Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 08, 1998
Bartenders' Health Improves After Smoking Banned in Bars
The respiratory health and lung function of bartenders improved after a California law prohibited smoking in bars, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

USGS Sends First Science Team To Honduras As Part Of Reconstruction Effort
A team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists will arrive in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Tuesday, December 8 to provide scientific and technical expertise, including field work surveys on geologic, hydrologic and biologic impacts and risks still facing Central America.

First Complete Fossil Of Fierce Prehistoric Predator Found In South Africa
Paleontologists from the South African Museum and the University of Washington have discovered what appears to be the first complete fossil of a gorgonopsid, a ferocious predator with both reptilian and mammalian characteristics that became extinct 250 million years ago.

Simple Method May Save Lives By Reliably Sorting Data
A data-sorting method based upon the human ability to visually group objects seen near each other, rather than upon complex mathematical equations, has proven so successful that Sandia will use it in its hand-held sensors to defend battlefields, airports, and other vulnerable areas.

Cholesterol levels decline among U.S. adolescents
Total cholesterol levels among U.S. adolescents declined 7 mg/dL between the late 1960s and the early 1990s, according to a new analysis of cholesterol trends and levels published in the November/December issue of Preventive Medicine.

UNC Surgeons Perform State's First Successful Living-Related, Adult-to-Adult Liver Transplant
CHAPEL HILL - Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky November day for Mrs.

Blood-Flow Study Helps UT Southwestern Researchers Shed New Light On Childhood Muscular Dystrophy
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have made a critical discovery about blood-flow regulation during exercise and, in the process, have uncovered a clue about a culprit behind Duchenne dystrophy, also known as childhood muscular dystrophy.

Magma--Making Long Valley Caldera Rise
Long Valley Caldera is on the rise, as it has been since 1980, and a new study confirms that it is magma, not water, that is forcing it upward.

Penn Bioethicists Suggest Updating Protections For Human Research Subjects
A study co-authored by Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, and Arthur L.

Holiday Tip: A Rub-Free Solution For Silver Tarnish
A Johns Hopkins materials engineer explains what causes silver tarnish and how to get rid of it without a large application of elbow grease.

Exotic Species, Migratory Birds, Sea Level Rise, Wetlands, And Contaminants...USGS Scientists Discuss Innovative Chesapeake Bay Restoration Studies
From evidence of exotic nutria damage to wetlands to above average sea level rise, the Chesapeake Bay watershed is a complex and compelling scientific challenge.

Intel Provides Royalty-Free License to US Government: Sandia Labs to Develop Radiation-Hardened PentiumĀ® Processor for Space & Defense Needs
Intel Corp. and the Department of Energy (DOE) announce that Intel will provide a royalty-free license for its PentiumĀ® processor design to DOE's Sandia National Laboratories for the development of custom made microprocessors for US space and defense purposes.

NYU Professor Becomes First Woman To Win National Medal Of Science ForMathematics
On Tuesday, December 8th, NYU professor emerita Cathleen Synge Morawetz was named a recipient of the National Medal of Science for mathematics.

National Science Medalists Named
President Clinton today named nine of the nation's most renowned scientific researchers to receive the National Medal of Science, citing them for

Polar Spacecraft Measures "Auroral Fountain" Flowing Out As Solar Wind Flows In
Residents of the far north who saw a massive display of the aurora borealis in late September were also staring through an invisible fountain of gas being accelerated into space by a powerful bubble of solar wind, which pumped about 200 gigawatts of electrical power into the Earth.

Unknown contaminant found in seabird eggs
A previously unknown contaminant, similar to PCBs and dioxins, and possibly of marine origin, has been found in eggs of Atlantic and Pacific Ocean seabirds.

Most Distant Quasar Discovered
Scientists of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have announced the discovery of the most distant quasar ever observed.

Surprise: Geologists Find Glaciers Can Suppress Volcanic Eruptions
CHAPEL HILL - Scientists have known for decades that large erupting volcanoes such as Mt.

NASA Selects Future-X Flight Demonstrator & Experiments
NASA has selected the first in a series of
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