Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 25, 1998
Inexpensive Photochromic Material May Help Next Generation Of Energy-Efficient Windows
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have discovered an inexpensive material that changes color on exposure to light.

Current Trends In Chemical Employment Explored By Industry Experts
How are changing corporate conditions affecting staffing, skills and training in the chemical industry?

Chemistry In Sports
Chemistry steps to the plate during the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, being held here August 23-27, as top professionals in both chemistry and sports discuss the special bonds that unite the two fields.

Tiny Pellets Could Deliver Alzheimer's Drugs
Tiny plastic pellets, some miscrocopic in size, containing a natural protein, hold the promise of one day being able to treat such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer's.

Unsticking The "Glue" In Blood Cells Could Save Lives
Platelets, the blood cells that stop bleeding, also play a role in strokes, heart attacks and cancer.

New Evidence For Growth Factor Role In Crohn's Disease
New research at the University of North Carlolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows a protein molecule that helps regulate body growth may play an important role in the development and progression of Crohn's disease, a chronic, incurable, and frequently disabling inflammatory bowel disorder.

Novel Imaging Agent Developed By Penn Researchers Provides Insight Into Brain's Message Delivery System
How the brain works and why it malfunctions remains a mystery, but an advanced brain imaging agent developed at Penn could be a key to understanding brain disorders like Parkinson's/Alzheimer's.

Researchers Plot Hurricane Damage Zipcode By Zipcode
Long before Hurricane Bonnie ever makes landfall, wind engineering researchers at Clemson University will be trying to predict - on a zip code by zip code basis - the amount of damage she's likely to cause.

Summer Science: The Chemistry Of Ice Cream Revealed
There's more to making ice cream than simply mixing and freezing some cream, sugar and delicious flavorings, according to Michael Brewster, engineering, safety and environmental director for Perry's Ice Cream in Akron, New York.

Religious Grandparents More Involved With Grandchildren, New Study Reveals
Grandparents with strong ties to organized religion develop and maintain stronger relationships with their grandchildren than do grandparents with few or no religious affiliations, a new study shows.

Deep Brain Stimulator Placement And Brain Cell Harvesting Offer Relief And Hope For Parkinson's Disease Patients
Cell harvesting for genetic engineering and a new type of brain surgery, done while the patient is awake, are helping to control tremors in Parkinson's Disease patients at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center's Neurofunctional Surgery Center, and may ultimately offer hope of a cure.

Commercial Fish: Eat Up, Despite Low Levels Of Mercury
Even though the world's fish contain slight amounts of mercury, eating lots of commercial fish carries no detectable health risk from low levels of the substance, even for very young children and pregnant women, concludes a University of Rochester team that conducted the most comprehensive study of the subject yet.

Welfare-Reform, Abortion-Restriction Policies
Create Paradoxical Outcome

Recent welfare reform legislation and new restrictions on abortion may have worked at cross purposes to boost the number of families headed by single mothers, according to a Penn State study.

Researchers Assess Biological Potential Of Mars, Early Earth And Europa
The potential amount of life that could have existed on Mars is tiny compared to the biomass early in Earth's history, say two experts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Washington University in St.
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