Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 19, 1998
For The First Time, Researchers Test Implantable Heart-Shocker To Correct Shaky Rhythms That Can Lead To Stroke
For the first time, an implantable heart-shocking device has been used to correct atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke.

R&D Investment Up, Federal Contribution Down - Special Chemical & Engineering News Report
For the fourth year in a row, investment in American research and development is expected to outpace the strong growth of the U.S. economy, despite a decrease in federal R&D dollars, according to a special report in the Oct.

UNC-CH Studies Show Medicine Can Reverse Osteoporosis From Transplants, Cystic Fibrosis
Studies of a drug known as Pamidronate indicate that the drug is highly effective in partially reversing the bone weakening known as osteoporosis due to drugs taken after various transplants, including lung transplants in cystic fibrosis patients.

Women's Health Study Reaches Recruitment Goal
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announced that more than 160,000 women have joined the Women's Health Initiative, a 15-year study administered by the NHLBI, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Colorado Scientist Involved In Deep Space 1 Mission
A University of Colorado at Boulder professor is part of a science team working with a miniaturized, futuristic space probe capable of navigating its own way through space and powered by a solar-electric propulsion system.

Researchers Display Technology That Assists People With Disabilities
Approximately 10 research projects aimed at reducing barriers that prevent people with disabilities from full participation in mathematics and science education will be on display Tuesday, October 20, at the National Science Foundation's Exhibit Center in Arlington, Va.

STaRS Fellowship Program Targets Secondary School Science
AGU announces a new fellowship program, STaRS (Science Teacher and Research Scientist) to begin in 1999.

Adirondack Wolf Conference
In response to the 1996 proposal by conservationists to restore the eastern timber wolf to New York's Adirondack State Park, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and the Hastings Center, a research and education institute for bioethics, will host a conference to explore the biological, political, and ethical dimensions of this proposal.

AIDS Researchers Form "Virtual Center"
AIDS researchers at four Midwestern universities, recently awarded a joint NIH grant, to work together as if they were right down the hall from one another.

Sunspot Cycle Closely Following Prediction
As the sun nears solar maximum, NASA scientists report that the sunspot cycle is closely following their prediction.

Intraoperative Duplex Scanning Used For First Time To Treat Car-Jacking Victim
A new type of technology known as intraoperative Duplex Scanning was used for the first time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last month to treat a car-jacking victim with critical gunshot wounds to his head and chest.
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