Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 26, 1999
Autopsy Of An Explosion
The cause of visable light emission, and whether or not it was beamed or isotropic are discussed in a paper co-authored by Briggs and Dr.

NSF To Provide $21 Million For Computer Science, Engineering And Math Scholarships
The National Science Board this week approved plans by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide some $21 million to fund 8,000 one-year scholarships of up to $2,500 each to low income students who pursue degrees in computer science, engineering or mathematics.

Southeast Was Probably Warmer, Wetter 5,000 Years Ago Than Previously Thought, University Of Georgia Geographer Says
The Middle Holocene Period -- from 5,000 to 7,000 years ago - - was a crucial time in what is now the Southeastern United States.

News Tips Friday, March 26, 1999
To complement our news releases, here are some additional news tips reported by the American Heart Association for Friday, March 26.

INDOEX Researchers Document The Impact Of Pollutants On Climate Processes Over The Tropical Indian Ocean
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry are participating in the international Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX) to study how air pollution affects climate processes over the tropical Indian Ocean.

Clemson Researchers Simulate Trees Falling On Houses As Part Of Research To Design Tornado 'Safe Rooms'
Researchers at Clemson University will simulate a tree falling on a house as part of a project to help develop practical cost-effective tornado 'safe rooms' in homes.

Tethered Transportation In Space
NASA plans to lasso energy from Earth's atmosphere with a tether as part of the first demonstration of a propellant- free space propulsion system, potentially leading to a revolutionary space transportation system.

Viral Harpoon Structure Suggests Measles, HIV And Ebola Viruses Related
The mumps and measles viruses use a molecular harpoon to spear host cells that they are going to infect.

Scientists Discover Function For Type III TGF-Beta Receptor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientists deciphered how the Type III TGF-beta receptor leads to the formation of valves and dividing walls in the heart, reports the March 26th issue of Science.

USGS Scientists To Speak On Rare Plants And Invasive Species At Santa Barbara Symposium
U.S. Geological Survey scientists of the Western Ecological Research Center will report on the effects of exotic animals on native plants in Channel Islands National Park at the 5th California Islands Symposium, in Santa Barbara, Calif., Mar.

Postmenopausal Women Reap Heart Benefits From Foods Containing Vitamin E
Postmenopausal women may reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by eating more foods rich in vitamin E, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association epidemiology and prevention meeting.

Coffee Without Addiction, Possible New Treatment For Osteoporosis, Wrinkle-Free Cotton, And More
Highlights from the 217th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-25, 1999.

Risks For Heart Disease Associated With Size Of LDL Particles
Researchers at the University of Washington have produced new analyses predicting the risk of heart disease among diverse population groups.

Prevalence Of Sexual Abuse In Men
Medical Professionals need to be aware of the adverse psychological effects on men who have been the victim of a non-consensual sexual experience, say researchers from Royal Free and University College and St George's Hospital Medical Schools in London.

HbA1 Predicts Coronary Artery Disease In Female But Not Male Type 1 Diabetics, Says University Of Pittsburgh Researcher
A University of Pittsburgh research team is reporting March 25, at the 39th annual conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Orlando, Fla. that HbA1 predicts coronary artery disease deaths in women with Type 1 diabetes, but not in men with this disease.

Vastly Different Virus Families May Be Related
The broad family of viruses whose members cause measles, mumps and serious respiratory infections in infants may be distantly related to the family that includes HIV, influenza and Ebola viruses, researchers at Northwestern University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Northwestern have shown.
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