Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 19, 1999
Mt. Washington's Wild Weather Sheds Light On Aircraft Icing
Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are spending April at the Northeast's highest, coldest, and windiest peak.

For First Time In 40 Years National Jewish Researchers Report Chronic Beryllium Disease Caused By Extremely Low Levels Of Exposure
Exposure to extremely low levels of a lightweight metal commonly used to make everything from nuclear weapons to golf clubs has been shown to cause chronic beryllium disease (CBD) in workers who manufacture these products, according to National Jewish Medical and Research Center physicians.

Clemson Scientists Refining Natural Immune System Booster
Vaccines and antibiotics help control infectious diseases, but some experts say they can have serious side effects or limited effectiveness.

Female Soccer Players Perform Best On A High-Fat Diet, UB Study Finds
Female soccer players performed longer at a higher intensity on a diet composed of 35 percent fat than on diets of 27 percent fat or 24 percent fat, researchers at the University at Buffalo have found.

Duke Researchers Pit Computer Against Human Crossword Puzzle Players
After The New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz proclaimed that machines could never match humans in solving crossword puzzles, Duke University computer scientist Michael Littman said his team

AVANT Atherosclerosis Vaccine Raises HDL, Reduces Atherosclerosis In Vaccinated Animals
A novel vaccine that elicits antibodies against the cholesteryl ester transfer protein shows promise for raising HDL cholesterol and preventing atherosclerosis.

Study: Microgravity May Enhance Gene Transfer In Plants
Transferring desirable genes into crops is a high-tech game of chance, with success rates running about one in 1,000.

Baby Talk: Parents Do Make A Difference, By Promoting Childhood Chatter, From Birth To Age 3
Contrary to recent reports, parents

Was Gretzky Only Second Best? Will Yanks Have Another Winning Year? Two Conference Papers Tackle Life's Tough Questions
How can you compare sports greats of all eras? Two papers being presented in Cincinnati at a May convention of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®) will include some unexpected observations, including one placing the recently retired Wayne Gretzky only second on a list of hockey superstars.

NCAR Climate Model Projections For 21st Century: Earth Warms By 3 Degrees F; Winter Rain/Snow Increases 40% In Southwest And Great Plains
Carbon dioxide emissions over the next century could increase wintertime precipitation in the U.S.
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