Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 10, 1998
Good Manners Put The Brakes On "Road Rage"
A major cause of anger while driving is the inconsiderate and discourteous behaviour of other road users - not blatant law- breaking.

Brightest Object In Universe Observed By University Of Washington Astronomer
The brightest object yet observed in the universe has been discovered by a University of Washington astronomer and his colleagues.

You Could Eat Your Dinner Off That...
As unbelievable as it may sound, you'd be better off eating your dinner off your toilet seat than your kitchen chopping board.

As A 'Carbon Sponge,' Iron-Poor Coastal Waters Can't Always Do The Job, NaturePaper Shows
Like a sponge, the Earth's oceans store the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide--but certain coastal waters can't perform this trick because they lack iron, a University of Delaware researcher reports in the June 11 issue of the journal, Nature.

Despite Side Effects, Bed Rest Still Common For High-Risk Pregnancy
Obstetricians regularly prescribe bed rest for women with complicated pregnancies, but many appear to be unaware of the harmful side effects of the inactivity, according to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing.

Damaged Minds
Scientists in Baltimore, Maryland, have found that some stunted regions of the brain may be to blame for the most severe symptoms of autism, while other undersized regions may cause the milder symptoms often suffered by close relatives of autistics.

Bombs Away
Robot submarines that can sniff out unexploded bombs on the ocean floor may soon be clearing up live explosives in wartime wrecks and old naval practice grounds.

Hubble Space Telescope Sees Expanding Nova Shells
Penn State astronomers are announcing today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego that they have discovered expanding gas clouds thrown off by nuclear eruptions in stars.

Wistar Scientist Chosen For Lupus Foundation of Philadelphia's Sheryl N. Hirsch Award
Andrew Caton, Ph.D., an associate professor in Wistar's Tumor Immunology Program, has been chosen to receive the Lupus Foundation of Philadelphia's prestigious Sheryl N.

Breast Feeding May Be Significant Source Of Infants' Exposure To Tobacco Products
Infants of mothers who smoke may receive greater exposure to the products of tobacco smoke through breast milk than through environmental exposure, according to a study led by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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