Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 24, 1999
A New Kind Of Sign Language Could Liberate Us From Our Desks
There are a number of wearable computers designed for use on the move, but no easy way of getting data into them.

There's A Mystery Object Not Far From The Earth
A Chunk of rock some 50 metres across has been found circling the Sun in an orbit close to Earth's.

Komen Foundation Announces Application Deadline For 1999 National Grants
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 1999 national grants.

A Quick DNA Test Seeks Out A Dangerous Bacteria That Lurk In Food
Every year millions of people come down with food poisoning caused by Campylobacter.

Managing For Deer, Moose, Elk, Wolves -- And People
The February edition of the Ecological Society of America's journal, Ecological Applications, presents a special feature on the wildlife management practices of the U.S.

Young Patients Get State-Of-The-Art "TLC" In Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's New Pediatric Emergency Facility
When it comes to kids, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is taking much of the trauma out of a trip to the emergency room.

UW Engineers Testing New Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Framing System
Civil engineers at the University of Washington are testing a novel concrete framing system for large buildings that may be cheaper and more earthquake-resistant than existing approaches.

In The Genes: Extra Belly Fat, Insulin Resistance Linked
In the case of diabetes and weight gain, a recent study at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Does Moderate Alcohol Drinking Stimulate Appetite?
This editorial reviews the effects of moderate alcohol drinking on stimulating appetite and food intake and altering metabolism of all calories by the body.

Protein Adultery Revealed!: Mechanism Of Protein Folding Captured In Computer Simulation
Protein misfolding is a cause of Alzheimer's,

Amphibian Revival: Build It And They Will Come
The Budweiser beer frogs may be gone, but wood frogs in eastern Missouri have come back with gusto.

Certain Heart Attack Patients Are Under-Treated
The most common test for heart attacks, the electrocardiogram, is highly inaccurate for patients with a condition known as left bundle-branch block (LBBB), according to the results of a new study by researchers at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco.

Could Humpback Whales Be Singing Grammatically?
Scientists in Massachusetts are analysing the clicks and squeals of humpback whales to see if they sing grammatically.

Alcohol Before Lunch Increases Total Calorie Intake
In 52 healthy volunteers a single pre-luncheon drink of wine or beer delayed mealtime satiety and increased 24 hr calorie intake compared to pre-luncheon non-alcoholic drinks of equal calories.

US Team Completes 40-Ton Magnet
A United States engineering team led by MIT has completed a 40-ton magnet that, when combined with a similar magnet in Japan, will serve as a testbed for the researchers' ultimate goal: a magnet weighing 1300 tons that will be key to an international experiment on nuclear fusion.

Researchers isolate gene that helps plants take in iron from soil
Researchers have isolated a gene that helps plants to move the iron in soil into their roots.

New Surgical Bypass Technique Offers Longer-Lasting Bypasses
A Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis study shows a new surgical technique for coronary bypasses is safe, effective and an improvement on current surgical methods. 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