Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 11, 1998
States Must Be Held Accountable For New Health Plans For Children
A 1997 law expanding health insurance for children by $24 billion offers an unprecedented opportunity to improve children's health, but the federal government must take immediate steps to ensure that states meet the new programs' goals, according to two new Institute of Medicine reports.

Student Looks Forward To Very Cool Research Opportunity
A Purdue University forestry major from Michigan will spend the first semester of his junior year on a continent completely devoid of trees.

The Shape Of Life: How Does The Computer "Know" When It Sees It?
Looks may not be everything, but they may indicate whether something was alive - here, or on Mars.

Pacific Northwest Computerizes Crime Fighting
Computer scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are updating Washington state crime databases to help police share information on unsolved cases and track criminals on parole.

Teen Marijuana Use Is Fueled By Change In Attitudes
Changes in student attitudes about marijuana, not a general rise in rebellious or delinquent behavior among the teen-age children of baby boomers, are driving recent increases in the use of the drug.

Fast Food Can Speed Up Clogging Of The Arteries
DALLAS, June 12 -- Eating a

Testing 'Invisible' Machines: Sandia's Reliability Tests Advance Future Of Micromachine Systems
Work at Sandia National Laboratories to determine the reliability of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) may mean that one day soon, most electronics devices will contain the micron-size machines.

UNMC, Boys Town National Research Hospital Researchers Locate Gene That Causes Combined Deafness And Blindness
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Neb. have combined to locate the gene responsible for Usher syndrome Type IIa -- the leading cause of combined deafness and blindness.

Master Molecule Forms Brains In Frogs And Elbows In Mice
The same molecule that instructs cells to meld together correctly into a healthy frog brain turns out to be a crucial factor in forming mouse joints.

Montana And European Scientists Take Sun's Temperature; Results Published In This Week's Nature
Scientists long perplexed over why the sun's corona is so hot now have a new clue about the actual heating mechanism that pushes temperatures in the sun's outer region into the millions of degrees.

Measuring Bonds In A Single Molecule
Cornell University physicists have successfully measured the frequency at which atoms in a bond are vibrating in a single molecule of acetylene.

Psychiatrists Put Patient Rights First
The rights of persons with mental disorders come first in psychiatric research, according to American Psychiatric Association (APA) testimony today before the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee of the U.S.

Drunken Fruit Flies Reveal Molecular Pathway Regulating Sensitivity To Alcohol
Researchers at UC San Francisco have identified a molecular pathway in intoxicated fruit flies that is responsible for regulating the flies' meandering, wobbling responses to alcohol.

Obesity Gene: Possible Link To Heart Disease Risk
DALLAS, June 12 -- A link has been found between leptin, a protein product of the obesity gene, and risk for coronary heart disease, the cause of heart attacks, say researchers in a study published today in an American Heart Association journal.
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