Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 15, 1998
Molecular Marker May Identify Bladder Cancer Patients Most Likely To Recur
A new study from the University of Southern California concludes that a molecular test may indicate which patients with bladder cancer will most likely recur and which will be cured following surgical treatment.

Policy Methods For Eliminating Child Labor
World governments might be more successful in removing the nearly 100 million children from the labor market by working to increase adult wages and employment rates rather than pursuing legislative action against child labor, which could be effective only in certain countries, say two Cornell University economists

DFG To Fund Four New Research Units
The Grants Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has decided to set up four new research units.

Early Medical Abortion With Mifepristone (RU 486) And Misoprostol Is Highly Acceptable To American Women
Over 2,000 American women, pregnant for 63 days or less, who underwent medical abortion with mifepristone (RU 486) and misoprostol, found the method highly acceptable.

New Findings Add To The Debate On Usefulness Of The Most Commonly Used Screening Test For Colon Cancer
Many of the erroneous results from the cheapest and most common screening method for colon cancer are caused by bleeding above the colon, a Duke University Medical Center researcher has found.

Federal Government Issues Second Annual Report On The Well-Being Of The Nation's Children
The Federal Government issued its second annual report today on the well-being of America's children, revealing some good news about their overall health and educational achievements.

New Electronic "Tongue" Can Taste What's In A Complex Mixture
Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin have designed an electronic tongue that works along the same lines as the taste buds in a human tongue.

Seinfeld-In-Spanish Possible, Thanks To Simon Fraser University Software
Spanish-speaking television viewers in Central and South America will soon be able to watch and understand their favorite U.S. sitcom or soap opera thanks to software developed by two Simon Fraser University researchers.

Neutron Tunneling States In Magnetic Media: A New Sensitive Tool For The Exploration Of Surfaces
When a neutron hits a wall, it either can propagate inside the medium or, if its momentum lies below a critical value, is totally reflected.

Levitating Furnace Holds Promise For Future Experiments
A unique levitation furnace that flew on the Space Shuttle in 1998 is being eyed for upgrades to fly on future Shuttle and International Space Station missions, based on science results presented this week at third Biennial Microgravity Materials Science Conference in Huntsville, Alabama.

Death No Longer Provides An Absolute Barrier To Fatherhood
Sperm taken from a dead man in the US have been used for the first time to establish a pregnancy.

Hidden Universe Revealed: The Discovery Of A New Population Of Distant Star Forming Galaxies Obscured By Dust
A team of American and Japanese astronomers has detected a population of distant, dusty galaxies which are radiating roughly the same amount of stellar energy as the entire optical Universe.The results suggest star formation occurring in the distant Universe may be hidden to visual observations.

Workshop Focuses On Finding Scientific Answers To Difficult Nuclear Waste Cleanup Questions
The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for scientific breakthroughs to help lower costs and speed up cleanup.

Wistar Institute And Philadelphia FIGHT Join To Provide Low-Income AIDS Patients With Access To Research, Education And Clinical Care
The Wistar-Philadelphia FIGHT HIV-1 Partnership Program for Basic Research simultaneously advances scientific discovery and promotes public health, especially of low-income inner city AIDS patients.

Robots Take The First Step Towards Learning By Imitation
A legless virtual android called Adonis has been taught to

University Of Pittsburgh Reports Novel Ways To Improve Transplant Acceptance At Transplantation Society Meeting
Genetically altered dendritic cells (DCs) could significantly improve the body's acceptance of a transplanted organ, according to University of Pittsburgh researchers in reports made at the 17th World Congress of the Transplantation Society held July 12-17 in Montreal.
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