Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 29, 1999
Innovative Process To Benefit Ground Water Clean-Up
A University of Toronto researcher has developed a more efficient way to monitor and improve the clean-up process for ground water pollution, allowing researchers to directly monitor the biodegradation of ground water contaminants in just a few steps.

Trees Need Calcium Too
Calcium levels in forest soils have decreased at locations in 10 states in the eastern United States, according to a new report by the U.S.

Design Could Improve Highway Guardrail Safety
A University of Wisconsin-Madison engineer has developed a new guardrail design made from composite materials that is potentially safer than traditional highway guardrails.

A Mother's Love? New UD Theory Explains Why Good Insect Moms Risk Death To Save Their Only Children
Good insect moms ferociously protect their young by fanning their wings and charging predators--but only when they must pin all their hopes on a single batch of eggs, a University of Delaware scientist reports in the new issue of the journal, Animal Behaviour.

Medical Tip Sheet (A) For March 29
Cedars-Sinai Medical Tipsheet for March 29:
  1. Cedars-Sinai researchers announce breakthrough in the effort to understand and fight septic shock
  2. GenRISK genetic testing program offers patients new hope in confronting disease
  3. First known pediatric laser eye surgery for farsightedness performed at Cedars-Sinai


Sexually Oriented Internet Sites Are Popular And Non-Problematic For Most People, But Pose Risks For Some
Those individuals who spend large amounts of time on the Internet in sexual pursuits may be at risk for developing psychological difficulties, such as sexual compulsivity, according to a new study in the April issue of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, a journal published by the American Psychological Association.

Higher Levels Of Protein May Predict Heart Disease
A syndrome that scientists call the

Brain Activity Differs In Introverts And Extroverts, UI Study Shows
A University of Iowa study adds to growing evidence that being shy or outgoing may be all in your head.

USGS Finds That Mysterious Arkansas Bald Eagle Disease Has Spread To Ducks In Eastern States
The mysterious brain disease responsible for the deaths of bald eagles and American coots in Arkansas has now been found in two species of ducks discovered dead at Woodlake, North Carolina, and in bald eagles and coots from three other southeastern states.

Research Links Healthy Biological Clock To Longevity
Aging hamsters who received a new biological clock had their lifespan increased by 20 per cent, proving the importance of circadian rhythms to the health and longevity of an organism.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Tipsheet (B) For March 29
  1. Prenatal program pushes the frontiers of diagnosis from the second trimester into the first
  2. New, better medications can nip allergy season in the bud
  3. Housewide pain management initiative designed to effect faster healing by reducing pain


DNA Fingerprinting Allows Non-Intrusive Study Of Grizzly Bears
Recent advances in genetic technology that allow scientists to study bear populations without handling bears is the topic of Katherine Kendall's lecture scheduled for April 1st at the U.S.
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