Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 14, 1998
Television, Movies Help Children Picture Germs
When asked to explain their conceptions of germs, bacteria and viruses, children participating in a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study relied on television advertisements for toothpaste and household cleaners.

Successful Cancer Therapy May Doom Later Treatments To Failure
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers have found that as solid tumors shrink, so do the pores in the blood vessels surrounding the tumors.

Nearly Half Of Nation's Teachers Worry About Children Entering Kindergarten
Nearly half the nation's teachers are concerned about children now entering kindergarten, according to a new survey by the National Center for Early Development and Learning.

Two UT Southwestern-Trained Payload Specialists To Study The Nervous System Aboard Space Shuttle Columbia
When the next flight of space shuttle Columbia goes into orbit April 16 on board will be two payload specialists who trained in space medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

First Evidence That Localized Arthritis Gene Therapy Heals Distant Diseased Joints
University of Pittsburgh researchers have made the unprecedented and totally unexpected finding that localized gene therapy for arthritis produces healing effects on distant joints affected with the disease.

Federal Agencies Join Forces To Assess El Nino Impacts
Properly assessing the impacts of powerful storms associated with El Nino which have brought unprecedented erosion to the United States' west coast is an enormous task.

Method To Detect Malignant Tumors Earlier May Help Breast- And Prostate-Cancer Patients
Earlier detection of malignant tumors may be possible with a new method developed by UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers that identifies cancer cells in blood.

FloodingAnd Growth Aren't The Only Result Of The Annual Spring Melt-Off--Water From Melting Snow Can Trigger Landslides
An air temperature threshold is a powerful indicator for anticipating potentially hazardous landslides during the spring snowmelt season, according to the results of a recent study by the U.S.

Clean-Air Technology Headed For The Produce Section
A University of Wisconsin-Madison technology that helped plants thrive in outer space may soon be landing in grocery stores, helping extend the freshness of fruits and vegetables.

Purdue Finding May Snuff Out The Sniffles
Purdue University scientists have unlocked the secrets of a receptor that the common cold virus uses as an entryway to infect human cells.

Priority Service For Internet Traffic Demonstrated
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley and Argonne national laboratories have successfully marked selected Internet traffic for priority service over unmarked, lower-priority traffic in a cross-country demonstration.

Waiting Can Kill:
Avoiding road rage - violence by motorists, particularly those frustrated with the discourtesy of other drivers - can be accomplished with tips from queueing research, which blends advanced mathematics and psychology.

Procter & Gamble Supports Yale University Collaboration For Public Health Training Throughout China
Yale University has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from The Procter & Gamble Co. to help develop a new public health training program in the People's Republic of China.

23rd Annual AAAS Colloquium On Science And Technology Policy
Methods of evaluating R&D programs' performance and international science policy issues will be among the topics discussed by policy-makers, industry representatives, and academics at a three-day conference in Washington, DC, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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