Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 25, 1999
UF Researcher Finds Way To Slow The Aging Process
A professor in the University of Florida's College of Health and Human Performance found that anti-oxidant intervention, which can come from taking vitamin supplements or from a steady routine of exercise, slows parts of the aging process.

New Findings On Lung Transplantation And Esophageal Cancer To Be Released At Society Of Thoracic Surgeons Meeting
A number of pages are being presented by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) researchers at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Thirty-Fifth Annual Meeting Monday, Jan.

Halmstad Prize Honors 3 Actuarial Researchers For Annuity Study; Biomedical Mathematical Function Used
Three researchers received the Halmstad Prize for showing a strong economic link between two lives covered by certain annuities.

Human Neural Stem Cells Advance Distant Prospect Of Reseeding Damaged Brain
The cloning of neural stem cells has generated much excitement in the scientific community.

Hopkins, Israeli Scientists Link Soybeans With Pain Relief
Scientists from Johns Hopkins and two Israeli universities have discovered another likely benefit of the much-touted legume, soybeans: They may bring pain relief.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Forms Institute For Coffee Studies
The institute will be dedicated to studying the chemical nature of coffee, with an initial research focus on how coffee affects the brain and whether coffee can be used to treat depression and to prevent relapse in patients who have successfully undergone alcoholism treatment.

How Nature Harvests Sunlight
One of life's simplest organisms, a mud-dwelling photosynthetic bacterium, is helping scientists unlock the complex structural makeup that occurs when proteins come together correctly to perform important biological duties or when they do it at the wrong time and cause trouble.

Keeping Third World Scientists Connected Via Technology
Scientists from developing countries who return home after being trained in the United States often have trouble staying involved in cutting-edge research.

Duke Geologist Decries Using Engineering Models To Predict Natural Phenomena
Using mathematical models to predict natural processes - such as how well a sandy beach can weather randomly occurring storm buffeting - is a commonplace but wrongheaded engineering practice that can cause real harm, according to a Duke University geologist who studies such coastal dynamics.

Electrical Nerve Stimulation May Help Reduce Chronic Pain In Cancer Patients, Say UT Southwestern Researchers
Borrowing from the ancient practice of Chinese acupuncture, a newly developed electrical nerve-stimulation technique may help alleviate pain associated with cancer that has spread to bones, said researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

NSF's Highest Honor For New Faculty Fosters Integration Of Research And Education
The National Science Foundation (NSF) honored 338 outstanding new science and engineering faculty members nationwide in fiscal year 1998 with Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards totaling approximately $80 million.

Science, Popular Culture And Narrative Allure:AIDS On General Hospital
ANAHEIM, Calif. --

Ecological Society Of America To Host Symposia At AAAS
The ESA will host the following three symposia during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA: (1) The Metropolis in the Millenium: Integrated Science and Urban Ecosystems (2) Alien Invasions!
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