Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 14, 1999
News AIDS Vaccine Aims To Catch Virus In The Act
By tricking HIV into showing more of itself than usual, researchers have produced antibodies capable of neutralizing the many infective strains of the virus isolated from humans.

Many Middle School Boys Carry Weapons To School
Three percent of North Carolina middle school students had carried a gun onto school property and 14.1 percent had carried a knife or club to school, a research team from Brenner Children's Hospital and the Brenner Center for Child and Adolescent Health report in the January issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Goldberg Contestants 'Tee Up' In 1999
Purdue University students will be adding a new hazard to the game of golf in the 17th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Feb.

Serotonin May Be Better Target For Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment
Ritalin has long been used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Chemists To Meet March 21-25 In Anaheim
The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will hold its spring national meeting Sunday, March 21 through Thursday, March 25,in Anaheim, Calif.

Children Of The Great Depression By Glen H. Elder, Jr.
CHAPEL HILL -- Untoward circumstances such as natural disasters may often stimulate individual competence and group cohesion; adversity may also, of course, produce panic and demoralization.

New Theory May Explain Ritalin Action In Hyperactivity
A study using genetically engineered mice suggests a different mechanism of action than scientists have hypothesized to explain how the drug Ritalin calms humans with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Growing Up On Their Own: Smart Plastics Organize Themselves Into Useful Optical Devices
In one of the first examples of molecules building themselves into useful synthetic microstructures, chemical engineers at the University of Rochester have created plastic materials that assemble into sophisticated optical devices known as photonic crystals.

More Primary Care Physicians Now Treating Depression
Contrary to criticism in scientific literature, most primary care physicians do a good job of diagnosing and treating depression, according to a national survey.

New England Journal Of Medicine Reports Calcium Supplements Help Prevent Polyp Recurrence; DMS Led Study
Men and women who take calcium supplements may have a lower risk of large bowel adenomas, polyps that are considered cancer precursors, reports a study led by Dartmouth Medical School and published today (Jan.

A New Isotope Effect In Molecular Physics Discovered In The Formation Process Of Ozone Molecules
Experiments have been performed at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Division of Atmospheric Physics, that isolate ozone formation processes for isotopically selected oxygen atoms and molecules.

Clemson Professor Takes Top National Math Award
Clemson University professor Joel Brawley will receive the nation's most prestigious college mathematics teaching award at this week's joint meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.

How Super Are The "Super Aspirins"? -- New COX-2 Inhibitors May Elevate Cardiovascular Risk
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One Way Traffic: Max Planck Scientists Idendified Genes Involved In Transporting An Important Plant Growth Factor
Scientists have identified important genes for plant growth whose products help to distribute a vital growth factor throughout the plant.

X-Ray Concentrator Will Expand Window On High-Energy Universe
Capillary optics promise a range of applications, from aiding our understanding of violent explosions in the cosmos, to helping with early tumor detection in people.
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