Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 16, 1999
No Link To CJD In People Working With Animals....At Least Not Yet
In a study to ascertain whether transmissible spongiform encephalopathy has had any effect on people working in animal husbandry and slaughter, researchers in this week's BMJ find that there has been no increase in certified deaths from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease or other dementias in this group during the period 1979-96.

Recording Patients' Socio-Economic Status Is Necessary For Tackling Health Inequalities
By way of diminishing health problems through social inequalities, general practitioners in the UK should routinely record socio-economic information about their patients, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Neurobiologists Show How The Brain Processes Signals From Pheromones
Researchers at The Rockefeller University have shown for the first time in mice how the brain processes signals from pheromones, essential chemicals used by animals to communicate with each other.

Book Offers Tales Of Science And Scientists
Zoologist Peter Klopfer has been jailed for battling segregation, nearly flattened by a 1 1/2 ton elephant seal and watched in shock as his dinner dishes were scoured clean by a hissing horde of giant Madagascar cockroaches.

UB Study Finds No Relationship Between Male Consumption Of Lake Ontario Fish And Conception Delay
Women whose partners ate Lake Ontario sport fish, known to be contaminated with residues of PCBs and pesticides, did not take longer to conceive than women whose partners didn't eat such fish, University at Buffalo researchers involved in the New York State Angler Study have found.

Graduate Students Awarded Research Fellowships
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the awarding of 900 three-year Graduate Research Fellowships to outstanding college and university students.

'Midwest Wild Weather' Goes On The Road
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced this week a three-year, $1.6-million grant to the Science & Technology Interactive Center (SciTech) in Aurora, Illinois

Functional Arteries Grown From Cells Using Novel System That Simulates Fetal Environment
A Duke University Medical Center researcher, using a novel

Biggest Bacteria Ever Found
In the 16 April 1999 Science, researchers report finding the biggest bacteria ever known.

Foundation Of Polymer Science Named An International Chemical Landmark
The American Chemical Society and the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, the German Chemical Society, will designate the foundation of polymer science by Nobel Prize winner Hermann Staudinger (1881-1965) as an International Historic Chemical Landmark.

New Discovery May Lead To Control Of Production Of Key Proteins
Scientists are closing in on discovering the way that the body regulates critical proteins involved in the front line defense against disease as well as in normal body processes.The discoveries could lead to development of pharmaceuticals to control the body's production of these proteins.

SFU Spin-Off Company To Research Promising Antibacterial Agents
A Simon Fraser University professor's research into new chemical structures that may combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria has attracted a $750,000 round of financing led by the Western Technology Seed Investment Fund.

State Of The Art In Robotics Worldwide Is Focus Of International Meeting Sponsored By American Nuclear Society And Carnegie Mellon
Robotics experts from around the world will gather in Pittsburgh, April 25-29, to hear more than 140 papers on the state of robotics in industry, academia and government research laboratories at the Eighth Bi-Annual International Topical Meeting on Robotics and Remote Systems.

New Teacher Award Honors NSF Program Director
Two teachers have been honored with the first of a one-of-a- kind award for K-12 science teachers.

Media Availability With Science Board Chair
National Science Board (NSB) Chairman Eamon Kelly will be available on Monday, April 26, to discuss any current and topical issues related to the NSB.

The Largest Bacterium: Scientist Discovers New Bacterial Life Form Off The African Coast
Biologists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, found the largest microorganisms yet discovered during a cruise with the Russian research vessel

Nobel Laureate David Baltimore To Speak To NYU Undergrads
Dr. Baltimore will deliver the 3rd Annual Irving H. Jurow Lecture at NYU's College of Arts and Science on April 21st He will discuss
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