Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 28, 1998
ASU Discovery Is First Evidence Of Hydrothermal Activity On Mars
Planetary geologists at Arizona State University have discovered hematite on Mars, and with it the first evidence of a hydrothermal system on the Red Planet.

Gene May Hold Key To Treating Life-Threatening Cholesterol
Findings from a study, in which a gene that speeds cholesterol metabolism was turned off, will help scientists develop better drugs for controlling life-threatening levels of the substance, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas reported in the May 29 issue of Cell.

Cells Say The Darndest Things
In an important early step toward understanding the chemistry of human thought, Stanford chemists have managed for the first time to read the individual chemical messages that cells exchange.

Giant Convective Cells Found On Sun After 30-Year Search
Things the size of Jupiter should be pretty hard to hide, especially when they're staring at us from the face of the Sun.

Puppy Parasites
Beware of puppies, they could make you seriously ill. That's the message from the researchers at Milwaukee Health Department, who have found potentially deadly parasites lurking in the faeces of many pet dogs in the Milwaukee area.

Odd Auroral Arc Crosses Rather Than Circling The North Pole
For something as dynamic as the aurora borealis, acting up is normal.

Malaysian State Of Sarawak Bans Commercial Hunting Of Wildlife
In a decision applauded by the Bronx-Zoo based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Malaysian State of Sarawak voted unanimously to ban commercial hunting earlier this month to prevent further depletion of its wildlife and protect the food source of local communities.

Computers, GIS Help Prevent Ground Water Contamination
A Purdue University agricultural engineer has combined a computer model with geographic information systems (GIS) data from satellites to develop a plan to keep agricultural chemicals out of ground water.

Regular Exercise Helps Patients With Serious Lung Disease
Regular exercise can help lung disease patients reduce anxiety and depression and improve endurance and some kinds of intellectual functioning.

New Treatment Targets Most Malignant Brain Tumors
In initial clinical trials, Duke University Medical Center researchers have significantly extended the survival of patients suffering the most malignant brain cancers by injecting antibodies directly into the cancerous region.

Avigen's Gene Therapy Approach Shows Promise In Treating Hemophilia B With Single Intramuscular Administration
Avigen and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia scientists have demonstrated gene therapy for hemophilia B using a single intramuscular administration of adeno-associated virus vectors containing the gene for coagulation factor IX.

Nice Motor...Shame About The Smell
A study in Atlanta has found that thousands of cars are developing foul smells within two years of going on the road.

NIAID 50th Anniversary Symposium
You are invited to attend a symposium highlighting groundbreaking research being conducted in developing vaccines for these diseases.

Solar Flare Leaves Sun Quaking
Scientists have shown for the first time that solar flares produce seismic waves in the Sun's interior that closely resemble those created by terrestrial earthquakes.

Peas With Built-In Weevil Resistance
CSIRO announced today that it has produced genetically modified peas almost one hundred percent resistant to weevils.

Bracing For The Storm
Clemson University wind researchers question whether the Southeast, already battered by tornadoes, is ready for the looming hurricaneseason (which begins June 1).

UD Space News: Cosmic Cloud Could Burst Earth's 'Breathing Bubble,' New Bartol Computer Simulation Shows
A colorful new computer animation--created by Gary P. Zank of the Bartol Research Institute at the University of Delaware-- shows how even a small cosmic cloud could suddenly burst the

Protecting the Beat Of Life: Test Center Studies Interaction Between Pacemakers & Electronic Article Surveillance Systems
A test center located at the Georgia Institute of Technology is helping the manufacturers of implantable medical devices avoid potential interactions with the electronic article surveillance systems used in many retail stores.

First Flight Of New Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Set Next Week
A new Space Shuttle fuel tank developed to launch the International Space Station is scheduled for its maiden flight next week on the final U.S. mission to dock with Russia's Mir Space Station.

Too Hot To Handle
Metal-munching bacteria have been discovered in the ponds where spent nuclear fuel rods are stored at the Savannah River nuclear repository in South Carolina.

Does Mountain Living Slow Rate Of Molecular Evolution?
A study of hummingbirds living high in the Andes Mountains suggests that life at the top slows the pace of genetic evolution.

Effective Obesity Treatment Likely To Require Targeting Of Multiple Weight Control Systems
Investigators reviewing three decades of research into body weight regulation conclude that it may not be possible to find a single effective treatment for obesity.
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