Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 21, 1998
Hopkins Sacrifices Telescope, Safeguards Sky-Mapping Project
A little telescope at Johns Hopkins, used only for students and public viewing, not for research, has come to the rescue of the ambitious Sloan Digital Sky Survey project.

Baseball Fan Creates Algorithm To Divvy Season Tickets
When friends buy seasons tickets together, who goes to the Yankees game?

A New Planet Is Born?
Astronomers believe the Hubble Space Telescope may be witnessing the birth of new planets.

Older Adults' Speech-Processing Difficulties May Stem From 'Fast, Noisy Talk,' Not Deafness
A new study from Brandeis University indicates that older adults' occasional difficulties in following conversation may arise from simple background noise and mile-a-minute talkers, not failing hearing.

University Of Pittsburgh Chosen By NCI As One Of Three Pioneer Sites ForBiocombinatorial Chemistry Research
University of Pittsburgh researchers have received a $5 million grant to speed drug discovery through revolutionary means--biocombinatorial chemistry.

Psychiatrist Honored For Heroic Work With Refugees
On Saturday, November 7 at 2:45 p.m. at the J.W.

Elderly Patients May Be Undertreated For High Cholesterol, Wake Forest Doctor Says
In an era when many physicians believe that elderly patients are overmedicated, a new study in Winston-Salem and elsewhere finds that many elderly patients with high cholesterol levels are undertreated - even those who had a history of coronary heart disease.

UNC-CH 'Groucho' Research Offers Insights Into How Embryo, Cancer Cells Communicate
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Bedrock May Be Culprit In High Stream-Water Nitrate
Local geology, not disruptive human activities, may be to blame for elevated nitrate levels in some streams and lakes, report researchers at the University of California, Davis, who studied a watershed in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

Human Patient Simulator Assists Training Physicians In New Drug
A Penn State medical researcher has shown that a robotic patient simulator can be an effective stand-in to teach doctors how new drugs affect real patients.

"Lab On A Chip" For DNA Testing Invented By U-M Engineers
The device---a glass-and-silicon chip smaller than a child's pinky finger---is far less expensive than conventional methods of analyzing DNA, yet just as quick and sensitive.

New Center Of Excellence In Women's Health Will Focus On Health Of Minority Women
Harvard Medical School has received a contract from the U.S.

NYU Physicist Proposes New Theory For Origin And Make-Up Of Extremely High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Where do extremely high-energy cosmic rays come from and where do they get their energy?

Media Advisory 1: Fall Meeting Information For Media Representatives
The Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union will take place at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, December 6-10, 1998.

Teaching Great White Sharks To Link People With Food Is A Recipe For Disaster
South African conservationists are worried that the antics of unscrupulous shark-diving tour operators could lead to tourism-linked great white shark attacks.

Additional Damage From Heart Attack Occurs Within 48 Hours Of Recovery
The tiniest blood vessels nourishing the heart are at risk of damage not only during a heart attack but also after normal blood flow returns through the region, a Johns Hopkins-led animal study has found.

How To Find Landmines Without Setting Foot On The Ground
A special bullet fired into the ground from a helicopter could offer a safe and efficient way of finding landmines.
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