Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 16, 1998
Researchers Offer DOD New Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Methods
The Department of Defense (DOD) should consider applying several new technologies to cleaning up hazardous wastes, researchers recommend in a report summarizing the results of a four-year project.

Combination Therapy For Brain Tumors Holds Promise For Longer Survival After Surgery
Despite advances in neuroimaging and surgery, no major developments in the treatment of malignant brain tumors have been introduced in the past two decades.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have now found a way to make brain cancer cells more receptive to radiation treatment --by 60-fold in some cases.

People With Alzheimer's May Have Their Fathers To Thank
Children born to older fathers have a higher risk of eventually developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a new retrospective study.

Colorado State University Awarded $1.6 Million By Howard Hughes Medical Institute To Foster Undergraduate Biomedical Education
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has given Colorado State University a $1.6 million, four-year grant to improve life- sciences instruction on campus, involve undergraduates and public-school teachers in research and help students prepare for 21st century careers in the life sciences.

One In Three Doctors Recommends Herbal Supplements To Patients
Herbal supplements are now entering mainstream medical practice, with one in three primary care doctors recommending them to patients at least weekly, most frequently for people with mood and emotional complaints, according to a national survey released today.

UD Education News: HHMI Award Supports Undergraduate Discovery
At 21, Brooke Heidenfelder of Doylestown, Pa., is still an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, but she's conducting graduate-level investigations of an enzyme from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Hyperforin Is A Key To St. John's Wort, Researchers Say
Clinical research has shown what may be a key to St.

Symposium Explores Neandertal Question, Mystery Of Human Origins
An international research symposium being offered by Arizona State University's Institute of Human Origins (IHO) on Oct.

HHMI Awards $91.1 Million For Undergraduate Science Education At 58 Universities
Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded more than $425 million since 1988 to revitalize undergraduate biological sciences education at colleges and universities nationwide.

Great Bugs Of Fire
Spacelab crystallizes a protein from a very weird, and surprisingly common, volcano-loving bug.

Possible Dangers Of Taking Over-The-Counter Medications For Hepatitis C Patients
Patients with chronic hepatitis C often take the over-the- counter non-steroidal drug Ibuprofen, otherwise known as Motrin or Advil, to combat joint pain that often accompanies the disease.

Study Pinpoints Effectiveness Of Prostate Cancer Therapies To Patient Populations
A new study says that after an estimated 41-month follow-up, patients classified as

Whitehead Study Supports Existence Of Ancient RNA World, Helps Provide Insight Into Early Evolution Of Life
For decades, many researchers thought that ribonucleic acid, or RNA, was nothing more than a molecular interpreter that helps translate DNA codes into proteins.

Superfast Jets From Expoding Stars Could Explain Cosmic Speed Freaks
Gamma-ray bursts may be produced by the debris expelled from a supernova in a hyperfast jet, according to an astronomer in New Jersey.

Major Acoustics Meeting In Virginia
Unusual acoustics in US Civil War battles, airbag noise hazards, and strange echoes in a Mayan pyramid are among the highlights of the upcoming meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Norfolk, Virginia from October 12-October 16, 1998.

Why Is Africa So High?
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution report that a large, hot upwelling originating at the core-mantle boundary is responsible for the anomalously high elevation of southern Africa--the so-called African Superswell.
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