Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 18, 1998
Smoking-Related Deaths On The Rise Among American, French Women
Smoking-related illnesses and deaths among American and French women have risen sharply in recent years, despite vigorous anti-smoking campaigns on a global scale, says a Penn State researcher.

UC Santa Cruz Seismologists Detect Origin Of Volcanic Hotspot That Created The Hawaiian Islands
A massive plume of hot rock rising through the Earth and erupting through the ocean floor has been building islands in the central Pacific, including Hawaii, for 80 million years.

Increase In Number Of Diesel Cars Is Counterproductive For Environmental Goals
New diesel cars are more detrimental to the environment and to health than new petrol-driven cars.

American Association Of Pharmaceutical Scientists Announces 1998 Award Winners
Eight pharmaceutical scientists were called to the stage at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' (AAPS) Annual Meeting opening ceremonies to receive awards for research achievement and advancing the pharmaceutical sciences.

New Forest Owners Prefer Enjoying Their Land Over Working It
A dramatic shift in the demographics of Florida's private forest landowners indicates the traditional farmer may be giving way to the more white-collar, absentee landowner, according to a recent University of Florida survey.

Teen Pregnancy And Sexual Risk Taking Associated With Violence
A recent study by researchers at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health reports that teenage girls who were currently pregnant and teenage girls who engaged in HIV- related sexual risk taking viewed more television programs that illustrated violence, depicted abusive acts against women or were sexually demeaning towards women.

Solid-State Switch Could Open The Way To Robot Brains
Space explorers of the future are likely to be autonomous robots capable of thinking, learning and making their own decisions.

UCSF Study Finds Major Decline In HIV Prevalence Among Gay And Bisexual Men In Four Major U.S. Cities
Results of the first survey focusing solely on

Conference To Focus On Institutional Change To Improve Undergraduate Science Education
The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) will host a conference supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on reform efforts in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) education in colleges and universities.

Scientist Finds Asteroid Fossil That May Have Caused Global Dinosaur Extinction
The fossilized remnants of an asteroid that may have caused the global extinction of dinosaurs and other species more than 65 million years ago has been found by a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researcher.

A Stony Science: Making Cholesterol 'Glow' May Shed Light On Gallstones And Other Ailments, UD Prof Says
Using a 'glowing twin' of cholesterol and other bile components, researchers have characterized an enzyme known to promote gallstones.

First Drug Shown Effective For Treating Chronic Forms Of Major Depression
A new study shows that sertraline is safe and effective for treating chronic forms of depression.

New Company Formed Through Licensing Of Cardiac-Hypertrophy Technology From Texas Institutions
ManTex Biotech Inc., a company based on discoveries concerning enlargement of the heart by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, today announced joint licensing of the technologies with the two medical institutions.

When Genes "Breed" In The Lab, A Suprising Number Of Their Offspring Are Supergenes
Sex at a molecular level is producing an elite class of ultra-efficient proteins.

Participating In Sports Gives Girls Strong Self-Images
Participating in sports can have benefits for adolescent girls that reach beyond simply staying physically fit.

HIV Patients Treated With Protease Inhibitors Are More Likely To Engage In Risky Sex, Emory Researchers Report
Researchers at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and the U.S.

First Dinosaur Embryo Skin Discovered -- Unhatched Embryos Are First Ever Found Of Giant-Plant Eating Dinosaurs
A team of researchers announced in the journal Nature the discovery in Argentina of a dinosaur nesting ground strewn with thousands of eggs, dozens of which still have unhatched dinosaur embryos inside.

Natural Childbirth Could Play A Role In Brain Development
Caesarean babies may be more susceptible to schizophrenia than children born naturally, say Canadian researchers who studied the effects of the operation on rats. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to