Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 11, 1997
Underwater Habitat, Aquarius 2000, Returns To Sea Floor Off Key Largo; Science Missions To Resume In Spring 1998
Aquarius, the world's only underwater laboratory, was today reinstalled on the sea floor at a depth of 63 feet at Conch Reef in the Florida National Marine Sanctuary.

The Next Big Speed Boost: Parallel Computing With High-Speed Networks
Parallel computing could make computers thousands of times faster than today's models and sidestep the physical limitations of ever-shrinking microprocessors.

South African Apartheid Spurred Women To Adopt Contraception
If family planning in the apartheid era was so politically charged, what caused its success?

Ready, Set, Fight! 'Dispatcher' May Help Plants Fend Off Many Different Diseases, UD Researcher Says
A 'dispatcher' gene--described in the Dec. 12, 1997, issue of Science--seems to juggle assignments for many `sentry' genes in a model plant system and may ultimately help researchers design hardier, more disease-resistant food plants, a University of Delaware scientist says.

Holiday Season And Social Phobia
Who's always missing at your holiday party? Aunt Betty? Your reclusive neighbor?

University Of Georgia Team Compiling First Complete Map Of South Florida's National Parks And Preserves
Only one area of the continental U.S. has not been thoroughly mapped -- the Everglades.

Yellowstone Mudpots Produce More Carbon Dioxide Than Expected
While the caldron-like bubbling of active mudpots may be the most eyecatching phenomenon in the Mud Volcano portion of Yellowstone National Park, Penn State researchers have discovered that nascent and dying mudpots actually produce equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide.

Holiday Cards Really Do Spread Cheer, Study Says
A Penn State study has shown that receiving Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's cards really do make people happy.

3-D Simulation Predicts Earth's Coronal Mass Ejections
New ultra-high speed computer software can simulate the effects of solar surface eruptions on the Earth's magnetosphere.

Columbia Scientist Finds Abrupt Changes In African Climate, Confirming 1,500-Year Cycle
Africa's climate has abruptly turned from very wet to very dry in time spans as short as a lifetime, according to an analysis of ocean sediments by a scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

President Clinton To Honor Recipients Of Nation's Highest Technology & Science Awards
President Clinton will present the nation's most prestigious technology and science honors, the National Medal of Technology and the National Medal of Science, to fourteen outstanding scientists, inventors and business leaders from around the country.
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