Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 20, 1998
Studies Look At Threshold Effect Of Cholesterol-Lowering "Statin" Drugs
DALLAS, April 21 -- Do individuals gain progressive benefits in heart attack protection as the drugs, called statins, take cholesterol levels to

Fortified Drink Improves Third World Nutrition
A fortified orange drink given to Tanzanian children for six months significantly reduced important nutritional deficiencies and prompted almost twice as much weight gain and 25 percent more growth than children who did not get the drink.

Keep Off The Grass - Reduce Air Pollution
CSIRO and Monash University scientists have found that lawns and grasslands release vast quantities of pollutants into the air.

Discovery Of 'Cosmic Chords' May Support Prediction Of Einstein's Theory
At a meeting of the American Physical Society, astrophysicists announced that the discovery of very rapid oscillations in the brightness of some X-ray-emitting neutron stars has yielded important new constraints on the properties of the superdense matter at the centers of these stars.

High Blood Pressure Caused By Salt Retention May Be Related To Oncogenes Implicated In Cancer
Sodium transport may be intimately related to some of the same oncogenes that have been implicated in the unchecked cellular growth of cancer, say Emory University researchers at Experimental Biology '98 in San Francisco.

Ability To Read Mammograms Varies Widely
The mammogram-reading skills of general radiologists vary enormously. In a test situation, 75 general radiologists detected, on average, 70 percent of breast cancers, about what previous studies would predict.

"TRAMAH" Model Seeks To Improve Emergency Response Paper Uses Maryland As Test Region
LINTHICUM, MD, April 20 - A new mathematical model has been developed to improve the response to emergencies by better situating trauma care centers and aeromedical depots.

'Sticky' Blood May Underlie Development Of Early Atherosclerosis In Men
DALLAS, April 21 -- The stickier, or more viscous, a man's blood is, the greater his risk of developing the kind of blood vessel damage that can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke, a study published in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association reports.

Environmental Technology Breakthroughs Forecast -- Year 2008
In its first environmental technology forecast, a team of researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has identified the 10 most important technological breakthroughs that will lead to a cleaner environment while providing major benefits to consumers over the next decade. 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