Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 26, 1997
Research Finds Insulin Ineffective For Many Diabetics
People with type 2 diabetes are routinely encouraged to strictly control their blood sugar at near-normal levels, but a new study indicates this is extremely difficult to do through conventional use of insulin.

How To Run An Experiment Without Leaving Home
A $20 million crystal growth experiment on board the current flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia is making Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a testbed for the remote telescience that will be the paradigm for research on the planned International Space Station.

Strongest El Nino In History Dampers '97 Hurricane Season; Colorado State's Gray Says Still Most Active Three-Year Period
Noted hurricane forecaster Professor William Gray issues a report Wednesday (Nov.

New Role For Brain Receptor In Control Of Body Weight--Research Findings Identify Pathway For Development Of Drugs To Treat Obesity
People resistant to the hormone leptin may become obese due to difficulties receiving bloodborne messages that tell their brain to reduce food intake or burn off excessive weight.

Compressed Sulfur Found To Be A Superconductor
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution and the Russian Academy of Sciences have made the unexpected discovery that sulfur becomes a superconductor at 93 GPa, a much lower pressure range than was suspected possible.

New Device Helps Reduce Radiation Exposure For Patients
Researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine have invented a way to protect the eyes, thyroid gland and female breasts during computer tomography (CT) scans.
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