Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 12, 1997
Atom By Atom Chemistry On A Catalytic Surface
A group of scientists at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin achieved to view the individual atoms and molecules during a chemical reaction and to measure reaction rates by analyzing the number of atoms reacting per time interval.

Lethal New Hong Kong Flu: Expert Comment Available From St. Jude
Robert G. Webster, Ph.D., who played a key role in helping to identify the deadly new Hong Kong influenza virus (H5N1), will be available to the media Monday morning, December 15, via telephone conference call to discuss recent news of additional infections and a second death.

A.I.P. Establishes Broadcast Award
The American Institute of Physics (AIP)is expanding its science writing awards program to include the broadcast media.

In Los Angeles Even Brown Smog Clouds May Have Silver Linings
Mark Jacobson, assistant prof. of civil & environmental engineering at Stanford, has identified the key chemical compounds in L.A. smog that appear to act as a filter that selectively blocks cancer-causing UV radiation and has determined that the resulting drop in UV levels also reduces the concentration of ozone, which contributes to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses.

UT Southwestern Researchers Learn How G Proteins Activate Their Enzymes
Researchers have answered a fundamental question about how G proteins, the cell's message relay switch, coordinate and control signals that determine cell activities.

Earth's Interior May Contain Oceans Of Water, Prof Says
The earth's interior may contain three to five oceans of water locked within billions of crystals that could help regulate the level of water on the surface of the planet, a University of Colorado at Boulder geologist says.

Model Shows Certain Gasses Could Stimulate Global Cooling
New computer modeling suggests that global warming might not be entirely a product of human activity.

Does Solar Rotation Simulate A Planet Around The Pulsar PSR B1257+12?
A German-American research team describes in this week's Science magazine a heliospheric radio-signal modulation that mimics a planet around the pulsar PSR B1257+12.

Scientists Identify A Novel Mitotic Regulatory Mechanism
A team of the Max-Planck Research Unit Enzymology of Protein Folding from Halle in cooperation with research teams of the Harvard University (Boston) and the University of Texas (Houston) shed light on the regulation of the cell cycle.

New Clinical Trial Aimed At Improving Treatment For Knee Injuries
While football players toss the pigskin on the field, physicians are using another part of the pig to tackle a knee injury often associated with sports.
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