San Diego, have shown that drug

Plasmas In Pittsburgh
Physicists will report the latest discoveries about the fourth state of matter at the 1997 meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics.

Study Led By UT Southwestern Finds Promising New Treatment For Meningococcemia
Giving patients extra doses of a protein that occurs naturally in the body may effectively treat meningococcemia, a frequently fatal childhood disease, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas report.

Duke Lemurs Are Released In Madagascar
The leader of an unprecedented effort to return endangered lemurs to their homeland of Madagascar has emerged from the depths of the forest preserve to report that the five captive-born animals from Duke's Primate Center now roam free for the first time in their lives.

World's "Smartest" House Created By CU-Boulder Team
What may be the world's

Einstein Freed From Charge Of Plagiarism
According to the accepted view, Hilbert completed General Relativity before Einstein in 1915.

Virginia Tech Signs Digital-Library Research Agreement With Singapore
Edward Fox, professor of computer science, and Anne Moore, director of Information Technology Inititatives, Information Systems, both at Virginia Tech, took part Nov.

University Of Washington Geneticist Clones Gene For An Inherited Form Of Deafness
A postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of University of Washington geneticist Dr.

HIV Persists And Can Replicate Despite Prolonged Combination Therapy
HIV persists and can replicate in patients who have no detectable virus in their blood as a result of combination antiretroviral therapy, according to a new report from researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and their colleagues.

Harvard Medical School Researchers Identify Regulator Of Photoreceptor Development
A team of Harvard Medical School researchers has isolated a gene, Crx, that appears to play a key regulatory role in photoreceptor development.

The Earth's Mysterious Inner Core Is Turning Independently, But More Slowly Than Previously Thought
The proposition that the Earth's little understood inner core is a frozen yet white hot globe of curiously laid out iron crystals, spinning independently of the rest of the planet, is confirmed by University of Washington geophysicist Kenneth Creager in tomorrow's Science.

Sandia Helps Russian Nuclear Weapons Scientists Become Prosthetics Developers
Sandia arranges for Russian nuclear weapons scientists to divert expertise into the peaceful trade of prosthetics, improving an artificial foot for victims of landmines, accidents and disease.

An Explanation For Flowing, Liquid Water On Ancient Mars
How could Mars once have been warm enough to have liquid water on its surface?
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