Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 31, 1999
Urine Test For Cancer Under Development
Scientists are developing a test that, for the first time, is allowing them to monitor urine for chemical indicators of cancer.

Growth In U.S. Economy Spurs Increased Mineral Consumption, Says USGS Report
The U.S. economy expanded 3.9 percent in 1998, prompting increased consumption of minerals and mineral-based products, according to a new report of the U.S.

Tiny Tools Give New Meaning To 'Cutting Edge'
They look more like stray computer parts than precision medical tools, but Amit Lal's research creations could give surgeons an incomparable new edge in medicine.

Findings Challenge Notion Of Withholding Food To Fight Rotavirus
Malnutrition slows recovery from rotaviral infection, say scientists at the University of Illinois.

Scientists Turn Diamond Into A Metal
A laser built for nuclear weapons research has turned diamond into a metal.

'Shock Therapy' Exceeds Expectations In Cleaning Up Contaminated Soils
Researchers have removed up to 99 percent of trichloroethylene from contaminated soil during the first field tests of an innovative remediation method called Lasagna™ technology, which uses electrical current fed to electrodes buried in the ground.

EFF Announces Cooperative Computing Awards
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is sponsoring cooperative computing awards, with over half a million dollars in prize money, to encourage ordinary Internet users to contribute to solving huge scientific problems.

New Hampshire Study Shows Well Water Has Higher Arsenic Levels Than Municipal Water
Arsenic concentrations that exceed current recommended federal levels for drinking water are 10 times more likely to be found in domestic wells than in municipal water sources in New Hampshire, according to a study by researchers at Dartmouth College.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Nursing Administrator Receives Nursing Excellence Award
In recognition of her contributions at the local, state and national levels, a nursing administrator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center received the

Faculty Symposium Addresses 'Real World' Service Learning
More and more, university professors are taking their students out of the classroom and introducing them first-hand to the challenges of

Surface Tension May Explain Fingering Patterns In Granular Flows
The behavior of flowing solids -- or granular flows -- remains, in part, a mystery, with a poorly understood characteristic being the frequent formation of

Scientists Discover Protein In Mammals Tuned To Respond To What May Be Hottest Temperature Our Nerves Can Detect
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco have discovered a receptor protein in rodents and humans tuned to respond to temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and higher - by far the hottest temperatures for which a nerve receptor has been identified.

Easy-To-Understand Book Written To Appeal To Students, Pet Owners
Dog owners have the right stuff, according to a new book that says a canine companion

New Book Says Cross-Train Your Brain To Increase Mental Function
Shower with your eyes closed. Take a different route to work.

Nuclear Fusion Is Now Possible On A Tabletop
Nuclear fusion can now be carried out on a tabletop, making it possible to study the process at a fraction of the usual cost.

Indians' Plight Influenced Europe's View Of America, Scholar Says
Native Americans had an impact on French and German travelers far different from the standard viewpoint of Anglo-American settlers, which in turn influenced the culture wars that raged through Europe in the 19th century, Harry Liebersohn, a professor of history at the University of Illinois, concludes in his new book, Aristocratic Encounters.

Active Aging Makes A Difference: World Health Day 1999 Set April 7
World Health Day 1999 is being observed April 7th at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington with a special panel on Healthy Aging, and a keynote address by U.S.

Researchers Find Vaginal Bacteria Imbalance Might Boost AIDS Risk
In 1997, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists showed that sexually transmitted diseases increase susceptibility to HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS.

ORNL Part Of Team To Keep Trucks On Wheels
Thousands of accidents involving truck rollovers could be prevented with an onboard warning system being developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Troubles Brought On By Globalization To Be Topic Of Spring Conference
Organizers of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities' first annual spring conference, April 15-17 at the University of Illinois, are not only expecting trouble, they're welcoming it.

Confidential Documents On Tobacco Industry Strategies In California Released On The Internet
The University of California San Francisco released more than 2,000 pages of previously secret tobacco industry documents on the Internet today.

The First Parachutes For Light Aircraft Have Been Developed
The first light aircraft with built-in parachute systems are to be licensed for sale in the US.

'Bugscope' Gives Internet Users Anywhere Chance To Study Insects
With a computer and an Internet connection, young students in classrooms across the country can conduct research on the insects of their choice by signing on to Bugscope at the University of Illinois.

Emory Receives $14 Million Federal Grant To Coordinate 50-Site Brain Attack Prevention Trial
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health has funded the Warfarin- Aspirin Symptomatic Intracranial Disease (WASID) study, and Emory University has been awarded more than $14 million from the institute to coordinate a five-year trial during which 806 patients will be evaluated at 50 sites in North America.

People With Brain Injury To Frontal Lobe Don't Get Punch Lines -- Prefer Slapstick Humor!
Study shows people with damage to the right frontal lobe of the brain have trouble getting punch lines and show a preference for slapstick humor -- the first evidence that humor can be tested and scientifically scrutinized.
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