Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 21, 1998
Divorce, Insect Style: Termites Swap Mates
Before settling down to spend the next five years raising a family, some mate-for-life termites use their brief honeymoon to find a better mate, a Cornell University biologist has discovered.

Businesses Don't Capitalize On Information Advances, Journal Concludes
BALTIMORE, January 21 - Management fails to capitalize on the revolution in the Internet and other information systems, costing some companies millions of dollars by relying on trial-and-error experimentation, according to a special issue of a journal published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Bible Story May Include First Report Of Anorexia
The biblical story of Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, may describe the first documented case of anorexia nervosa and its associated infertility.

Handfish Steps Back From Brink Of Extinction
The tiny spotted handfish, the first Australian marine fish listed as endangered, may escape extinction as a result of successful breeding trials and research into its biology.

NSF Agreement Will Help Researchers Make The Most Of High Performance Network
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2 million over 30 months to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign to help university users with high performance networking applications.

Things That Go Bump In The Night - NASA Team Finds That Pulsars Get Wound Up - And Down
Previous observations have shown pulsars accreting matter from nearby stars appear to slow their spin rates gradually.

Disability Among Elderly Not Always A One-Way Street: Nearly One Third Regain Independence In Activities Of Daily Living
A sizable minority of disabled older people living in the community recover their ability to perform essential activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing and walking, over a two-year period, according to a new study by Yale University School of Medicine researchers.

'Rolling Circles' Provide New Way to Amplify and Detect DNA
By drawing upon nature's own DNA-copying techniques, University of Rochester chemist Eric Kool has developed minute rings of DNA -- dubbed 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