Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 02, 1998
International Conference Addresses Drug-Resistant TB Epidemic Ravaging Russia
International Workshop on TB Epidemic in Russia on Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Envisioning Ions With INEEL-Developed Simulation
A program written by Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory scientist Dave Dahl is helping solve mysteries from this side of the Solar System to its far reaches.

Heavy Metal Hit Parade Could Point Scientists To Source Of Gamma-Ray Bursts
A powerful new instrument could point scientists to the source of mysterious, cosmological, gamma-ray bursts.

Promiscuous Plants May Spread Genes To Weeds
Crops engineered to contain genes that give them resistance to pests or the ability to produce lots of seeds, could pass these genes to their weedier cousins producing hybrid strains of super-weeds, says Joy Bergelson, assistant professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago.

New Optical Detector Could Revolutionize Astronomy
Physicists at Stanford have developed a new optical detector so sensitive that it can clock the arrival of a single particle of light and measure its energy with exceptional precision.

Alzheimers Disease Could Soon Be Treated With Nose Drops
Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders could soon be treated with nose drops.

Whitehead Study Establishes Role Of DNA Methylation In The Stability Of DNA, Suggests Possible Role Of Undermethylation In Cancer
Whitehead scientists have established for the first time that DNA methylation, a chemical process by which cells read DNA, may also be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the genome, or in other words, for ensuring that the 3 billion- letter DNA code is copied accurately when cells divide.

OHSU Study Shows Bright Pink Form Effective In Helping Patients Communicate End-Of-Life Care Wishes
A bright pink form developed and widely distributed in Oregon has been effective in helping terminally ill patients set limits on aggressive life-extending treatments.Results of a study on the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form are being published this week.

Liquid Golf Clubs
Golf club heads made using a new metal alloy known as 'Liquidmetal' are being developed by an American manufacturer to make the high performance drivers and irons of the future.

UCSF AIDS Research Center Receives Major New Grant From NIH
The UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is one of 12 centers nationwide selected for a major new grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Tourists And Scientists Could Be Bringing Deadly Diseases To Antarctica's Wildlife
Dangerous pathogens from human food and sewage are threatening Antarctica's unique wildlife with devastating diseases.

Researchers Have Found That Randomly Swapping Email Addresses Obscures Your Track On The Net
Many Internet surfers object to the fact that every time you visit a website, you leave a record showing you were there and what pages you viewed.

Plant Doctors Find Genetic Solution For Papaya Growers
A new Hawaiian papaya, genetically resistant to papaya ringspot, is now being widely grown thanks to the cooperative efforts of plant doctors from Cornell University, the University of Hawaii, and the Pharmacia-UpJohn Company.

More Than $7.5 Million For Research
Biomedical engineers at 29 universities have been awarded a total of more than $7.5 million by The Whitaker Foundation to solve medical problems and improve human health.

Money For Old Cable
A new method for reprocessing scrap electrical cable is making collecting and recycling used cable economically attractive.

A New Computing Paradigm: Chaos-Based System That "Evolves" Answers May Be Alternative To Current Computers
A revolutionary new computing technique that uses a network of chaotic elements to

Scientists To Report On Vast Antarctic Ice Sheet, Seek Clues To Its Future
An AGU-sponsored Chapman Conference on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will be held at the University of Maine, Orono, September 13-18.

Engineering New Enzymes
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry and from Boehringer Mannheim GmbH present in PNAS (vol.

Clearer Criteria Needed To Support Government Involvement In Port And Freight Terminal Projects
State and local governments have become increasingly aware of the importance of freight transfer facilities such as seaports, airports, and barge, truck, and rail terminals for the efficient functioning of the transportation system and for regional economic development.

Researchers Identify Risk Factors For Preeclampsia In Hypertensive Women
Having high blood pressure for at least four years before getting pregnant increases a woman's chances of developing the dangerous condition known as preeclampsia, according to a study published in the September 3 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. 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