Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 13, 1998
New Penn State Scanner Probes Sub-Surface Over Broad Temperature Range
Penn State engineers have developed a prototype ultrasonic scanner, or acoustic microscope, that can image the interior of a material as it responds to temperature changes by melting, deforming or solidifying.

BioNumerik Reports The Supercomputer Supported Discovery Of New, Non-Toxic Chemotherapy Protecting Agent
BioNumerik reports a key scientific publication in the October issue of Seminars in Oncology which describes the discovery and mechanism of action of a new, non-toxic second- generation platinum protecting agent which appears to substantially reduce the toxicity associated with anti-cancer drugs such as cisplatin and carboplatin.

Institute of Medicine Elects 55 New Members
Fifty-five new members have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, raising the total active membership to 574.

Stop Heart Disease Before It Stops You - The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
More women die from heart disease than anything else. This year it will kill 370,000 women.

David J. Kupfer Awarded Sarnat Prize For Mental Health Research, Treatment
The Institute of Medicine today presented the 1998 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to David J.

Jefferson Neurosurgeons Use New Procedure To Reverse Dangerous Cerebral Vasospasm
Neurosurgeons at Jefferson Medical College have developed a method to reverse dangerous cerebral vasospasm, a narrowing of cerebral arteries several days after aneurysm rupture.

NSF teams with DOE to fund Environmental Molecular Science Institutes
The National Science Foundation (NSF) together with the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $21.4 million over five years to establish three Environmental Molecular Science Institutes (EMSIs).

Penn Study Finds 52% Of Resident Physicians Self-Prescribe Medications
A new study from the Penn Medical Center researchers found that 52% of resident physicians self-prescribe medications.

Lake George Water Is Death On Zebra Mussel Larvae
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that zebra mussel larvae die in water from New York's scenic Lake George.

Smoke breathes new life into a forest
Scientists have previously reported that heat shock and charred wood induce germination in dormant seeds.

PA Transportation Institute Launches New Traffic Laboratory
Penn State's Pennsylvania Transportation Institute has a new facility to bring real world traffic into the laboratory or classroom.

Fewer Songbirds May Be Result Of Forest Fragmentation Across The American South, New Study Suggests
There's a new predator in the forest, and it has neither feet nor claws.

Gamma-Ray Bursters Cross The
A study of gamma ray burst spectra shows one more thing that these mysterious, cosmological gamma ray bursts are not.

Bat Sonar Sharper Than Thought; Much Better Than Man-Made Gear
A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the processing of sonar echoes by bats is significantly more sophisticated than scientists had suspected.
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