Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 24, 1998
Virus Linked To Causing Enlarged Hearts In Children With Certain Genetic Makeup
A certain virus may make the body turn against itself in some children, leading to development of an enlarged heart, say scientists.

Crack Addicts Travel Long Downward Spiral
Homeless crack cocaine addicts, especially African-American, faced early abuse and violence, leading to progressively unstable adult lives, says researchers from Penn State and Temple University.

New Research: Children Inhale Higher Percentage Of Pollution
Children inhale more airborne particles for their size than either adolescents or adults, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.

International Study Finds Statins Raise Good Cholesterol, Wake Forest Physician Reports
A new international study shows a class of drugs known as statins raises levels of the good cholesterol, John R.

Penn Researchers Prove "Short-Cut" Function Of Myelin Sheath Channel: BetterUnderstanding Of Myelin Should Lead To Therapies For Neuropathies
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time how a biochemical channel important for the exchange of cell nutrients links the multiple layers of the myelin sheath to the outside space.

Silicon Valley's Electronics Manufacturing Toxins Are Concentrated In Poor, Latino Neighborhoods
SAN FRANCISCO - According to sociologist Andrew Szasz, environmental inequality lies beneath Silicon Valley's booming electronics industry.

Preliminary Results Of National Congregations Study Are In
SAN FRANCISCO - Preliminary results of the National Congregations Study (NCS) show that approximately two-fifths of congregations would consider applying for government money to support their social service programs.

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Signs Licensing Agreement With American Cyanamid For Herbicide-Tolerant Rice
The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and American Cyanamid Co.

Rituals, Not Beliefs, Provide Social Glue For Religious Communities
Rituals, not shared beliefs, provide the glue that holds together religious communities over a long period of time, says a Penn State sociologist.

Presidential Event Focuses On Improving Diversity In Science
The president of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, will host a special event on the evening of August 24 to focus on programs and ideas for creating a diverse chemistry workforce--one in which diversity can be used to solve current and future scientific challenges.

New "Body-Friendly" Fat Substitute Can Help To Transform
A new dietary fat substitute that government scientists say will be good for your heart was reported here today at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Low-Income Students Overcome Obstacles To Present Research
Two Boston-area students will be among more than 46 chemistry students from around the U.S. who will present scientific findings this week at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, marking the 30th anniversary of a highly successful effort to encourage low-income students as they pursue higher education and careers.

Pioneers Of Chemistry At Convention Center
The lead chemist examining the long-hidden artifacts of the historic cruise ship Titanic and the scientist known as the father of the hydrogen bomb are among a host of researchers discussing their cutting edge work at the Industry Pavilion of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, during the Society's national meeting here Aug.

Into The Blaze: Scientists Fly Above Raging Wildfires
It's wildfire season, and researchers hope to be in the midst of such blazes, during the month of September.

Blacks' Environmental Concerns Equal/Exceed Whites'
Blacks are just as concerned as whites about a wide range of environmental issues, and more concerned than whites about air and water pollution, according to a University of Michigan study.

First-Ever Scientific Estimate Of Total Bacteria On Earth Shows Far Greater Numbers Than Ever Known Before
Bacteria are the huddled masses of the microbial world, performing tasks that include everything from causing disease to fixing nitrogen in the soil.

Blood Levels Of C-Reactive Protein May Predict Heart Attack And Stroke Risk In Women As Well As Men
Measuring C-reactive protein with a high sensitivity test may provide a powerful new method to predict risk of heart attack and stroke among healthy post-menopausal women, report researchers.

How Mammals Learn To Recognise Their Mother
Chicks can see as soon as they are born and quickly learn to recognise their mother.

Glenn Seaborg To Lead Symposium On History Of Manhattan Project
Nobel laureate and former Manhattan Project section chief Glenn T.

School Achievement Drops In Larger Families -- Except for Mormons
Previous research showed that increasing the number of children in a family lowers the educational achievement for all siblings.

Hannibal Lost The War Because He Could Not Supply His Armies
The great Carthaginian general Hannibal was able to repeatedly defeat the Romans.

Medicine Becomes Monetized
In the 1990s, the practice of medicine has become the cost- effective provision of health care services, rather than a matter of curing the sick, according to Penn State researchers.
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