Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 08, 1999
Carnegie Mellon University Researchers Develop Magnetic Levitation-Based Haptic Interface For Computers
Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed a new type of haptic interface employing magnetic levitation enabling computer users to physically interact with simulated objects and environments on their computer screens.

Hopkins Center For Civilian Biodefense Studies Co-Sponsors Symposium On Medical/Public Health Response To Bioterrorism
With weapons of biological and chemical terrorism in the headlines and firmly on the nation's public agenda, political leaders, physicians, research scientists, as well as law enforcement and intelligence experts will meet Feb.

Ecological Farming May Cause More Heavy Metals In The Soil
Some systems of ecological arable farming which use only organic fertilisers contaminate the soil with levels of cadmium, copper and lead which are twice as high as when a combination of animal manure and artificial fertiliser is used.

Autoimmune Response May Be Linked To Congestive Heart Failure
A new study links an abnormality in the immune system to some forms of congestive heart failure, a finding that may have important implications for how the disease is treated, say researchers in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

UK Researcher Develops New Delivery Systems For Treatment Of Smoking Addiction
A University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy faculty member has developed nasal and transdermal delivery systems for Zyban, a prescription drug in pill form used for smoking cessation and depression.

This Wasp Isn't Your Run Of The Mill Social Insect, It's The First Where Males, Not Females, Are Dominant
Being male doesn't usually generate a lot of respect or status in the insect world.

NCAR Web Site Reports Economic Costs Of Extreme Weather By State
A new Web site from the National Center for Atmospheric Research provides data on the cost of damages from hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes in the United States and its territories.

DuPont Donates $23 Million Gift To Virginia Tech
A $23 million gift-in-kind from DuPont, the largest single donation ever received by Virginia Tech, will aid the university's researchers in developing recyclable automotive parts, low-cost aircraft parts, and composite bridge beams.

St. Louis High School Student Wins NASA/AGU Contest To Name Satellite
NASA has selected

UD Valentine Science: Cell "Dating" Habits May Promise Healthier Hearts
Q--What did one blood platelet say to the other?
A--Want to stick around awhile?

Legalize Form Of Bait And Switch, Say Professors; Consumer Taboo Is Debated In Scholarly Journal
A form of bait and switch, considered anathema to consumers, would actually benefit purchasers and should be legalized, according to one side in a scholarly debate published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Old Bone Collection Reveals Basis For Some Dizziness
Using a library of almost 1,000 skull bones collected for more than 30 years at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, researchers have identified a consistent congenital basis for a rare but troubling disorder they discovered in which loud noises cause dizziness.

Bone Cement Used In Total Hip Replacements Slowly Degrades In Body Over Time, According To UCSF Study
A new study led by UC San Francisco researchers has found that acrylic bone cement, often used to attach total hip replacements to bone, degrades in the body over time and this, says researchers, may contribute to the loosening in cemented total hip replacements.

NIAID Opens First AIDS Vaccine Trial In Africa
The first AIDS vaccine trial in Africa, under preparation for years, has begun in Uganda.

New Technique Cuts Computer Circuit Energy Needs, Maintains Speed
Researchers from Penn State, the University of South Florida and the University of Texas at El Paso have developed and demonstrated a new method for reducing computer circuits' energy requirements -- by more than one-half in some applications-- without cutting down on overall operating speed.

Biological Clock Advanced By Two Hours Earlier In Morning Types
Researchers at Leiden University, financed by NWO, have discovered the biological reason for the difference between morning types (larks) and evening types (night owls), by observing a time difference in their bodies' daily temperature curve.

Gamma-Ray Spectrum Catalogues Released On Web
Researchers and scientists now have access to on-line reference standards developed at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL).

Uncommon Procedure Enables Patients With Dwarfism To Do "Simple Things" That Most People Take For Granted
For the past seven years, medical geneticists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Joseph Isaacson, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, have specialized in a limb-lengthening procedure known as the Vilarrubias technique.

Brookhaven Lab Scientists Win Materials Science Award
For their sustained outstanding research in materials chemistry, John Larese and Laurence Passell, scientists at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, have won DOE's 1998 Materials Science Award.

Mercury In Dental Fillings Does Not Appear To Cause Alzheimer's Disease
Mercury used in dental fillings does not appear to cause Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study by University of Kentucky researchers.

Money, Jobs Decide Who Cohabits Or Marries
Cohabitation tends to attract people with different economic circumstances than those who opt directly for marriage, says Marin Clarkberg, assistant professor of sociology at Cornell University.

WFUBMC To Establish Prostate Cancer Center Of Excellence
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will establish a Center of Excellence for Prostate Cancer this year, making it one of a handful of dedicated centers in the nation committed to the treatment of this disease. 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