Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 10, 1998
ASU Scientists Make Major Breakthrough With Photosynthetic Energy
Scientists Thomas Moore, Ana Moore and Devens Gust and associates have combined biology and electronics to create the world's first bionic photosynthetic energy system.

European Epidemiological Data On Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
The cause of the most common form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob se (CJD), the sporadic one, remains unknown.

Eviction From Scum Home Makes Disease-Causing Microbe Vulnerable
Microbiologists have found a chink in the armor of an opportunistic microbe that is a top cause of infections in hospitals.

Protecting Breast Feeding From Breast Milk Substitutes
The promotional activities of the baby milk manufacturers, like the tobacco companies, will only be brought into line when they face substantial claims for damages from consumers, says Anthony Costello, Institute of Child Health, London.

Baby Milk Manufacturers Are Breaking The Rules
Baby milk manufacturers are breaking the international code of marketing breast milk substitutes, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981 says Anna Taylor, Interagency Group on Breastfeeding Monitoring.

Scientists Seek Early Warning Of Drinking Water Threats
A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team will be mixing up a batch of

Ameriflux Network Will Track CO2 Transfer In Forests
State-of-the-art sensing instruments on towers located at 24 sites in North America will measure the amount of carbon dioxide exchanged between local ecosystems and the atmosphere.

Full Text Of The BMJ Now Available On The World Wide Web
This week the BMJ will appear in full text version on the world wide web (, with free access for all.

Spinal Cord Injury Treatment May Improve With New Findings On Nervous System Damage
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered how cells called oligodendrocytes, which insulate the axons of neurons, might die after catastrophes in the central nervous system.

Hormone Releasing Intrauterine Device May Be An Alterative To Hysterectomy
In trials, a hormone releasing intrauterine treatment to help excessive menstrual bleeding led to two thirds of women cancelling their planned hysterectomy.

FAA And NCAR Chart Juneau's Turbulent Skies
Researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are charting the high winds at Juneau Airport in Alaska this spring in a project funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

From Synagogues To Security Devices, New Optical Design Casts A Different Light
Science and religion seldom interact ‹ in fact, they are most often at odds.

Need For HIV Guidelines For Health Workers In Developing Countries
There is a need for realistic, usable guidelines dealing with the occupational transmission of HIV, for those working in the developing world and their employers.

Sudden Cognitive Decline Is Not Part Of Normal Aging
By testing older adults for up to 15 years, researchers have shown that a sudden decline in mental ability is not a normal part of aging but can signal the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Acceptability Of Alternative Health Care Growing In U.S.
An aging generation of baby boomers is changing the face of health care in the U.S. with its market pressure for alternative therapies, according to Arizona State University geography professor Rena Gordon and colleagues in the book,

Tornado-Related Research Funding Lacking
Wind hazards like hurricanes and tornadoes result in a greater dollar loss than floods and earthquakes in the United States but receive only a fraction of the research funding, according to Clemson University (S.C.) 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