Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 20, 1998
Cutting The Time And Cost Of Developing New Cures: Lord Sainsbury Launches World's First Biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometer In York
Identifying promising drugs that could lead to life saving cures in the future can take eight to ten years and cost as much as £200 million.

Bottoms Up! Purdue Studies Link Beverages To Weight Gain
Eat, rather than drink, your holiday treats this season if you want to avoid gaining weight, suggests new research from Purdue University's foods and nutrition department.

SFU Researcher Finds Low Cost Solution To High Auto Emissions
A Simon Fraser University engineering scientist has found a way to upgrade existing software in new cars, rather than mass producing costly hardware, that can help auto companies in their efforts to fully comply with new environmental regulations to take effect next year.

Where The Air We Breath Comes From
Scientists working with Werner Kühlbrandt at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main have gained new insights into the molecular architecture of the key enzyme involved in photosynthesis in plants - namely photosystem II.

WFU And IntraVec To Develop Innovative Cancer And HIV Treatments
Leading edge cancer and HIV treatment and prevention strategies may soon be available to patients as the result of the efforts of a new company, IntraVec, Inc., formed by Wake Forest University, where the basic research was done.

Study Of Origin Of Species Enters The Molecular Age
Nothing brings two people closer together than sex, but for closely related species of fruit flies, it may be what keeps them apart.

Expert: U.S. Economy Moving Toward New Record For Expansion Without War
On Dec. 15, the U.S. economy will complete its 93rd month of expansion since the trough of the last recession on March 15, 1991, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill economist.

New Vaccine Being Tested In Prostate Cancer Patients
Chemists at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research have created a novel vaccine they hope will thwart prostate cancer.

Ancient Antarctic Environment Rocked By Volcanic Eruptions
The first evidence of large volcanic eruptions that shook Antarctica around 25 million years ago has unexpectedly been discovered in rock cores retrieved from the seabed as part of an international ocean-floor drilling project in which the National Science Foundation (NSF) is a partner.

NSF Funds Advanced Internet Research Projects
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded eight grants worth roughly $6 million to support research that will make the Internet of the future a faster, more reliable, more flexible and more secure communications medium.

High School Students Discover Distant Asteroid Using NSF Telescope And Education Program
High school students have discovered a previously unidentified celestial object in the Kuiper Belt using images from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) 4-meter Blanco Telescope in Chile.

Supernutrients Mean Super Health for Children
Salmon, butternut squash, lean beef and spinach may not sound like any child's idea of the perfect meal.

Study Finds Jury Duty May Be "Too Complex"
A three-year study by Simon Fraser University psychologists has found that people who sit on juries are unable to comprehend the instructions set out to guide their decision- making, leading to the conclusion that
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