Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 28, 1999
National Science Board To Meet (May 5-7)
Journalists are invited to attend the next open session of the National Science Board (NSB) on Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7.

Fermilab Physicist Elected To National Academy of Sciences
William Bardeen has been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

Circumcisions In Doctors' Offices As Safe As Those In Hospitals
Boys circumcised in a doctor's office fare just as well after the procedure as those circumcised in a hospital operating room.

Landsat 7 Starts Viewing The World
The first images, with twice as much detail as previous Landsat satellites, show Florida's panhandle, South Dakota, and a startlingly clear image of a jet contrail and its shadow on the ground.

Revolutionary New Procedure That Creates 'Controlled' Heart Attack Performed For First Time In Southern California At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Last month, a 60-year-old pharmacist became the first patient in Southern California to undergo a new procedure, called a septal ablation, for treatment of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase Risk Of Hip Fracture In Older Women
Underlying vitamin D deficiency in post-menopausal women is associated with increased risk of hip fracture.

Bees The Buzz In Landmine Detection
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory engineers have modified commercially available radio-frequency tags, which store information and can be used to track items such as clothing, to serve as high-tech

Study Bolsters Theory Of Plant Nutrients Trapped In Soil
An ingredient of peat and soil may rob plants of the nutrients they need to grow.

A New Scanner Could Spare Many Women The Trauma Of A Breast Biopsy
When mammograms reveal a suspicious lump only painful breast biopsies can prove if it is benign or cancerous.

NERSC Selects IBM RS/6000 SP For Next-Generation Supercomputer
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has selected an IBM RS/6000 SP system as the center's next-generation supercomputer.

Even When Wrong, Political Experts Say They Were 'Almost Right'
How do political experts react when their predictions about election results or the fate of countries or other important issues turn out to be wrong?

Study Suggests New Approach To Asthma
Although most scientists regard immune cells as the culprit in asthma, a new study suggests that resident airway cells may be at fault.

Bugs Can Ward Off The 'Bends'
Food supplements laced with bacteria could protect deep-sea divers from getting the dreaded

Catalog Of Spiral Galaxies Shows Evidence Of Galactic Collisions
Astronomers compiling a catalog of spiral galaxies have discovered that collisions between such galaxies, as well as near-collisions, are more common than had been thought.

NASA Completes Purchase Of Material For 60 Shuttle External Tanks
NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed negotiations on a $625.6 million dollar contract for 60 new lightweight Shuttle external tanks.

Juvenile Courts May Face Higher Caseload Due To Welfare Reform
Federal welfare reform may end up burdening the country's already-stressed juvenile justice system, according to an expert at Ohio State University.

Jumping Atoms At The Surface Of A Metallized Semiconductor
Physicists Alexei Glebov and Stefan Vollmer in the group of Professor Peter Toennies at the Max Planck Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Goettingen have succeeded in gaining the first insight into the dynamical behavior of single adatoms on a semiconductor surface at temperatures close to its melting point (Physical Review Letters, 19 April 1999).

Study Reveals Prominent Fears Of School-Age Children
Boys fear snakes, monsters and scary theme park rides more often than girls do, while girls fear thunder storms and the dark more than boys, according to a new study.

The Liver's Secret Of Regeneration
The key to the liver's amazing powers of regeneration could be stem cells migrating from bone marrow, say biologists in Pennsylvania.

Cultural Differences Affect Decision-Making, Study Finds
A new study of Japanese and American business students found striking differences in how students from the two countries approached a decision-making task.

Caring For The Aging Holocaust Survivor
The unique issues of caring for aging Holocaust survivors will be explored at the world's first-ever multi-disciplinary conference to be held in Toronto, Canada, at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, May 4-7, 1999. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to