Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 15, 1999
NCAR Scientist's Observations Aid In Discovery Of Multiple Planets Orbiting A Sun-Like Star
Three planets have been found orbiting the star Upsilon Andromedae in the first discovery of multiple planets outside our solar system.

New Coating Process May Prevent Body From Rejecting Medical Implants
University of Washington bioengineers, reporting in the April 15, 1999, issue of Nature, describe a process for coating medical implants with tiny imprints that bind specific proteins.

Gamma-Ray Spectrometry's Greatest Hits Available On CD
To a nuclear physicist, a radioactive isotope has a rhythmic syncopation that produces a song as sweet as a Mozart concerto.

National Science Board Honors Maxine Frank Singer With Vannevar Bush Award
The National Science Board (NSB) has named Maxine Frank Singer, Ph.D., president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C. to receive the 1999 Vannevar Bush Award for lifetime contributions to science and engineering.

Astronomy Teams Find First Multi-Planet System, Other Than Our Own, Orbiting Star
The first believed multiple planet system orbiting around a sun-like star has been found by independent teams of astronomers, including National Science Foundation (NSF)- supported researchers from San Francisco State University and from the Anglo-Australian Observatory.

Er:YAG Laser Has Advantages Over CO2 Laser For Wrinkle Removal
The erbium:YAG (Er:YAG) laser can be as effective as the standard CO2 laser for the removal of wrinkles with fewer side effects, according to a study from the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Scientists Discover Important Molecular Link That Allows Cells To Form Blood Vessels
The new finding may lead to the development of more targeted treatments - with fewer side effects - for cancer and other diseases that involve angiogenisis.

"Protect Wild Dolphins" License Plate Sales To Fund Wild Dolphin Research Efforts Throughout Florida
The newly created

Brain Resolves Sensory Contradictions By Creating Its Own Reality
A device that might not be out of place in an amusement park is being used to trick the brain and uncover secrets of perception.

David Sington Wins Sullivan Award For Excellence In Science Journalism
David Sington has been named winner of the 1999 Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Writing for his eight-part television series,
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