Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 03, 1999
The Side Effects Of Dental Amalgam May Be All In The Mind
Health campaigners have for years blamed amalgam fillings, containing mercury, for a host of neurological disorders including Alzheimer's disease.

NASA Is Spending Half A Million Dollars On Bizarre Antigravity Research
NASA has just awarded half a million dollars to a company to build an antigravity device that could enable rockets to launch into orbit with just a gentle push.

A Disease Last Seen In The 1950's Has Struck Again
Minamata disease, a debilitating illness of the nervous system caused by mercury poisoning, has reared its ugly head again.

Nationwide Study Finds HIV-Positive Women Are At High Risk For Cervical Human Papillomavirus Infection
In the largest study of its kind, a national team led by a UC San Francisco scientist has found strong new evidence that HIV-positive women run a high risk of infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), a major cause of cervical cancer.

New Protease Inhibitor Could Thwart AIDS Resistance To Current Drugs
Researchers have developed a new protease inhibitor effective against mutating strains of the human AIDS virus that are resistant to current drugs, according to a just-released report in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Chemical Society.

National Symposium On Medical And Public Health Response To Bioterrorism
An epidemic catastrophe resulting from a terrorist's use of a biological weapon is a threat of increasing probability in light of events including the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, disclosures regarding the former Soviet Union's sophisticated bioweapons program, and recent discoveries of Iraq's large-scale efforts to produce and weaponize biological agents.

Cocaine And Tobacco Use Increase Risk Of Miscarriage, Find University Of Pittsburgh Researchers
Tobacco smoking and cocaine use independently contribute to spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), according to results of a landmark study led by Roberta B.

Camouflaging Concrete As Traditional Timber
The days of concrete as a dull grey building material are over thanks to developments in materials science which mean that it can be camouflaged to look like traditional materials - including wood, slate and clay.

Ultra-Useful Ultrasound Causing A Stir In Materials Science
Sound waves are being used to alter the physical and chemical properties of materials in a new science being developed at Coventry University (UK).

New "Restaurant" For Bacteria May Improve Pollution Clean-Up
A new bioreactor system that serves up pollutants to

Court Affirms Victory For Physics Societies
The U.S. Court of Appeals has unanimously affirmed a decision that the publication and promotional use of a survey of journal prices did not constitute false or misleading advertising.

NYU Neuroscientist Explores Changes In The Brain Following Hearing Loss
Some 28 million Americans have hearing impairment. And in childhood, deafness can have a profound impact on intellectual and emotional development.

New Method For Destroying Potentially Deadly Toxins In Drinking Water
A new, more effective method for destroying potentially deadly toxins called microcystins that can be found in drinking water has been announced by researchers in Scotland.

Vanderbilt Medical Students Study Effects Of Vibration On Infant Health
When critically sick infants are transported in the nation's ambulances, little is known about how the continuous vibrations affect the tiny, delicate cargo inside.

Researchers Get To The Heart Of Sleep Disorders
Using sophisticated analysis of heart rate information, researchers at the University of Warwick have devised a way to diagnose sleep disorders that replaces the detailed and expensive medical investigations currently used. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to