Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 16, 1998
Researchers Take Major Step Toward Cracking Ebola Code
Researchers are gaining valuable insight into how Ebola uses glycoproteins to wreak its deadly havoc.

Osteoporosis And Oral Health Closely Linked, UB Analysis Of National Database Shows
Women with osteoporosis are at high risk of developing gum disease and losing their teeth, according to the first large- scale assessment of the relationship between bone metabolism and oral health, conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo.

Duke Mathematician To Describe Hopes For String Theory
Duke University mathematician David Morrison says he is applying his expertise in algebraic geometry to the exotic field of string theory in a quest for simplicity.

New Internet Site Tracks Antibiotic Resistance Trends
Resistance Webâ„¢, http://resistanceweb.mfhs.edu, developed by The Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, offers medical researchers access to 10 years of drug resistance tracking, associated utilization data and demographic information.

Communities Affect School Achievement
How much children learn in school depends in good measure on the attitudes and values of the surrounding community -- and on how much those values are shared by the children themselves -- education experts agreed at a AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) symposium today (Feb.

Some Women's Work Place Inequality Grows
A new study by a Cornell University Labor economist found that women have made

Babies Are Born With Language
Cornell studies of American and Chinese children provide new compelling evidence that human babies from any culture are born to grasp the complex rules of word order and sentence structure by age 3, says Barbara Lust, Ph.D., a developmental cognitive psycholinguist.

Montana Historian Warns About Packaging Of Science
A study of scientific presentations at world's fairs between 1851 and World War II shows how science has been used to advance some less-than-lofty ideals, such as racism, nationalism and imperialism.

Auditory Nerve, Brain Center Can Return To Normal After Inner-Ear Nerve Damage
The brain center responsible for hearing retains the ability to reorganize itself and respond normally during periods of reduced activity resulting from damage to the auditory nerve endings in the inner ear, a study by University at Buffalo researchers has shown.

Scientists Sift Through Trash In Search Of Perfect Landfill
Civil engineer Robert Ham believes well-designed landfills can be tools for recycling, rather than tombs that harbor trash for generations.

Astrostatistics Reacquainting Old Friends
Astronomers were instrumental in establishing the principles of statistics during the 17th through 19th centuries, but statistics and astronomy diverged in the early 20th century.

What Shape Is The Universe? Columbia Astronomers Have Clue
Graduate student Ari Buchalter and professor David Helfand have devised a way to examine radio telescope measurements of distant galaxies - 103 so far - to determine whether the universe is 'open' and will expand forever, 'closed2' and will eventually collapse, or 'flat' and will attain some kind of equilibrium.

Telling Friend From Foes? Researchers Find Different Brain Regions Activated By Faces
The recognition of faces is so fast and effortless it's easy to overlook the complexity of the brain systems responsible, says a Duke University Medical Center researcher who has helped identify two critical brain regions involved in our ability to process faces.

Scientists Hope To Improve Space Telescopes
Researchers at Michigan Technological University are working to develop new techniques for sensing distortions in space telescopes.
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