Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 18, 1999
Comets, Like Cars, Leave Carbon Monoxide In Their Wake
Hitching a ride on a comet may be like latching onto a bus's tailpipe.

Promising Bone Cancer Therapy Advances To Next Level
A promising non-sedating therapy for bone cancer pain has proved effective for 75 percent of patients in preliminary clinical trials, and is now being tested nationwide in a larger trial.

New Edition Of Ecological Monographs Is Now Available
The February edition of Ecological Monographs is now available, and includes the information on: desert shrubs and the formation of resource islands, the effects of flooding on black ash trees, exotic plant species that are invading hot spots of native plant diversity.

Vanderbilt Engineering Professor Conducting Research That May Lead To The Next Level Of Automobile Engines
An automobile engine with 30 percent greater fuel efficiency than current models but that also meets U.S. emission standards is the goal of a Vanderbilt University engineer who is using advanced laser technology to help develop the next generation of automobile engines.

UNC-CH Faculty Hope To Cut Tooth Decay In State's Youngest Children
CHAPEL HILL -- In an effort believed unique in the United States, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dentistry and public health experts are teaming with state dental health staff to try to cut tooth decay among the state's youngest children.

When Doctors Marry Doctors
Do differences of such interplanetary scope exist even between men and women doctors, many of whom are married to each other?

Researchers Report Emergence Of Antibiotic Resistance During Vancomycin Therapy
A team of researchers led by The Rockefeller University's Alexander Tomasz, Ph.D., have described the case of a 79- year-old patient whose death in a New York metropolitan area hospital last March was associated with a bloodstream infection caused by a multidrug-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus.

New Climate Modeling Of Venus May Hold Clues To Earth's Future
New computer models that indicate the climate of Venus has wavered radically in its relatively recent past may prove valuable to scientists tracking Earth's changing climate, according to two University of Colorado at Boulder researchers.

Study Of Soufriere Hills Volcano Provides Clues To Explosive Eruptions & Eruption Predictions
A study of the Soufriere Hills Volcano provides important clues to short-term prediction of and the mechanisms behind cyclic eruptions of the most common type of volcanoes, according to an international team of volcanologists.

Surveyor Spots Bright Sand Dunes On Mars
After analyzing hundreds of high-resolution pictures of the Martian surface taken by the orbiting Mars Surveyor spacecraft, a team of researchers finds that weathering and winds on the planet leave landforms, especially sand dunes, remarkably similar to those in some deserts on Earth.

Molecular Control Mechanism Of Embryonic Development Unraveled
National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and at California's Stanford University have shed new light on the molecular switches that control the complex process by which a single fertilized egg develops into a mature organism.

New Insights Into The Transport Machinery Of The Cell: A Single Protein Substitutes The Regulatory Machinery Specifying Endosome Fusion In Vitro
A complex biological mechanism, regulating intracellular transport specificity, was rebuilt in vitro by researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the EMBL and collaborators from the University of Liverpool.

Graduate Science, Math, Engineering & Technology Students Can Become K-12 Teaching Fellows
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is unveiling an innovative $7.5-million educational program that will enable talented graduate students and advanced undergraduates to serve as teaching fellows in K-12 science, mathematics and technology-based education.

Researchers Identify Gene That Sets Boundaries For Heart Chamber Development
How an organ develops and acquires its shape is a fundamental question in biology.

Duke Doctors Can Now Cure Most Babies Born With Fatal Immune Disease
After 16 years of perfecting an experimental treatment, doctors at Duke University Medical Center report they can save most babies born with a rare and fatal immune disorder by giving them a family member's bone marrow within the first 3 1/2 months of life.
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