Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 14, 1998
Stress Hormone Levels Predict Length Of Gestation In Human Pregnancy
Levels of a stress hormone, corticoptropin-releasing hormone (CRH), measured in mothers in the early third trimester of pregnancy may predict the length of gestation and preterm delivery, according to a study by a University of Kentucky researcher working in collaboration with scientists at the University of California, Irvine.

Seeing Through Steel: INEEL Developed Technology Identifies Chemical Weapons
INEEL researchers have developed a portable system that identifies chemical weapons inside warheads -- without opening the projectiles up.

Next Generation Internet Medical Awards Announced
The National Library of Medicine announces the award of 24 grants totaling $2.3 million to medical institutions and companies to develop innovative medical projects that demonstrate the use of the capabilities of the Next Generation Internet (NGI).

Whitaker makes largest individual grants ever totaling more than $30 million
The Whitaker Foundation has made its first two Leadership Awards totaling more than $30 million to The Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Diego - the largest individual grants in its 23-year history.

Bacteria That Disable Sperm
Some men have low fertility because of microorganisms lurking in their semen, say researchers in Hungary.

HHMI To Award $90 Million To Medical Schools
Grants Will Help Sustain Critical Biomedical Research Activities Amid Growing Financial Pressures

Altered Brain Chemistry In Bulimia Nervosa Patients Persists After Recovery, According To UPMC Researchers
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic have found evidence supporting the possibility that an alteration of brain chemistry contributes to the development of bulimia nervosa and persists even after recovery from the disorder.

UNC Researchers Find Drug-Resistant HIV In Semen
A study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill confirms the presence of mutated, drug-resistant human immunodeficiency virus in the semen of men taking antiviral medications for HIV infection.

Body's Built-In Computer Helps Recovery From Sports Injury
Early intervention after a sports injury is essential to re- boot the body's built-in computer, which aids in stabilizing the smallest movements of muscles and joints, says the October issue of the Penn State Sports Medicine Newsletter.

A Radical New Way For Disabled People To Interact With The World Is Born
Brain implants are making it possible for severely disabled people to use the power of thought to communicate through a computer.

SHEBA Breaks Free Of Arctic's Icy Embrace
The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Des Groseilliers has left the ice floe it has called home for more than a year and is expected in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, later this week, concluding the field season of the largest and most complex project ever supported in the Arctic by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Hubble Provides A Moving Look At Neptune's Stormy Disposition
Combining simultaneous observations of Neptune made with the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, researchers have captured the most insightful images to date of a planet whose blustery weather - monster storms and equatorial winds of 900 miles per hour - bewilders scientists.

Beyond Pharmaceuticals: Business And Academic Leaders Forecast The Future Of "Combinatorial Chemistry"
H. Mario Geysen, a Distinguished Research Scientist with Glaxo Wellcome Inc. and the inventor of combinatorial chemistry--a technique for rapidly creating and testing vast

Mystery Force Is Traced To Satellites' Waste Heat
When the unexpected slowing of distant spacecraft was reported last month, physicists wondered if this meant they would have to rewrite the equations of gravity.

Number Of Children With AIDS Still Unacceptably High; Routine HIV TestingNeeded In Prenatal Care
Optional HIV tests should be a routine part of prenatal care, to help reduce the number of pediatric AIDS cases and improve treatment for mothers with AIDS, says a new Institute of Medicine report.

Robots May Soon Be Harder To Shake Than A Bloodhound
Researchers in California have developed a robot that can follow people wherever they go.
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