Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 11, 1998
Henry Ford Study Shows Daily Smoking May Lead To Major Depression
Daily smokers have twice the risk for major depression compared to people who have a history of smoking on an occassional basis, according to a Henry Ford Health System study.

Evidence Found For Molten Rock Two Thousand Miles Beneath Earth's Surface
Deep inside the earth, two thousand miles beneath its surface, pockets of molten rock can be found in a region where many scientists did not expect to find anything but solid rock.

The Sun-Earth Connection: NCAR Scientist Quantifies Variations In Sun's Radiation
Scientist Peter Fox and colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric Research are using observations, theoretical physics, and computer modeling to get the best representation so far of the total radiative output of the sun.

In Search Of Bad Weather: Scientists Study Lake-Effect Winter Storms
Scientists from some 14 institutions are braving the elements on the icy Great Lakes in an intensive field program underway this winter.

USGS Chemists Analyze Monterey Tarballs....Most Oil Residues In Monterey BayProbably From Natural Seeps
Many of the tarballs washing up on the shores of Monterey Bay are most likely from natural seeps from the floor of Monterey Bay and the continental shelf, rather than from ruptured oil tankers and other man-made occurrences, according to scientists from the U.S.

Short-Course TB Prophylaxis Effective In HIV-Infected Individuals
A two-month course of therapy to prevent active tuberculosis (TB) is an effective alternative to the year-long regimen currently prescribed for persons co-infected with HIV and TB bacteria, a five-year international study has found.

Washington University Licenses Its New Antibacterial Technology
Washington University in St. Louis has signed an agreement with SIGA Pharmaceuticals Inc. that gives the company exclusive rights to new antibacterial technology.

Not Science Fiction Any More: Sandia Scientists Develop Quantum Mechanical Transistor
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a transistor based on quantum mechanical principles.

Researchers Establishes Parameters In Epilepsy Diagnosis
Two or three unprovoked seizures may greatly increase the risk for more seizures and should be necessary criteria for diagnosing epilepsy, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.

New Analysis Shows Earth's Lower Stratosphere In Synch With Solar Cycle From Pole To Pole
The sun's 11-year solar cycle may be the driving force behind periodic changes in temperatures and pressure heights of earth's lower stratosphere from pole to pole, according to new research by Harry van Loon of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Karin Labitzke of the Free University of Berlin.

Sexually Active Younger Women Are At Higher Risk For Infection With Human Papillomavirus
Sexually active college-age women have a high incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection according to a study supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)and reported in the Feb.
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