Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 31, 1998
Paying For The Right Answers? Should Industry Sponsor Medical Research?
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Social Stress Causes Dormant Herpes Virus To Resurface In Mice
New research in mice shows that changes in social interactions can stimulate a dormant herpes virus to resurface.

First Visualization Of Chaos In Three Dimensions
In the cover article of the July 31 issue of the journal Science, Northwestern researchers have provided the first visualization of 3-D chaotic flow, showing all the intricacies of the regular features and the chaotic regions in the flow.

Workshop To Evaluate Research Needs On The Safety Of Medicinal Herbs
A public workshop to evaluate what research may be needed to ensure the safety of medicinal herbs will be held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina September 23 and 24.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Reduces Psychotic Symptoms
Professor Nicholas Tarrier from the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and colleagues, report compared with supportive counselling and routine care, there was a greater reduction in psychotic symptoms in patients receiving cognitive behaviour therapy.

USGS To Present Diverse Research At ESA Annual Meeting
From native birds to exotic plants, USGS scientists will present diverse research at the annual meeting of The Ecological Society of America at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, Aug.

Gene-Toxin Link May Shed Light On Cause Of Parkinson's Disease
Researchers seeking a cause for dementia in patients with Parkinson's disease have discovered that the combination of a defective gene and exposure to pesticides may increase a person's risk for developing the dementia.

Shift In Care Of Elderly Is Falling On Shoulders Of GPs
The number of institutional care places for elderly people in Britain doubled to 563,000 between 1980 and 1995, with NHS beds accounting for less than ten per cent of the total by the end of this period.

Business Should Monitor Internet Discussion Groups, Researcher Says
Businesses need to become more aware of what is being said about them on the Internet, according to a consumer scientist at Ohio State University.

Study Shows Aspirin Blocks "Plant Pain"
Plants may not feel the pain of an injury as animals do, but they have their own

Doctors Are Underprescribing Key Blood Pressure Drug In Heart Attack Patients Most Likely To Benefit, Study Says
A national study led by a UC San Francisco researcher indicates that doctors are increasingly heeding the recommendation that they prescribe ACE inhibitors to patients who have had heart attacks, but they still are grossly under- prescribing the life-saving drug to the patients most in need.

New Science And Engineering Mentoring Curriculum Aims To Help Meet Industry's Demand For Diverse Work Force
To help bridge the widening gap between industry's demand for a diverse, well-trained science and engineering work force and the available labor supply, the University of Washington's nationally recognized Women in Science & Engineering Center has developed the first comprehensive curriculum for mentoring training in science and engineering.

A 300-Million-Year Old Twosome: The Cycad And Its Pollinator
Living fossils of the plant world, the cycads can trace their lineage back to about 300 million years ago.

Report On Electrical And Magnetic Fields Released; Public Invited To Comment At Regional Meetings
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has released the full text & summary ( ) of a report from scientists concluding, by a divided vote, that electrical and magnetic fields around power lines, home wiring, home appliances and some industrial uses should be regarded as a

Crime And Poverty Are Causes Of Health Crisis In Russia
Professor Martin McKee from the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition in London along with colleagues from Sweden and Russia, report that the decline in life expectancy in Russia cannot be attributed solely to impoverishment.

Cometary Impact With Earth Unlikely In The Next 500,000 Years
It is highly unlikely that a comet will strike the earth during the next half-million years, according to a new study.

Process Creates Ceramics That Won't Shrink Or Change Shape
Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a new technique for creating near net-shaped ceramic parts for high-tech devices like fuel cells, medical implants, cellular phones, gas or temperature sensors, and even automobile engines.

NSB Urges Response To Poor Achievement In Math & Science Education
The National Science Board (NSB) urges all stakeholders in kindergarten through twelfth grade education to develop a nation-wide consensus on core knowledge and competency in mathematics and science.

U.S. Navy Medical Breakthrough To Help Millions Of Americans At Risk For Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
In a medical breakthrough that will help tens of millions of Americans at risk for noise-induced hearing loss, the Naval Medical Center in San Diego has successfully tested a technique that restores hearing loss if administered within hours following exposure to loud noise.

Scientists Discover New Players On The Gene-Activation Team
A series of discoveries that dramatically alter the understanding of how cells turn genes on are announced in July issues of the journals Nature and Cell, where the research has been described as

UD News: As The Year 2000 Looms, Deep Thinkers Tackle Real Problems At 20th World Congress Of Philosophy
AUG. 13, 1998--As the year 2000 approaches,

Study Shows Managers Don't Use Effective Decision-Making Tactics
A study of 376 business decisions found that managers use decision-making tactics that are the least successful. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to