Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 27, 1999
Experimental Antibiotic Promptly Kills Drug-Resistant Bacteria In Studies
New findings by Dr. Stephen Zinner and colleagues at Brown University suggest that the compound moxifloxacin is a potential treatment against a range of drug-resistant infectious organisms that produce serious, even deadly illnesses.

Nuclear Safer Than Coal?
Nuclear power plants are a much safer option in terms of the effect on peoples health than traditional coal burning power stations, according to Professor Bernard Cohen, writing in the journal Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.

Gold Finds Life, Energy, Controversy In Earth
In a new book, The Deep Hot Biosphere (Copernicus/Springer-Verlag, $27), Cornell Professor emeritus of astronomy Thomas Gold argues that subterranean bugs are us -- or at least they started the whole evolutionary process, and that there's no looming energy shortage because oil reserves are far greater than predicted.

If You Can't Stop Polluting, Try Changing The Weather Instead
Mexico City may resort to unproven technology in an attempt to cleanse the city's heavily polluted air.

New Clues To Evolution Of Human Brain
A Johns Hopkins University psychologist has found the place in the brain where we stockpile short-term information on spatial relationships.

The Chemistry Behind Rainforest Folk Medicine
The indigenous people and other inhabitants of the Amazon rain forest knew what worked for them but not why.

Using Older Donors Can Increase Number Of Pancreas Transplants, Report University Of Pittsburgh Surgeons
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MIT Microchip Releases Chemicals On Demand
MIT researchers are reporting a microchip in the January 28, 1999, Nature that can store and release different chemicals, on demand, from tiny reservoirs built into its silicon structure.

It's A Countdown For Roton, The Revolutionary Heli-Rocket
A bizarre spacecraft with a unique helicopter landing system could transform space travel.

GOTCHA! The Big One That Didn't Get Away
For the first time, images of visible light from a cosmic explosion are captured by a robotic telescope while spectacular gamma-ray data are captured by orbiting satellites.

Seminar To Explore Potential Of High-Performance Computing
Reporters and the general public are welcome at a Feb.

Managed-Care Incentives Should Be Disclosed, Physician Says
What if your lawyer got paid more if you received a smaller settlement?

Campaign Targets Oral Complications Of Cancer Treatment
Most cancer patients don't know that visiting a dentist can make a difference in their cancer treatment.

One Of The Biggest Greenhouse Villains Is About To Go Straight
Methane emitted from underground coal mines is a potent greenhouse gas contributing to global warming.

Pain Killers Advocated Over Restraints For Children In Emergency Rooms
Pediatricians at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have compared two regimens for sedating children in emergency rooms.

Simple Lifestyle Changes Boost Physical Activity/Cardiovascular Health
Small lifestyle changes that increase moderate-intensity physical activity are as effective as a structured exercise program in improving long-term cardiorespiratory fitness and blood pressure, according to a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Eugen- And Ilse-Seibold Prize Awarded For The Second Time
For the second time, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has awarded the 20,000-mark Eugen- and Ilse-Seibold Prize for the Promotion of Science and Understanding between Germany and Japan to two scientists, one German and one Japanese.

Robots That Think On Their Feet Now Possible
Robots, unlike stand-up comics, are not adept at thinking on their feet.
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