Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 23, 1999
Treated Clothing Detoxifies Pesticides
Clothes may soon be able to protect agricultural workers, or even weekend gardeners, from more than the sun.

Blue-Green Algae Has Dual Cholesterol Lowering Abilities
Researchers say they have confirmed, for the first time, that blue-green algae taken as a nutritional supplement can significantly lower cholesterol in animals.

Demystifying Cancer: Physicians, Researchers, And Web Experts Offer Two-Day Symposium For Patients, Families, Health Care Providers, And The Public
To help people decipher the bewildering maze of cancer information on the World Wide Web and to empower patients and families to work as effective partners with their health care providers, four Boston-based organizations are offering a unique two-day program called

Recent USGS Work In New England And Beyond
USGS is conducting numerous research projects across New England, including bird surveying, acid mine drainage and water quality studies, stream gaging, and investigations into declining amphibian populations.

Waste Makes Saleable Coal Product
High-value carbon products like activated carbons may become a commercially viable by-product of the new, environmentally friendly methods used to burn coal, according to a Penn State researcher.

New Drug For Recurrent Brain Tumors In Tests At UNC
Clinical trials are now underway at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a promising new drug in the fight against malignant and recurrent brain tumors that have so far proved very difficult to treat.

New Contact Lens Material Could Lessen Risk Of Eye Infection
New materials that may extend the wear of contact lenses and lessen the risk of eye infection will be described by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

Research Promotion In The Weimar Republic And The Third Reich
Instead of celebrating its 75th anniversary the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) decided in 1995 that a study should be conducted of its history during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich.

Ironing Out Cotton Wrinkles Without An Iron
Wrinkle-free cotton clothing made with a new and environmentally friendly method will soon be on the market, according to Charles Q.

Popular Diet Supplement May Be A Cancer Risk
New evidence has been reported that a popular nutritional and dietary supplement, called chromium picolinate, may be a cancer risk.

Improved Ritalin™ Offers Smaller Doses And Fewer Side Effects
A new more effective form of the drug Ritalin ™ that produces fewer side effects and has the potential to be used in anticocaine therapy could soon be available.

Simple Method Will Help Test Theories About Nanotubes
Scientists at Purdue University are the first to develop a simple method for accurately measuring the electrical properties of a single carbon nanotube, a step that is essential if the tiny structures are to one day realize their promise in new generations of electronics and computers.

Big Bang Theory Challenged
An Australian-led team of astronomers has challenged conventional Big Bang theory by finding that large numbers of stars may be living unseen in the space between galaxies.

Controlled Polymerization Reactions Offer Dramatic Potential For Creation Of New Materials
A fortuitous collaboration between two teams of chemists has led to the discovery of novel compounds that give unprecedented control over polymerization reactions.

Slowing Excess Weight Gain In Childhood Appears To Reduce Adult Heart Disease Risk
Slowing the pace at which children put on excess pounds may reduce their risk of heart disease later in life, researchers report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

'Motion Blindness,' Not Just Poor Memory, Causes Alzheimer's Patients To Lose Their Way
A previously unobserved condition in many Alzheimer's patients that physicians are calling

Tip Sheet: Citrus Limonoids Versus Cancer, Cholesterol And Insects
Limonoids are compounds in citrus fruits, generally found in the peels, that produce the familiar bitter taste.

Nanomagnets Could Store Computer Data
Cornell University researchers are studying the physics of nanomanufactured bar magnets as small as 25 nanometers wide, which could find application as storage devices for computer data.

Nanofabricated 'Harp' Studies Resonances
A tiny silicon device resembling a harp with strings only 50 nanometers thick allows Cornell University researchers to study resonance phenomena on a microscopic scale, at uncommonly high frequencies.
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