Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 26, 1998
Liquid Crystals Light Up Simple Chemical Test
An ingenious new liquid crystal assay being developed at the University of California, Davis, might one day replace slow, costly, laboratory-dependent chemical analyses with a test that could give results in minutes for less than a dollar, virtually anywhere.

IFT Announces 1998 Achievement Award Winners
Twelve outstanding food scientists will be honored with Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Achievement Awards for food science and technology at IFT's 1998 Annual Meeting and Food Expo in June.

Paint Changes Color To Reveal Corrosion On Aircraft
Researchers are developing an early warning system for aircraft -- paint that changes color when the metal beneath it begins to corrode.

RNA-Dendritic Cell Combo Shows Promise As A Universal Cancer Vaccine
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center reported Tuesday that they have taken a significant step forward in the laboratory in demostrating that a person's own immune system may be the best weapon they have to fight cancer.

Interactive Web-Link Provides Real-Time Satellite Weather Images
Real-time weather images around the globe and around your block are on call, around the clock, via the Internet from a NASA-university research center.

ACS Conference Brief: An Innovative Molecular Assembly
A new molecular assembly -- a calixarene molecule incorporating four porphyrin units - is described by UC Davis chemist Richard Khoury.

Forget Bloodhounds: Rice Sensor Sniffs Out Air Quality Changes
Some call it the sniffer. Better than a bloodhound, this sensor can detect barely a trace of a particular gas, and it can tell exactly what it is.

Combined Therapy Improved Care Of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Proper Use Of New Oral Medications Evaluated
When patients with type 2 diabetes took two new medications together, rather than separately, they experienced further improvement in controlling their blood glucose levels, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Yale University School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Yale.

Chromosomal Abnormalities Key For Prediting Leukemia Outcome
One of the longest running studies to follow leukemia patients has confirmed that chromosomal abnormalities seen in many of these patients can help determine treatment and predict the likelihood of cure.

Hispanic Population Booming In Middle America, Study Finds
Between 1990 and 1994, the United States population grew by 6 percent, according to Census Bureau information and estimates, but the U.S.

Caribbean Lizards Evolve Independently
A genetic family tree has helped biologists at Washington University in St.

Drug Is First In Decade To Show Promise Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder
A drug commonly prescribed for depression has shown great promise in treating a serious, yet highly under-recognized condition called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), according to a new study led by Duke psychiatrist Dr.

Consumers Will Benefit When They Choose Their Electric Company
Within the next few years, many consumers across the country will have the opportunity to choose their electric utility just like they choose their long-distance phone service.

Needlestick Injuries Common In Female Veterinarians, Study Finds
Two out of every three female veterinarians have reported accidental needlestick wounds while they were on the job, according to a recent study.

Job Stability Is No Virtue for Young Men, New Study Finds
Young men who jump from one job to another in their early years after school don't seem to be hurting their later wages.

El Niño Not The Driving Force Behind North Pacific Hurricanes
A new study has revealed that El Niño weather systems don't always spawn severe hurricanes in the North Pacific.

Mathematics Reveals New Pattern Of Brain Cell Activity
A mathematics researcher at Ohio State University and his colleagues have discovered two new patterns of electrochemical activity among brain cells.

Hospital Chaplain's Role Is More Complex Today, Expert Says
The growing interest in spirituality and changes brought by managed care are challenging the hospital chaplain's traditional role in providing spiritual care to patients.

Technology May Help Identify Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Patients
An experimental technique that helps identify colorectal- cancer patients who may best benefit from surgery may also work well on patients with pancreatic cancer, new research shows.

IFT Announces 1998 Fellows
Nine professional members of the Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT's) were selected as IFT Fellows this year.

Two Simple Tests May Screen For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Researchers suggest for physicians to use two simple tests to screen patients for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Research Finds That Watching TV Helps Kids Put On Pounds
Despite living in a society that is increasingly weight and appearance conscious, many American children may be headed toward sedentary, overweight adulthood.

Conflict With Close Family Can Trigger Unhealthy Levels Of Stress And Depression Among Heart Disease Patients
Hostility and conflict with close family members can trigger unhealthy stress levels among heart disease patients, diminishing the benefit of having family support, a research team at Duke University Medical Center has concluded.

Hostility May Affect Impact Of Emotional Stress
Venting your feelings may not be good for your health after all -- but only if you're already an anger-prone individual - - according to a new study at Duke University Medical Center.

Program Shows Promise For Treating Children With Mood Disorders
Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a new intervention program that shows early signs of helping children and teenagers with mood disorders.

Computer Models Find Cost-Effective Solutions For Species Preservation
A computer model already used by major corporations to plan efficient distribution networks is now being used by conservation researchers to find the most cost-effective plans for species preservation. 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