Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 26, 1999
Electronic Auction House First To Offer Mobile Agent
A computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has created a model e-auction house that lets a user create his/her own virtual mobile agent.

Sandia Discovery About Protein May Help Clean Up Pollutants, Find Cures For Diseases
A discovery linking the shape of a unit called the heme in a protein to protein function may prove useful in a range of scientific advances, including finding cures for diseases and cleaning up pollutants, says discoverer John Shelnutt, a physicist at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories.

Anthropologist Studies Life Close To Home: Book Documents Change In Cincinnati's East End
From Margaret Mead's pioneering studies in the South Pacific to modern-day forays into the Amazon jungles, anthropologists always seem to be in far-flung locales studying cultures and tribes with exotic names, rituals and customs.

Researchers Identify Mechanism That May Regulate Protein Involved In Sex Differentiation, Stress, Hunger
UC San Francisco researchers may have identified the way in which a protein that regulates genes involved in sexual differentiation, reproductive development and stress is, itself, activated.

Genes Found That Label Cell Proteins For Disposal
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered three genes crucial to the survival of cells.

University Of Cincinnati Professor Scouts Out Armies Of Armageddon
When it comes to the biblically predicted

Rapid Prototyping The Ultrasmall
A new process mass-produces metal mechanical and electromechanical devices smaller than the width of a human hair quickly and economically without cleanroom facilities.

Researchers Discover A Common Protein's Deadly Role In Breast Cancer
Scientists analyzing human breast tumors have discovered that the tumors produce large amounts of a

Conference Celebrates Lithium's 50 Years As A Miracle Drug
More than 300 experts in psychiatry, pharmacology, immunology and biochemistry are expected to attend Lithium-Lexington '99: A Celebration of 50 Years of Lithium in Clinical Medicine May 6-11 in Lexington, Ky.

NHLBI Urges Americans To Take Control Of Their Hypertension
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and this year's theme highlights the threat of uncontrolled hypertension.

Active 14,000-Foot-High Submarine Volcano Found Near Samoa In South Pacific
An active volcano rising more than 4,300 meters (some 14,100 feet) from the ocean floor in the Samoa Islands has been discovered by a team of National Science Foundation (NSF)- funded scientists, providing more evidence in the scientific debate over the formation of hot spot island chains.

New Findings On Asthma And Breastfeeding, Obesity And Asthma And Snoring And Pre-eclampsia At ALA/ATS Meeting
New findings on breastfeeding and asthma, obesity and asthma and snoring and high blood pressure in pregnancy were discussed here today by an expert panel at the American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society International Conference.

New Vaccine Provides Protection From HIV In Monkeys
AIDS researchers at Yerkes Primate Center have created a DNA vaccine that protects monkeys against a formidable challenge -- HIV virus.

Keep Off The Grass And Take Off Your Shoes!
Pesticides applied to lawns can be tracked into homes by people and pets up to a week after treatment, causing unnecessary exposure, particularly to children, says a government funded study.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards $1.32 Million To Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory For Short Courses
How do young biomedical researchers get up to speed on the swift, often precipitous advances in their own and related fields?

Mayo Clinic Researchers Identify Predictors of Intracranial Saccular Aneurysms
A new, population-based study from Mayo Clinic has identified diabetes as a risk factor for having an aneurysm in a certain location of the brain arteries, (posterior circulation aneurysms) and prior pregnancy as a risk factor contributing to multiple aneurysms.

Archeologists Find Milder Arctic Climate May Have Aided Aleutian Settlement
A milder Arctic climate more than 3,000 years ago may have aided humans to cross the Bering Sea from Alaska and migrate into the remote Aleutian Island chain, according to preliminary findings by a three-woman research team funded by the National Science Foundation.

Gratuitous Media Violence Can Increase Violent Responses To Provocation, Acceptance Of Violence, Studies Show
Two studies show that prolonged exposure to gratuitous violence in the media can escalate subsequent hostile behaviors and, among some viewers, foster greater acceptance of violence as a means of conflict resolution.

University Of Chicago To Host 'Evo-Devo' Symposium
The University of Chicago's Biological Sciences Division will sponsor a symposium bringing together some of the biggest names in evolutionary developmental biology.

New Model Shows How To Eradicate World's Leading Infectious Cause Of Blindness
A new mathematical model, based on known disease transmission rates, predicts that plans to eliminate the leading cause of preventable blindness cannot succeed unless the worst pockets of infection receive special treatment.
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