Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 09, 1999
Strokes Are More Common In The Black Population
The incidence rate of stroke is twice as high in black people than in white people, say Dr.

Nuclear Submarine Puts To Sea To Serve Science
Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are sailing aboard a U.S.

Experiment Demonstrates Transistorless Funtional Logic Gate
A functioning logic gate that is based on a transistorless approach to computing called quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA) is reported in Science.

New Evidence On How Prions Turn Fatal
University of California researchers say a newly determined structure of the biological particles called prions may help explain how they cause infectious deadly diseases.

New Findings On Primitive Shark Contradicts Current View Of Jaw Evolution
A 400-million-year-old primitive shark relative from Bolivia named Pucapampell points to an advanced specialization in shark evolution.

Stanford Chemical Engineer Chaitan Khosla Receives Alan T. Waterman Award From NSF
A 34-year-old Stanford University professor of chemical engineering and chemistry whose work is leading to the discovery of new drugs to fight infections and diseases has received the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s most prestigious prize for young researchers.

UI Study Finds Many Physicians Withhold Pain Medication
Many physicians withhold pain medication from patients in emergency situations because of informed consent issues or because the doctors believe the drugs may affect the accuracy of their diagnoses, a University of Iowa survey found.

Apparent Violation Of Local Causality With Chemical Trigger Waves -- Tickle It Here And It Giggles Over There
Surprising findings involving the remote triggering of waves at an electrode surface during a catalytic reaction process were reported by scientists from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin/Germany (Science, Vol 284, April 9th, 1999).

Seeing Movement In The Dark
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen/Germany and the University Eye Clinic in Tuebingen reported in Nature (vol.

Study Defines Scope Of Vaccine-Preventable Infections
A group of investigators from six INCLEN (International Clinical Epidemiology Network)hospitals in India, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, have conducted a prospective surveillance study to determine the most common bacterial serotypes of meningitis and pneumonia, the characteristics of preventable invasive infections, and their patterns of antimicrobial resistance.

The Chemical Leupeptin Protects Against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss In Animal Model, UB Hearing Researchers Show
Researchers in the University at Buffalo Center for Hearing and Deafness have shown for the first time that a compound called leupeptin may help protect against the noise-induced hearing loss caused by living in noisy industrialized societies.

New Cancer Procedure At Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Offers Hope
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is the only facility in the Southeast offering a new procedure for malignant tumors previously thought untreatable.

TV Medical Dramas Have Enormous Responsibility For Educating Viewers On Medical Matters
Events depicted in television medical dramas can influence viewers' behaviour and therefore producers must ensure that the clinical information they portray is accurate.
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