Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 02, 1998
Internet Advertisements Less Enjoyable Than Other Ads, Survey Shows
With few exceptions, Internet advertising isn't very amusing. That's the consensus of U.S.

Detailed Images From Jupiter Moon Europa Point To Slush Below Surface
The latest, most detailed pictures of the Jupiter moon Europa lend more support to the theory that slush or even liquid water lurks beneath the moon's surface.

The First Case Of Alzheimer's Disease: Original Brain Sections Found
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried/Germany, and at the University of Munich have rediscovered brain sections of the first case of Alzheimer's disease.

Internal Clocks Keep Everything From Humans To Algae Ticking
Vanderbilt University researcers studying biological clocks experiment with different light cycles.

Insights Into The Proteasome - A Fascinating Macromolecular Machine For Protein Degradation
The team of Wolfgang Baumeister, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried/Germany, reported in Cell on February 6, 1998, recent advances in understanding the structure and action mechanism of the proteasome, which plays an important role in numerous processes as cell cycle, apoptosis or the immune response by controlling proteolysis through self-compartmentalization.

People Want Direct Physician Involvement In Assisted Suicides
People are more likely to support assisted suicide if physicians are directly involved in helping people end their lives.

Measurement Technique Provides Snapshot Of Cell Physiology
A new measurement technique that simultaneously identifies and measures more than 30 compounds in a single cell has been developed by chemists and physiologists at the University of Illinois.

Most Comprehensive Study Of Its Kind Shows Common Asthma Medications Don't Cause Behavioral Problems In Children, According To The Journal Pediatrics
Asthma medications beclomethasone and theophylline have reported side effects, such memory, mood and behavior changes, but an article in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics shows that in most children, the drugs cause no major changes in behavior or reasoning skills.

Education A Key To Ending Authoritarian Rule, Economist Says
The expansion of secondary and higher education is closely connected to the rise of democracy abroad, and in the breakdown of authoritarian regimes, a University of Illinois economist concludes in a book to be published this year.

Just-Published Abstract Answers Thousands Of Questions About Illinois
Which Illinois county produces the most corn? How many people work at firms owned by women in Illinois?

Study of Trampoline-Related Injuries Calls For Ban On Devices
A new study is calling for a ban on backyard trampolines.

Panel Recommends Types Of Automation For Air-Traffic Control
To improve both the safety and efficiency of air travel, more computer automation should be placed in the hands of air- traffic controllers, according to a new report issued by a National Research Council panel, chaired by a University of Illinois professor.

Researchers Closing In On Gene For Paralytic Disorder
Scientists at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania have tracked down the gene responsible for a paralyzing disease that has plagued at least eight generations of a Maryland family, the Mattinglys.

3-D Structure of Human Tumor-Suppressor Protein Produced
Researchers here have determined the three-dimensional structure of the protein produced by one of the most important human tumor-suppressor genes.

UF Researchers Use Gene Therapy To Prevent Hypertension, Organ Damage
Gene therapy in laboratory animals successfully prevents high blood pressure and its damaging effects on the heart and kidneys, report researchers at the University of Florida and University of Alabama.

NICHD-Funded Researchers Map Physical Basis Of Dyslexia
A Yale research team funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has used sophisticated brain imaging technology to show that there is decreased functioning during certain reading tasks in certain brain regions of individuals with the most common form of dyslexia.

Reporters, President Need To Re-Evaluate Relationship, Scholar Says
Everyone from Matt Drudge to Joe Lunchbucket has weighed in on the recent behavior of President Clinton and the news media.

Fathers Strongly Influence Mothers' Decision To Breast-Feed
Three out of four mothers feel their partner's opinion greatly influences their decision to breast-feed.

GrantsNet Goes Live On the Web
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the American Association for the Advancement of Science today unveiled a new Web site (www.grantsnet.org) that offers

PEBBLEs Help U-M Scientists Open A Window On Cell Chemistry
Made of polymers, instead of stone, PEBBLEs (Probes Encapsulated By BioListic Embedding) are designed to work inside mammalian cells where they can detect subtle changes in concentrations of ions and small molecules.

New Software Makes More Reliable Cast Metal Parts
Researchers have developed a fast new method to identify potential defects that may form in die-cast metal parts for cars, major appliances, toys and electrical components.

Computer Program Helps Design New Antennas for Navy Ships
A computer program has enabled the U.S. Navy to design a new system of antennas that reduces radio interference and makes its destroyers less visible to enemy radar.

Pharmacogenesis: Postgenomic Drug Discovery Through Developmental Biology
On March 26-27 in Boston, MA, one of the first conferences showcasing the field of developmental biology and its promising potential for gene therapy and target validation will be held in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Sweet Clothes, Clean Environment: Columbia Scientists Adapt Sugar-Based Detergents For Everyday Use
Columbia University scientists, with NSF support, are exploring new uses for a class of detergents based on sugar.

Method Makes It Easier To Plan Launches Of Low-Thrust Spacecraft
Mission planning for low-thrust interplanetary space probes just became easier with a genetic algorithm developed at the University of Illinois.
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