Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 02, 1999
Interleukin-2 Boosts Cancer Vaccine Effectiveness In Mice
U-M researchers present the results of experiments testing the effectiveness of the vaccine/IL-2 combination on laboratory mice with large, advanced sarcomas or breast cancers.

Sandia Decontamination Foam May Be Tomorrow's Best First Response In A Chem-Bio Attack
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories have created a foam that begins neutralizing both chemical and biological agents in minutes.

Researchers Discover Genetic Mutation For Rare Form Of Dwarfism
A search for the genetic roots of towering height has led a Johns Hopkins endocrinologist to identify a mutation that causes a rare form of treatable dwarfism.

Future Telescope Could Shatter Solar High-Resolution Barrier
Scientists look ahead at a new telescope which could lead to observations of violent magnetic fields on the sun with resolution 10 times better than the best solar instrument today.

Providing Electricity Outside The Power Grid Is Focus At Columbia Symposium March 15-17
Providing energy services, particularly electricity, to populations in dispersed rural areas remains one of the great challenges facing developing countries.

Plastics - Easier To Recycle Than Commonly Thought
Recycling waste domestic plastics may be much easier than is commonly thought, according to research at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Ultra-Thin Steels Reducing Fuel Needs
Cars bodies made from the latest high strength, ultra-thin steels will be up to 20% lighter and so will reduce car fuel consumption but without compromising passenger safety.

Common Prostate Cancer: A Different Process Altogether?
Nearly 90 percent of prostate cancers --

A Little Volunteering Can Prolong Your Life
A new University of Michigan study documents the link between moderate levels of volunteer activity and increased chances of survival.

Better Binding Through Chemistry
Borrowing a trick from nature that makes small molecules appear larger, HHMI investigator Gerald Crabtree and colleagues at Stanford University have developed a versatile method for improving critical binding properties of potential drugs.

UF Researchers Show Common Compound Can Reduce Air Pollution
University of Florida researchers have found a possible solution to a problem that has plagued air pollution control efforts for years: how to control smog-causing emissions from small sources ranging from industrial boilers to lawn mowers.

Toxicologists To Meet March 14-18 In New Orleans
The Society of Toxicology will hold its annual meeting, March 14-18,1999 in New Orleans.

Society For Research On Nicotine And Tobacco To Hold 5th Annual Meeting In San Diego March 5-7
San Diego, March 5, 1999 - This year about 20 million of the 50 million smokers in this country will use various therapies to try to quit.

Oregon Scientists Discover A Second Blood-Brain Barrier; Important Finding For Patients With Brain Cancers And Neurological Disorders
The scientific team that discovered a technique for getting chemotherapy drugs past the blood brain barrier has discovered a second such barrier in the brain.

Temple's Virtual Lab Helps Disabled Students
In a novel extension of the innovative computer-based tutoring technology he developed, a professor of electrical engineering at Temple University is helping students with disabilities to get the most out of their learning experiences.

Researchers Find Fas Ligand Is Important In Blinding Disease
Investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a mechanism key to immune-privilege in the eye also plays a role in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60.

Survey Shows Actuaries' Views On Social Security Reforms
Actuaries responding to a survey on Social Security reforms gave strong support to indexing the retirement age to increases in life expectancy.

New Treatment Under Investigation At University Of Maryland Could Dramatically Reduce Colon Cancer Deaths
An experimental new treatment for advanced colon cancer shows promise of saving thousands of lives a year, says a University of Maryland Medical Center physician who has begun clinical trials.

NSB Environment Task Force To Hold "Town Hall" Meeting
The National Science Board's Task Force on the Environment will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 8, 1999, at the National Science Foundation, in Arlington, Virginia.

A Versatile Signal In Vertebrate Embryogenesis: Wnt-4 Regulates Kidney Development, Sex Organ Differentiation, Neuronal Survival And Axonal Guidance
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology, at Harvard University, at Oulu University, Finland and at the University of California characterised the important signalling role of a secreted protein of the Wnt family in kidney development, sex organ differentiation and axonal growth and guidance in vertebrate embryogenesis.

Degrading Plastics To Reduce Waste
Plastic bags that degrade in as little as 55 days after use can now be made using the first 100% degradable polyethene.
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