Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 03, 1999
Boston University TERRIERS Team Gearing Up To Launch Satellite: Preparation For Shipping To Vandenberg Air Force Base Begins
TERRIERS, a satellite designed and built by a team of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at Boston University, is now being prepared for shipping to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where it will be launched on April 7, 1999.

NASA/NIST Partnership To Pave Way For Advanced Space Observatories
NASA and the National Institute of Standards are partnering to develop standards for large optics, paving the way for advanced space observatories.

Breakthrough? Study Finds Dopamine Cannot Be Source Of Pleasure In Brain
CHAPEL HILL - Dopamine, a chemical messenger believed for more than two decades to be the end point of the brain's pleasure system, appears not to be that molecular reward after all, a new study shows.

Salmon Syndrome M74: Cause Still A Mystery
Fewer Baltic salmon are now dying from the puzzling M74 syndrome, but salmon deaths could increase again.

Eye Movements Could Help Evaluate Comprehension In Brain Injury Patients
An Ohio University researcher is developing a new way to measure reading and listening comprehension in brain injury victims by tracking their eye movements, a technique that could improve the accuracy of traditional testing methods.

Scientists Study Protein's Role In Tumor Development In Fish
Studies of a protein implicated in the development of skin tumors in fish could lead to a better understanding of a similar protein's role in breast and other human cancers, according to researchers at Ohio University.

Dominant Persons Set Cardiovascular Rates Surging
Highly competitive, dominant men and women who try to exert control and influence in their interactions with others experience sharp blood pressure reactions that may be relevant to risk of cardiovascular disease, new research has found.

New Tool For Food And Health Reporters And Communicators
The new Food Insight Media Guide on Food Safety and Nutrition--an invaluable tool for reporters and professionals dealing with food and health-related communications--is available from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.

1998 Was Warmest Year Of Millenium, Climate Researchers Report
1998 was the warmest year of the millenium now ending, according to researchers at the Universities of Massachusetts and Arizona.

Neutron Research To Help In Treatment Of Cancer Patients
Measurements of neutrons at Ohio University will be used to help treat cancer patients using boron neutron capture therapy, an experimental approach that could replace traditional treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy, gamma radiation and surgery.

Bringing Mars Into The Iron Age
NASA scientists are developing ways to mine and process iron ore for energy production on Mars, creating technologies needed to support a human colony.

Control That Computer With A Wave Of Your Hand
Computer mice could soon be history if researchers at MIT get their way.

UI Researcher Shows Web Medical Information Difficult To Read
Researchers led by Mark Graber, M.D., UI associate professor of family medicine and surgery, found that much of the medical information on the World Wide Web geared towards the general public is written at a reading level higher than is easily understood by much of the patient population.

Program Prevents Delirium In Hospital Patients
A new prevention strategy may help hospitals reduce the number and duration of sudden episodes of delirium in at-risk older patients.

Wistar Institute To Host Symposium On Regeneration In The 21st Century
Philadelphia's Wistar Institute will host a symposium on regeneration on May 5-May 6, 1999.

Researchers Obtain Clearest View Of Nearby Galaxy's Core
An Ohio University astronomer and a team of researchers have obtained the clearest view yet of the center of the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest large galactic neighbor to our Milky Way.

Whooping Cranes Take Flight
For the first time in decades, a second population of whooping cranes exists in the wild - and on March 4, 1999, eight more whooping cranes bred at the U.S.

Heavy Traffic At The Nuclear Pore: How Proteins And RNA Leave The Cell Nucleus
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund/Germany have shown by X-ray crystallography how a GTP-binding protein, by wrapping itself around another protein, actively regulates the transport of specific macromolecules through nuclear pores in the cell nucleus (Nature, Vol.

Geologists Find Motion Across Disappearing Plate Boundary
For the first time, geologists have been able to locate and detect motion along the southern portion of the boundary between the west African (Nubian) plate and the east African (Somalian) plate, where they meet up with the Southwest Indian Ridge, the midocean system which marks the edge of the Antarctic plate.

Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation May Offer Dramatic Short-Term Relief For Chronic Back Pain
A recently developed electro-analgesia technique may offer new hope to patients who suffer from chronic, debilitating back pain, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Preliminary Study Proves Centuries Of Herbalists Right About Echinacea
Echinacea, an herbal cold remedy used for centuries, does, in fact, stimulate the immune system, a UF researcher found in the first clinical study of the popular herb's effects on healthy men.

Transmitters May Give Off-Piste Skiers A False Sense Of Security
Many off-piste skiers have taken to wearing beacons to help locate them in the event of being buried by an avalanche.

Genetic Mutations Linked To Rare Metabolic Disease
Researchers have identified two mutations in a single gene as the cause of a very rare metabolic disease that affects people in Finland, Norway and Saudi Arabia.
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