Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 23, 1998
From Scientific Discovery To Practice-What Does It Take To Bring About Changes In Health Care?
The effective translation of research findings into health care practice is an issue of great interest to the public and the Congress.

Polymer Breakthrough Solves A Sticky Problem
New SICOR polymer technology developed by CSIRO Australia has solved the problem of how to bond plastics and paints.

Duke Researchers Genetically Engineer Mice To Block Heart Enlargement
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have genetically engineered mice to produce a protein that acts as a molecular decoy to stop enlargement of the heart - a primary step to heart failure.

IFT/NCFST Symposium To Address Safety Of Fresh Produce
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables have been shown to have many health benefits, yet recent outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with fresh produce have made consumers hesitant about getting their

"Tricking" The Immune System By Giving Bone Marrow To Heart Transplant Patients
Temple University School of Medicine is now in the second year of a four-year, $3 million study to investigate chronic rejection and to determine whether donor bone marrow can coax recipients' immune systems to coexist without rejection of the transplanted hearts.

Duke Ultraviolet Free-Electron Laser Sets New World Record
A Russian-built ultraviolet free-electron laser now at Duke University has set a new world record short wavelength for a tunable laser, a success its developers say will facilitate the device's use in a variety of medical and physical science experiments.

Students To Take A "Sentimental Journey" Via The Internet
NOAA and the University of Washington have partnered to construct virtual learning community on the web.

Professor Plots Course For Sun-Studying Spacecraft
A Purdue University professor and two of her doctoral students have designed the trajectory for an upcoming space mission, which may shed light on the composition of the sun.

Poetically Timed With Spring, Budding Yeast Yield Possible Insight Into Male Fertility--And Infertility
Budding yeast in a UC San Francisco lab are yielding possible insight into a key step leading to the creation of human sperm.

UF Psychiatrists Use Antidepressants To Treat Smoking Addiction
University of Florida psychiatrists are wielding new weapons in the war against nicotine addiction: antidepressants.

UPMC Reports On New Liver Assist Device
Preliminary results of a new bio-artificial liver assist device were presented by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) researchers today at the 44th annual American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) conference in New York City.

Programmable Digital Camera Takes Shape At Stanford
A new $4 million Stanford/industry project aims to make it faster, easier and cheaper to create high-quality pictures electronically.
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