Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 30, 1998
1998 Hurricane Season Probably A Taste Of Seasons To Come
Colorado State University hurricane forecaster William Gray and his associates believe the 14 Atlantic Basin storms this year are just a harbinger of hurricane seasons to come.

Researchers Announce Breakthrough In Transgenic Animal Technology
Research reported in the November 24 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences may herald a new era in biopharmaceutical production.

ROSAT Guest Observer Programme Terminated
After eight years of successful operations the guest observer programme of the X-ray Astronomy Satellite ROSAT has been terminated.

Smart Materials Provide For Self-Adjusting Satellite Antennas
Researchers have taken the first step toward developing adjustable antennas for satellite communications.

Diabetic Women Should Be Extra Cautious When Trying To Get Pregnant, Study Suggests
A paper in the December issue of Nature Medicine suggests that diabetic women who are trying to get pregnant should be very careful about controlling their blood sugar levels.

Immunity's Nervous Supervisor
As reported in PNAS, direct communication between the nervous and immune systems, discovered by Weizmann Institute scientists, may help understand and eventually treat autoimmune disorders.

Only Half Of Americans Save Enough For Retirement, Study Finds
About half of Americans won't be able to keep up their standard of living after retirement because they aren't planning well enough.

Supplementing Diet With Fruits And Vegetables, Rather Than Vitamins, Provides Needed "Antioxidants"
Instead of popping vitamin pills, the addition of a few more servings of fruits and vegetables and lowering fat in the diet may help stave off a disease process which leads to heart attack and stroke, researchers say.

No Major Changes Seen In Stability Of Antarctic Ice Sheet
The West Antarctic ice sheet's interior -- the largest grounded repository of ice on the planet -- isn't melting rapidly, is reasonably stable and has been so for more than a century.

A Trip To The Dentist Could Cause Symptoms In Asthmatic Kids
A dental visit may trigger asthma symptoms in some children with the disorder.

Radiologists Successful At Detecting Breast Cancer Using New Technology
Radiologists can detect breast cancer with the same accuracy whether they're looking at a mammogram film or reading the image off a computer screen, according to a study conducted at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and reported today (Nov.

Television Violence Can Impair Memory For Commercial Messages, Says New Research
Violent television programming impedes the television viewer's memory of the commercial message run during the program, according to new research in the December issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, published by the American Psychological Association.

How "Micro" Can We Go?
Weizmann Institute scientists have created the world's tiniest bipolar transistor, one of the major types of transistors commonly used in microelectronics.

Study Of Raindrop Energy To Aid Fight Against Crop Diseases
A sensor that measures the kinetic energy of falling raindrops may one day warn farmers about outbreaks of crop diseases.

LSU Ag Center Program Focuses On Helping Animals Reproduce; Graduates Assist Humans, As Well
The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center's reproductive physiology research program started with one main focus - helping farm animals have babies efficiently and at the least cost to livestock producers.

Implantable Pumping Device Works As "Therapy" For Congestive Heart Failure
A mechanical heart device has allowed individuals with congestive heart failure to recover lost pumping function and avoid a heart transplant, according to a new study.

UB Stroke Researchers Develop New Technique To Measure Blood Rate-of-flow, Treat Brain Malformations
A new technique for determining the rate of blood flow, developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo Toshiba Stroke Research Center, will enable neurosurgeons, using digital radiographic imaging, to characterize and treat cerebrovascular abnormalities called arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) more effectively.

Fluoride Toothpaste Linked To Teeth Discoloration In Children
Children who use too much toothpaste before age 6 may run an increased risk of developing a condition that discolors teeth.

Mild Behavior Problems In Preterm Infants Not Cause For Alarm
Babies born two to three months prematurely may have mild behavior and sensory response problems.

New "Bacteria Bashers" Wipe Out Infection
A new approach developed at the Weizmann Institute may lead to potent antimicrobial drugs based on a natural detergent- like mechanism.

Saving Endangered Species Becomes Part Of Ag Center's Animal Reproduction Projects
Survival for many endangered wildlife got a boost recently when representatives from the Louisiana State University system and the Audubon Institute in New Orleans signed an agreement to work more closely on animal reproduction projects.

Single Mothers, Fathers Equally Successful At Raising Children
A new nationwide study refutes the theory that children in single-mother households are disadvantaged because they lack the presence of a father.

AAAS Announces The Winners Of Its Science Journalism Awards
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced today the 1998 winners of its prestigious Science Journalism Awards, a national science writing competition sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation.

Children, Pets Who Swallow Post-1982 Pennies At Risk For Stomach Upset, EvenUlcers
When a child swallows a penny, it can react with stomach acid to create a toxic mixture as corrosive as car battery acid, leading to severe stomach inflammation and even ulcers, physicians at Duke University Medical Center have discovered.
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