Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 15, 1997
New Cancer Vaccine Processing Facility Comes To Jefferson
A unique processing facility at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, promises to step up production of a potentially life-saving vaccine against a deadly skin cancer, malignant melanoma.

Anabolic Steroid Use Rising Among Teenage Girls; Stable Among Boys
Among teenage girls, anabolic steroid use has approximately doubled since 1991, whereas use among adolescent boys has remained nearly unchanged, according to a new study.

Atom-Sized Electronic Devices Identified Within Carbon Nanotubes
Scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have confirmed the existence of atom-sized electronic devices on nanotubes, hollow cylinders of pure carbon about 50,000 times more narrow than a human hair in diameter.

Researchers Construct Genetic Map For Dogs
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the James A.

NASA Experiment Detects 2000th Cosmic Burst Of Gamma Rays
2000 arrived a little early for astrophysicists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

George Wetherill To Receive National Medal Of Science On December 16
Carnegie's George Wetherill, a long-time staff member and former director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, will receive the nation's highest scientific award on December 16.

Resonant Detection Of Gravitational Waves Is Feasible
Physicists at the universities of Amsterdam, Eindhove, Leiden and Twente and at the NWO's Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), working within the so-called Grail Project, have concluded the feasibility of a resonant antenna with which to detect gravitational waves.

Psychiatrists Strongly Oppose Assisted Death
Psychiatrists who work with medically ill patients are strongly opposed to participating in or endorsing physician- assisted death, according to a new survey.

Study Links Cigarette Promotional Gear With Children's Smoking
A study by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center researchers of 1,300 sixth through twelfth graders reveals that one-third of students own items of the promotional gear that has been heavily hyped by several tobacco companies.

Health Industry Urged To Reform Care Of Chronic Illness
Researchers are calling on the health care industry to change how it cares for people with chronic illnesses by instituting comprehensive collaborations that involve patients in decisions about how their conditions will be managed, to help them live

Birthplace Of Greek Alphabet Identified
A classics and linguistics scholar has found a bridge between the pre-alphabetic scripts of the ancient Greeks of Cyprus and the Greek alphabet -- and argues that the Mediterranean island is therefore most likely the place where the Greek alphabet was invented.

Biologists See Cancer Cells Commit Suicide
Researchers at Nijmegen University were surprised to discover that certain cells

Fraternity Leaders Are The Heaviest Drinkers
Leaders of fraternities, and to a lesser extent leaders of sororities, tend to be among the heaviest drinkers and the most out-of-control partiers, according to researchers at Cornell University and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 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